May 24, 2016 - Vol 8, Issue 11
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Wrapping Up #IPI2016: Highlights from the Biggest Parking Event
We came. We learned. We made our step count goals for the week. The 2016 IPI Conference & Expo, May 17-20, Nashville, Tenn., was another huge success, packed with career insights, new friendships, and deep dives into the hottest parking topics and challenges. Now that it's over, we've rounded up some of the week's best photos, resources, media coverage, and more. But don't worry, you won't have to wait long for the next IPI Conference & Expo -- we'll see you in New Orleans, May 21-24, 2017. Look for more about this year's Conference in the July issue of The Parking Professional.
IPI Expo Remains Best Place to See Parking Tools & Tech
The 2016 IPI Conference & Expo was the biggest parking event yet. With more than 250 exhibitors showcasing thousands of the most innovative product and services in the parking industry, the show floor was once again the best place to meet trendsetters and decision-makers. From design, lighting, signage, payment, reporting, special events, safety, security, and more, you were bound to find the right solution. But it wasn't all shop talk -- though we had ShopTalks too -- exhibitors got in on the fun with games, prizes, and the Expo-poly board game, where attendees visited exhibitors to collect stamps in hopes of winning two tickets to the 2016 CMAs. If you want to connect with an exhibitor but didn't get their contact information, use the exhibitor directory to search by name, product, and service. 
"Don't Settle for Ordinary:" Lessons from Disney at IPI Keynote
The Disney brand is far more than a logo and a destination. Our opening General Session Keynote, Dennis Snow, Disney Service Excellence Speaker, shared just how Disney creates a customer-centric culture. Hire the right people. Train them to be ambassadors. Empower them to "wow" customers. And by all means, don't settle for ordinary. Set your sights on excellence in every facet of your operation. Each of these lessons applies to your parking organization as well -- we'd love to hear about how you are applying these concepts in our industry.

Connect with Parking Colleagues? There's an App for That
"Interactive." "Easy." "The greatest app yet!" These were some of the comments we heard about the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo mobile app (IPI2016 in the App Store and Google Play). More than half of all Conference attendees engaged in the app, uploading 2,800 photos and submitting 2,500 posts over the four-day show. There were nearly 11,500 visits to the app on opening day of the Conference alone. The platform buzzed with activity and competition for the chance to win two tickets to the 2017 CMA Music Festival. App users completed session evaluations, got room and schedule updates, synced up their fitness trackers to participate in the GETFit Challenge, and much more on it. 
In the News: Local Nashville Media Covers #IPI2016
IPI brings the parking industry together to advance the profession in many ways, including positive and informative news media coverage. The 2016 IPI Conference & Expo generated coverage about the role of parking professionals from Nashville's local WZTV-FOX television station. Watch the segment
Parking Leaders on Going Green Around the Globe
Parking leaders representing 12 different countries met at the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo as part of the annual Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit. The group discussed the U.S. Green Building Council's Parksmart certification program and international efforts to promote sustainability. Learn more about GPALs.
2016 Award Winners Honored at IPI Conference & Expo
Learn more about some of the parking professionals and organizations that received top honors at the 2016 IPI Conference & Expo: 

June 15 Webinar: Designing Garages with Users in Mind
More than ever, customers expect affordable, comfortable parking structures. How do you go about designing and building them? Join Mike Martindill of TimHaahs as he presents the live 60-minute webinar, User-Based Parking Structure DesignWednesday, June 15, at 2 p.m. EDT. Cost is $35 for IPI members and $50 for non-members. (Not an IPI member? Learn more and sign up today!
Parking Industry RFPs
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Members can submit their RFPs online at no charge. The ability to post RFPs is an IPI member benefit. Learn more.

Parking Industry Jobs
IPI Career HQ
IPI's Career HQ has opportunities for parking professionals at all points in their careers. It's easy to browse and job-seekers can upload their resumes for free. Recent postings: