John Egan

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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Question: Who Is RJ Gossett? Answer: SpareFoot’s Resident Pub-Quiz King

By John Egan   July 15, 2014

RJ Gossett

Alex Trebek, eat your trivia-loving heart out. You’ve got nothing on SpareFoot’s resident quiz host, RJ Gossett. Well, at least we humbly think so.

Could the “Jeopardy!” host keep up with Gossett? We doubt it. Every Monday and Tuesday night, you’ll find Gossett plying his part-time trade as a quizmaster at two venues in Austin, TX, that aren’t nearly as cushy as the studio where “Jeopardy!” is taped.

For Gossett, a member of SpareFoot’s Client Relations Team, working as a quizmaster is no trivial matter. (Yes, the pun is intended.) → Keep Reading

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What Happens to a Storage Unit When the Renter Dies?

By John Egan   July 7, 2014

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When the renter of a storage unit dies, the aftermath can be almost as messy as a Tom Cruise divorce. What happens to the contents of that storage unit depends on an array of factors.

Typically, the contents of a dead tenant’s storage unit become part of the tenant’s estate, and a judge decides what happens to them. → Keep Reading

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‘Storage Wars’ Star Dan Dotson Released From Hospital

By John Egan   July 1, 2014

Dan Dotson

Given a 4 percent to 20 percent chance to live after a double brain aneurysm, “Storage Wars” star Dan Dotson was released June 29 from a hospital in Palm Springs, CA. → Keep Reading

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Enter SpareFoot’s Clean & Green Portland Giveaway!

By John Egan   June 27, 2014

SpareFoot Portland giveaway

A lot of cities are green with envy when it comes to Portland, OR. Why? Portland regularly pops up on lists of the greenest cities in America. → Keep Reading

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We’re a Winner: SpareFoot Earns Award for Blog Covering Self-Storage Industry

By John Egan   June 24, 2014

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Charlie “Winning” Sheen would be proud of us.

At SpareFoot, we really love to win. In January, we won the Austin Startup Games. Last year, we won recognition as the best place to work in the Austin area in two programs: one sponsored by the Austin Business Journal and the other by the Austin American-Statesman.

Now, we have another win to add to our virtual trophy case. In the 2014 Ragan’s PR Daily Awards program, SpareFoot picked up first place in the “Best Online Newsroom” category for The Storage Facilitator blog. SpareFoot oversees the blog, which is published on SelfStorage.com. → Keep Reading

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Every Day Is Take Your Dog to Work Day at SpareFoot!

By John Egan   June 20, 2014

Liebe and Katie Smith

Only 12 percent of U.S. dog owners can bring their pooches to the office on a regular workday, according to a recent report from Wellness Natural Pet Food. Fortunately, SpareFeet are among that 12 percent.

Every workday, dogs of all shapes and sizes scamper and sleep and eat and entertain at SpareFoot. The office just wouldn’t be the same without our daily dose of doggies. In honor of Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 20), we’re highlighting nine SpareFoot dogs and the people they own. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot CEO Chuck Gordon: ‘Austin Is Growing Up, and We Need to Grow Along With It’

By John Egan   June 18, 2014

Chuck Gordon

Five years ago, the company now known as SpareFoot packed up and moved to Austin from Los Angeles to join the Capital Factory incubator. Of course, there wasn’t much packing to be done, as the barely-off-the-ground startup had only two employees at the time—co-founders Chuck Gordon and Mario Feghali.

Today, SpareFoot now has close to 160 employees, and we should have about 190 employees by the end of this year. As SpareFoot has grown, so has the city that it now calls home. In 2009, SpareFoot settled into a city with a population of about 750,000. Since then, Austin’s population has skyrocketed past 840,000 (as of July 2013). In that relatively short span, the city has gained roughly 90,000 residents.

Along with SpareFoot’s growth and Austin’s growth have come the inevitable growing pains. Recently, a new local magazine called Citygram reached out to Gordon, our CEO, to get his take on the changes he’s witnessed in Austin. Here are some of Gordon’s answers to questions posed by local freelance writer Rachael Genson. → Keep Reading

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What You Need to Know About Moving Brokers

By John Egan   June 17, 2014

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Every year, thousands of Americans entrust their household moves to moving brokers. These brokers don’t have moving trucks, moving equipment or, in many cases, moving experience. They’re merely the middlemen between you and the company that actually will end up moving your belongings—a moving company that you’ve likely never done business with.

Far too often, consumers don’t learn that a broker isn’t the actual mover until it’s too late—once they’ve coughed up a lot more money than they’d envisioned. Figures aren’t available regarding how often this happens, but experts say it’s not terribly common. → Keep Reading

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Pedal to the Medal: Patrick Davis Wins SpareFoot’s National Bike Month Challenge

By John Egan   June 12, 2014

Patrick Davis

Throughout the month of May, SpareFoot’s Patrick Davis pedaled 522.3 miles on his bike. To put that in perspective, the drive from San Antonio to El Paso, TX, is about 550 miles. Of course, no one in his right mind would cycle from San Antonio to El Paso. We think.

In conjunction with National Bike Month, SpareFoot challenged employees to hop on their bikes, and ride them whenever and wherever they wanted. Participants tracked their mileage through the MapMyFitness app (an Austin product), and then plugged the numbers into a spreadsheet. → Keep Reading

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Back to School: SpareFeet Participate in Special Storytime at Austin’s Reilly Elementary

By John Egan   June 11, 2014

Jeanette DeHay

Traditionally, adults read stories to kids, especially at bedtime. Earlier this month, the reverse happened at Reilly Elementary School in Austin: Thirty-one fourth-graders took turns reading self-published stories to a group of employees from SpareFoot.

The reading session at Reilly capped a project in which each of these fourth-graders wrote and illustrated a story that was published as a hardbound book. Employees of SpareFoot chipped in about $300 to get the books published by a company called Student Treasures. → Keep Reading

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