Photos from the 2014 SSAA Self Storage Convention & Tradeshow

Greetings all! I’m back in the office after a fantastic week on the Gold Coast for the Self Storage Association of Australasia’s (SSAA’s) annual convention & tradeshow… and what a fantastic show – I hope you enjoyed it as much as the Storman team and I did!

Here’s a look back at the last few days from the tradeshow side of things. You’ll find some photos scattered throughout as well as at the end of this post. Feel free to leave a comment at the end, too!

 

Tuesday 5th August

After an early start in Brisbane packing the car, Ben & I headed down to the Jupiters complex and started the tradeshow booth setup at 10am. A few hours later the screens were up, the cables laid and we were ready to rock ‘n roll. As soon as we finished setting up the tradeshow stand, I rushed off to check in, had a bite to eat and jumped onto bus “1B” for the Facility Tour.

Storage King Helensvale
Storage King Helensvale

First stop on the tour was the brand new Storage King at Helensvale – a cutting edge self storage facility in Helensvale, featuring the latest in IP cameras, the latest PTI access control, some great new building design features, an INSOMNIAC self storage kiosk and a very different & spacious “open plan” office area for customers (including in-store wifi & a hot-desk work area for people on the go). I took a few (hundred?) photos… you can find a few of them below & even more on my dedicated Storage King Helensvale photo blog.

Sadly there was an accident on the freeway, so our trip to facility 2, which should have taken 30 minutes, took about an hour… but we eventually arrived at Eco-Centre Self Storage in Stapylton. Well… when I say arrived, I mean “tried to drive into”. Sadly the bus couldn’t make it into the little side road, so we ended up taking a further 5 minute detour around a few back roads – many of which weren’t even sealed, before we arrived via the back way.

The nature area at Frank's Eco-Centre Self Storage in Stapylton
The nature area at Frank’s Eco-Centre Self Storage in Stapylton

We had a great tour of the complex – which features creeks, water cascades and a large lagoon with plenty of wildlife. It must be a great facility to work at – nature at your front door! Sadly we spent a large amount of time going through the eco-aspect of the complex, that many of us only got to spend a few minutes inside the actual self storage facility before we had to head off to the third and final location on the tour.

The accident from earlier was still causing havoc, so we took a few service roads before we eventually arrived at Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson at Springwood. Many of us on the tour wondered what this place had to do with self storage, but our host, David Staughton, said to pay close attention to the branding and merchandising – as it would tie in to his session tomorrow. But what a place – I had no idea there were so many different types of Harley available!

Gasoline Alley in Slacks Creek
Gasoline Alley in Slacks Creek

You see, it’s not about the product; a Harley from this store is the same Harley from another store… but it’s the customisation and personalisation that makes it different. A Harley from Gasoline Alley is never going to be the same as one anywhere else, as it can be customised for the rider in hundreds of different ways – and that’s what sets them apart. It’s about standing out and differentiating your business from others that sell, or do, the same thing. I’m sure David will touch more on this tomorrow during his session as he goes into how to make your self storage offerings stand out.

After a quick tour, we headed back to the conference venue; but sadly – due to traffic and even more accidents on the way back, the 45 minute trip ended up taking 90 minutes and we got back at 6:50pm (instead of the scheduled 5pm); meaning I only had 10 minutes to check-in, iron my clothes, shower and get ready for the next event – the cocktail welcome party!

Pat (Island Secure Storage), Jim & Rosemary (Jim's Self Storage) and Amanda (Spot On Storage) at the Cocktail Party
Pat (Island Secure Storage), Jim & Rosemary (Jim’s Self Storage) and Amanda (Spot On Storage) at the Cocktail Party

As you guessed, I was a little late to that one, but made it by 7:30pm… what a night! The theme was “the fun of the fair” and it was fantastic – circus acts, circus games, drinks, lots of yummy food and some great time with our fantastic group of association members. I headed off just after 10pm, but I’m sure it kicked on for a few hours more. As expected, I’ve included a bunch more photos below in the photo gallery.

 

Wednesday 6th August

After breakfast & a bit of a catch-up on emails, I headed into the tradeshow area at around 8am to start preparing for the day. By 10:30, it was morning tea time and the masses entered the tradeshow hall for a bite to eat, a ‘cuppa and a chat. It was fantastic to chat to so many clients, put faces to names and run through our self storage management software with a large number of interested people; more-so than any event I’ve ever attended to far.

The Ezidebit & StorMan Self Storage Management Software tradeshow stand
The Ezidebit & StorMan Self Storage Management Software tradeshow stand

Our newly developed Storman Online Reporting (SOR) and Online Customer Portal (OCP) modules have been a massive hit in our tradeshow demo’s – so if you didn’t see them at the show, I welcome you to read up about our Online Reporting module. Remember, these two modules are included in your ongoing monthly Support & Upgrades Subscription – so if you already use Storman, feel free to sign-up to our SOR open beta and check it out! We’ll have more information on the Online Customer Portal as it nears completion.

The Ezidebit & StorMan Self Storage Management Software tradeshow stand
The Ezidebit & StorMan Self Storage Management Software tradeshow stand

Lunch is always a big one at these events, as they’re usually the longest sessions – and at 90 minutes, today’s was no different. As I said earlier, the sheer number of demonstrations we all provided to new people was fantastic – however, I am starting to lose my voice from talking so much, so hopefully it comes back overnight. To all those that came by and saw us today – thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the speaker sessions. I’m off to a catch-up Teppanyaki dinner this evening, but we’ll all be back on deck tomorrow for our final day on the tradeshow floor – see you then!

 

Thursday 7th August

The last day of a tradeshow is always the busiest and today was no exception, with both sessions full of software demonstrations. Before I knew it, it was time to bump-out and within an hour, the stand was packed away and ready to go. At 6:30pm, the SSAA kicked off their convention closer with the fantastic gala dinner & celebrations, of which I’ve included a number of photos below. A big ‘congratulations’ to all of the award winners (listed below).

Michael Tate (CEO, Storage King) with 'Manager of the Year' award winner Temeike McLean (Storage King Browns Plains) & Grant McNamee (Operations Manager, Storage King)
Michael Tate (CEO, Storage King) with ‘Manager of the Year’ award winner Temeike McLean (Storage King Browns Plains) & Grant McNamee (Operations Manager, Storage King)

We had a great time at the convention and hope you did too. Thanks for supporting us – and the Self Storage Association of Australasia – by attending their flagship event. If you missed out on one of our demo CDs (they disappeared like hotcakes!), you can still download our free trial. Of course, if you need to chat to one of our friendly staff about Storman, we welcome you to get in touch. Thanks again and see you in 2015! Don’t forget to check out more photos below & leave a comment at the end!

 

2014 SSAA Award Winners

Congratulations to all award winners!

  • New Industry Entrant Award: On-Guard Self Storage, Noosaville
  • Small Operator of the Year Award: Capital Self Storage, Mitchell
  • Best Expansion / Upgrade of the Year Award: U-Store It, Keswick
  • Innovation of the Year Award: National Storage, Head Office
  • Service Member of the Year Award: CentreForce IT
  • Manager of the Year Award: Temeike McLean, Storage King Browns Plains
  • Regional Facility of the Year Award: Storage King Rutherford
  • Facility of the Year Award: Fort Knox Storage, Vermont

 

2014 SSAA Convention Photos

Setting up the StorMan tradeshow stand
Setting up the StorMan tradeshow stand

 

Setting up the StorMan tradeshow stand
Setting up the StorMan tradeshow stand

 

Water systems at Eco-Centre Self Storage
Water systems at Eco-Centre Self Storage

 

Frank Witchger, Eco-Centre Self Storage
Frank Witchger, Eco-Centre Self Storage

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour
Eco-Centre Self Storage facility tour

 

Up close & personal with a Harley Davidson at Gasoline Alley in Slacks Creek
Up close & personal with a Harley Davidson at Gasoline Alley in Slacks Creek

 

Harley heaven at Gasoline Alley
Harley heaven at Gasoline Alley

 

Harley heaven at Gasoline Alley
Harley heaven at Gasoline Alley

 

Gasoline Alley tour
Gasoline Alley tour

 

Gasoline Alley tour
Gasoline Alley tour

 

Stuck in traffic on the way back after the facility tour
Stuck in traffic on the way back after the facility tour

 

The Ezidebit & StorMan tradeshow booths during the "circus-themed" Cocktail Party event
The Ezidebit & StorMan tradeshow booths during the “circus-themed” Cocktail Party event

 

Ben (StorMan Software) & Luigi La Tona (Self Storage Association of Asia) at the StorMan booth during the Cocktail Party event
Ben (StorMan Software) & Luigi La Tona (Self Storage Association of Asia) at the StorMan booth during the Cocktail Party event

 

Andy (StorMan Software), Luigi La Tona (Self Storage Association of Asia) & Ben (StorMan Software) at the StorMan booth during the Cocktail Party event
Andy (StorMan Software), Luigi La Tona (Self Storage Association of Asia) & Ben (StorMan Software) at the StorMan booth during the Cocktail Party event

 

Ben (StorMan Software) with guests at the StorMan booth during the Cocktail Party event
Ben (StorMan Software) with guests at the StorMan booth during the Cocktail Party event

 

