I had the good fortune to meet John Eisenbarth, vice president of operations for Everett, Wash.-based West Coast Self-Storage, about 11 years ago.
It became apparent to me that his business acumen included much more than growing the company and increasing stakeholder value. It also included giving back to the industry and the communities in which they serve. Eisenbarth shared his experience with me and detailed how he pretty much grew up in the industry.
Prior to joining the West Coast Self-Storage team, he worked his way from Shurgard assistant manager to a market manager responsible for more than 56 stores in Puget Sound, Wash. He learned the industry from the ground up, and shortly after joining Shurgard in 1995, Eisenbarth managed several of the company’s largest and most profitable Seattle-area storage centers. He was quickly promoted to district manager, directing the operations of 20 stores. In 2003, John took on the market manager role in Portland, where real estate activities were added to his operational duties.
In addition to serving as a member of the Washington Self Storage Association’s board of directors, Eisenbarth and the West Coast Self-Storage team find ways to give back to our industry and the community.
West Coast Self-Storage has been a proud supporter of Charity Storage and its philanthropic mission of helping organizations, including Barry Hoeven’s Kure It Cancer Research foundation as well as the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) Scholarship Program. The company has been involved with Charity Storage for several years because it believes in giving back to the communities where it has storage facilities.
Eisenbarth says, “We work with Charity Storage at a number of our facilities throughout the five states that we serve: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and Nevada.”
This article originally appeared in the Mini-Storage Messenger Magazine
About West Coast Self-Storage
West Coast Self-Storage was founded in 2006 by former Shurgard Self Storage executives Jim McNamee, John Eisenbarth, Mike Spaulding and Steve Tangney. West Coast Self-Storage is managed by experienced storage professionals, offering storage-related products and services from commercial storage to wine storage and from property management services to development and acquisitions. With 110 self storage locations throughout California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the company makes it their mission to exceed customers’ expectations, anticipate their needs and deliver the highest quality of storage products and services.