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  • August 16, 2023 2:28 PM | Melissa Huff (Administrator)

    MSM Talks with Chuck Gordon, CEO of Storable
    and Phil Murphy, Founder of CallPotential

    Wednesday, August 16, 2023. The big news in the self-storage industry yesterday was word that Storable, the leading provider of technology solutions for the self-storage industry, had acquired CallPotential, a prominent provider of tenant engagement and performance management solutions. 

    Following the announcement, MSM reached out to Chuck Gordon, CEO of Storable, and Phil Murphy, Founder of CallPotential, to learn more.

    “We felt we’d be stronger together,” Gordon says, emphasizing that the acquisition was a mutual agreement between the two parties. “Our combined efforts will enhance the integration between our two products to provide more functionality than ever before, with both working even more seamlessly together.”

    Murphy agrees. “Storable had been talking to us for a number of years, and we finally got to a point where the stars aligned and we decided it was time to do something together.”

    Read more about the deal, what it means for other integrations, and what the duo has planned for the future on our website.


  • February 01, 2021 6:12 PM | Crystal Turner


    Cliff Zlotnik

    January 2021


    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - MustGo Storage Tablets offer an effective alternative to desiccant packets for protecting personal property from musty odors and mold staining during storage.

    Items in storage are vulnerable to moisture related musty odors and staining. For years, people have relied on desiccant packets, which remove humidity by absorbing water. But desiccant packets have very limited capacity and short lifespans. Containers of calcium chloride granules can be messy.

    Musty odors and mold staining not only cause financial loss through irreparable damage to valuable personal property, but also emotional loss when heirlooms with sentimental value are damaged. MustGo Storage Tablets are the effective solution. A method so new, unique and functional; the inventors have applied for patents.

    How do MustGo Storage Tablets work? MustGo Storage Tablets are designed to be used in boxes, totes and bags where there is little or no air exchange. Upon exposure to air, they slowly start to emit a dry, invisible protective vapor. This dry vapor slowly fills the airspace, including hard-to-reach areas. The vapor is absorbed into materials through exposure during storage and does not stain, bleach, fade, or corrode property. When items are removed from protective storage, the vapor absorbed by materials quickly dissipates upon exposure to fresh air.

    In unconditioned and conditioned spaces MustGo Storage Tablets will protect: personal property, cars, RVs, boats, sports equipment, etc. MustGo Storage Tablets cause no damage, produce no waste and may be reused. They protect everything from linens and documents to electronics against humidity-related damage for 12+ months.

    MustGo Storage Tablets are easy to use. Users simply box their items, add MustGo Storage Tablets, then seal and store. 

    Ideaz, LLC. is a veteran owned product-development business providing creative and unique solutions to common problems.

    MustGo Storage Tablets is a unique approach, called “thinking inside the box.”

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  • November 30, 2020 2:14 PM | Crystal Turner

  • October 19, 2020 12:49 PM | Crystal Turner

    SSM Integration PR _ email

    Powerful Technology Unlocked with Property Management and Communication Software Integration


    Self-Storage operators will benefit from the seamless integration of a leading provider of management software and a best-in-class communication system


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Blue Bell, PA/Naperville, IL October 15, 2020, CallPotential, an omni-channel communication platform and best-in-class CRM, and E-SoftSys LLC, a leading provider of property management software for the self-storage industry announced today the integration of CallPotential’s communication platform with Self Storage Manager (SSM), an enterprise-class management software from E-SoftSys.


    SSM customers can now leverage the new CallPotential integration to achieve end-to-end performance connecting a holistic ecosystem of marketing, sales, collections, and internal call center software.


    "This has been a highly anticipated integration for some of our existing and potential new customers. With SSM's capabilities and CallPotential's technology, users can experience a seamless transition of customer information while gaining more insight behind-the-scenes.” shared CallPotential Founder and President, Phil Murphy. “This is a significant step for us as we continue to grow our presence in the industry and create technology that drives results".


    The bi-directional API integration provides operators with an arsenal of tools complete with automation, call routing and recording, operational controls, and robust actionable data on leads, including where they come from and how quickly and effectively their store teams are following up.


