Speaker Bios

PIE 2019 Featured Speakers Announced!


The Parking Industry Expo reaches out to dozens of experts in all areas of the Parking World. These are consultants, vendors, senior parking managers in cities and universities as well as parking operators and parking facility developers. We asked them to participate, we did not simply put out a “call for papers.” It’s much more difficult to develop a program this way, but it means that you will receive the best information from the finest sources available.

Stephane Jean-Marc Adovelande 
Shifting Gears: How Hiring and Managing Parking Talent is Evolving in Today's Mobility Market
General Manager, Chicago – LAZ Parking

Stephane started his parking career in 2006 while attending college. He joined LAZ in August of 2011 as Project Manager with oversight of the largest Hyatt Regency Hotel in the world with 2032 Rooms and 240,000 Sq. Ft. of meeting space. He led the Hospitality Division of LAZ for several years and currently is General Manager with oversight of Hospitality, Commercial and Residential Operations. He is a member of the National Parking Association and a Certified Parking Professional.

James Bain
Understanding Consumer Behavior
SVP of Strategic and Corporate Development, ParkMobile

James Bain joined ParkMobile as the SVP of Strategic and Corporate Development in May 2018. Prior to joining ParkMobile, James served as the Chief Operating Officer of Parking Panda, a leader in event parking reservations. James oversaw the growth and development of the company’s core business, led the launch of new business lines and ultimately negotiated the sale of Parking Panda to competitor SpotHero. In 2015, he was named one of the inaugural “40 under 40 in Parking” by the National Parking Association. James also worked at Groupon as a City Manager, in charge sales and operations for all "daily deals" in key cities like Detroit, Minneapolis and Toledo. James holds a BA from New York University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Outside of parking, James serves on the board of StartOut, a national non-profit and on the advisory boards of several tech startups. He lives in Austin where he spends as much time outside as possible.

Bryan Blackwell 
Shifting Gears: How Hiring and Managing Parking Talent is Evolving in Today's Mobility Market
Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Amano McGann

Bryan Blackwell has fourteen years of hands-on, diversified experience in the parking industry. He held a variety of positions in the industry from Contract Manager with Towne Park to his current position as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Amano McGann. As a proven leader in the parking industry, Bryan is responsible for seeking out and forming strategic partnerships with some of the most innovative companies in the industry.  After an alliance is formed, he is also responsible for maintaining and expanding those relationships.  His efforts have helped keep Amano McGann in tune with parking patron’s needs and securing technologies that bring them the best product offerings in the industry.

Kurt Buecheler
Demand-Based Pricing and Smart Parking Technology
Senior Vice President of Business Development, Streetline Inc.

Kurt Buecheler is Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development and a veteran of Streetline and parking for over 6 years.  He manages Streetline's customer, media and partner relationships.  Buecheler has been an agent of innovation with cities to integrate parking and transportation solutions into the bedrock of their services to citizens.  He’s also led expansion to new markets including universities such as Clemson and corporate campuses such as Apple and Facebook.

Julie Dixon
From Rags to Riches – One City’s Transformation ( San Leandro, CA )
Principal Consultant, Dixon Resources Unlimited

Julie Dixon has over 27 years of parking and transportation management experience, Julie has been directly supporting municipalities throughout the United States.  She has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with the solicitation, development, deployment, operation, and maintenance of solutions ranging from municipal parking programs to automated enforcement systems.  She has been responsible for establishing policies, defining objectives and delivering on initiatives for municipalities of all sizes, working at all levels within the administration, enforcement and adjudication processes.  In October 2012, Ms. Dixon founded DIXON Resources Unlimited with a goal of directly supporting municipal parking programs.

Mariana Garcia
From Rags to Riches – One City’s Transformation ( San Leandro, CA )
Economic Development Project Specialist, City of San Leandro

As an economic development specialist for the City of San Leandro, Mariana Garcia manages business attraction and retention programs, facilitates strategic development projects, and serves as a liaison between businesses and the City. 

Recently Mariana was tasked with implementing San Leandro’s Downtown Parking Management Plan, a collaborative effort to transform San Leandro’s parking. Mariana now manages the City of San Leandro Parking Program (ParkSL) and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing parking policies, activities and budget for the parking program. 

Mariana earned her BA in International Economics from the University of San Francisco and her MBA in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development from the United Nations University in Costa Rica.

Veola Hankle-Sample MBA,MHRM
Enforcement and Curb Management in Chicago
Assistant Director, City of Chicago, Department of Finance/ Street Operations

Veola Hankle-Sample is the Assitant Director of Street Operations for Parking Enforcement. She received her AASA from Robert Morris University 2005, BS from DeVry University 2007, MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management  2010 and MHRM Keller Graduate School of Management 2011. Mrs. Hankle-Sample has a total of 25+ years management experience and has  been employed with the City of Chicago for 5 years as a Senior Manager. During her tenure at the City of Chicago she has created parking enforcement training manuals, conducted various trainings and have written countless policies and procedures. Mrs Hankle-Sample was apart of the planning committee for the selection of new parking enforcement handheld devices and RFP for parking enforcement services.

Stephen Hernandez
How Will The Automotive and Parking Industries Play Together in the Sandbox
VP of Parking, North America, Parkopedia

Stephen  has been in the parking industry for 17 years.  Throughout his career, Stephen has worked extensively with dozens of communities across the  country to implement leading technologies and best practices.   Currently, Stephen is the Vice President of Parking, North America for Parkopedia.  At Parkopedia, Stephen works closely with municipalities,  parking operators and complimentary technology partners to help  facilitate a seamless parking experience within the connected  automobile.  Stephen has served on the MSTPA Board since March 2016.   Stephen is an active International Parking Institute member having  previously served on the IPI Technology Committee and is currently the  Co-chair of the Conference Program Task Force and member of the IPI-DataEx Working Group .  Stephen earned his CAPP in 2012.

Sam Hinson
Parking Industry PCI Compliance Success
Business Unit Leader, PCI & Technical Risk Services, Drummond Group

Samuel Hinson is the Business Unit Leader for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Business Unit and the Technical Risk Services Business Unit. A Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA), Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA), and PCI Professional (PCIP); Mr. Hinson is also a principal information security and risk management consultant and assessor providing Drummond Group clients with PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), Payment Application DSS, and technical risk assessments in addition to subject matter expert consultations. Mr. Hinson has been a certified assessor qualified to perform PCI assessments since 2004. During his 18+ years at this company, Mr. Hinson has also held many positions in the Technical Risk Services team and began managing this team in 2007. He was crucial to the creation of this team that derived from managed firewall and IDS services. Mr. Hinson helped develop services, such as technical risk assessments (vulnerability assessment and potential exploitation, commonly referred to as a pen test), social engineering, network security architecture assessments, wireless assessments, as well as other technical services.

David Hoyt
A Smarter Way to Park on Campus
SVP, Sales and Account Management, ParkMobile

David manages ParkMobile’s sales and account management teams. Prior to joining ParkMobile, David was National Account Manager for T2 Systems responsible for Strategic Accounts throughout North America. David began his career with Standard Parking, where he worked for 13 years and served as Vice President of Operations managing the company’s portfolio of municipal and private parking operations throughout the State of Florida.

Emily Kwatinetz
From Rags to Riches – One City’s Transformation ( San Leandro, CA )
Associate Consultant,, Dixon Resources Unlimited

Emily Kwatinetz is an Associate Consultant with DIXON, managing Parking Action Plans and coordinating client solutions across North America. She graduated cum laude from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and a minor in Political Science.  Emily specializes in municipal parking strategies including demand rate models and permit management policies. In 2018 she received the NPA ’40 Under 40’ recognition for her achievements and positive contributions to our industry.

