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NPA Convention Tops 800 Attendees Observation by JVH with help from Christine Banning…


NPAa year later. One year ago Jed Hatfield, CPP became chairman of the board and NPAbrought on Christine Ban-


ning, MA, CAE as its president...what a change a year makes. NPA’s convention gets attention, big attendance and membership shoots up 12%. What a difference a year makes, I just keep hear- ing good things about NPA programs, networks and the buzz about NPAas the place for parking’s movers and shakers. One year ago, NPAwas a quiet association. No more. NPAis


on a growth trajectory attracting members with its new pro- grams, speakers and training. The buzz from members about NPAresearch and advocacy clearly hits the mark. NPAsnagged the CEO of Colliers USA Dylan Taylor for a parking economic forecast. The price of the show was worth Dylan’s insights alone! Yes, I talked with him personally at NPAChairman Jed Hatfield’s reception and Dylan Taylor is one smart guy. Jed Hatfield is respected by all. As NPA’s Board Chair, Jed


has done the seemingly impossible to meet the needs of both NPA’s private and public sector members. When Jed talks, the industry listens. He speaks softly and thoughtfully setting a course for NPA’s place as an industry leader. NPA’s convention gets rave reviews fromexhibitors. Even with


20% more exhibitors, suppliers weren’t lost in the crowd. And, the buzz was that booth traffic was filled with decision makers, quali- fied buyers and conversations that resulted in deals. The show opening was wave after wave of attendees heading for the booths. The NPAshow is the expo where deals are done. Exhibitors


were seen and heard in deep contract negotiations, in conversa- tions with executives/purchasers and with city managers look- ing for both managed parking services and show floor products. NPArocked the house with its powerhouse network that deliv- ered decision makers to a busy show floor. At the end of the day, exhibitors were leaving the NPA show with contracts in hand. The silence when I walked by certain conversations, showed that real business was being done and the dealmakers didn’t want to see the John Van Horn byline reporting the details of the deal. NPA did a good thing this year announcing new product


intros at the show. And, suppliers stepped up and brought the NPAexpo their top products for 2012 giving the industry a jump start on the new year. Streetline’s CEO Zia Usuf was proud to announce a partnership with IBM this week. Exclusively at the NPA show Streetline introduced a big new product. ACS, IBM and Siemens are resellers of Streetline’s products. And, Streetline, a big industry player picked the NPAshow for its launch. Kudos to all.


NPA Honors Industry Leaders


From the address by NPAPresident Christine Banning: “Each year, NPA honors the parking industry leaders who


contribute to excellence in the industry, help advance the profes- sion and support the career growth and success of their peers in parking. 2011 Award winners are Gary Cudney, Bob Baer, Kathy Phillips, and Colleen Niece. The Parking Consultants Council is comprised of the archi-


tects, engineers and consultants who advise the parking industry. For the past two years, Gary Cudney, president of CarlWalker, Inc.—has led the council and the outstanding books and guides developed for NPA. Gary is completing his term at this conven- tion.We honor Gary Cudney for his dedication and service…as Outgoing PCC Chair.


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Keynote Speakers Colliers CEO Dylan Taylor (L) and NY Times Columnist and Author Paul Sullivan (R) surround NPA Chairman Jed Hatfield at the Chairman’s reception.


Bob Baer is the director of parking and transportation at


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Bob is an expert in parking operations and Chairs…the national GINP Committee for Government, Institutional and Nonprofit members of NPA. This year, we honor Bob asNPA’s Chair of theYear…for his dedication, commitment to connecting parking peers and efforts to enhance benefits and value for all public and institutional members. NPA’s members are the leaders, volunteers and supporters


that help every member… make connections, get the best park- ing education and find the resources that help them succeed. There is no one more dedicated to each of you and parking expe- rience…than Kathy Phillips, CPP. For more than a decade, Kathy has been an advocate for standards of excellence in parking and the CPP program. Kathy just accepted a national appointment as the Chair of NPA’s Certification Advisory Board. This year’s national committee chair is Colleen Niece, CPP.


Colleen is a senior vice president and the chief administrative offi- cer of Impark. Her belief in parking specific training and broad business knowledge are why you see a convention that brings you learning tracks, expert panelist and national-caliber speakers.”


Three Named to NPA Board The National Parking Association announced the election of


three parking industry leaders to its board of directors. Joining the board are: David Damus, chief executive officer and chairman, System


Property Development Company, Inc., Pasadena, Calif. Damus has 19 years of industry experience and oversees a national park- ing real estate portfolio and operations for The Broadway Spring Center parking operations in downtown Los Angeles. He is a for- mer CEO of The L&R Group of companies, which included park- ing operations in 33 cities. Alan Kahn, founding principal, Alan Kahn Parking Advisors


LLC, North Barrington, Ill. Kahn has more than 28 years of expe- rience in the parking industry and was most recently a senior vice president with Central Parking System. Peter Young, president, Digital Printing Systems, Inc., Azusa,


Calif. Young has been with Digital Printing Systems for nine years and is an active NPAmember, serving on the Convention Program Committee and Allied Board of Managers. He is also a member of several regional parking associations.


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