SSAA Convention 2019
August 27 - August 29| $500 – $2000
The SSAA Convention 2019 brings leading speakers and experts in accelerating the self storage industry together with Australia’s and New Zealand’s leaders of today and tomorrow, giving us the knowledge and insight we need to compete — and win — in an ever changing world.
Over the course of 3 days you will hear from experts in the self storage industry and partners, revealing innovative methods to market your facility, new software and technology systems to help with the smooth running of your facility and Self Storage builders who can advise on best practice when getting your facility up and running.
Who should attend?
- You are a self storage facility owner wanting to understand more about new innovations in the industry.
- You are a self storage facility manager wanting to build the company up for the future.
- You are a startup wanting to know more about the self storage industry
- You are a service member who provides solutions to self storage facility owners.
Meet The Speakers
Our speakers are experts in their field across a range of industries, from online marketing to self storage building designs.
Tony NashTony Nash started his first internet business in 1996. In 2004 Tony founded Booktopia, an online bookstore, with an allocated budget of $10 a day. The company’s first book sold in 3 days. Fast track ten years and Booktopia now sells one book every ten seconds, with an annual turnover of $115 million a year. It was listed in BRW’s Fast 100 from 2009 to 2014, 2016 and 2017, and was voted Australia’s Favourite Bookshop by the Australian Booksellers Association. One of the defining aspects of the business is its philanthropic program. So far Booktopia has donated $750K in books and cash to literacy based projects in Australia including indigenous literacy, writers festivals, readers conferences, library fundraising projects and book industry awards. 2014 saw Booktopia win the Telstra Medium Sized Business of the year award for NSW and the Smart Company Community Award for its philanthropic program supporting literacy, writers’ festivals and readers’ conferences. Booktopia recently launched a business within its business called Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS). This division offers book distribution and wholesale services for local and international publishers in the Australian marketplace. This means bookstores and businesses need to buy those books from BPS directly if they want to on sell them to their customers. After being a finalist for 7 years Booktopia finally took out the top award as the 2018 NSW Business of the Year and Medium Sized Business Award at the Telstra Business Awards 2018. In July 2018 Booktopia also won Best Pureplay Online Retailer at the Online Retail Industry Awards and Tony was acknowledged with the Industry Recognition Award. Tony is an entrepreneur, founder and chief executive officer in online retail. With a background in recruitment, programming, business development, selling, SEO and internet marketing, Tony has developed outstanding negotiation and leadership skills with a thorough understanding of sales, forecasting, bootstrapping, PR, empowerment and managing an executive team.
Kevin She introduced the mini storage concept to Hong Kong, launching SC Storage in 2001. SC Storage was the first in Hong Kong to develop a chain-store/retail format, opening new outlets near MTR stations and other convenient areas to create strong brand consciousness.
Cesare CarcanoOwner and CEO of Casaforte Self-Storage Group Italy and Switzerland, President of AISI (Italian Self Storage Association), founder of the Suisse Self Storage Association, founder and President until 2018 of FEDESSA (European Federation of the Self Storage Association). With his national and international professional experiences in the development of high-end projects, Cesare has directed, developed and provided added value to Advertisement, Marketing, Strategic Consulting, Logistics, Real Estate, and Self Storage companies in Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and the US.
Yvonne AdeleYvonne began her career with Microsoft in Sydney, before travelling the world with the software giant. Returning to Australia she created the Ms Megabyte persona leading to a national media profile and a bestselling book teaching everyday Australians to love technology. Yvonne soon received invitations to speak and MC at corporate events with traditionally male-skewed speaker programs. She has since worked across a wide industry base including government, education, enterprise, small business, industry, marketing and tech. Famous for working closely with event teams, Yvonne offers innovative ideas where needed across the agenda, speakers, delegate experience, sponsor & exhibitor value, venues, theme, messaging and marketing. Yvonne is a Certified Speaking Professional – the highest designation for Speakers globally.
Darryl KingDarryl is a partner in Jackson Russell’s Business Law team. His areas of legal speciality are mergers and acquisitions, franchising, securities, and general corporate and commercial law. Darryl has over 20 years' experience of advising on, structuring and negotiating commercial transactions across a range of industry sectors. He specialises in contract negotiations, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, derivatives and securities, and general corporate and commercial law. Darryl is focused on providing effective commercial solutions in a New Zealand and international business environment. Darryl works with companies across a range of sectors, including food and beverage, retail, manufacturing, derivatives, business services and import/export sectors. His clients range from privately-held and family-owned business and investors through to subsidiaries of NZX listed companies, private equity owned companies and subsidiaries of multi-national companies. His international experience includes working in the London office of leading global law firm Allen & Overy. Darryl is an active member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand and is a member of the Association's Legislation and Government Liaison committees.
