2024 Board Election FAQs and Criteria

To help you better understand the process and more actively participate in it, TSSA has compiled answers to members’ most common questions about the board election process.

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Who is the ideal board candidate?

There is no “ideal” board candidate. Instead, TSSA wants its board to include individuals who understand proper governance with diverse backgrounds so that the board can make well-rounded decisions that benefit its entire membership. 

What do board members do?

Board members are responsible for strategically thinking, planning and evaluating on behalf of the association. While association staff typically executes TSSA programs, the board is responsible for envisioning the programs and benefits and for setting a direction and evaluating programs for progress and success. As leaders, board members help set the agenda—for TSSA and for the entire self-storage industry in Texas. 

Are board members compensated for their service? Are there any related expenses?

No, board members are not compensated, nor do they receive discounts on products or dues. Service is completely voluntary. TSSA covers expenses such as travel and provides hotel rooms and meals for board meetings and also extends complimentary registration for the annual conference, where board members take an active role. Many of our directors contribute to our tax-deductible annual fundraising efforts for the Shriners Hospitals for Children®, but that is completely voluntary.

What do board volunteers get in return for their service?

Previous TSSA Board members have attested to the tremendous value of board service. They have reported significant professional and personal benefits, including: the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from industry leaders; the chance to share their own knowledge, expertise and training with others; professional recognition; valuable networking that opens the door to new opportunities; and relationships with new friends and potential lifelong mentors. 

How much time does board service require?

Although board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participating in board meetings, the time commitment is not onerous. The TSSA Board meets three times a year for a full day (meetings may be virtual if necessary) and also has a two-day planning meeting in the summer. Board members are also expected to attend TSSA's Annual Conference and to serve on a committee or task force and participate in area luncheons when possible as well as other educational programs and activities. In other words, we prefer that the board members be engaged and active contributors! Directors are elected for a three-year term. The vendor representative is elected for a one-year term and may run for re-election for three consecutive terms.

What is the qualifying criteria for service?

Both the nominee and individual making the nomination must be the voting TSSA member of record, and in good standing with current dues paid. General membership categories are described below:

  1. Owner Category: Must be the owner or owner’s agent for at least one TSSA member Texas self-storage facility. 
  2. Owner with Vendor Company: If both activities are part of the nominee’s business  and the vendor activity is in the self-storage industry, the majority of business income in the self-storage industry must be from ownership/operation of the self-storage facility to be considered for an owner position on the board. Otherwise, the individual should be nominated as a vendor.
  3. Vendor Category: The majority of business income derived from the self-storage industry is related to supplying goods or services for the industry.


Can I nominate myself?

Yes. TSSA members may nominate themselves for board service by following the same procedures they would use in order to nominate someone else. 

What’s the nominating and election process?

TSSA’s Nominating Committee will accept board electronic or written nominations from the membership through April 30, 2024. Nominated members will be asked to supply more information to the Nominating Committee soon thereafter. The committee will review the nominations based on the criteria and recommend candidates as a recommended slate to the membership in July. The vendor/suppler members will also elect their representative at that time from all qualified vendor candidates.

What if I’m nominated, but not selected? 

There is always next year! And there are always myriad volunteer opportunities within TSSA. Involvement shows a true interest in supporting the organization and helping the industry.

How do I nominate a candidate or myself?

If you know of an individual who meets the Nominating Committee's criteria, and who might be willing to serve on the TSSA Board, please submit your nomination/s via the links below. TSSA will then contact the candidate with the link to the board questionnaire.  

Still Have Questions?

I've read the FAQs. Who can answer other questions that I have?

For more information about the nominating process, or about nominating criteria, contact TSSA Executive Director Kristy Spurr. You can also call the TSSA office at 512-374-9089.

Who is currently serving on the TSSA Board of Directors? 

See the list of current board members.

Ready to Nominate?

If you are ready to nominate, click the link below, then complete and submit the form. Thank you for your support of TSSA!

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Please note: Only vendor members may nominate for the Vendor Representative.
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