A-1 Self Storage knows that our customer service is one of the main things that sets us apart from other self storage companies. Our managers receive the best training in the industry and truly care about our community. Below you can meet Sabrina Acevedo, who has been with A-1 Self Storage since 2016.
You can meet Sabrina in real life at A-1 Self Storage in Concord, California.
Peter: You’ve been with A-1 Self Storage for just over a year?
Sabrina: Yes, about a year and a half.
Peter: People don’t really think about self storage when thinking about where to apply if they’re working in retail right?
Sabrina: Yes, I have a big family and when I say I work in retail, they think Target or Walmart. It doesn’t dawn on you to think about storage for whatever reason. This just kind of popped up when I was on indeed.com. I wanted to go work somewhere different. I was a stay at home mom for about six years, and I needed to able to provide for me and my children. I ended up working for Walmart. I was there for about a year and half. I started as a stocker and worked my way up to department manager, but I was working so much I wasn’t seeing my kids much. Their father wasn’t a big part of their life, and mom was hardly home because I was always working. I had to leave that job. For about a month, I was reflecting on life, and knew I needed to do something different, so I got online and A-1 Self Storage popped up, and I wondered what it was all about. After doing some research, I found that it was a Christian-based company because of the Casters. I’m all about raising my kids the right way, not to get all religious because I’m not the most righteous person, but I just thought maybe I should go that route and see where that takes me. Within the first week of being here, I found that the employees are great. I love the vibe. My area manager is awesome to work with. Comparing it to what I was doing prior to what I was doing here, it didn’t compare at all.
Peter: This is much better?
Sabrina: Yes! My kids love it. I’m in a better mood, because I love being at work and doing my job. I get to work while my kids are in school, and when I get home I’m in a good mood, can help them with their homework, and play games with them.
Peter: You can fill your life with more of those memories and moments?
Sabrina: Yes, and overall, this company has done so much for me. They don’t even know!
Peter: I’ve heard that a lot from other associates and managers. It seems like everyone is really well taken care of. Since you didn’t work in self storage before, did you have any preconceived notions that turned out differently than you thought?
Sabrina: Not really. I always have worked in retail. This has more interactions with customers, which I love. When I took the job, I did so with an open mind, and no expectations. My dad always said that if you set up expectations, you’ll fail every time. Once you get your location and figure things out, you can get a workflow down. However, after you do that, you’ll start doing things differently just to see how it goes.
Peter: I’m sure it’s nice not to be stuck behind a desk. I hear that A-1 Self Storage gives you a lot of independence, but also a lot of support as well. Has this been your experience?
Sabrina: Yes it has, but I’m the kind of person that gets bored easy. Before I became a manager, I was always asking my manager to teach me this and teach me that. I wanted to be able to help out if she was ever out of town. Once I became a manager, the only thing I really needed to learn was the kiosk stuff. Everything else I learned while I was just an associate. It was a great chance. My area manager, Alan, has made it very smooth for me to do that.
Peter: I don’t want to just stick on storage, you’re not always at work! Do you have any hobbies that you like to do when you’re not here?
Sabrina: When I was younger, it was singing. I was in a gospel church. Now it’s just my kids. I feel like there’s never enough time with them, so I’m constantly trying to create projects and stuff to do with them or have movie night, stuff like that. My sister says I’m the boring one because I don’t go out and party, I stay at home.
Peter: When was the last time you sang?
Sabrina: A couple of months ago, I think, with my son.
Peter: So you get to still do it some?
Sabrina: For fun once in a while, but I don’t really know this area that well yet, so I take the kids out. We went to glow in the dark bowling the other night.
Peter: Do you get out in nature often? This seems like a good part of California for that type of stuff.
Sabrina: Not much yet, because it’s been raining so much!
Peter: Do you belong to a church in the area?
Sabrina: Not yet. I still go to church in San Jose, because I have family out there. I’m looking into the churches in this area though.
Peter: What’s the name of the church you go to?
Sabrina: Risen Life. They changed it. It used to be something else.
Peter: Can you give any advice to someone moving to this part of California.
Sabrina: It’s amazing with the weather. If you have allergies, you might have to get used to that. There’s so many open spaces and hiking spots. I have a customer here who goes hiking all the time. He’ll go for a couple days at a time to hike and camp and he’ll come back and tell me how it went. If you’re looking for a slow pace, this a great place for you. I was born in the city, so when I was younger, I wanted to grow up and have a ranch and raise my boys to be ranchers so they can have that type of respect, but I’m not a millionaire, so I can’t buy a ranch, but this area is the next best thing. It’s not exactly “country” but it’s very down to earth and not fast-paced. It’s a great place to raise kids. They have scooters and bikes, so I tell them to go outside and play, and not spend too much time on their tablets. It’s so funny, because the neighborhood kids always come over a knock on the door because they want my kids to come out and play.
Peter: Do they go to school around this area?
Sabrina: Yes. We live in Antioch. I have one that goes to Jack London and the other goes to Mission Elementary.
Peter: Is there anybody on the team you’d like to give a shout out to?
Sabrina: Rebecca and Joanna. Those two girls have my heart. Rebecca started around six months before I did. She’s my rock. She leans on me, I lean on her. We’ve just become really good friends working here. She’s about 10 years younger than me too! She works at Old Oakland and is an awesome manager!