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!

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

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 programs and 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.

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 or college. The amount of the awards may vary based on individual needs and qualifications.

How does a student qualify?
Students must forward a copy of the application to the Foundation office. The awards will be made based on the applicant’s ability to show that his/her educational goals are consistent with industry goals. The application’s presentation and thoroughness weigh heavily. The Foundation will base its decisions on need and/or merit. Students may qualify for each year accepted to enroll, or are currently enrolled at any accredited university or college.

Please check back fall 2021 for the 2022-2023 scholarship application form.

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:

William Sheffer
Executive Director

John D. Lindley
President and CEO

Darren Ing

Marenia Rabi

Lauri Brantley
Communications Director