Andrew McKenzieAndrew McKenzie is the State Leader of the Financial Services Group (FSG) team of Aon Risk Solutions, and with Leadership responsibility for the Northern Region of Australia. With 25 years’ experience in the insurance sector, Andrew has worked closely with clients to help them understand their full set of financial risk exposures, and develop bespoke solutions that are specifically designed to optimise their risk transfer strategy. In addition to specialising in the traditional financial lines and professional insurance classes (such as professional indemnity, directors’ and officers’ liability, commercial crime and financial institutions cover), Andrew and his team at AON are heavily focused on providing solutions and products for emerging risks such as cyber, and workplace health and safety (WHS) to protect organisations, their Boards and Executives, and most importantly their people.
Damien GoodenWith over 20 years of experience in small businesses, Damien oversees a team of IT Developers and HR Specialists to provide Cloud-based software and HR advice all around Australia. He works closely with Franchise Groups to learn and understand the business and provide a unified HR solution. He holds qualifications in Human Resources and Information Technology (Business Systems).
Glenn HarrisGlenn is a Director at Bishop Collins Chartered Accountants, who brings a fun and professional dynamic to the team. Glenn started his Accounting career as a cadet in 1990 alongside doing his degree. By 1995 Glenn was a qualified Chartered Accountant. Glenn has a broad knowledge of the Accounting spectrum. Having owned his own practice “Harris and Associates” for 7 years, Glenn now loves to focus on business restructuring, property transactions and being a “sounding board” to businesses needing financial advice so he can assist in their growth. More recently Glenn has specialised in the Self-Storage industry. Advising owners on how to structure their business asset to legally pay less tax, providing management advice for their facilities and assisting with compliance tax matters.
Phillip KeenanAs a child Phil grew up in the Surf Life Saving culture, spending time surfing and volunteering at the beach. This upbringing, of helping others, combined with a love of all things business, led Phil to Accounting. Phil has been a part of the Bishop Collins team since 2000. Upon graduating from Newcastle University in 2004, Phil went on to complete his CA in 2007 and his Master of Taxation in 2012. Phil’s greatest strength is his ability to review existing business structures and improve a client’s position from both an income tax and asset protection perspective. These are valuable skills to possess as they are transferable across all accounting fields. Allowing Phil to broaden his expertise and advise clients in the areas he is most passionate about – Property Investment and Development. Phil describes himself in three words as honest, driven and determined. All great qualities which are demonstrated with us every day at Bishop Collins and contributed to his promotion to a Director of the company in 2017. Favourite Quote: “Life is a journey to be experienced not a problem to be solved” – Winnie The Pooh
Michael DoggerMichael has been in the Self Storage industry for more than 8 years. With a background in Electrical Engineering, Finance and Telecommunications, Michael has brought varied experience to innovate the Self Storage Industry. He wrote “RapidStor” – the world’s first online integrated move in procedure for storers that uses SiteLink’s API, used by leading Self Storage companies and the AccessEzy iOS app, a world first for Self Storage access control. Michael is responsible for the development and strategic direction of many Self Storage websites. As the CEO of Centreforce Technology Group, he is responsible for the day to day running of the group. Michael is also the Chief Financial Officer of a US based property investment firm.
Andy PudmenzkyHaving designed his first hand-coded website at the age of 13 (back in the days of 28.8kbit/s modems, mind you), Andy developed a keen interest in web & audio / visual technologies since he was old enough to reach the keyboard. Since 2006, Andy has held the position of Marketing Manager at a Brisbane-based software company, where he sets budgets & formulates campaigns, designs print / web / video content, writes content for eBooks & inbound marketing collateral, and designs & maintains a number of company websites. Andy has over two decades of proven working experience and holds certifications in a number of video, marketing, technical, audio visual and UX areas
Susan PhillipsSusan Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer of the Self Storage Association of Australasia based in Melbourne with her entry to self storage commencing back in 2005 in Charters Towers, North Queensland where Susan built her first self storage facility. Her interest in giving back to her community led to several roles within the Chamber of Commerce, the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board, the Queensland Government Business Advisory Group and a board position with the Self Storage Association.
Hugh is a Senior Valuer within the Real Estate Advisory team at Urbis. Hugh has over seven years’ experience in the commercial property sector, specialising in the valuation and analysis of both operational and proposed self storage facilities throughout Australia and New Zealand. Hugh is excited about the future of the self storage industry and has built an extensive professional network within the self storage industry including financiers, analysts, owners and managers.
Patrick Mulcahy is part of the Real Estate Advisory team at Urbis. In his role he has undertaken valuation and advisory work in all major self storage markets across Australia and New Zealand. Patrick has also been responsible for the publication of the Urbis Storage Index and the Urbis Self Storage Supply Tracker. Patrick enjoys being part of the ever evolving self storage industry and is looking forward to seeing how it will continue to grow in the future.
