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Alan Lindsey ’16

Story by Alicia Lutz, The College Today

alanEven the minimalists among us have an excess of something – something stashed away in the garage, accumulating in the cloud or piling up on the to-do list. Whatever it is, the overflow has to go somewhere. And for School of Business alum Alan Lindsey ’16, it’s all going into storage.

“I’ve always had more energy than most people would know what to do with,” laughs Alan, who began pouring that excess energy into Lindsey Self Storage Group, which he cofounded with his brother as a freshman at the College of Charleston. Since then, he and John Lindsey ’12 have cofounded the Store Local Corporation and Storage Front – creating something of a family dynasty in self-storage.

The Lindsey brothers grew up watching their father develop self-storage units – going to work at 5 a.m. to pour concrete for the structures.

 “When you grow up around that kind of work ethic, it’s just kind of ingrained in you,” says Alan. “Plus, it’s motivating. It inspires you to work, to be better, to improve. And I’m obsessed with improvement.”

aThat obsession plays into the family business well: Lindsey Self Storage Group is in the business of turning already-existing self-storage facilities into something better.

“Think: Flip This House, but with self-storage. Basically, we buy facilities, improve their looks and operations, and then sell them down the line,” explains Alan.

He notes that the more facilities they improve, the more the business improves. Starting with one facility in South Carolina in 2012, the company now has 13 facilities and is on track to double in size this year, and to broker over $20.6 million in self-storage.

“We’re killing it,” says Alan. “But it’s 24/7. The work doesn’t stop. You always take it home with you. The entrepreneurial life is not for everybody. But for me, there was no other option.”

And that restless energy is exactly what Alan attributes his success to – both in his career in business and in his time with the School of Business.

s“The College as a whole is such a nurturing, dynamic place with an incredible amount of community engagement, so students aren’t just isolated in some bubble: They’re out there in the world, interacting with people in their fields,” he says. “There’s no other school that does that like we do.”

Add in his minor in real estate and concentration in entrepreneurship, and Alan had more than enough applicable experience by the time he graduated.

“I am able to do what I do now because of the experience I got in the real estate program. It applies to exactly what I do now. You can’t get any more real world than that,” says Alan, winner of the College’s 2015 ARGUS Competition. “And the entrepreneurship program was the same: directly applicable. It’s the best. With the entrepreneurship program at the College of Charleston School of Business, you will succeed. I truly believe in the unique experience that it provides.”

What makes it so distinctive? Maybe it’s because the entrepreneurial mindset that the business school fosters spills over into the rest of the College’s activities.

“That’s the thing about the College of Charleston: From one end of campus to the other, there’s an entrepreneurial spirit – a lifestyle – that encourages lifelong learning and a thoughtful, interactive perspective,” says Alan. “It’s everywhere you look – all over the entire campus. That energy seeps through to every part of the College.”

After all, when you’ve got that kind of energy, it has to go somewhere.

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