    "The importance of automating and facilitating timely, relevant communication for operators is rising at a rapid pace. We are pleased to announce an API integration with CallPotential which will meet the challenges of the increasing complexity of software and communications integration.", remarked Kat Shenoy, President and CEO of E-SoftSys.


    About CallPotential

    CallPotential’s award-winning CRM and communication platform integrates seamlessly with self-storage operators’ property management software allowing systemization and automation of lead management and collection management processes using omni-channel communication tools like text messaging, email, live and recorded calls, and live chat. CallPotential also empowers owners to run their own internal contact centers without investing in expensive hardware or hiring additional labor. These products combine powerful insight, transparency, and control into operations. To learn more about CallPotential schedule a demo or call 877-552-2557.


    About E-SoftSys

    E-SoftSys offers a complete suite of products and services that include Self Storage Manager - Comprehensive management software for single and multi-facility operators; Online Reservations and Rentals with Electronic Signature & Digital Storage of leases; e-CRM - Fully Integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) module; Customer Portal - A self-help interactive portal for customers to view their account history and balance, make payments, enable or disable autopay, schedule move-outs, update their contact information and more; Android Tablet/Mobile Phone based Site Walk Through & Work Order Management Module for site managers to perform lock checks, enter unit maintenance notes, mark units for move outs, create work orders for maintenance activities and much more; Other Interfaces - QlikViewTM Business Intelligence and Analytics, API integration to leading website providers, call center service providers, revenue management service providers, tenant insurance companies, cloud based gate systems and Lead Aggregators; 24/7 Customer Support - with Dedicated Team and Project Manager assigned for large operator implementations, as well as periodic upgrades to the software programs.


    Self Storage Manager has been implemented by many single and multi-facility companies in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please contact E-SoftSys at 800-469-1740 Ext. 1, or by visiting or Click here to email SSM.


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  • March 18, 2020 2:19 PM | Crystal Turner

    Coronavirus & Price Restrictions

    Mike Blackett posted on 3/13/2020 2:43:00 PM

    Coronavirus & Price Restrictions

    Coronavirus & Price Restrictions

    As SSA members are aware, the coronavirus unfortunately has spread domestically to several states, and the number of new cases of coronavirus continues to grow. As the situation worsens, many states responsively have declared a state of emergency. So far, the Governors of California, Utah, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon, Indiana, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and Maryland have all declared states of emergency.


    Once a state of emergency is declared, many states have price restrictions, commonly referred to as price gouging laws, that take effect. Although these laws differ, they generally put a cap on raising prices for certain goods and services above a certain percentage from the amount charged immediately preceding the declaration, subject to certain narrow exceptions. Some of these laws are clearly applicable to self storage, some clearly are not, and others are uncertain in scope.


    Importantly, many of these laws create so-called strict liability offenses. In other words, it only must be proven that the unlawful rate increase occurred, without a valid exemption provided by the law, not that an operator had a specific intent to violate the law or “gouge” the tenant.


    Although no SSA member would intentionally raise their rental rates dramatically during a declared state of emergency, the laws may affect an operator’s ability to implement even standard rate increases. For example, in California, an operator may not charge a rental price greater than 10 percent more than the amount charged immediately preceding the declaration, subject to certain narrow exceptions. If a California operator charged $100 for a unit immediately preceding the declaration and raised the rent to more than $110 during the state of emergency, the operator may be in violation of the law.


    During a state of emergency, members should consult with their legal counsel regarding the application of their state’s pricing laws before changing rental rates for both current and prospective tenants. Given how dynamic the current situation is, members should also frequently monitor announcements and statements from state and local officials that could extend, modify, or revise their state of emergency as the coronavirus situation changes.


    For a general 50-state overview of price gouging laws, click here.

  • March 18, 2020 1:31 PM | Crystal Turner

    Coronavirus and Self Storage

    Mike Blackett posted on 3/17/2020 11:36:00 AM

    Coronavirus and Self Storage


    Storage operators are doing their due diligence during this pandemic and national emergency to make sure their customers are taken care of while also ensuring the safety of their employees. The SSA reached out to facility executives across the country to see how they are responding during these difficult times.