Andrea BowmanAndrea Bowman is the inhouse paralegal to the SSAA. She has over 22 years’ administrative experience in various roles, including Paralegal and legal assistance roles both in Melbourne and Canada (approx. 15 years in legal).
David BlackwellDavid is a Director within the Real Estate Advisory team at Urbis. David joined Urbis from Blackwell Consulting in 2012 and has over 35 years’ experience in the real estate industry concentrated in property valuation and specialised consultancy. Over his 20-year association with the self storage industry, David has assisted with a range of valuation, transaction management and consulting assignments across Australasia. David is regarded as an expert in the self storage industry, having undertaken work for all major market participants including Kennards Self Storage, Abacus Property Group, Rent A Space, Safe ‘n’ SOUND, Fort Knox Storage and National Storage.
Rennie SchaferCEO – Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA) Rennie Schafer has been part of the self storage industry for over 15 years. He was the first full time executive officer of the Self Storage Association of Australasia from 2004 until 213 during which time the membership almost doubled. He also helped in the development of the Asian market organising the first meetings of Asian Self Storage operators. In 2013 Rennie moved to the UK to head up the UK Self Storage Association. In 2014 his role was expanded to become the CEO of the Federation of European Self Storage Associations where he was tasked with creating common operating standards and legal terms across the growing European Industry. Rennie has seen hundreds of self storage stores around the world and worked with a range of operators from large publically listed companies to small family run storage sites. He has an MBA and is a member of the Oxford University High Performance Leadership Programme.
Tony RaunicA lawyer advising in Local Government, Property and Construction, Wills and Estates, and Self-Storage. The greatest skill Tony offers his clients is his natural ability to present often complex commercial issues in an easy to understand manner. Just as importantly, he quickly grasps the essential details of an enterprise or document, unravelling them in simple and easy to comprehend terms. This is not surprising, given Tony’s diverse career history involving: - 20 years’ experience in property and commercial law - Owning and operating successful legal and financial services businesses Coveted local government insight, serving as an elected councillor and Mayor for several terms. Tony’s approachable manner and friendly disposition has seen him develop a long-standing and loyal client base who seek his help with many issues including: -Statutory and local government authorities for advice on general property, commercial, environment, governance, probity and town planning matters -Developers, vendors and purchasers regarding residential and commercial sales, leases, subdivisions and off-the-plan transactions -Assisting corporates and other entities successfully navigate their dealings with Commonwealth and State Government departments, statutory authorities and local governments.
Jonathan PerrinsJonathan Perrins has been involved in the steel building products and property related industries since the mid-eighties. His business interests include self storage ownership in the United Kingdom and Australia; self storage design, manufacture and construction in Australia, Asia, and Europe; along with industrial/commercial property development. He is the founder of Steel Storage Group worldwide. He was involved with the first Self Storage Association conference in the United Kingdom (UK) and is a past Chairman of the Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA), following 5 years as a board member. In August 2012 he was presented with a “Lifetime Membership Award” from the SSAA, becoming the ninth person to receive this award. Jon is a co-founder of Universal Self Storage Funds Management (USSFM), which is a fund manager focused on self storage development in Australia and the UK. USSFM presently has $250 million of self storage assets under management.
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Ryan CoomRyan is currently the Marketing and IT Manager for National Mini Storage, Auckland, New Zealand. During his 19 years in the industry he has gained experience and skills across a wide range of the business. Originally digging drains, to working on the frontline at facilities, to senior head office management it has provided Ryan the opportunity to understand all levels of the business, from customer service, branch management, contract negotiation with suppliers, general operations management, staff training, data analysis and statistics, to now currently focusing on marketing with a strong focus on digital marketing, pricing strategy, IT, new facility layout, and establishing a call centre.
Jonathan LaytonJonathan Layton has been in the self-storage for over 20 years. During this time he has been involved in all aspects of the design, manufacture and construction of hundreds of facilities through our Australia and New Zealand. For the past 6 years Jonathan is the Managing Director of Storco Storage Systems, the industry leader in Self storage manufacture and construction.
Linda SharkeyLinda Sharkey is a Certified Practising Valuer, Chartered Valuation Surveyor and leader of the self storage team at Urbis. With 12 years’ experience, she has full geographical coverage in valuations and advisory across Australia and New Zealand. In addition to self storage, Linda is experienced in highest and best use analysis, feasibility testing, value capture and market trend studies.
Greg GriffithGreg brings a breadth of business expertise, understanding of family businesses, and experience with federated organisations like Family business Australia and has held the position of CEO since late 2016. In his previous role as CEO of Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative, which he held for 8 years, Greg successfully developed and implemented the strategic vision of the business, whilst managing a broad range of key stakeholders. Prior to this, Greg held positions as CEO of Destination Melbourne Limited and senior roles with Victorian Farmers Federation. A Melbournian, Greg was also General Manager of Melbourne Football Club in the early 2000s.
