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SmartStop CEO H. Michael Schwartz to Participate in Three Sessions at Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas

LADERA RANCH, Calif., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SmartStop Asset Management Founder, Chairman and CEO H. Michael Schwartz will be a featured panelist and moderator for three sessions at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, the industry’s leading self storage conference, in Las Vegas on April 11-12.

The conference is expected to attract 3,500 industry professionals looking to successfully start or grow a self-storage operation, including facility owners, facility managers, investors, builders and developers.

Mr. Schwartz will share his perspectives and insights based on more than 27 years of industry experience as a leader in real estate, commercial office, self storage, retail, securities and corporate financial management, including recent self storage acquisitions in Canada and other international investments. Among his many industry accomplishments, in 2015 he negotiated the $1.4 billion sale of SmartStop Self Storage to Extra Space Storage Inc.

“I am thrilled to participate as a speaker and share my experience at the premier conference for the self storage industry,” said Schwartz. “Based on past attendance, the conference has attracted the highest level professionals representing diverse areas of the self storage industry. I’m pleased to participate and look forward to meeting and connecting with my peers in the space.”

Highlights of Mr. Schwartz’s sessions include:

  • “Exploring Self-Storage Investment Opportunities in Canada,” Wednesday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. — Mr. Schwartz will lead a panel addressing the fundamentals of the immense Canadian self storage market, details about the country’s existing self storage supply and new development, and the risks involved in investing abroad, particularly north of the U.S. border.
  • “International Self-Storage 2017: An In-Depth Panel Discussion,” Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. — As a featured panelist, Mr. Schwartz will share his perspectives on bringing self-storage to emerging markets, the obstacles faced and types of projects being developed. This panel will address industry awareness, marketing, expenses, rates and more.
  • “International Roundtables by Region,” Wednesday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. — Mr. Schwartz will represent Canada as a moderator at this interactive roundtable session that will allow participants to network, connect and share insights in 15-minute meeting intervals with self-storage industry experts from around the world.

Now in its 25th year, Inside Self-Storage World Expo will feature speakers from around the world, education sessions exploring the latest industry trends and over 200 exhibitors representing all segments of the business. To register or learn more about the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, visit

About SmartStop Asset Management, LLC (SmartStop)
SmartStop is a diversified real estate company focused on self storage assets, along with student and senior housing. The company has a managed portfolio that currently includes more than 66,000 self storage units and 7.7 million rentable square feet and approximately $1 billion of real estate assets under management. The company is the asset manager for 104 self storage facilities located throughout the United States and Toronto, Canada and one student housing facility. SmartStop is the sponsor of Strategic Storage Trust II, Inc., Strategic Storage Growth Trust, Inc. and Strategic Storage Trust IV, Inc., all public non-traded REITs focusing on self storage assets. The facilities offer affordable and accessible storage units for residential and commercial customers. In addition, they offer secure interior and exterior storage units as well as outside storage areas for vehicles, RVs and boats. Additional information is available at and more information about SmartStop® Self Storage in Canada at


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