Kathleen Laney
Shifting Gears: How Hiring and Managing Parking Talent is Evolving in Today's Mobility Market
President and Executive Search Consultant – Laney Solutions

Kathleen Laney is the President of Laney Solutions, an executive recruitment firm specializing in parking industry placements. She founded Laney Solutions in 2014 to help parking organizations build high performing teams.  Kathleen is actively involved in the parking industry and is currently a Board Member for the Women in Parking association. She also writes a monthly column, ‘The Modernization of Business,’ for Parking Today, and, in 2016, was awarded the National Parking Association’s Top 40 Under 40.  In her free time, Kathleen is always up for a good adventure, and you can find her skydiving, whitewater rafting, and hiking 14,000-foot mountains.

Blake Laufer
Parking Technology – Friend or Foe?
MiStall Insight

Blake Laufer is a self-proclaimed Parking Nerd.  He started his first company in the 90’s building management software for parking, and then sold to T2 Systems in 1999.  While at T2 he stayed for 12 years full-time, leading all of product development, and then 5 more years working part-time on research and technology projects.  In 2017, he left to found his latest startup company, MiStall Insight, using cameras to measure demand and provide Yield Management tools for surface parking lots.  Blake has written numerous articles, including several for Parking Today, and has presented all over North America as well as in Europe and the Middle East.

Michael W. Lowder
Director, Office of Intelligence, Security, & Emergency Response

Michael W. Lowder serves as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security, & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation.   A member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Lowder is the Department’s Emergency Coordinator providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector.

Prior to this Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for policies, and procedures and for response operations in major disasters and emergency incidents, and other Incidents of National Significance.  Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO).

Mr. Lowder has served as the Response and Recovery Division Director for FEMA’s Region IX, in San Francisco, California.  Mr. Lowder was a member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and the Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST), and has worked on numerous disaster and emergency operations throughout the United States.

Prior to his work with FEMA, Mr. Lowder has more than 25 years of experience in the law enforcement, fire, and emergency services field in the State of North Carolina as a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as the Director of Emergency Services with Bladen County, North Carolina.   

Mr. Lowder has represented the U.S government at conferences in Russia, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and Turkey, as well as throughout the United States.  Most recently, he represented the U.S. at a NATO-RUSSIA counter terrorism exercise in Kaliningrad, Russia.   He serves on the Executive Board on the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) as well as representing the Department on National Security Council (NSC) and Homeland Security Council (HSC) policy committees and advisory groups.

Timothy J. McGuckin
Mobility as a Service – Parking and Transportation


Tim McGuckin has been active in the transportation policy and technology community for more than two decades and has founded or led organizations that have advanced mobility, interoperable payment systems and connected vehicles. He champions innovative technology in the hands of forward thinking people as the key to success. Tim is currently the CEO of A-to-Be USA, the US division of A-to-Be, a Portuguese-based mobility services and solutions provider.  Prior to A-to-Be, Tim worked for large and small transport technology companies such as Leidos and GeoToll, and was the founder of OmniAir Consortium where he participated with tolling, automotive, RFID and DSRC suppliers and other stakeholders to build and offer interoperability testing and certification services.  Tim began in tolling as IBTTA’s first Director of Technology Programs where he managed the group’s ETC and EPS committees and organized more than a dozen Technology Workshops. He began his transportation career at American Trucking Associations where he worked to expedite the deployment of technology to improve freight mobility.  He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs & Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (“Virginia Tech”).

Colleen Niese
Why Can’t You Hear What I Mean?
SPHR, CPP, Principal, The Marlyn Group

Colleen’s understanding of what makes a business tick comes from her nearly 25 years of parking industry experience, and her insatiable curiosity about superior business.