Craig SalterCraig Salter is a health and safety innovator, who prides himself on providing simple, practical, and jargon free health and safety guidance – best captured by his “War on Safety ” webinar series, that was released 2018. A career that started as the Sports Science Officer for Cricket Australia and Lecturer at the University of Canberra, Craig transitioned to health and safety holding advisory and management roles within both the legal and retail industries. Starting Action OHS Consulting in 2011, Craig founded Safety Champion Software in 2015 – a software solution designed to support businesses of all sizes, more easily manage their legal health and safety obligations. Craig works closely with both small businesses and enterprise clients to understand their business and operational needs to provide holistic and practical health and safety solutions. He holds post graduate qualifications in Health and Safety, is a Lead OHS Management System Auditor, a Member of the Health and Safety Institute of Australia, and Member of Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene. In addition, he is a voluntary member on the Reach Foundation’s Risk Advisory Committee.
Graeme ArmsteadWith more than 25 years' experience in litigated matters, there are few issues that Graeme has not seen or successfully managed. Graeme acts for many of Australia’s leading insurers and for over 20 years he has acted for a large self-insurer. Graeme also acted for one of our largest telcos. He has been successfully involved in a number of landmark cases. He handles sensitive toxic tort and asbestos cases along with a diverse range of larger claims. Many of his cases involve complex contractual and contribution issues. He has managed to successfully insulate a client from the possibility of a very large number of claims associated with the potential exposure to a carcinogen. Graeme provides clients with strategic advice aimed at avoiding claims. He also advises clients involved in recovery matters, prosecutions, coronial enquiries and helps clients who have had an involvement in catastrophic accidents. His focus is on achieving the best outcome for each client in each case. His expertise and highly practical approach is invaluable to self storage facility operators and owners faced with legal claims For several years Graeme has been annually recognised by the respected publication, Doyles Guide, as a recommended dust diseases lawyer and a leading workers compensation lawyer (defendant).
Duncan UnwinDuncan Unwin has been involved with the evolution of electronic payments for the past two decades. At Global Payments, he is working on developing the organisation's omnichannel payments products for the Australia market. Prior to joining Global Payments, Duncan led a number of industry transformation programmes in the finance sector.
Meet the people that need to meet you
Exhibiting as a solution provider at the SSAA Convention gives you access to over 300 attendees . Our attendees are key decision makers that are motivated and interested in the products and services that will best suit their business model and its goals
Meet and Greet
Exhibiting at the SSAA Convention is a great way to tell the industry that your company is the real deal and large enough to handle their account. And for those that already know and love you, it’s the perfect time to meet face-to-face with your clients
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
The old saying is never truer…Exhibitions are a great opportunity to see what new solutions are being offered by the industry and by your competitors, so you can stay at the top of your game
What last years attendees said
SSAA Awards For
The Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA) Industry Awards pay tribute to high achievers and leaders, promote success stories and motivate others to become high achievers. The awards have become the peak recognition for those working in the self storage industry and highlight the commitment this industry has made to improving the excellent levels of service offered and the very real successes resulting from hard work and innovation.
Please note that all entries must be submitted by Friday, 31st May 2019. So, don’t delay and get your entry in now.
Facility of the Year (Less than 150 units)
Sponsored by Southwell Lifts & Hoists
Facility of the Year (Between 150 & 500 units)
Sponsored by Midland Insurance
Sponsored by Highway Frontage
Facility of the Year (More than 500 units)
Sponsored by Visy Boxes & More
Innovation / Business Initiative / Sustainability
Sponsored by Lock Distributors
Sponsored by Steel Storage
Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Storman
Service Member of the Year
Sponsored by Self Storage Association of Australasia
Ticket Pricing & Packages
We have a range of ticket packages available with a range of add-ons to make your convention experience more enjoyable.
Individual Booking- 3 Day Pass
- 3 day convention entry pass
- Facility Tours
- Networking Breakfast
- Networking Evening Reception
- Tradeshow in Spotlight
- Gala Awards Dinner
- Self Storage Goodie Bag
- Morning tea & lunch included on all days
Group Booking- 3 Day Pass
- 3 day convention entry pass
- Facility Tours
- Networking Breakfast
- Networking Evening Reception
- Tradeshow in Spotlight
- Gala Awards Dinner
- Self Storage Goodie Bag
- Morning tea & lunch included on all days
Travel & Accommodation
Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sheridan St & Wharf St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
We are happy to advise that our delegates are able to receive discounted rates during their stay whilst attending our convention with the following accommodation options. To learn more and make your booking click below.