Celebrate “Hat Lady Month” in Honor of Anne Ballard

Posted by Modern Storage Media on Jul 1, 2024 5:25:37 PM

Modern Storage Media (MSM) and Universal Storage Group (USG) are proud to announce July as “Hats ON for the Hat Lady Month” in anticipation of her retirement at the end of this year.


Join us in July for a month-long celebration dedicated to Anne Ballard, known fondly throughout the self-storage industry as "The Hat Lady." As President of Marketing, Training, & Developmental Services at Universal Storage Group and a pivotal figure in the industry, Anne has been a beacon of innovation and leadership. With her retirement on the horizon at the end of 2024, Modern Storage Media and Universal Storage Group are excited to announce the kickoff of “Hats ON for the Hat Lady Month,” starting with her birthday on July 2nd.


The Hat Lady Photo Promo (1920x1080)


Event Details:


Date: July 2nd to August 2nd


How to Participate:

  • Gather your team and choose some great hats.
  • Take a high-resolution photo of your team donning these hats.
  • Email your photo to Poppy@modernstoragemedia.com by no later than August 2nd.


Participants will have the chance to be featured on social media and in the November Special Edition of Messenger magazine, showcasing their unique tributes to Anne’s iconic style.


Anne Ballard, also known as The Hat Lady, has been a stalwart in the self-storage industry for over three decades. She is not only the co-founder of Universal Management Company/ Universal Storage Group, but also a past president of the Georgia Self Storage Association and has served on the SSA Board of Directors. Anne is recognized for her frequent contributions as a speaker at various state, national, and international conferences and is the author of numerous influential publications including The Hat Lady Speaks, as well as a veritable library of industry articles. Her work encompasses facility planning, feasibility studies, design, startups, operational consulting, and training.


Why Hats?

Hats have been Anne’s trademark, each one telling a story of its own, reflecting her flair and dedication to the self-storage industry. As we celebrate Anne's impactful career and forthcoming retirement, we invite you to tip your hats in honor of her legacy.


Join Us: Let’s make this a memorable celebration for a remarkable leader. We look forward to seeing the creative and fun hats your team comes up with to honor one of our industry’s greats. 


Let’s send Anne Ballard out with a resounding hurrah and hats ON!


For further information, please contact Poppy Behrens at poppy@modernstoragemedia.com or Sarah Beth Johnson at sarahbeth@universalstoragegroup.com


Further Reading:

Industry Icon Anne Ballard Prepares For Retirement

Women In Self-Storage: Anne Ballard, Universal Storage Group