Here at Lockaway Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our renters is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with San Antonio team member Austin Sanchez who is celebrating his 1-year anniversary with Lockaway Storage this week. All interviews are performed by Peter Soto.
You can find Austin at Lockaway Storage – 3009 & FM 78.
Peter: Why did you start working in self storage?
Austin: I’ve known Big Henry for over 13 years. We ran into each other at a pet store after 2 years of lost contact. That day we set up a time to meet up and have lunch because I asked him to be my boxing coach as he used to be a boxer. He spoke nothing about fighting but only about how great of a company Lockaway Storage was. At first, the job sounded too good to be true due to my experience with past jobs that said the same about their company. I was at a point in my life financially that I had nothing to lose so I applied for the job and I was hired. The best decision I’ve ever made!
Peter: What’s the best thing you’ve learned while working for Lockaway Storage?
Austin: The best thing I’ve learned working with Lockaway Storage is that Culture is everything. Lockaway Storage is all about culture in being not only team members but family. When we have company meetings or after hours gatherings I look forward to these events because I can talk with everybody in the company, learn new ways of making myself better as a manager, and just having fun enjoying everybody’s presence.
Peter: What is your favorite self storage story?
Austin: To truthfully answer this question, there are too many stories that need to be heard. My favorite story of them all happened recently a couple weeks ago. A customer had lost 4 family members in the same month. He came to the office where he spoke with Big Henry. The customer was depressed and wanted to give Big Henry his trailer for free and did not want a dollar out of it just wanted to get rid of it. Big Henry told the customer NO that we had an Auction in a few days that we would auction the trailer in hopes of getting the customer some type of profit to help him out. Auction day came and the customer showed up, the trailer sold in the auction for $800. The customer was in such disbelief how much that money helped him out. The look on the customers face was priceless and that is why I love this job. It’s not about just storing items and that’s it, it’s about helping the customers make their day easier and better.
Peter: What are your hobbies when you aren’t at your facility?
Austin: My hobbies outside of work are working on my vehicles and Mixed Martial Arts. I’m a truck kind of guy so I love to upgrade my vehicles with aftermarket parts to make my vehicles stand out above the rest. On my trucks I’ve had before I’ve added lift kits, big mudding tires, custom rims, custom bumpers and many more upgrades. As for my other hobby, I love to compete whether it’s Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Freestyle and Greco wrestling etc. In high school, I wrestled for Madison High School and was known across Texas and Oklahoma. I was a 4 year varsity captain. I lead my team to two (2) District titles in 2012 and 2013 which were the only titles in my schools wrestling history still to this day. I have a goal to soon be stepping into the cage as a professional and to be the first fighter out of San Antonio to be Top 10 in the world. The journey will be long and tough but with the help of Big Henry with my stand up and Marc Gaudet with my ground game that goal will be accomplished in a few years.
Peter: What’s your favorite thing to do in San Antonio?
Austin: My favorite things to do around San Antonio is just go out and enjoy life whether it’s taking a trip to Six Flags. Seaworld, or just a stroll in the park with my fiancé Alexis Byrd, our daughter and our bulldog.
Peter: What’s your favorite restaurant in San Antonio?
Austin: My favorite restaurant in San Antonio has to be Logan’s Roadhouse. Their steaks are the best I’ve ever had in my opinion.
Peter: Would you like to give a shout-out to anybody?
Austin: I would like to give a shout-out to Don Clauson and the rest of the SPMI team! I just want to say thank you all for allowing me to be part of such an amazing family and providing the skills for me to become a better manager. When I show up to work, it’s never work just another day in paradise!