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Exhibitors: This One’s for You

2017 Northeast Storage EXPO Exhibits and Sponsorships are Open!

The Massachusetts and Connecticut Self Storage Associations are hosting their annual Northeast Storage EXPO. All suppliers for the self storage industry are invited to exhibit on Wednesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 28, 2017. Sponsorships are also available for added visibility. Register soon and select your booth space!

*NEW FOR 2017* There are two sponsorship opportunities newly offered this year.

  • As a Conference Bag Logo Sponsor, your logo will be included on the conference bags supplied by the association.
  • The exclusive sponsor of the Hotel Key Cards will design the front of the hotel room key cards, which are given to every overnight guest upon arrival. Literally put your company in their hands every time they return to their rooms.

If you would like to be considered for a roundtable presentation, please send your title and description to Courtney. Topics must be educational in nature, not a sales pitch, and will be approved by the Program Committee. Roundtables will be chosen by Monday, July 17, 2017.

Download the Exhibitor and Sponsor application for complete details, or click on the “Register Now!” button below to register today. You can also view the floor plan. Five-Star annual sponsors receive the benefit of first booth choice. Remaining space is confirmed on a first registered and paid basis.

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CTSSA and MASSA Merger Takes First Major Step

As announced late in 2016, a potential merger of CTSSA and MASSA has been in the planning stages. Work with an attorney who has experience working with business nonprofits began in January of this year. The goal is that CTSSA and MASSA will become one organization by fall 2017 and we are pleased to report that significant progress to that end has been made.

On May 10, 2017 the CTSSA Board and the MASSA Board held a joint Board meeting in Sturbridge, MA, to review the associations’ plan for a merger of CTSSA and MASSA. The merger is taking place under the auspices of the State of Massachusetts and in order to move ahead, several documents required by the State needed Board approval. Both Boards reviewed and discussed the attorney-generated documents. Each Board had to approve the merger for their organization, they both then had to approve an agreement to merge, and two other State-required forms. Additionally, a new set of bylaws based on the very similar bylaws each organization already had in place, were considered by the joint Boards.

It is exciting to report that both Boards approved all documents unanimously. The unanimous approval is testament to the fact that this merger is good for both Connecticut and Massachusetts members as well as the self storage industry in general.

While the merger is between the two active state associations, the goal of the merger is to expand our geographical reach by also including the Rhode Island self storage industry. Rhode Island has been inactive for many years and there have been requests from many of the facilities there to become active. The steps necessary to include Rhode Island are also being addressed so that Rhode Island facilities will now also have an association they can call their own.

The new merged organization’s name will be the Northeast Self Storage Association, or NeSSA. This name continues the branding we have already established for the Northeast Storage EXPO and the Northeast EDGE (our joint, quarterly newsletter). The tagline under the name of the association will list the three states that the newly formed association will serve.

The next step is for voting members of both CTSSA and MASSA to approve the merger. A ballot is being developed under the guidance of the attorney and will be distributed to members with voting rights. It is of the utmost importance that members vote and return their ballots to the office. We will notify you when the ballots are distributed and will stay in close contact with you about this critical component of the merger.

All members and potential members are invited to call or e-mail the office if you have questions, concerns, or discussion about the merger. Contact information is below. Additional information on the merger is available at: Merger Details.

The national Self Storage association (SSA) is very supportive and is behind our efforts to unite three small northeastern states into one larger, unified association. One regional association is more likely to increase the number of members, the number of attendees at events, and give our vendor members more visibility with their primary audience.

Contact us with any questions, concerns, or further discussion. We’d be happy to chat with you about the merger.

Contact MASSA: 617-600-4481; massa@maselfstorage.org
Contact CTSSA: 860-228-3624; ctssa@ctssa.org

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MASSA & CTSSA 2017 Academic Scholarship

To Apply                                                                                                To Sponsor

The Massachusetts and Connecticut Self Storage Associations are proud to support an annual academic scholarship fund made eligible to family members and employees of the associations’ members.

In addition to being related to or employed by a member of the Massachusetts or Connecticut Self Storage Associations, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled or enrolling in a school of higher education, either full-time or part-time (includes technical college, 2- or 4-year college, graduate school, etc.),
  • Must provide proof of acceptance or attendance,
  • Must complete the required application, including a 300-600 word essay,
  • Must provide a letter of recommendation, and
  • Must complete and submit all forms and required supporting documents by August 15, 2017.