Colleen assesses strategies for organizational growth, HR practices, recruitment plans, and employee learning and development for parking operators, tech providers and public institutions. Rarely do consultants possess such a clear line of sight between results and people performance as well as drive tangible change from the ground up—but Colleen does. She investigates and leads all levels of an organization to deliver both

financial and intrinsic results. And she is a hopeless Cleveland sports fan.

Relevant Experience
• Facilitated Strategic Planning sessions on behalf of a number of private parking operators as well as IPI, GPC, Greenbuild, USGBC, TPTA and NPA.
• Serves as the fractional Chief Strategy Officer for Colonial Parking, D.C.
• Has published a number of articles for IPI and Parking Today on strategic planning as well as presented at annual parking industry conferences.

• A GUIDE TO PARKING, Chapter Contributor
• Women In Parking, Founding Chair
National Parking Association Board, Past Member

Jack Opiola
Mobility as a Service – Parking and Transportation
President, Mobility Plus LLC

Jack Opiola brings over three decades of experience as an expert mobility consultant and policy advisor to local, state, national and international transportation agencies and private clients. His consulting experience spans over 35 years. His area of expertise is advanced technology for integrated mobility services with value-added Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and revenue collection applications. He combines his unique experience in transportation with hands-on policy development, strategic planning, program implementation and business operations. He supported and managed interoperable all-electronic tolling and distance-based charging together with value-added mobility applications for systems in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He was the former Founding and Managing Partner of D’Artagnan Consulting LLP and is now the President of Mobility Plus LLC and Executive Director of the Mobility-as-a-Service Association, or “MaaS-A”, a newly formed professional organization that promotes practical, innovative and integrated mobility solutions for the 21st Century with government and industry for the benefit of the traveler.

Vicki Pero
T-Minus 24 Hours to Hire The Best
SPHR, CPP, Principal, The Marlyn Group

Well-balanced in parking operational leadership and support, Vicki zeros in on employee learning, recruitment, and organizational development programs to improve outcomes putting people first.

21 years of experience in the parking industry have cross-trained Vicki to manage challenges from the inside out. During her career she has managed a regional territory comprised of 80 locations, has led a company’s field audit function, and has designed learning and development solutions for all levels of employees.

Relevant Experience
Portland Bureau Of Transportation, Enforcement Division Organizational Analysis
Legacy Parking, Operational Excellence Training Program Development
City of Las Vegas, Enforcement Supervisor Recruitment
Premier Parking, General Manager Recruitment

A GUIDE TO PARKING, Chapter Contributor
International Parking Institute, Education Development Committee Member
National Parking Association, Education Committee Member
• Green Parking Council, Past Treasurer

Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP 
Shifting Gears: How Hiring and Managing Parking Talent is Evolving in Today's Mobility Market
Parking & Transit Manager, Town of Estes Park

Vanessa Solesbee, CAPP, is Parking & Transit Manager for the Town of Estes Park, Colorado which is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. In her role, Vanessa manages on- and off-street parking for a mountain community that welcomes 4-6 million visitors each summer. Vanessa also manages Estes Transit, a free seasonal shuttle system. Before joining the Town staff, Vanessa worked as a planning consultant, specializing in public involvement, a role that took her all over the US and world. Vanessa is co-chair of IPMI's Parking Matters committee and previously served in the Board of Directors for PIPTA. Vanessa lives in Estes Park, CO with her husband John and two young daughters Ava Fox and Ella Bee.

Nicole Wylie
Shifting Gears: How Hiring and Managing Parking Talent is Evolving in Today's Mobility Market

General Manager, Central Region – SpotHero

Nicole believes in fueling relationships between women in parking by staying informed, sharing ideas and working together to grow our footprint in the industry. As SpotHero’s General Manager, Central Region, Nicole plays a critical role in driving SpotHero’s expansion into a variety of channels (like hospitality, airport and municipality) across many exciting new markets. When she’s not working, Nicole likes to spend her time being active outdoors, trying new restaurants, and learning about (and enjoying) wine.


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