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David Blum is a business graduate of Boston University and holds a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from Fordham University in New York. After spending over 20 years in various management positions both in retail and truck rental and leasing sales and operations, he was a guest speaker at the 1983 National Self-Storage convention in Las Vegas. Mr. Blum entered the self-storage industry full time in 1996. A district manager for Storage USA, Mr. Blum went on to become Vice President of Operation for Budget Mini-Storage in South Florida, helping to grow from 2 facilities to 10 in 4 short years while firmly establishing Budget as the premier brand of the region.

In 1998 Mr. Blum co-founded the South Florida Self-Storage Association which, in 2001 became the Florida Self-Storage Association of which he was president until January 1, 2004. Mr. Blum has been a regional board member of the National Self-Storage Association, and continues to represent Florida as both an FSSA Trustee and on the Nation Self Storage Association’s States Council Committee. He is a frequent contributor to many trade publications including Mini-Storage Messenger, Inside Self-Storage, and The Self Storage Telegram.

Along with an extensive client list in Florida, Mr. Blum is currently working on or completed projects in many other areas of the US and internationally.

Mr. Blum has two grown sons and resides in Coral Springs, Florida with his wife of 40 years.

Strategic Alliance

David Blum of Better Management Systems is excited to announce a brand new and exciting strategic alliance with Puzzilli & Martins Law Firm, a full service law firm specializing in real estate acquisition, due diligence and company formation, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Enhancing the many services Better Management Systems has been providing to international developers, this partnership will focus on providing site selection and legal services that will specifically target the Brazilian market.

Better Management Systems, LLC has been servicing the first time self storage investor/developer for over 10 years and has worked on projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, and most recently concentrating in Central and South America. Puzzilli & Martins, founded by Managing Partner, Gilberto Puzzilli, in 1961, is anchored by Guilherme Martins. Their attention has always focused on improving the structure for managing Corporate Law, Tax, Contracts, Civil, Real Estate, Trademarks and Patents, Labor and International Trading.

This alliance with Puzzilli & Martins will round out a complete package for both international and local Brazilian investor/developers interested in entering the growing self-storage segment.

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July 31, 2013

David Blum – Better Management Systems LLC
(954) 255-9500


In it’s nearly 40 years of existence, self storage has shown major growth and become a staple of life in the United States. Today, more countries around the world are picking up on the trend and never is that more evident than in Latin American countries. Investors now see great potential in Central and South America as host locations for new facilities. Given that fact, the time has arrived to celebrate all things self storage as Expo 13, the 1st Trade Show and Education gathering for Latin America takes place November 4-5, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The two-day event will be held at Secovi-SP’s headquarters in Sao Paulo, which features a modern convention center. Secovi-SP (the Sao Paulo State Housing Syndicate) has been in existence since 1946 and is recognized as the home to the Brazilian real estate industry. The Syndicate houses several key operating sectors of the real estate production and service chain in Brazil.

Expo 13 will feature speeches from top experts in the self storage industry. The Trade Show will display vendors who are involved in all aspects of the self storage business (security, building, insurance, marketing, etc.). The Keynote speaker will be Patrick Reilly, Chairman of the Board of the Self Storage Association (SSA), the national non-profit organization that oversees the industry and is located in the Washington, DC, area. Reilly also is the president and CEO of Urban Self Storage of Seattle, Washington.

This major self storage two-day event is being produced, in part, by Better Management Systems (Coral Springs, Florida) and it’s President David Blum. As past president and co-founder of the Florida Self Storage Association, Blum has over 10 years assisting in the production of local trade shows. He also has concentrated his efforts on working with clients throughout Latin America for the past decade and feels the time is right to offer this type of local event.

Nancy Torres is the president of the Latin American Self Storage Association and she thinks the time is right to educate the public and media about the advantages that self storage offers. Having such a stellar gathering of talent in Sao Paulo will help the process along.

“I am very excited to see the growth of the self storage industry in Latin America,” said Torres. “The 1st Latin American Trade Show and Education EXPO in Brazil will benefit all members of the Latin America Self Storage Association as it will offer educational sessions aimed at the unique nature of our market, the opportunity to learn from other operators in the region and to see firsthand the products and technologies developed specifically for our Industry. I am looking forward to attending this pioneering event in November.”

Allan Paiotti, the CEO of GuardeAqui Self Storage, one of leading self storage businesses in Brazil, agrees that the upcoming Sao Paulo event is both historic and hugely important.

“Self storage is a flourishing asset class in Brazil,” Paiotti says. “This first Trade Show and Expo in Brazil is a milestone for both vendors and operators to come together and set the standard for the industry.”

For those interested in attending or being part of the vendor trade show at Expo 13, visit the event’s website at and click on the Register icon or Register box. Or write to:

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