Here at StaxUP Storage and Ballpark Self Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our renters is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with San Antonio team member Tony Coronado who is celebrating his 1-year anniversary with Ballpark Self Storage this week. All interviews are performed by Peter Soto.
Tony Coronado is an assistant manager at Ballpark Self Storage.
Peter: Your one-year anniversary is coming up! Self storage is a pretty interesting business. How did you get into it?
Tony: It is, it is. Well, I was working at a Japanese restaurant and the opportunity came up through somebody at SPMI and I sent in my resume, got an interview with Julie and it just went from there. Once I had the interview I grabbed on and didn’t let go. I came from working in restaurants for about ten years and was looking for something more steady, more reliable, something different and this was exactly what I was looking for.
Peter: Yeah, that’s great. Restaurant life can be kind of hectic. Were you working in the kitchen or what were you doing?
Tony: No, I always worked in the front of house. It just got too draining. It wears you out big time.
Peter: Self storage is a lot different, right?
Tony: Oh yeah. Sometimes there are a million things to do and sometimes you can work at your own pace.
Peter: Do you have any memorable moments or good stories from the past year?
Tony: Yeah, probably because we are in such a unique facility. A lot of them I probably wouldn’t be able to share, but one would be when we had the school drive last year. A tenant brought someone into the facility who too some money out of one of the jars. Using the camera footage, we were able to figure out who it was. Since we didn’t know exactly how much they took, so we ended up having them pay back what they took plus some. We were able to get a good amount of supplies that year for the school. That was probably the most interesting thing that had a good turn out.
Peter: Do you live in the San Diego area?
Tony: Yeah, I live about 10 minutes away.
Peter: Have you lived there long?
Tony: Almost my whole life. It’s hard to move away from here.
Peter: Oh yeah. The weather is so nice.
Tony: Yeah, it’s beautiful.
Peter: Sounds like you’re a local. What’s something I need to do the next time I am in San Diego?
Tony: Definitely hit up a brewery if you’re into beer, because we’re pretty spoiled with it down here. There are a lot of cool places. Something I like doing each summer is going to La Jolla. You just have to try everything out. There’s a lot to do out here. If you look around, you’ll find something cool.
Peter: What’s your favorite brewery down there?
Tony: I’d say for sure Stone, but there’s too many to name. Groundswell, which Adam’s going to tonight. That’s a good one. There’s some small ones too. Pizzaport is always good. Yeah, there are just too many to name.
Peter: For sure. Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
Tony: Yeah, I like playing and following soccer, specifically English soccer. I like playing video games and building computers.
Peter: Did you build your current computer?
Tony: Yeah, I had a friend help me. We bought the parts online and he put it together. After that I was able to tear it down and put it back together myself, cleaning it and whatnot. I helped my wife’s brother finish his case. It’s something that’s grabbed my interest lately.
Peter: It’s always easier to learn that type of thing with someone who knows what they’re doing, so you don’t make a mistake that costs you a lot of money.
Tony: Haha, yeah. Definitely.
Peter: Do you have any favorite restaurants in San Diego?
Tony: Yeah, my favorite’s going to be Turf Supper Club or Turf Club. It’s like steak, chicken, stuff like that, but you grill it yourself. It’s kind of like a dive bar. It looks a little bit older, but it’s a cool little place. Usually it’s our Valentine’s Day tradition. We went with Adam last February and the food’s just killer. You can cook the steak how you want. They have good beer too. Also, Slater’s is really good, Sword and Swine. There’s a lot of good ones around here.
Peter: Those were all of the questions I had prepared. Would you like to give anyone in the company a shout out?
Tony: Oh, shoot, let me think real quick. It’s probably just going to have to be Julie. I think that’s an easy one. She actually took me from my first interview at the home office back to my restaurant job, so I could get to my opening shift on time. That’s when I got hooked and realized what kind of company it was. We started off on a great foot. I was hooked.