IPInsider Logo
December 18, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 26
In This Issue
IPI Latin Community Grows!
Tim Haahs, P.E. AIA Nominated by President Obama
New Contact Infromation for First Observer
FPA Carol Easterling Award
Last Chance to Enter IPI Awards of Excellence Competition
IPI's Webinar: P3 and a University Parking System - The Ohio State University Story
New Jobs Posted
Nominations Sought For 2013 Parking Professional Recognition Awards
New RFPs Posted
IPI is on "The List"
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters Blog
IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
State of the States
Happy Holidays!
IPI Links


View our profile on LinkedIn
Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook


IPI's Latin Community Grows!

Latin Square Ad Last week, IPI held its second  annual Latin Parking Conference & Expo in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The conference included lively discussions with parking professionals and urban planners on topics including principles of parking management; parking enforcement; legislative and legal issues; new developments in access and revenue control; and the role of parking in a municipality's economic development.  The event also included several hours of networking with 20 Industry product and service providers, roundtable networking sessions, and a tour of parking facilities throughout the "Island of Enchantment."


An enormous thank-you goes out to our Host Committee and specifically Orval Sifontes, Sr.; Orval Sifontes, Jr.; Marlon Mellado, CAPP; Manny Morales; Alejandro Jaramillo; andLiliana Rambo, CAPP, (who also served as moderator).  IPI also wishes to thank Roamy Valera, CAPP; Len Bier, CAPP; Thomas Wunk, CAPP; and, Jim Zullo, CAPP, for sharing their expertise with conference attendees from eight Latin American countries. 


Plans will soon be underway for the third annual IPI Latin Parking Conference & Expo. Watch the IPInsider for more information.


Tim Haahs, PE, AIA Nominated by President Obama

President Obama has announced his intent to nominate +IPI Board Member Tim Haahs, PE, AIA, president and CEO of Timothy Haahs and Associates, to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences. This is an important role and a significant honor. You can read the official White House release here. And more about the work of the National Institute for Building Sciences here.


What was one of Tim's first reactions when IPI sent heartfelt congratulations? Tim said he will "make sure Parking Matters®!" Congratulations to Tim and best of luck during the nomination process.


New Contact Information for First Observer

First ObserverIn nearly three years, the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA)  First Observer parking-specific, anti-terrorism training program trained nearly 13,000 individuals to observe, access, and report suspicious activities. One of the benefits of the program was that it was funded by a government grant and was free. However, with the good can also come the bad, and unfortunately the funding expired as of November 30. This means that training has been put on hold, but the TSA has informed and assured us that the program will be active again in the near future. In the meantime please report suspicious activity to 877.847.5510 and for what you need to know to report suspicious activity or visit Please contact Henry Wallmeyer, IPI deputy director, if you have any questions or would like further information.



Focusing on Front Line Employees - Florida Parking Association's Carol Easterling Award
easterlingEarlier this month, the Florida Parking Association held their 33nd Annual Conference and tradeshow in the historic city of St. Augustine. This year was successful again for their Carol Easterling Award, which recognizes the efforts of extraordinary front line employees. It is a great opportunity for members to showcase positive behavior. Out of seven top-notch nominations received by the board, three regional winners were chosen to represent the south, central, and northern regions of the state. The winners were:
  • Maria Molina, Miami Parking Authority - Parking Attendant (Southern Region)
  • Lennette Allen-George, City of Orlando - Parking Facilities Assistant Supervisor (Central Region)
  • James "Jim" Rodenburg , City of Gainesville - Parking Operations Attendant II (Northern Region)

maria molinaThe regional winners created a "life in the day" video that gave a glimpse of their daily routine and showcased their organizations. The goal of shining a bright light on the efforts of the front line employees, who are arguably the most important assets in any parking organization, was met.


The grand prize winner was Maria Molina who was chosen for her notable passion and pride in the role she plays in her organization. She is a proud team member of the Miami Parking Authority and will represent all front line employees from the Florida region at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo.  You can see Maria's winning video here.


Last Chance to Enter IPI Awards of Excellence Competition - Deadline December 31

Entries are now being accepted for IPI's 31st Annual Awards of Excellence Competition, recognizing outstanding achievement in parking facility design and architecture. 

The complete  Awards of Excellence entry forms are now available at

Past winners have included notable parking facilities in cities, retail complexes, corporate headquarters, airports, commercial buildings, public institutions, universities, and sports complexes, among others. The awards are open to public agencies, jurisdictions, institutions, organizations, or corporations that own parking facilities completed or renovated since January 1, 2010. 

The top award honors architectural achievement. Other categories honor sustainable parking and transportation design excellence and noteworthy design and implementation of a surface parking lot. The competition offers seven categories: 


I.    Parking facility with fewer than 800 spaces
II.   Parking facility with 800 or more spaces 

III.  Surface parking lot
IV. Innovation/sustainability in an existing parking operation or program

V.  Parking facility rehabilitation or restoration

VI. New parking facility incorporating sustainability
VII. Award of architectural achievement 

Entries may be submitted online no later than Monday, December 31, 2012. Entry fees, rules, regulations, and judging criteria are outlined in the official entry brochure at


IPI Webinar: P3 and a University Parking System - The Ohio State University Story 

e-learning logo

Turning campus parking operations over to public private partnerships (P3) through upfront payments and long-term leases is gaining attention and interest. There are clear benefits, but also many details that must be clarified and documented so bidders understand exactly what they are bidding on, and the university understands what it will retain and how the arrangement will work.


Join us for this webinar and:

  • Review what should be considered in a long-term lease of campus parking facilities.
  • Learn how to define and separate roles and responsibilities.
  • Develop operating standards that address the needs of the institution while producing a biddable document.



