Here at StaxUp Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our self storage renters is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with Sun City, CA team member Forrest Allen, who is celebrating his 4-year anniversary with StaxUP Storage this week.
You can find Forrest managing the property at H&M Self Storage.
Peter: Is this one year with H&M Self Storage?
Forrest: As a manager, yes, but I was an assistant manager for three years before that.
Peter: Four years is a long time at any job these days. Congratulations!
Forrest: Haha, yeah, thanks.
Peter: How did you get started working in self storage?
Forrest: I kind of grew up around it. My parents were doing it. My grandparents were doing it, so I thought it would be a good idea, since I already knew a lot about it.
Peter: That’s an interesting, sort of almost, family business to grow up in.
Forrest: Oh, yeah, it was interesting. Still is, haha!
Peter: Do you think you’ve learned anything working in self storage that you wouldn’t have learned other places?
Forrest: Definitely people skills, learning the right way to talk with different people and learning how to handle different situations.
Peter: After four years in the business, I bet you have a lot of stories. Do you have any go-to stories when someone asks you what it’s like to work in self storage?
Forrest: Haha, I’ve got some interesting ones, but I’m not sure there are any I want to talk about.
Peter: No stories that are appropriate for the website?
Forrest: No, hahaha!
Peter: Hahaha, right on. I understand completely. So, you’re at H&M. Is there anything distinctive about that self storage facility? Anything that sets it apart?
Forrest: It looks a little bit homier than others, if that makes sense.
Peter: Like it’s not so corporate looking or sterile?
Forrest: Yeah, exactly.
Peter: What’s your clientele like? Is it mostly residential or do you have a good number of commercial clients too?
Forrest: I’d say it’s about half and half.
Peter: That’s a good mix! So, you’re not always at work. Do you have any hobbies outside of work that you like to do?
Forrest: I go hiking a lot. Up at Humboldt Park there’s Devil’s Pass and that’s my favorite one.
Peter: That sounds fun. Do you go by yourself?
Forrest: No, my girlfriend and I go a lot.
Peter: That is a good couple’s activity for sure, a fun way to stay in shape.
Forrest: Yeah, definitely.
Peter: Any other hobbies?
Forrest: I like to cook.
Peter: Any specific kind of cuisine?
Forrest: I kind of make my own, if that makes sense.
Peter: Ah, so you’re an original chef.
Forrest: Oh, yeah. That’s me.
Peter: Do you have any go-to recipes.
Forrest: You know what, cooking top ramen in the pan with soy sauce and green onions.
Forrest: Oh, yeah.
Peter: So you boil it first to soften it up and then you throw it in the pan with soy sauce and green onions and fry it up?
Forrest: Oh, yeah, with some eggs.
Peter: Oh, dang. I am going to try that when I get home. That is an awesome go-to recipe: cheap, easy, and delicious.
Forrest: It’s definitely cheap and really good.
Peter: Cool, cool. Are there any restaurants near where you work that you eat at regularly?
Forrest: Coco’s in Sun City. They’ve got a bit of everything: burgers, salads, steaks. I’ve been going there since I was a little kid.
Peter: So you grew up in that area?
Forrest: Yeah, in Menifee.
Peter: Do you think you’ll stay there for the long haul or do you ever feel like getting out and moving somewhere else in the world?
Forrest: I’m kind of seeing where the flow takes me.
Peter: That is a great way to go about it. That’s what I’m doing. At the end of these interviews, I like to ask if there is anyone on the team who has helped you out in the past. Is there anyone on the team who deserves a shout out?
Forrest: Other than my parents, Tommy helped me a lot, but he isn’t with the company anymore.
Peter: That’s alright, we’ll give old Tommy a shout out.
Forrest: Then Tommy definitely.