Recipients will be selected by a committee made up of volunteers from both MASSA and CTSSA. (Note: Applicants cannot be related to scholarship committee members.)

In order to make this scholarship possible, MASSA and CTSSA are offering varying levels of sponsorships that include differing types of visibility. The sponsorship opportunities are as follows:

  • Platinum Sponsor – $1,000
    • Includes one full-page ad in the Northeast EDGE, a six-month ad on both MASSA and CTSSA websites with a link to the sponsor’s website, named in a listing on the websites and in the newsletter, recognition at the EXPO, and one sponsor representative at the awards ceremony to congratulate all scholarship recipients and present one scholarship to a recipient.
  • Gold Sponsor – $500
    • Includes one half-page ad in the Northeast EDGE, named in a listing on the websites and in the newsletter, recognition at the EXPO, and one sponsor representative at the awards ceremony to congratulate all scholarship recipients and present one scholarship to a recipient.
  • Silver Sponsor – $200
    • Includes one quarter-page ad in the Northeast EDGE, named in a listing on the websites and in the newsletter, and recognition at the EXPO.
  • Donations of any amount are welcomed and will be recognized at the 2017 Northeast Storage EXPO.

If you have any additional questions about applying or sponsoring, please contact Courtney Long.

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Maximize Your NOI in 2017 Webinar

Join presenter Bobby Jones of XPS Solutions on Thursday, June 22nd at 2:00 PM as he explains how you can increase profits by leveraging your contact center technology partnerships.

Webinars are free for members to attend, and nonmembers can attend for $39.00.

Can’t make this one? All of the MASSA and CTSSA-hosted webinars are recorded and posted to the Member Resource section of the website (must be logged in).

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2017 Five-Star Sponsors

We are happy to welcome our 2017 Five-Star Sponsors:

Boardwalk Logo
44 Wood Ave., Ste 7
Mansfield, MA 02048
508-337-9035
www.boardwalkstoragesolutionsllc.com

Chateau logo
1820 47th Terrace E
Bradenton, FL 34203
800-833-9296
www.chateauproducts.com

Live Oak Bank logo
1741 Tiburon Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

910-208-9267
www.liveoakbank.com

Blue-DBA_Logo_CMNevilleandAssociatesInc
PO Box 193
Lexington, MA 02420
781-696-6241
www.svn.com

storage insurance brokers
750 Old Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

860-372-4159
www.storageinsurancebrokers.com

If you are interested in becoming a 2017 Five-Star Sponsor with CTSSA and MASSA, you can fill out this form and send it in, or contact us at ctssa@ctssa.org or massa@maselfstorage.org.

Benefits include 2017 memberships to both associations, advertising in the year’s quarterly publications of Northeast EDGE, website advertising, a booth at the Northeast Storage EXPO, a presence at the Spring Retreat, and top billing at all of 2017’s events. For a list of all the benefits an annual sponsorship provides, download the form.

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Update on Senate Bill 2233

Dear MASSA Members,

The State of Massachusetts has implemented the procedures for the new limited license for selling tenant insurance and protection plans. We recommend you take the following the steps:

  • Work through your tenant insurance or protection plan provider as they will need to update their literature.
  • Send your insurer the link found in the Member Resource section under the State and Federal Information section titled Self-Service Storage Agent Limited Lines License which has the information on the State’s licensing requirements and the application.
  • File your application immediately. Download the application (center link on the page). This must be filled out by someone 18 years of age or older. Check with your insurer as they require you to send the completed application to them first.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office, or reach out to MASSA’s Government Relations Chair Mike Kane at 508-881-8550.

 

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Spring Retreat Sponsors: MANY THANKS

Be sure to register for The Competitive Advantage: The Six Areas to Focus on to Give Your Facility an Edge Over the Competition. This joint event with CTSSA will cover six areas of focus including revenue enhancement, marketing, staff training, first impressions and curb appeal, defaulted payments and liens, and how to compete against grand openings.

We’re mixing it up this year by adding in an interactive element for the majority of the event. Hear from Group Leaders, then work to answer a series of questions to be presented and discussed after lunch.

Many thanks to our numerous sponsors of this year’s Spring Retreat being held Wednesday, May 10th at The Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA. We couldn’t hold the events we put on without them!

