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You Are the Association

Aug 10, 2012

by Brom Hoban, TSSA Director of Communications

TSSA was founded in1986 to provide opportunities for all self-storage owners and operators to learn, share and improve both their own businesses and the self-storage industry as a whole. And we were founded by self-storage owners and operators just like you.

In fact the founding members met at a national self-storage conference and decided to form a Texas group, and they worked together to get the ball rolling.

“We were sitting around a bar, and we all decided to form our own association,” said  founding member Paul Rawley of A AAA Key Self Storage Consultants. The “we” Rawley is referring to are founding members Debbie Billington, Stanley Crossman, Lynda Fields, Herb McElveen, Tom Moore, Beverly Paulette, Hulen Penney, Sue Pirtle, Rawley, and Chuck Simmons.

As we approach our annual convention, I can’t emphasize enough just how important this type of networking and coming together is. It’s the very basis of our association. To make my point, let’s look at the actual definition of the word “association.”

as·so·ci·a·tion

noun

1. an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.

2. the act of associating or state of being associated.

3. friendship; companionship: Their close association did not last long.

4. connection or combination.

5. the action of coming together

 

As number 1 says, you as TSSA  members have a common purpose- to learn share, and improve the self-storage industry. You’re doing a great job, and that’s exactly what you’ll be doing at our convention in San Antonio, October 14-16.

 

Numbers 2 is important as well. It’s been documented over and over just how important it is to associate with others. You’ll certainly do that at our annual convention and trade show.

 

And yes, even form friendships, as Number 3 states.

 

Number 4 says “connection or combination.” It is through the act of being present physically (as in attending our conventions, sessions, trade show, and social activities), that you actually form those connections.

 

Number 5 sums it all up. As we come together with a common purpose this fall, let’s remember: You are the Association.

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