Self Storage Association of Australasia Owners and Managers Summit: Voyagers Ayers Rock Resort, 11-13 August 2015   

August heralds the hosting of the SSAA 2nd Owners and Managers Summit at Sails in the Desert Hotel (Ayers Rock Resort) located in the beautiful Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.

The 2 day Convention will start with social activities on Tuesday 11th August including a buffet lunch and drinks, optional dot painting workshop and the award winning Sounds of Silence dinner. Guest will enjoy four remarkable hours under the stars with a bush tucker inspired buffet, traditional dance and star gazing.

The main portion of the program, which commences on Wednesday 12th August, will feature input from professional speakers on topical and thought provoking subject matter. Speakers now confirmed include:

Bernard Salt – Futurist

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators, Bernard Salt is a partner with KPMG, writer for the Australian and adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School. He is well known for his ability to identify and predict new social and business behaviours by using demographic statistics. An experienced and compelling speaker Bernard makes insightful and factual observations that are highly relevant to the direction of a given industry.

 Craig Davis – Creative Consultant and Entrepreneur

After studying creative industries Craig created his own advertising agency and went on to make some of the world’s best known companies such as P&G, HSBC, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Shell, Nokia, Sony, Toyota, Kraft, Ford, and Saatchi & Saatchi driving creative forces. An adjunct Professor at UTS Craig has also been President of Cannes Festival, AdFest and a juror at every major international advertising show. Craig speaks about creativity as a renewable resource which relies on consciousness, culture and skills development rather than any God-given gifts.

 Craig West – Strategic Business and Financial Mentor

Craig is Australia’s leading expert on business succession and exit planning and has been advising businesses in management, taxation and accounting issues for over 15 years. His specialised advisory practice helps small business owners face the four key strategic issues that SME’s face as they grow – Raising Capital, Building Equity, Protecting that equity and extracting the value you have built when you exit ( Business Succession and Exit Planning). Craig is widely regarded by clients for his brutally honest assessment of the strategic initiatives they need to implement in order to maximise business value and achieve a successful exit.

 Louisa Coppel – The Big Picture

As the director of the Big Picture Strategic Services Louisa works with clients to develop engagement, marketing and communications strategies that achieve results, with tactics that genuinely engage and inspire. The independent Australian owned market research and strategic consulting organisation is dedicated to scrutinizing research briefs and carefully developing the most appropriate methodology rather than automatically suggesting a traditional approach. Louisa particularly enjoys working with organisations that give something back to the world and believes her best work is in strategizing, analysing, facilitating and writing.

 Nigel Brennan – Survivor 

Kidnapped by teenage criminals (along with a colleague) while working in Somalia as a photojournalist in 2008, Nigel’s story is an extraordinary one. He recounts his life changing experience as a hostage in one of the world’s poorest countries. Suffering both emotional and physical torture he and his fellow captive attempted escape but were recaptured and chained around the ankles for the following 10 months. After spending 462 in isolation mostly in a room 3 x 5 meters they were both eventually released. This was no thanks to their respective governments who refused to pay the ransom totalling US$600 000, but due to the tireless efforts of their families. Nigel’s tale is one of resilience, strength, determination and the will to live.  

The program will also include discussion on a wide range of self-storage industry topics such as: succession strategies, staff management, HR/IR issues, strategic planning, disaster management, demographics & the economy, overseas markets and the business of innovation. The convention will be brought to a close with the SSAA annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening.

Partners and spouses are encouraged to attend as there are plenty of off-site activities to enjoy such scenic tours and walks around Uluru and the Olgas, Harley Davidson rides, dune tours on camels, 4WD tours and scenic flights.

A full Convention program and registration details are now available. For further information please visit or contact our office on + 61 3 9466 9699.  

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