    Manhattan Mini Storage (NY)

    Jon Dario, president


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “Store hours are 7 am-10 pm for some buildings and 24 hours for others.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “Onsite management staffing is as it has always been. No limits on staffing have been set. We have a contingency to go to resident managers being the only staff if NYC gets a shelter in place decision.”



    How are you approaching access to units? “Our customers have access cards to enter the buildings and to use elevators. That has not changed.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “Yes, we deferred auctions until further notice.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “We have not yet done anything with late fees, but we are discussing the possibility of deferring them as well.”


    Devon Self Storage (national)

    Ken Nitzberg, chairman and CEO


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “As of Monday, March 16, Devon was planning to maintain regular hours at each facility but with no more than one employee on duty at any given time. Because Devon Self Storage operates in multiple, geographically diverse areas of the country, the company is prepared to adapt and modify operations as the situation varies by community.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “Those who are ill or have family in their homes who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness have been advised to not report to work.”


    How are you approaching access to units? “Presently we are open our regular hours with access to units that are current with their rent as always. Should local rules change, that accessibility could change also.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “Devon has put off any auctions until the end of April at the soonest.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “We will make that decision on a case-by-case basis.”


    Sentry Self Storage (FL)

    Scott McLaughlin, executive vice president


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “Not at this time. We're watching federal, state, and local updates for news pertaining to small business hours of operations changes, or mandatory closures.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “On-site staff have been directed to stay home if they feel sick.”


    How are you approaching access to units? “Tenant access remains uninterrupted for the time being.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “Yes, we've placed a delay on any pending sales until further notice and are providing opportunities for folks to work with us on payment options.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “Not at this time. However, if removal of fees helps a customer in lien status, we're certainly considering that as part of the solution.”


    StorageMart (national, Canada)

    Mike Burnam, CEO


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “Not at this time. If/when we do, it will be based on how busy that store is and what the TPG is for the store.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “Increasing hourly wage by $2.50/hour as additional incentive to come to work or offset increased child care or significant other not working.”


    How are you approaching access to units? “Offices open for business, we are considering ourselves essentials due to supply chains being stored no our facilities.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “Deferring for 30 days.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “Deferring all charges related to sellout, but not first late fee or lock cut charges.”


    Five Star Storage (North Dakota)

    Ben Hendricks, chief operating officer


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “We’re monitoring daily changes and recommendations from local, state and national officials. Self storage is thankfully not a high-traffic business, so currently our hours haven’t been altered. We are strongly encouraging customers to limit their in-person contact with our staff; encouraging existing tenants to pay their monthly rent online; via a drop box or through the mail; and asking customers to call our managers vs. coming into the office. Signs have been posted on front doors of our stores, we’ve sent an email to all of our tenants, and we’re informing customers to refer to our Facebook pages for the most current updates on office hours/closures.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “Those that work in our business that have the ability to work from home, remotely, are doing so. At one rental office that has a two-door system with a vestibule, we’ve elected to lock the second door and speak to customers thru an intercom prior to buzzing them in to enter the office.”


    How are you approaching access to units? “Unit access hasn’t changed, because rarely do customers come into contact with one another. We have encouraged customers at facilities with hands-free access keypads to utilize that technology through the mobile app associated with those keypads. This was mentioned within the mass email to the current customers.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “Not at this time, but we are currently evaluating.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “Not at this time, but we are currently evaluating.”


    Personal Mini Storage (FL)

    Marc Smith, president


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “Not yet. The situation is obviously very fluid.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “We are staggering coverage so that fewer people are in each office.”


    How are you approaching access to units? “No changes yet.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “We are dealing with these on a case-by-case basis rather than a wholesale change.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “We are not and are encouraging auto-pay signup.”


    Anytime Storage (AZ)

    Chris Delgado, VP of Operations


    Are you altering your hours of operation? “We are not altering office hours much, just moving them earlier in the day.”


    How are you handling onsite staffing? “We are limiting direct contact with customers. We have modified our interactions and transactions with customers to do so.”


    How are you approaching access to units? “We are not changing access to units for customers.”


