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Editor’s note: The following op/ed piece is the opinion of the author. Interested in submitting your industry observations? Contact editor@sparefoot.com Traditionally an overlooked industry, self-storage has seen a surge in new customers and a growing interest by commercial real estate investors over the last few years. According to a recent market forecast by IBISWorld, revenue…

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Regional operators in the self-storage industry, often ask: “How can I compete against the big guys?” “Can I have market share with Public Storage? Extra Space or CubeSmart?” “With price, competition, size selection and all their technology… how can I compare? Where do I get the horsepower?” Regional operators don’t always have the flexibility to…

Brian Boulter, W.P. Carey's new director of self-storage. Brian Boulter, W.P. Carey's new director of self-storage.

Last month, W. P. Carey Inc. announced it hired industry veteran Brian Boulter as its new director of Self-Storage. W. P. Carey ranked as the 8th largest owner/operator of self-storage assets in the United States, according to Inside Self-Storage. Boulter will be responsible for overseeing the management of the firm’s existing self-storage portfolio, which is…