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May 29, 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 11 -- Special Conference & Expo Edition
In This Issue
IPI Conference & Expo Breaks Records
Accessing Conference Presentations
Rambo Becomes IPI Chair
Best Exhibit Booths: We Have Winners!
Conference News Round-Up
Positive Parking Publicity
Congratulations Poster Session Winners
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IPI Conference & Expo Breaks Records

To our attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, host committee, volunteers, session leaders, and all those in our wonderful community of parking people who were at the IPI Conference & Expo last week, a very big thank you!


More than 2,700 parking professionals from 36 countries gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 19-22 for the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo, which offered more education, networking, and products and services on display than any other parking event in the world.


Highlights included the 20th annual CAPP Classic Golf Tournament, ShopTalks, education sessions, and the Mix, Mingle, and DISCOVER reception at the amazing Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science, where attendees experienced hurricane-force winds, climbing through the mouth of a giant shark, making their own television broadcasts, and terrific casual networking with industry friends.


Also well-attended and enjoyed were keynote addresses by Scott Brusaw on his Solar Roadways project; Mary Smith on the future of parking and trends that will affect it; and Bill Smith on how and why parking professionals are always marketing themselves and their companies. The 2013 IPI Awards of Excellence and Professional Recognition Program awards recognized the best innovations of the year (see the June issue of The Parking Professional for more), and the Expo hall floor was packed with more than 200 exhibitors and thousands of industry professionals looking to make their next purchases. Local and national news organizations also flocked to the event, producing stories on the next generation of parking and what it means for communities around the world.


For more on the record-breaking 2013 IPI Conference & Expo, visit the Parking MattersŪ Blog and keep an eye out for the forthcoming July issue of The Parking Professional, which will feature lots of highlights and photos. And mark your calendar for the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo, June 1-4, in Dallas, Texas!

Accessing Conference Presentations

If you attended the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo and want to download copies of the presentations, log in to the Attendee Service Center and click on "Handouts." Your login and password can be found in your registration email confirmation or you can click on "Forgot Password."

Liliana Rambo, CAPP Becomes Chair of the International Parking Institute

The International Parking Institute (IPI) announced that Liliana Rambo Liliana Rambo, CAPP is the new chair of its Board of Directors. Rambo's two-year term began at the conclusion of the 2013 IPI Conference & Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 19-22. 


Rambo is a parking industry veteran of more than 25 years and is currently director of parking services at Houston Airports System. Previously she was parking director for on-street parking, for the City of Houston. She has served on the IPI Board of Directors for eight years as chair-elect and treasurer, and is a member of IPI's Advisory Council. In 2008, Rambo received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Parking and Transportation Association, an allied association of IPI. Read more. 

Best Exhibit Booths: We Have Winners!

The last day of the IPI Expo meant lots of excitement on the floor as raffles were conducted and prizes were given away. Swayne Kawchuk of the University of Saskatchewan and Winslow Wise of Came Americas Automation each won $500 in IPI's Expo-Opoly game. After that, it was time to announce the year's Best in Show exhibitor booths. Winners are:

  • Best in Show, 100 - 300 square feet
    • First Place: MobileNOW!
    • Second Place: Acuity Brands
    • Third Place: Zipcar, Inc.
  • Best in Show, 400 - 600 square feet: ParkMe
  • Best in Show, 800 - 1200 square feet: 3M
  • Best in Show, People's Choice: Paylock IPT 
Conference News Round-Up

A great deal of important news came out of the IPI Conference & Expo this year. If you missed it, here's a round-up of news releases IPI issued with links to read more:

Positive Parking Publicity

IPI's Parking MattersŪ initiative was hard at work during the conference to show off the revolution that is transforming the parking industry to the media. From USA Today to NPR National Radio to, conference coverage is still coming in, but for a snapshot of the top stories that appeared this past week, read the Parking MattersŪ Blog post, "Extra, Extra, Read All About It.

Congratulations Poster Session Winners

Thank you to all those who contributed posters to IPI's first-ever Parking Poster Session. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a poster may be worth much more! Sponsored by IPI's Smart Parking AllianceSM, this was a valuable addition to the conference offerings and is bound to become a regular conference event, with more space allocated for our poster exhibit area in Dallas in 2014. Forty-three posters were featured, but our panel of judges gave special accolades to these winners. Congratulations, all!

  • First Place: Watry Design, Inc.; Transit Parking Best Practices Deliver Sustainable Benefits
  • Second Place: University of Washington Transportation Services; Optimizing Parking Resources by Promoting Bicycling
  • Third Place: City of Los Angeles DOT; LA Express Park -- Intelligent Parking Management for Downtown Los Angeles
  • Honorable Mention: Applied Telemetrics, Inc.; Demonstration of an In-Vehicle Parking Meter for Autonomous Parking Credentials
  • Honorable Mention: Park Assist; Innovative Parking Sensor Network Benefits Mixed-Use Site in Philadelphia
  • Honorable Mention: Passio Technologies; Wisdom of the Owl: How Kennesaw State University Solved its Commuter-Parking Problem
  • Honorable Mention: Seattle Dept. of Transportation; Seattle Performance-based Pricing Program: Getting the Numbers Right
  • Honorable Mention: University of Arizona; The University of Arizona Bike Valet Station: Safe, Secure Simple
Plan Ahead: 2014 IPI Conference & Expo to be held in Dallas, Texas, June 1-4