    Are you cancelling or deferring auctions? “Yes, we have cancelled our March and April auctions.”


    Are you deferring late fees for the time being? “We are not deferring late fees but are sensitive to late payments during this time.”

  • August 27, 2019 9:24 AM | Deleted user

    Absolute Storage Management 1630 Bonnie Lane Suite 106 Memphis, TN 38016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2019

    Absolute Storage Management Reports 2019 Second Quarter Results

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee –Absolute Storage Management (ASM), a leading third-party management company for self-storage facilities in the United States, announced operating results for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

    2019 Highlights for Three Months Ended June 30, 2019:

     Increased same-store revenue by 2.5% vs. the same period in 2018.

     Reported Same-Store Net Operating Income ("NOI") increase of 3.1% compared to the same period in


     Acquired three (3) management contracts: one (1) operating facility and two (2) facilities at the completion of construction.

    2019 Highlights for Six Months Ended June 30,2019:

     Increased same-store revenue by 2.8% vs. the same period in 2018.

     Ended the time period with 90.7% Square Ft. Occupancy compared to 91.2% same period in 2018.

     Added gross of 10 stores to third-party management portfolio.

    ASM’s 2019 same store pool consists of 68 stabilized properties managed since January 1, 2018. The income growth that these properties displayed is a direct result of ASM’s expertise in revenue and occupancy management, and the overall NOI growth is aided by consistent expense monitoring and economies of scale.  “Our adaptive and locally focused team continues to produce outstanding results, even in increasingly competitive markets. Out team has done a phenomenal job.” Scott Beatty, CEO. 

    ASM actively manages 131 properties in 14 states. Over the three-month quarter ending June 30, 2019,  ASM gained management of the following properties: Pelham Road Self Storage in Greenville, SC; Canton Storage in Canton, GA; and Old Ellis Storage in Roswell, GA.  Absolute Storage Management

    Absolute Storage Management (ASM) is one of the largest private, third-party self-storage management company in the United States. Founded in 2002, ASM’s headquarters are in Memphis, TN with regional offices in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; and Jackson, MS. The company’s mission is to grow successful partnerships with customers, team members, and investors by delivering excellence in service. 

    For further information and news about Absolute Storage Management, please go to the ASM website at Contact Jasmin Jones at

  • August 26, 2019 10:00 AM | Deleted user



    Janus Founder, President and CEO David Curtis to Retire
    and Serve as Co-Chairman of Janus Board of Directors

    Temple, GA and Santa Monica, CA – August 23, 2019 – Janus International Group, LLC (“Janus”), the leading global manufacturer and supplier of turn-key solutions and new technologies for the self-storage, commercial and industrial markets, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”), today announced that long-time Janus executive and industry veteran Ramey Jackson will succeed David Curtis as Chief Executive Officer, effective
    September 2, 2019. Mr. Curtis, who announced his retirement, will remain with the company in the role of Co-Chairman of Janus’ Board of Directors.

    Mr. Jackson is an accomplished veteran of the self-storage industry with more than 20 years of relevant experience, and he has served in many executive and leadership roles within Janus, most recently as Vice President of Sales.

    “I am honored to serve as the next CEO of Janus, and I want to thank David, Clearlake and the entire team at Janus for the confidence they have placed in me to lead this incredible organization,” said Mr. Jackson. “The self-storage business is undergoing exciting changes, as new technological solutions are developed and applied, and Janus looks forward to offering the most innovative, customer-friendly options.”

    "Ramey is an executive with the knowledge, experience, commitment and vision required to lead Janus into the future, and we look forward to partnering with him as we work together to take Janus to the next stage of growth,” said José E. Feliciano, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Colin Leonard, Partner, at Clearlake. “On behalf of Clearlake and the Board, we want to thank David for his exemplary service to Janus, wish him well in his well-deserved retirement and look forward to his continued contributions as Co-Chairman.”

    Mr. Curtis founded Janus in 2001 and served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since inception. He has over 35 years of executive experience within the industry, having founded and led multiple companies at the forefront of the self-storage and commercial sectors.

    "I am proud of the incredible global platform we have built with the best employees in the industry,” said Mr. Curtis. “Janus is just getting started in its growth trajectory, and I am excited to watch Ramey execute on our compelling growth plan to pioneer new technologies like access control, while expanding our core business lines. Ramey is a proven and respected leader in our organization who has delivered strong results through an unwavering commitment to our customers and people.” 



    Janus International Group, LLC is the leading global manufacturer and supplier of turn-key self-storage, commercial and industrial building solutions including: roll up and swing doors, hallway systems, relocatable storage units, and facility and door automation technologies. The Janus team operates out of several U.S. locations and five locations internationally. More information is available at


    Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a leading private investment firm founded in 2006. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The firm’s core target sectors are industrials and energy; software and technology-enabled services, and consumer. Clearlake has managed over $10 billion of institutional capital since inception and its senior investment principals have led or  co-led over 100 investments. More information is available at

    Media Contact:

    For Janus:

    Christine DeBord



    For Clearlake:

    Blicksilver Public Relations

    Kristin Celauro



    Jennifer Hurson


    Clearlake and Janus Logo





    Janus International Group, 135 Janus International Blvd, Temple, GA 30179, 770-562-2850

  • July 22, 2019 10:27 AM | Deleted user


    Houston, TX – July 11, 2019 – Pinnacle Storage Properties, based in Katy, Texas, proudly announces the acquisition of two more Texas properties, Storage Plus of Old Katy and Storage Plus of Livingston.

    Pinnacle has strategically placed Katy facilities in three different sub-markets.  Storage Plus of Old Katy, located at 5310 E 5th St., in Katy, TX, is Pinnacle’s third addition in the Katy market. Storage Plus of Old Katy’s 142,476 square feet of space provides 531 units to serve customer needs. Along with Storage Plus of Katy and Storage Plus of Katy Kingsland, these properties offer a total of 240,000 sq. ft. of storage space.

    Old Katy provides a variety of unit options; state-of-the-art security; climate-controlled storage; and vehicle, boat and RV storage; as well as free wi-fi, delivery acceptance, and print/copy/scan services for our business tenants. 

    Storage Plus of Livingston, located at 4414 US Hwy 190 W., in Livingston, TX, has an existing 260 non-climate controlled units, totaling 46,100 square feet of storage space. Pinnacle’s strategy of purchasing under-managed, under-enhanced, and under-developed facilities, then updating these properties, will increase Livingston’s value with an expansion of 35,050 square feet of climate-controlled space while implementing best practice management.  The expansion is scheduled to be completed by late summer of this year.

    In addition to climate-controlled storage; vehicle, boat and RV storage; and state-of-the-art security, Livingston will be offering delivery acceptance, free wi-fi, and print/copy/scan services to business clients.

    “Pinnacle Storage Properties is excited to be adding these properties to our ever-expanding portfolio, which includes over 20 locations across Texas, Oregon and Washington, consisting of approximately 7,500 units totaling over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of rent-able space. Livingston is a great fit for our portfolio and ideally located between New Caney and Nacogdoches.” Pinnacle Storage Properties continues to grow and is positioned to double in size within the next year.”  States John Manes, Pinnacle Storage Properties Partner and CEO.

    Robby Dunn, Pinnacle’s Chief Investment Officer, states, “Adding these properties to our growing portfolio gives us the opportunity to make a positive impact on these communities as we add value by updating the property and execute best practice management strategies. We look forward to working with our potential customers, employees, and other small businesses in the area. We continue to remain aggressive in our continued acquisition of self-storage properties.”

    Pinnacle Storage Properties is a privately held, national real estate owner-operator focused on the acquisition, development, and management of self- storage assets.  Their investment strategy is to purchase under-managed, under-enhanced, and under-developed assets in suburban and secondary markets.  They take a grassroots, off-market approach in selecting the best deals that deliver stable cash flow and long-term appreciation opportunities.  With nearly 25 years of combined self-storage experience, they have established an industry wide reputation for superior performance derived from core values; honesty, integrity, and respect.  For more information on Pinnacle Storage Properties, see 

    Kurt Power
    Pinnacle Storage Properties
    Tel: 913-375-4782

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