At this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in August, six of the 9 SSAA Board positions will be vacated under the requirements of our constitution. There will be openings in various categories, including a New Zealand representative, which will open the doors for new and dynamic people that may be interested in playing a part on the Board. Given the large turnover of Board members this year, we are currently planning handover strategies to ensure that the knowledge from current members to new members is carefully passed on over several months. This methodology will ensure that the momentum we have on several projects will be maintained through the handover period.
Before I go on further, I should probably let you know what you would be getting yourself in for. The Board convenes for a conference call every 2 months and we have a full day face-to-face meeting at the summit / conference each year and on one other occasion during the year. In between the meetings there can be projects that need to be carried on with, however they usually are not overly time consuming.
The Board positions are split into the following categories:
– 4 x Regular members – A self storage facility operator with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the self storage industry. Has been a member, or the designated representative of a member, of the Association for more than 2 years. In addition, they must have owned or part owned a business for more than 3 years or been at a senior level of management in a business for more than 5 years.
– 1 x Large Member – A regular member who has over 4 self storage centres but less than 21 each of which has over 100 self storage spaces and no less than 500 square metres of undercover storage space per centre.
– 1 x Major Operator – A regular member who has over 20 self storage centres each of which has over 100 self storage spaces and no less than 500 square metres of undercover storage space per centre.
– 1 x New Zealand Member – A regular member who has any self storage centres located in New Zealand totaling over 250 square metres of undercover storage space shall be known as a “New Zealand Operator”. To be elected by New Zealand Members.
– 1 x Service Member – Must hold current membership of the Association as a Service Member and be elected by Service Members.
– 1 x Chairman – The Board appoint by simple majority one of their body as Chair.
We are currently working on various strategic projects to ensure the future stability, viability and continual success of the SSAA. For a more detailed summary, please go to the new ‘Board Matters’ section of the Insider Magazine.
Being a part of the SSAA Board allows you to really make a difference in the strategic future of our association. As a member of a dynamic Board team you have an opportunity to share your opinion, comment on policy and assist to mold the direction of our ever changing industry and association.
The Board positions are all volunteer and you are reimbursed for approved Board related travel and expenses. Some of your time, outside of conference calls and face-to-face meetings is expected, however it is limited as most people are likely to have another business to manage.
Elections will be held prior to the AGM in August this year and all members will be notified via email. If you are interested to join the SSAA Board you will need to see which category you are eligible for and check to see if that position is up for election. To be elected, you need to be nominated by 2 of your peers, who are in the same category. If you are interested in joining, I would suggest that you let all of your peers know your intentions and ask for them to endorse your nomination and vote for you. Some of the categories do create significant interest and a little bit of campaigning will not hurt.
Being a part of the SSAA Board is an extremely interesting, exciting and satisfying endeavour. Personally, I have been in the storage industry for over 17 years and to be able to give something back to an industry has been extremely rewarding.
Guy Wilson, SSAA Chairman