April 25-26, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Lost Pines, TX

Wednesday, April 25

12:30 – 1:30 pm 

1:45 – 2:45 pm
Echoes of the Bubble (POP) And What They Mean for Texas Today

Bradley Hunter, Housing Economist 
Bradley F. Hunter is a respected housing economist, having completed and directed hundreds of market studies for homebuilders and land investors. In this keynote address, he will provide his forecast of the next wave of housing construction. He will explain why homes are being built in certain areas and not others, why builders aren't building homes that median family households can afford, and where within metro markets the builders will have to start their projects going forward (in Texas as well as nationally). He will also share some startling stories "from the front line" from the bubble and from the bust, with the aim of illuminating where we will be building homes in the future. 
3:15 – 4:15 pm
Understanding What Drives Demand 
Anastasia Malagisi, Self Storage Association
RK Kliebenstein, Metro Storage, LLC
Aaron Swerdlin, NKF Capital Markets 
Moderator: Rick Jones, Advantage Self Storage, Inc.

  • Metrics used to measure demand and supply
  • Differences between commercial and residential markets
  • Demand trends on new vs. old facilities, climate vs. non, and unit size and mix

4:15 - 4:30 pm
SSA Demand Study Demonstration

Anastasia Malagisi, Self Storage Association

4:45 – 6:00 pm
Impact of Technology 
Thomas Brooks, PTI Security Systems 
Markus Hecker, SiteLink 
Jon Loftin, OpenTech Alliance 
Lance Watkins, Store Local 
Moderator: Don Clauson, Lockaway Self Storage

  • Currently available technology and a preview of upcoming technologies 
  • How technology is impacting operations, as well as the customer experience 
  • Ways independent operators can use technology to compete with REITs

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 26

9:00 - 9:30 pm
Opening Remarks & Announcements 

9:30 - 10:45 am
REIT Development & Acquisition in Texas
Zach Dickens, Extra Space
Scott Levy, CubeSmart
Arlen Nordhagen, National Storage
Erik Svensson, Public Storage
Moderator: Wayne Johnson, SmartStop Asset Management, LLC
  • Overview of 2018 acquisition and development plan for the major Texas markets 
  • Impact of new supply on rates and occupancy
  • How Texas compares to other markets 
  • How stock valuations impact growth and investments decisions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Performance Data for Texas 
Anne Hawkins, STR
  • Progress on Texas data collection and new reports to be offered 
  • Updated summary on operating data and trends for the major Texas markets 
  • Granular-level performance data for lease up vs. stabilized properties 

12:15 – 1:30 pm

1:45 – 3:00 pm
Operational Challenges in the New Environment
Brian Cisarik, SurePoint Self Storage 
Ricky Jenkins, The Jenkins Organization, Inc.
Guy Middlebrooks, CubeSmart 
Moderator: Clint Wynn, Hixon Properties Incorporated

  • How to manage impact of new supply on existing and lease-up properties 
  • Revenue management strategies 
  • Strategies for attracting new customers and associated costs 

3:15 – 4:15 pm
Designing an Effective Property Tax Strategy
Todd Huey, Huey Group
  • Overview of assessed values in the major Texas markets 
  • Strategies to fight high valuations
  • How the state impacts county appraisal districts’ valuations

4:15 - 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks