9 Sessions You Can’t Miss at NPA 2016

NPA 2016 kicks off in a week! We went through the full convention schedule and rounded up our top picks for sessions on trends and technology in parking. Here are the nine sessions you won’t want to miss:


Fundamentals of Parking Management: Equipment Technology

Monday, September 19 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

leonard_carder_-_photoSpeaker: Leonard Carder, Impark

Description: Parking and transportation leaders need to be aware of the latest technologies in revenue control, security, maintenance and wayfinding to position their organization for success. Gain a deep understanding of these systems and how to leverage these systems to maximize profitability. Get on the path to certification while keeping current with today’s technological advances.

Learning Objectives:

1: Define the five categories of revenue control systems.
2: Understand the different types of signage systems commonly in use in parking facilities
3: Identify revenue control equipment components.


Big Data: Connecting Cars, Parking & Transportation (Keynote)

Tuesday, September 20 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

bryan-mistele Speaker: Bryan Mistele, President & CEO, INRIX

Description: Bringing a background with big brands like Microsoft and Ford, Bryan Mistele will give a compelling keynote address about how big transportation data and on-board automobile data and apps will transform the parking experience for customers and your parking operation. Get insights into how to use data more effectively to make smarter decisions for your business and your clients. Access to information makes your job easier-find out how.

Learning Objectives:

1: Learn how intelligent transportation will affect your parking operations.
2: Learn how you can use data to make smart business decisions.
3: Learn how parking apps are transforming the industry.


Keynote Q&A: Technology, Transformation and Industry Change

Tuesday, September 20 | 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

bryan-misteleModeratorBryan Mistele, President & CEO, INRIX

Join keynote speaker, Bryan Mistele of INRIX, and opening session sponsor, ParkMe for a deep dive look at the future of parking. This is an interactive roundtable session, so come prepared with questions and experiences to share.



Mass Convenience: Innovative Transit Parking Models

Tuesday, September 20 | 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (overlaps with Keynote Q&A above)


frank-chingFrank Ching, Senior Director of Countywide Parking Management, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority




dan-kupfermanDan Kupferman, Director of Car Park Management Systems, Walker Parking Consultants





ronald-rossRonald Ross, Director of Parking Services, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)





Description: What’s more frustrating than missing a train due to pre-paying a cashier, pay-station or honor box? Or getting to the lot and finding it full? Welcome to the world of transit parking. The parking fees may be below market, but that doesn’t make the need for excellent customer service and tight revenue control any less important. This session will look at new technologies being implemented by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) – in order to streamline the parking process for their customers.

Learning objectives:

1: Identify innovative implementation solutions for high volume parking management and operations
2: Describe a transit parking management model
3: Discuss case studies demonstrating how to enhance the parking experience for customers


Next Gen Parking: Teams, Tech & Leading Tomorrow… Today

Tuesday, September 20 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 


barrie-arnoldBarrie Arnold, Chief Commercial Officer, PayByPhone





richard-goodwinRichard Goodwin, COO, Fybr





wes-guckertWes Guckert, PTP, President & CEO, The Traffic Group, Inc.





eugene-tsyrklevichEugene Tsyrklevich, CEO, Parkopedia





Description: Smart cities, driverless and connected cars, mobile technology and location-based services are all here, and it all affects the parking industry and your job security. How will you take advantage of these technologies and stay afloat in the wake of disruption? Knowledge is power, and understanding how technology is changing the makeup of the parking industry is the first step in securing your future. This panel of esteemed parking industry leaders will help you navigate the fast-paced world of technology development and how it can improve your operations and differentiate you from your competition.

Learning Objectives:

1: Identify solutions to technology trends in the parking and transportation industry
2: Explain how to differentiate and position your company from the competition
3: Discuss how to respond to emerging technology disrupters


Urban Revolution: The Impact of Mobility Services on Parking

Wednesday, September 21 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

dan-curtinSpeaker: Dan Curtin, Vice President, Fleet and Supply Chain, Zipcar

Description: With GM recently announcing the launch of a car sharing business, Ford announcing a shared lease program for group buying and seemingly everyone announcing a self-driving car, the future of parking in cities is in flux. Zipcar’s Dan Curtin will talk about the evolution of car sharing in the near term, including innovative technology they’re developing for reservable parking spots with private lots. He’ll also discuss the future of urban mobility as on-demand, shared use mobility services are increasingly adopted.

Learning Objectives:

1: Identify demographic trends and technology advances changing demand for car ownership.
2: Discuss the near term impact of car sharing, connected cars and on-demand mobility on the parking industry in cities and how it will evolve.
3: Understand the revolution in urban mobility (and parking demand) as ride hailing providers and self-driving cars become more ubiquitous.


AppWorld: How Leveraging App and Integrated Cloud Platforms Drive Profits

Wednesday, September 21 | 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


harlan-karpHarlan Karp, Founding Partner, Parkonect





rick-neubauerRick Neubauer, Founder & CEO, Umojo





ryanheadshotbwRyan Sullivan, CEO & Co-founder, Parkifi





todd-tuckerTodd Tucker, Vice President, National Sales, ParkWhiz





Description: Are you looking to integrate a parking app at your facility? Are you looking to operate 24/7 using off-site personnel?  Can you instantly track customer behavior for strategic decision making? Join us for this interactive session to meet the movers and shakers in mobile marketing, data analytics and integrated cloud platforms to get all of your questions answered in one place in just one hour.


Data Driven Decisions: Effective Parking Planning, Management and Reporting

Wednesday, September 21 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

kurt-buechelerModerator: Kurt Buecheler, Senior Vice President, Busienss Development and Channel Sales, Streetline






nick-millerNick Miller, NWM Consulting





david-mooreDavid Moore, Vice President, Business Development, Amano McGann, Inc.





michael-nickolausMichael Nickolaus, President & CEO, CivicSmart, Inc.





Description: We all know the power of big data, but in the bustle of the everyday, we often forget to use it. In this panel discussion, you’ll learn how to use the data you’re collecting to make informed, strategic decisions. Understanding what it all means, recognize patterns and using it to improve your operations will help you increase your ROI.

Learning Objectives:

1: Learn why metrics are important and how to report them
2: Identify key metrics every parking organization should be reporting
3: Explain how to leverage data to manage effective parking operations


Serving More Customers with Automated Parking

Thursday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

ari-milsteinSpeaker: Ari Milstein, Automation – Executive Director, North America, Automation Parking Systems

Description: In big cities and beyond, space is a commodity. Learn how you can maximize limited space to increase your profit with automated parking. In this session, Ari Milstein will explore the importance of automated parking in the U.S.—the positive impacts of automated parking, why consumers and developers/contractors love automated parking, recent issues plaguing the industry (how and why some companies are failing to meet the needs of developers and clientele), and which companies are doing it right. He will share successful automated parking case studies, reviewing how success was achieved and maintained.

Learning Objectives:

1: Define the criteria for selecting an automated parking solution
2: Identify benefits to customers and developers
3: Discuss issues in the industry and how to avoid pitfalls


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