Janus Education & Technology (JET)

Register your interest for a complimentary educational workshop sponsored and hosted by Janus International Europe.

After the success of the JET event in Amsterdam in March 2020, Janus is back again, sponsoring and hosting the next JET training day in the cultural city of Berlin, Germany.

This FREE event is for those who are new to self storage and would like to learn more about the European self storage industry.

The complimentary educational workshop is specially designed to take your operations to the next level, it will be unlike any event you’ve ever attended.

We will cover everything you need to know about the industry, with different tracks for development, operations, finance, marketing, and technology.

Join us at this one-day workshop and learn from the industry’s most respected names. Expect insightful topic discussions, hands-on workshops, and an incredible networking evening. This is truly an event you don’t want to miss!

Confirmed Speakers

  • Christian Schmutz, Zebrabox
  • Guy Pinsent, Less Mess Storage
  • Paul Shepherd, Janus International Europe
  • Terry Bagley, Janus International Group
  • Ulf Christiansson, Securum Self Storage
  • Wolfgang Koehnk, Pickens Self Storage

Registration for JET 2022 is now closed

If you are interested in attending any of our future events, please contact us at marketing@januseurope.com


Monday 23rd May 2022
Welcome Reception: 18:00-20:00

Tuesday 24th May 2022
Educational Workshop: 09:00-17:00


Featured topics of discussion:
- Self storage finance
- Automations & technology
- Marketing in self storage
- Smart entry automation
- Overcoming challenges for startups


Courtyard by Marriott Berlin City Centre
Axel-Springer-Strasse 55
10117 Berlin, Germany


Find out more about some of our guests below!


Christian Schmutz is the founder and CEO of Zebrabox, the Swiss Self Storage Market leader. After achieving an MBA from the University of Lausanne, Christian worked initially for several multi-national companies, mainly for cosmetics group L’Oreal, holding different leading positions in Switzerland and Germany. In 2003, Christian founded Zebrabox, which is currently operating 10 stores, heading to 15 by end of this year.  Christian is a board member of FEDESSA and is participating as Business Angel in several web & technology-based start-up companies.


Guy Pinsent is the Founder & CEO of Less Mess Storage. He has led the growth of Less Mess Storage, the largest and fastest growing self storage company in Poland and the Czech Republic with a portfolio of 15 stores open and a large pipeline. Guy is an entrepreneur with a background in investment banking, the British Foreign Service and commercial real estate investment and development.  When not working Guy enjoys skiing, reading and late night poker sessions. He was educated at Eton College and Cambridge University (Economics MA), and lives in Warsaw, Poland.


Terry Bagley is President of Industry & Partner Relationships at Janus International, which provides turnkey self storage building solutions and wireless security technology designed to help facility operators increase the value of their properties and improve operations. Terry oversees and fosters relationships with industry technology partners, strategic merger and acquisition opportunities, international business development, and expanding relationships with institutional customers. Terry possesses over two decades of experience in the storage industry; prior to joining Janus as Vice President of Business Development in 2015, Terry served as President and CEO of self storage software company Centershift Inc, now Yardi Systems. He is a former board member for the national Self Storage Association, serving two terms. 

Ulf Christiansson

Ulf Christiansson is the founder of Securum Self Storage, which operates in the Algarve, Portugal. Ulf has a 30-year background in the real estate industry in Sweden as an administrator and consultant and since 1995 CEO and owner of Variant Fastighets AB, a Swedish real estate company with mainly commercial properties. In 2002, Ulf was on his way into the Self Storage industry. For various reasons, this did not happen. To finally be a part of it is a great joy for Ulf.


Wolfgang Koehnk is the co-founder and CEO of Pickens Self Storage, Hamburg and Berlin. After achieving a degree in business administration from the University of Munich, Wolfgang initially worked for a multi-national company based in Germany. In 1982 he joined an IT-company and sold-out in 1992. From 1992 – 2001 he was in real estate development in Hamburg and Berlin. In 2001 Wolfgang co-founded Secur Self Storage and sold out in 2007. In 2007 he co-founded Pickens Self Storage and has been CEO ever since. Wolfgang was chairman of the German Self Storage Association for 3 years.

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