PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Embracing change to help owners compete in today’s environment. Snapshots of the Phoenix and Arizona markets. Misconceptions and reality of the development cycle.

These and many other topics will highlight the 21st Annual Arizona Self-Storage Conference & Trade Show September 25 and 26 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, Arizona. The Arizona Self-Storage Association (AZSA) is the trade association that represents the self-storage industry in Arizona.

The conference comprises the Owners Summit on September 25 and the Operational Symposium on September 26. The annual golf tournament precedes the conference September 24 at Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass.

“This year’s theme is ‘Embracing Change to Compete Today,’” said AZSA Executive Director Anne Mari DeCoster. “The expertise the speakers bring to our conference embodies our approach to this year’s conference – embracing change to help owners and operators compete in today’s self-storage industry. We couldn’t be prouder of the caliber of our speakers.”

AZSA and The BSC Group kick off the conference with the Owners Summit. The opening discussion, “Will the Real Economy Please Stand Up?” will be presented by Dr. Chris Thornberg of Beacon Economics. The local self-storage outlook, “Self-Storage in 2019: A Focus on Arizona and Phoenix,” will be delivered by Theresa Gallas of Radius+.

Other presentations on the first day include “It’s Coming for You: New Supply,” by Guy Middlebrooks of Cube Smart; “Automation: Fact or Fiction?”, by Travis Morrow; “Pivoting: Technology that is Changing the Self-Storage Industry,” by Lonnie Bickford, owner of Appletree Storage and StorageAuctions.com; “Improving Cash Flow Through Tax Strategies,” by Heidi Henderson of Engineered Tax Services; and “Beyond Billboards & Yellow Pages: Marketing in 2019 and Beyond,” by James Malone of G5.

This year’s “Inside the Operator’s Studio” features AZSA board member Travis Morrow interviewing Robert Schoff, a founding AZSA board member and Chairman of the Board of National Self-Storage Management.

The Operational Symposium on September 26 kicks off with “Dominate Your Competition, Part 1,” presented by Jim Ross of Self Storage Domination. Online reviews will also be discussed, followed by “Dominate Your Competition, Part 2.” The second wraps up with a Q&A featuring Jim Ross and Richard Marmor, Chair of AZSA’s Legal & Legislative Committee.

The conference will include vendor/sponsor exhibits in the showroom where all the presentations take place.

Registration fee is $140 for owner/operator members; $190 for owner/operator non-members. Early bird pricing runs through August 11. Register here.

AZSA boasts more than 600 facilities in the association owned by approximately 300 owner/operators as well as more than 100 associate members who are both local and national vendors to the self-storage industry.

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