The recent success of the self-storage industry has been well-documented by industry analysts and real estate professionals, but by and large, the information is derived from the performance of the self-storage REITS. While these large operators have been responsible for a tremendous amount of the growth in our industry, we wanted to gain a better understanding of how this market “boom” was affecting independent self-storage operators throughout the U.S. While we believe the self-storage industry is certainly deserving of its recent accolades we also know that it takes more than just “riding the wave” for an operator to maximize their investment.