The SSAA's "circus-themed" Cocktail Party event
The SSAA’s “circus-themed” Cocktail Party event

 

The SSAA's "circus-themed" Cocktail Party event
The SSAA’s “circus-themed” Cocktail Party event

 

The SSAA's "circus-themed" Cocktail Party event
The SSAA’s “circus-themed” Cocktail Party event

 

Owen & Clayton (Ezidebit), Ben (StorMan Software), Brett (Ezidebit), Matt & Andy (StorMan Software) at the "circus-themed" Cocktail Party event
Owen & Clayton (Ezidebit), Ben (StorMan Software), Brett (Ezidebit), Matt & Andy (StorMan Software) at the “circus-themed” Cocktail Party event

 

Simone Hill (SSAA Legal Counsel) & Ben (StorMan Software) at the SSAA's "circus-themed" Cocktail Party event
Simone Hill (SSAA Legal Counsel) & Ben (StorMan Software) at the SSAA’s “circus-themed” Cocktail Party event

 

StorMan Software tradeshow stand
StorMan Software tradeshow stand

 

PTI "Pay at the gate" demonstration at the PTI booth
PTI “Pay at the gate” demonstration at the PTI booth

 

PTI "Pay at the gate" demonstration at the PTI booth
PTI “Pay at the gate” demonstration at the PTI booth

 

PTI "Pay at the gate" demonstration at the PTI booth
PTI “Pay at the gate” demonstration at the PTI booth

 

Lighting-relay systems demonstration at the PTI booth
Lighting-relay systems demonstration at the PTI booth

 

Lunch time!
Lunch time!

 

Ezidebit pens
Ezidebit pens

 

Ben demonstrating StorMan's range of Self Storage Management Software to a potential customer
Ben demonstrating StorMan’s range of Self Storage Management Software to a potential customer

 

Shred X at the SSAA Tradeshow
Shred X at the SSAA Tradeshow

 

StorMan branding during a plenary session
StorMan branding during a plenary session

 

Chocolates at the Ezidebit stand
Chocolates at the Ezidebit stand

 

Morning tea
Morning tea

 

Robert & Ben with guests at the StorMan Self Storage Management Software stand
Robert & Ben with guests at the StorMan Self Storage Management Software stand

 

Lunch time anyone?
Lunch time anyone?

 

Lunch time anyone?
Lunch time anyone?

 

Ben (StorMan Software) with Dougal (SSAA) & Brett (Ezidebit) drawing a winner of our prize draw
Ben (StorMan Software) with Dougal (SSAA) & Brett (Ezidebit) drawing a winner of our prize draw

 

Ben (StorMan Software) with Dougal (SSAA) & Brett (Ezidebit) drawing a winner of our prize draw
Ben (StorMan Software) with Dougal (SSAA) & Brett (Ezidebit) drawing a winner of our prize draw

 

Brett (Ezidebit) with the winner of a StorMan prize
Brett (Ezidebit) with the winner of a StorMan prize

 

Owen (Ezidebit) with the winner of the iPad mini prize
Owen (Ezidebit) with the winner of the iPad mini prize

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

Aaron (Safe Store New Zealand) with facility managers Donna O'Brien and Tracy Cong
Aaron (Safe Store New Zealand) with facility managers Donna O’Brien and Tracy Cong

 

Lizzy & Michael at the SSAA Awards Dinner photo-booth
Lizzy & Michael at the SSAA Awards Dinner photo-booth

 

Clayton, Brett & Owen of Ezidebit
Clayton, Brett & Owen of Ezidebit

 

Simone Hill (SSAA Legal Counsel) sharing a laugh at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Simone Hill (SSAA Legal Counsel) sharing a laugh at the SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

Benjamin Parsad (L) & Lance Comstock (R) of PTI with guest, at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Benjamin Parsad (L) & Lance Comstock (R) of PTI with guest, at the SSAA Awards Dinner

 

Susan Phillips (Charters Towers Self Storage) with guests at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Susan Phillips (Charters Towers Self Storage) with guests at the SSAA Awards Dinner

 

Mark Greig (Storage King) with guest at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Mark Greig (Storage King) with guest at the SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

Rosemary (Jim's Self Storage), Sonja (Visy Boxes & More) & Amanda (Spot on Self Storage) at the SSAA Awards Dinner photo-booth
Rosemary (Jim’s Self Storage), Sonja (Visy Boxes & More) & Amanda (Spot on Self Storage) at the SSAA Awards Dinner photo-booth

 

Dancing at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Dancing at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Dancing at the SSAA Awards Dinner
Dancing at the SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

 

SSAA Awards Dinner
SSAA Awards Dinner

PS: Want more? Ben’s also put together a great convention wrap-up on his blog.

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