All Aboard Flea & Farmer’s Market Donates 1000+ Books to Champion Elementary School

Our Director of Sales & Marketing for the All Aboard Flea & Farmer’s Market, Linda Sacks, recently spearheaded a campaign to have books donated to the children at Champion Elementary School in Daytona Beach.

 

Check out the recent Tweet from Robin Weiss:

 

 

The year-long book drive ended and the results were amazing! 1,068 books were collected and donated. We are so happy to have Linda on our team. She is spreading happiness, knowledge, and making a difference in our local community. Good job Linda!

 

 

She wants to give her thanks to all of the vendors, shoppers, and Historical Treasures for donating all of these books and making this happen.

 

Give her a call at 386-523-3579, visit her in person at All Aboard Market, & be sure to “Like” our page on Facebook to follow updates!

2016 All Aboard Entrepreneurship Grant Winner

andy-clark-corrine-heck

 

All Aboard Properties is excited to announce we have a winner for the 2016 All Aboard Entrepreneurship Grant! Back in April, we held a contest seeking promising entrepreneurs to award 12 months of free rent at one of our properties up to a $15,000 value. We received 37 applications of which 10 were selected to submit a final video application.

 

Corrine Heck of Details Flowers has been awarded the grant and is setting up shop in the Sunshine Park Mall in South Daytona with the help of All Aboard Properties. Her software business, Details Flowers, connects & organizes top florists & wholesalers throughout the United States & Canada. Details Flowers disruptive software offers benefits in real-time data exchange, sales forecasting and sales of flowers.

 

sunshine-park-mall-greenhouse

 

The space is being renovated by All Aboard Properties with Corrine’s vision of what will be her dream environment for Details Flowers to make the company grow. Some ideas she had in mind are reminiscent of the movie “The Intern.” At the moment our team is building out the space

 

the-greenhouse-under-construction

 

Corrine is also working with Andy Clark, CEO of All Aboard Properties & All Aboard Storage, in starting a creative coworking environment called “The Greenhouse” also located in the Sunshine Park Mall which will help entrepreneurs start and grow their fledgling businesses.

 

We’re so happy to have the opportunity to support entrepreneurs in Volusia County and will remain involved in our community. Thank you so much to all who applied!

All Aboard Employees Honored & in the News

In the past month a few of our employees have made it in the local newspaper!

 

We’re proud to announce that Paul Bates, our Digital Analytics Manager for All Aboard Properties, made the news for being a Daytona Beach News-Journal’s 40 Under 40 Honoree! The banquet honoring all 40 Under 40 honorees was held at The Shores Resort in Daytona Beach Shores where CEO Andy Clark attended in support of Paul.

 

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Paul Bates & Andy Clark 40 Under 40 Banquet

 

The 40 Under 40 honor is a selection by the staff at Daytona Beach News-Journal for 40 people under the age of 40 years old for their accomplishments professionally and in the community based on nominations from readers and staff.

40 Under 40 Honorees

 

Paul Bates has worked at All Aboard Properties for just over a year and his story was featured in the Volusia & Flagler Business Report:

 

Paul Bates 40 Under 40 Article

 

Also in the news recently were two employees including Cheryl Langley who recently received a promotion to Property Manager of All Aboard Storage Ormond Depot and the announcement of our new hire Susan Winters as a Property Co-Manager.

 

Volusia Flagler Business Report 3-28-2016

 

We strive to create a feeling of giving back in our employees by encouraging community service and holding events such as our Feeding Children Everywhere. Having employees that want to make their community a better place to live is a high priority to us, because employees that care about their job, care about our customers.

 

Again, congratulations to our employees and we look forward to many more announcements like this!

All Aboard Storage Plans “Micro” Self-Storage

All Aboard Storage Micro

 

Port Orange, FL – Local family-owned company, All Aboard Storage that specializes in self-storage in the Daytona Beach area, has once again pushed the limits of what was thought possible in self-storage industry with new plans on the microscale – miniature storage.

 

If memory serves, last year All Aboard Storage broadened their horizons with the “Lunar Self-Storage Initiative” to complete construction of their storage units on the moon.

 

In recent news, however,  CEO Andy Clark announced a strategic push for his company to open one storage facility per year to keep expanding the reach of the All Aboard Storage brand. In light of this new development of micro-storage facilities, he commented:

 

“Being the leader in the self-storage arena comes with the expectation to always push the possibilities of what we can accomplish. With our lunar initiative and the grand scale of space, it only felt natural to consider the opportunities in the opposite direction on the nano-scale for self-storage.”

 

Storage units on the micro-scale you say? With current advances in technology, “nano-assets” as they are being called, have opened several new exciting fields for work occupations as well as breakthroughs in the travel industry. Considering these recent headlines, it makes sense:

 

  • Tesla Motors & Toyota Join Forces on MicroSUVs
  • Shortage of Nano-Pilots Met by Nano-Degrees
  • Human Lifespan Increases: Tiny Robot Doctors Hailed
  • Medical Field Revolutionized By Nano Doctors
  • Small Travel Booming in a Big Way
  • Innerspace Tops Travel 3 Years Running
  • UPS to Test Cellular Deliveries
  • 1 in 20 Nano-Commuting to Work

 

Where are people going turn when they need to safely and securely store these nano-assets they’re using for work and play? People are already beginning to cry out for a place to put these valuables that include specialized robots, vehicles, tools, and now micro-toys whose equivalents are the boats & RVs in our macro world.

 

CFO of All Aboard Properties, Michael Polito, commented – “We want to be ahead of this next wave of customer demand. Running the numbers, the current self-storage market supports 7 square feet of storage space per person living in the area. On the small scale, the numbers shrink to 7 square micrometers per person which is very exciting. We could open 10 micro-depots in the span of a week that fit on the tip of your finger.”

 

Miniature Storage

 

Public demand for all things small has exploded with shows like Tiny Houses, MicroPawn Stars, and even local tastes are changing with Krispy Kreme releasing tiny versions of their popular donuts that boast big taste:

 

 

While they aren’t releasing details on how storage auctions will work on the micro-scale, inside sources revealed the possibility of pocket units you could theoretically carry with you wherever you go.

 

Parent company All Aboard Properties, long known for its community service efforts, was (maybe not coincidentally) in the news for its successful efforts on the cleanup of the microscopic pollution spill near Port Orange. When asked how All Aboard was able to quickly deploy so many nano-assets to complete the cleanup CEO Andy Clark smiled and commented “We have several tools at our disposal and we always try to keep an ace in our pocket at all times.”

Andy Clark – Company History & Overcoming Adversity

Our CEO, Andy Clark, recently presented at 1 Million Cups Daytona on the topic “Company History & Overcoming Adversity”. Several entrepreneurs, community leaders, and even quite a few All Aboard Properties employees attended the presentation held at Cinematique Theatre off of Beach St. in Downtown Daytona.

 

Andy Clark - All Aboard Properties

 

1 Million Cups Daytona 3-16-2016

 

Andy Clark Presentation - Company History & Overcoming Adversity

 

So what goes into building a lasting company? Some businesses start with an idea from one person. Others might start off with a group of people coming together with a common goal.

 

In our case, All Aboard Properties began as Clark Properties in 1952 from the hard work and dedication of Douglas Clark, who began building houses in Illinois, and then moved down to Florida, bringing with him the passion to keep building properties. The family business began to slowly grow over the decades and continues to this day as a family business with Doug’s son, Andy Clark, at the helm and continuing to grow the company.

 

Andy Clark & Doug History

 

Much of the Port Orange area would probably look very different if the Clark family had not moved down and gotten involved in real estate. It’s only natural that when you live in an area, you want to improve that area and make it nice for you and everyone else living in that area.

 

All Aboard Storage started becoming the company’s focus in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and is now the main driver of the company with a goal of opening 1 new local storage facility a year.

 

Andy Clark - All Aboard Storage

 

Being an entrepreneur and building a business (even a family business) is not always an easy thing and comes with ups and downs. Some things that make Andy Clark’s story different and compelling is the plane crash that changed their lives, the death of his father in 2009, and the painful recession that all happened at the same time.

 

If you haven’t heard the story, it’s well worth it to watch his presentation below:

 

 

(the entire presentation was recorded, but a few minutes on the end got cut off due to the camera)

 

Also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Eas8cmMuTUw

Interview with Andy Clark on Self-Storage

Our CEO, Andy Clark, was in the Sunday edition of the Daytona Beach News-Journal with a large article right on the front page of the business section!

 

Self-Storage Interview Andy Clark

 

The tagline reads “Getting the job done: Keys to business success” and a title of “Clark sees growing demand for self-storage centers”. The article talks briefly about the purchase of the S.R. Perrott beverage distribution facility in Ormond Beach, which will soon be a local All Aboard Storage facility.

 

Business writer, Bob Koslow, gets into the Clark family history with Andy of being in the self-storage industry and has several key questions from past and future family business ventures. Check out the article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

 

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20160131/NEWS/160139912/0/

 

Topics covered include:

  • How did your family get into the self-storage business?
  • With 15 facilities, are you the dominant self-storage company in Volusia County?
  • Is the self-storage industry closely tied to the home real estate market?
  • Have you seen demand rise locally?
  • What’s your growth goal?
  • Why add another Ormond Beach location?
  • A comparison of the S.R. Perrott renovation and the Sunshine Park Mall project.
  • When will storage space at your newest Ormond Beach location be ready to rent?

 

Here at All Aboard Storage, we’re continually improving our processes and making sure our customers are served to the best of our abilities. Do a search for a local All Aboard Storage near you and reserve a unit from the comfort of home!

 

We have future plans for more local storage, but we always keep customer service as the foundation of our company.

 

All Aboard Storage – We Have Space for You!

All Aboard for Our 2016 Company Cruise!

On January 22-25, All Aboard Properties President & CEO Andy Clark took his employees on their fourth annual 3-day cruise to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas to celebrate attaining their 2015 financial goals. This cruise is our way to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and as a reward for meeting goals. Group activities on the ship included a scavenger hunt as well as a rock wall climbing challenge. Every employee and a guest is invited and a private bus is rented to shuttle the group to and from our office building to the cruise terminal if our annual revenue goals are reached. 2015 was the 4th year in a row we attained our financial goal and it was our 4th cruise to celebrate this milestone.

 

We had a total of 26 of our 38 full-time employees go on the cruise this year. Three employees paid for additional family to attend beyond the one guest paid for by the company. Employees who did not attend stayed behind to work so that some of our 14 self-storage property offices could be open for our customers.

 

All Aboard Properties Cruise 2016

Employees shown from top to bottom & left to right (group on stairs): Paul Weiker, Denise Brown, Brook Lineberry, David Stroud, Maria Clarke, Paul Bates, Steve Edwards, Debi Doherty, Nick Rosada, Andy Clark, Keith Bruce, Holly Wood, Barbara Machuta, Mike Vieira, Renee Anderson, David Cheezum, Yvette Casteel, Mark Hamm

 

All Aboard Properties Scavenger Hunt

Employees & guests shown from left to right (scavenger hunt photo):
Top Row: Cheryl Langley, Kim Cheezum, Nikki Hamm, Shelly Hamm, Doug Clark, Renee Anderson, EJ Cahn, Maria Clarke, Bill Clarke, Paul Bates, Sarah Bates, Kaylie Lemaster, Michael Cox, Denise Brown, Kirsten Stroud, Gena Vieira, Mike Vieira, Bottom Row: David Cheezum, Mark Hamm, Justin Busam, Andy Clark, Brooke Lineberry, David Stroud

 

Scaling the Rock Wall Paul Bates & Andy Clark

Employees shown (rock wall): Paul Bates, Andy Clark

 

Looking on the Rock Wall

(photo by Brian Hammersley)

Employees & guests shown (ready for rock wall): Nikki Hamm, Andy Clark, Doug Clark, Paul Bates, Paul Weiker

 

Rock Climbing Collage

(photos by Brian Hammersley)

Employees & guests shown (ready for rock wall): Mark Hamm, Nikki Hamm, Doug Clark, Andy Clark, Paul Weiker

 

Pre-Cruise Group Taking the Bus

Here’s some of the group at the Clark Office Building just before departure. What a lively bunch!

 

Our group also met up at Senor Frogs in Nassau, Bahamas for some socializing. The waves were intense that night and crashing over the edge of the platform and onto the sidewalks. The night was beautiful with an amazing view of the ships in the dock:

 

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas Senor Frogs

 

All in all it was a great time with great friends – one more reason that All Aboard Properties & All Aboard Storage are great places to work!

Kaizen – The Practice of Continuous Improvement

Through the years our CEO, Andy Clark, has always kept the notion alive of “Kaizen” which is the practice of continuous improvement.

 

Kaizen - The practice of continuous improvement

 

If you asked some storage companies to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10 where a ten is perfect, some storage companies might be inclined to say a ten. If you stop and think about what that actually means — it means there’s no room for improvement.

 

We know we’re not perfect, but we’re always striving to make ourselves better to make sure we’re your local storage facility of choice. We are continually striving to make our company the best it can possibly, which is why we believe in the Kaizen.

 

How about trying a search for storage units with our new search function?

 

All Aboard Storage – We Have Space for You!

Introducing Sunshine Depot Newspaper Article

Our newest storage facility, Sunshine Depot in South Daytona, made it into the Daytona Beach News-Journal!

 

Introducing Sunshine Depot Storage Facility Article

 

On the front page of the Business section on Sunday is an article titled “Sunshine Park Mall name to stay” and a little lower is our mention “Introducing Sunshine Depot” as an add-on to the main article. Check it out:

 

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20151205/COLUMNS/151209703

 

Mentioned in the article are details on the massive size of our local storage facility at 70,594 square feet and boasting an impressive 442 climate-controlled units to serve the greater Daytona Beach area’s need for self-storage.

 

If you’re in the area, be sure to come to our Grand Opening Party & Ribbon Cutting for Sunshine Depot! We will have food, a FREE raffle, and are accepting donations of unwrapped toys to be donated to Toys for Tots.

 

Toys for Tots

We hope to see you there!