Self-storage staff
SSAM is working to encourage industry growth

The SSAM staff works diligently with legal and legislative counsels to monitor the progress of legislation that affects the self-storage industry and contributes input to assure that our viewpoints are represented, understood and protected.

About SSAM

Formed in 2007 to respond to the needs of self-storage owners and operators throughout the state, the Self-Storage Association of Michigan works to improve the business climate for its members and to encourage growth in all areas of the self-storage industry.

If you work in the industry, but not yet an SSAM member, download a membership application today!

SSAM Welcomes Maris Brennan


Maris Brennan will join the Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV, and Campground Association (MMHRVCA) and the Self-Storage Association of Michigan (SSAM) as Membership Director on Monday, March 14th. Maris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience gains through years of events, sales, and marketing positions with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), Glenkerry Golf Course, and as a multiple successful Snap Fitness franchise owner.

Not-for-profit trade association

The Self-Storage Association of Michigan (SSAM) thanks you for supporting our industry. However, the SSAM is a not-for-profit trade association and does not mediate or resolve disputes between self-storage operators and tenants. For issues with your facility or unit, please review your rental agreement and contact the individual named there. Alternatively, call, email, or visit the facility in person to address and resolve the concern. SSAM does not have the power, authority, or ability to remedy any disputes between an operator and a tenant.

The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation
HARVEST

The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation is a nonprofit education foundation created by the Michigan Manufactured Housing, Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association in 1991. In 2013, the Self-Storage Association of Michigan was added.

The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation is a nonprofit education foundation created by the Michigan Manufactured Housing, Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association in 1991. In 2013, the Self-Storage Association of Michigan was added. The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation establishes educational opportunities for students who wish to make a career in the RV and campground, manufactured housing, or self-storage industry. In some cases, scholarships will be awarded to students even though their career goals may not lead them back to these industries. In cases like these, awards will be made to outstanding scholars or students with compelling needs.

Scholarships and Grants for Careers in the
Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground or Self-Storage Industries

Scholarships

What types of scholarships and grants are available?

The Foundation will make financial aid available to students accepted to enroll or currently enrolled at any accredited university/college or vocational institution. The amount of the awards vary based on individual needs and qualifications.

Please check back fall 2022 for the 2023-2024 application.

Member Grants

Who is eligible for a Member Grant?

MMHA, MARVAC and SSAM members in good standing (and their employees) are eligible to apply for “member grants” to be applied to industry-specific training.


What qualifies as an industry training course?

Member awards can be used for underwriting costs for an industry-specific education course or seminar. Educational subjects can range from management to technical training. Educational providers can be industry associations, colleges, private training schools, or manufacturers. Depending on financial ability, the Foundation may elect to pay up to half of the cost.


How is the grant awarded?

Awardees will be reimbursed upon receipt of proof of payment (e.g., email confirmation of credit card payment) and proof of course/program attendance (e.g., completion certificate). Copies of documents are acceptable.


When do I apply?

If the application is related to a one-time course or seminar, please apply at least 3 weeks prior to the course/seminar. All information must be completed for consideration. All Seasons Communications, the associations’ marketing agency, manages the program. Please call 586.752.6381 or send an email to bmonicattiblank@allseasonscommunications.com with any questions.

2021-2022 SSAM Board of Directors

Chad Lundberg - President
Owner/Operator ’23
The Storage Group

Theresa Gallas - Vice President
Vendor ’24
Janus International

Jeff Steffani - Treasurer/Secretary
Vendor ‘22
U-Haul Company of Central Michigan

Jim Abraham
Owner/Operator ’23
Abe's Storage

Peter Spickenagel
Owner/Operator ’24
Citizen Storage

Adam Pogoda
Owner/Operator ’23
Pogoda Companies

Jordan DeGraff
Owner/Operator ‘22
Rockford Self Storage

SSAM Staff

General email inquiries: info@mmhrvca.org

William Sheffer
Executive Director
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John D. Lindley
President and CEO
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Darren Ing
Director
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Marenia Rabi
Controller
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Lauri Brantley
Communications Director
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Maris Brennan
Membership Director
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