2017 Five-Star Sponsors

Boardwalk Logo        Chateau logo Live Oak Bank logo        Blue-DBA_Logo_CMNevilleandAssociatesInc storage insurance brokers

Tabletop Sponsors

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Lanyard Sponsor

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Understanding ADA and How It Applies to Self Storage

April 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Scott Zucker, Weissmann Zucker Euster Morochnik P.C.

This webinar will discuss the growing impact that the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to have on the self storage industry and the operation of self storage facilities. The session will discuss the general access regulations that apply to all businesses, the scoping requirements for roll up doors that are specific to self storage construction, as well as the growing trend of litigation concerning websites and the challenges of making online systems accessible to the disabled.

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2017 Spring Retreat: Registration is Open

Join CTSSA and MASSA at our annual Spring Retreat for a day of education and networking!

We’re mixing it up this year by adding in an interactive element for the majority of the event. Hear from our Group Leaders in the morning, then get ready to be a part of the education! Each table will work with a Group Leader to answer a series of questions based on the six areas of focus. After lunch, each table will present the answer that coordinates with their Group Leader, followed by overall group discussion, feedback, and brainstorming.

The six areas of focus and their corresponding Group Leaders are:

  1. Revenue Enhancement – Damon Emerson, StorSmart Insurance
  2. Marketing – Steve Tranni, Stor-U-Self
  3. Staff Training – Scot Vayo, Prime Storage Group
  4. First Impressions & Curb Appeal – Charlie Fritts, SIMI
  5. Defaulted Payments & Liens – Paul Maglio, Storage Auction Solutions
  6. How to Compete Against Grand Openings – TBD

We hope you will be able to join us for this truly unique learning experience.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
8:30 AM – Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM – Opening Remarks
9:15 AM – Group Leader Presentations
10:00 AM – Group Discussions
12:00 PM – Lunch and Networking
12:45 PM – Group Presentations and Discussion
2:00 PM – Adjourn

Registration Fees
Member Rate: $75 ($80 after 4/20/17)
Nonmember Rate: $89 ($99 after 4/20/17)
Tabletop Sponsorship: $250 (Includes one attendee registration and a table to showcase your company’s information and materials.)
Not a member? Join today and attend at the member rate!

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Webinar- Lien Sale Procedures – Frequently Asked Questions

February 9, 2017
2:00-3:00 PM EST

Lien Sale Procedures – Frequently Asked Questions
With, Cheli Rosa of StorageStuff.Bid

Hear from an industry professional what the most frequently asked lien sale questions are and the answers to those questions. The webinar will cover lien enforcement topics like active military tenants, tenants in bankruptcy, letter and advertisement mishaps, online auctions, and more!

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Government Relations Update

Legislative Update – SUCCESS

SB2233, An Act Relative to Self-Storage Insurance, was signed into law on January 12, 2017 by Governor Charlie Baker. After four years and across two Legislative sessions, your MASSA Legislative Committee successfully guided this important legislation to a successful result. The bill will likely not be implemented for months because the Division of Insurance must promulgate regulations and develop an application process. This is a great example of the importance of joining MASSA and attending seminars and our joint trade show held each fall.

Some of the bill’s highlights are:
• A license will be issued to a “Self-Storage Agent.” This will likely be the owner, regional manager, or store manager. The licensee may oversee multiple facilities.
• Must have a training program for employees. The licensee is responsible for training all employees authorized to sell tenant property insurance. They do not need a license.
• Can only sell insurance in relation to the rental of space at the facility.
• Must make brochures and written material available to prospective occupants.
• Disclose that homeowners or renters insurance may cover their property at the facility.
• Describe claim process.
• Occupant may cancel insurance at any time.
• All costs in writing and present proof of coverage.
• Charges for insurance may be collected with rent.
• Commissions may be earned.

The National SSA has been actively pursuing updates to State lien laws and insurance laws across the entire country for many years now. MASSA extends its thanks to Tim Dietz, SSA President and CEO, and Marcus Dunn, SSA Director of Government Relations, for their financial and technical support since 2010. MASSA also thanks Mark Molloy of Lynch Associates for guiding us through the tangled and slow Legislative process in Massachusetts. Once the application process and regulations are released, they will posted the MASSA website. If you have questions, contact Mike Kane at mg.kane@verizon.net.