Sarah Blouch, President, CampusParc LP


$35.00 for IPI members; $50.00 for Non-members 


Wednesday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST (60 minutes)


For more information and to register!


New Parking Jobs Posted

IPI Career HQ

Have a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings.


Director of Parking and Transportation - Boston University


Transit Planner/ TDM Manager - Duke University


Manager of Parking & Fleet Services - University of Connecticut Parking Services


Director of Parking and Transportation - University of Rochester


View more job listings  


Nominations Sought For 2013 Parking Professional Recognition Awards

Nominations are being accepted for IPI's annual Professional Recognition Awards, honoring the parking and transportation industry's outstanding contributors in four categories.


The Parking Professional of the Year category has been renamed to honor the late James M. Hunnicutt,CAPP, a founding father of IPI and parking and transportation industry pioneer, who was Parking Man of the Year in 1976.


The James M. Hunnicutt Parking Professional of the Year award recognizes management-level professionals who direct an entire parking/transportation operation, or manage multiple units within a department.


The four award categories are: 

  • Parking Staff Member of the Year (for front-line staff)
  • Parking Supervisor of the Year (for those who supervise one or more employees within a parking/transportation department or unit)
  • Parking Organization of the Year (for public or private parking organizations, departments, consultants, suppliers, commercial operators, etc.)
  • James M. Hunnicutt Parking Professional of the Year (for those management-level professionals who direct an entire parking/transportation operation, or manage multiple units within a department)  

Additional entry criteria and packets can be downloaded here.


Nominations will be reviewed by IPI's Professional Recognition Committee,  made up of industry peers appointed by IPI's Board of Directors. Entries must be submitted by February 1, 2013. Awardees will be honored at the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 19-22, and in the July 2013 issue of The Parking Professional.  



New RFPs Posted
RFP cropThese are the latest parking RFPs available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership. 


City of Portland, Ore.
For: Parking Enforcement Handheld Citation System


Texas Workforce Commission
For: Parking Garage Lighting Renovations


Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority
For: License Plate Recognition (LPR) System


East Stroudsburg University, Pa.
For: Construct One Level Parking Deck Over Parking Lot 


University of Alabama
For: Parking, Access, and Revenue Control Systems 


Des Moines International Airport
For: Airport Parking Facilities Management Services


Washington Metropolitan Metro Authority
For: Rehabilitation of Parking Facilities


View all RFPs  


Organizations can post RFPs at no charge. For more information, contact Henry Wallmeyer at 540.371.7535. 


*Not an IPI member, but want access to the RFPs?  Join Now!


IPI is on "The List"
IPI was mentioned during a recent segment on the hot new show The List, which aired on network-affiliated stations in Phoenix, Baltimore, Tampa, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Tulsa. IPI Chair Casey Jones, CAPP, was featured via a Skype interview with the reporter, and not only is IPI mentioned, but the segment also includes footage of the IPI website, As usual, the commentary includes light-hearted disbelief that there is an association for parking professionals, but there's time spent talking about industry innovations such as mobile apps as well. Watch the video here.
Learn from Your Peers at the Parking Matters® Blog

PM blog logoSign up to receive Parking Matters® Blog posts as they are published (about two to three times each week). Recent posts:


  • Parking and the Annoyance Threshold by Dave Feehan
  • Parking Publicity: Making "The List," Watching it Twice by Helen Sullivan
  • Parking Gets a Spot at the White House by Casey Jones, CAPP
  • IPI's Latin Parking Conference & Expo Kicks Off by Bonnie Watts, CEM
  • Credit Check by Henry Wallmeyer


Join the conversation and sign up for free.


IPI Membership Benefits 101 Webinar
IPI will host a free webinar on Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. EST to provide current and prospective IPI members with an overview of the many available membership benefits. Participants will see a walk-through of how to access the online benefits on the IPI website and how to take advantage of other many IPI programs and services. Participants will also have time to ask questions.
T.J. Cantwell, IPI membership director
Thursday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. EST /10:00 p.m. PST (60 minutes)
Industry Headlines From IPI's Social Media
Did you know that IPI provides an easy way to follow the latest news and trends in the parking and transportation industries? Just join us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and the Parking Matters® Blog. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


TV News Video - Holiday #Parking Tips to Relieve Stress via @TheListShowTV


President Obama nominates IPI Board member Tim Haahs, P.E., AIA, for administration post. Kudos!


RT @reformswipefees: IPI Joins Merchant #Payments Coalition To Combat Unfair Swipe Fees


Israeli Tech Meets New York and Reveals a Familiar Pattern via @Forbes


IPI's Latin Parking Conference & Expo Kicks Off ->new blog post


Palmdale Doles Out "Good Parking Tickets" to Deserving Drivers


Lancaster Parking Authority's 'Change for Change' program


Gift from the Miami Parking Authority: fewer citations during the holidays


City considers revamping parking spots http;//


Councilman mulls turning old parking meters into 'donation meters'


State of the States

The California Public Parking Association (CPPA) is proud to announce the Board of Directors for 2013:


Wayne Dalton, City of Monterey, President
Marlene Cramer, Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo, Past President

Howard Chan, City of Sacramento, Vice President

Ron Profeta, Cal State University San Bernardino, Treasurer

Julie Rosenberg, San Francisco MTA, Director at Large, North

Carmen Gachupin, Cal State University Los Angeles, Director at Large, South

Charles Kindred, City of Pasadena, Secretary

Vendor and Consultant representative elections will be announced next month!


 Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from IPI!

Happy Holidays

The next IPInsider will be delivered January 8, 2013.