The previously announced international panel discussion of storage operators will feature Ernesto Arzac, president of Bodegas Usted Guarda in Mexico; Orlando Wong, general manager of MegaStorage in Panama; Mike Lukowiecky of Loq Storage in Costa Rica; and Flavio Del Soldato Jr., owner of Inbox Guarda Tudo in São Paulo. Allan Paiotti, CEO of GuardeAqui Self Storage in São Paulo, will serve as moderator.
Additional guest speakers include Eduardo Carvajal from Ixaya Business S.A. de C.V., who will discuss how to unearth key demographic data in Latin America, and Arie Rezepka, a licensed architect and president of Aki KB Minibodegas in Chile, who will talk about the challenges of building self-storage facilities throughout the region. David Blum, president of Better Management Systems LLC, a U.S.-based consultant that has assisted self-storage developers throughout the world, will discuss marketing and operations in emerging markets.
To start day two, a one-hour workshop is planned to assist the newly formed regional self-storage associations in the mechanics of growing and managing local associations, said Blum, who is also co-producing the show.