Meet the core team
Rennie Schafer - CEO
Rennie is the current CEO of the Self Storage Association UK, having previously been the CEO of the Australasian Self Storage Association for over 9 years. Rennie has extensive knowledge of the self storage industry across the world, from the developing Asian markets through to the birthplace of self storage in the USA.
While with the Australasian Self Storage Association he introduced a range of simplified standard licence agreements for the different types of storage arrangements used by the industry, developed an industry marketing guide, customised self storage staff training, a workplace safety manual and demand study for the industry. He was also part of the judging panel for the self storage industry awards across Australia, NZ and Asia and has spoken at numerous self storage events around the world.
Rennie has an MBA from Deakin University as well as a Masters of Applied Science (Environmental Health). He has over 15 years experience working in industry associations, and enjoys riding his mountain bike, listening to music and swimming.
Events and Membership Manager
Paola Barraza - Events and Membership Manager
Paola joined FEDESSA in April 2016 in the key role of membership servcies officer. She is fluent in Spanish, Dutch, German, Swedish and English and has previously worked in the marketing division of Shurgard Self Storage in Europe. With both industry knowledge, marketing training and linguistic talents she is a valuable addition to the FEDESSA team