TNSSA Manager of the Year

Congratulations 2020 Manager of the Year 

Evan Barry of Sewanee Mountain Storage

Evan is a graduate of the Jones School of Business at Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurial Studies. His senior year he began a internship with Enterprise car rentals. After graduation he continued with Enterprise for 2 years and quickly rose to manager at the Nashville International Airport.

As an Entrepreneur at heart he then decided to move back home and start a moving business. He created The Local Mover and added a U-haul service which he ran successfully in conjunction with Sewanee Mountain Storage for 5 years.

In 2017, Dan and Arlene Barry (Mom and Dad) offered Evan a Chief Operating position with Sewanee Mountain Storage and Storage Central of Franklin County. (Evan is part owner of Storage Central.) Both businesses were run mom and pop style with stand alone software at the time. Evan accepted the offer, sold his moving business, and dedicated full time to running over 850 units combined.

Under Evan's tenure for the last 3 years both facilities were quickly upgraded to Sitelink's webbased software.

In 2020 a successful pilot project was launched with Storage Central becoming a contactless facility where all transactions are completed through the facilities website. By March of this year Sewanee Mountain Storage will also be website operational.

During this Covid crisis Evan has not only been able to keep tenant exposure to a minimum but is always available to talk to customers as the need arises. He has taken both businesses from a 3% delinquency rate to currently 0%.

Evan and Katie have been married for the last 6 ½ years. They have 2 children -Victoria (4) and Duke (2) with a new addition due in October.

 Congratulations Evan Barry! Well done!


We are pleased to present the Runner-Up with this certificate for the achievement recognized by industry peers in Outstanding Management and Customer Service in 2020 to Steve Klein of East Nashville Self Storage.

Steve became our property manager at East Nashville Self Storage in December, 2019. While he didn't have prior storage experience, he came with over 30 years of working in sales. Steve immersed himself into the role and proactively learned the nuances of the storage business. He is a hands on leader and is willing to get his hands dirty. He quickly gained the respect of his staff and improved the work environment for everyone. Whether it is managing the budget, making collection calls, or cleaning bathrooms, Steve leads by example, with a great positive attitude.

Congratulations Steve!

A Manager of the Year Testimonial...

Nominate Your Manager for Manager of the Year

By Stephanie Tharpe of A+Storage

In the Self Storage Business, our managers work very hard all year long. They are the face of our business and our number one sales feature. On a daily basis, they are customer service agents, collectors, auditors, custodians, and administrators. They have to be able to write professionally, be articulate, be adaptable, be presentable, be problem solvers and multi – task, all under limited supervision. They are also our most important investment. We want to reward those who stand out and go the extra mile.  

The TNSSA chooses their MOTY based on Commitment to Leadership, Creativity, High Occupancy Rate, Low Delinquencies and Overall Business.

In 2012, I was truly honored to be chosen by the Board of Directors for this Prestigious Award. As the recipient I was recognized in many ways. I was featured in every newsletter sent out by the Association and recognized at every quarterly luncheon and the Legal Seminar. Inside Self Storage, wrote and featured a national article regarding my award.  The SSA Magazine reported the Award in the Tennessee Section of their Magazine. My local paper, the Chronicle of Mt. Juliet did a feature write up. Del Webb Lake Providence, Congratulated me in their monthly newsletter. Anne Ballard announced it in her session at the ISS World Expo in Las Vegas to her attendees.

You can’t buy that kind of advertising.

That being said, I would like to encourage all of you owners to pay attention to your hard working Managers and nominate your Super Stars for this award in 2015. Your Manager works hard for you. There is no greater feeling than that of being recognized by your industry peers and colleagues.

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