Speaker Bios

Featured Speakers and Bios

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.

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Ross Allanson, Director, Parking & Transportation Services, University of Minnesota


Allanson, Ross
Ross Allanson is the Director of Parking & Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota

  
Peter Alcock, Head of Product Marketing, NMI

Alcock, Peter
Pete Alcock is Head of Product Marketing at NMI in the UK. He has a 22-year career at NMI to date and has held a variety of roles. Starting in Sales as the company developed the world’s first online-authorized parking meter, he later transitioned to project management and eventually marketing. Instrumental in the company’s success in unattended payments, especially parking, he has a detailed knowledge of the challenges facing parking operators and equipment manufacturers today.

MoneyBall - The Payments Panel
Wednesday, March 29th, 11:00 AM
  
George Baker, Sr., Chairman, ParkHub


Baker, GeorgeGeorge Baker Sr. has spent 20+ years serving the parking industry with 13 years of managing parking operations on a national level. Building on this background and the challenges he witnessed on both the operational and consumer side of parking, Baker founded ParkHub to optimize parking operations with innovative, cutting-edge technology. ParkHub works with professional sports teams, premier entertainment venues, universities, and state parks across the United States, and has powered the last six Super Bowls. Baker received National Parking Association 40 under 40 Award in 2016, was a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year and winner of the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award in 2017, was honored among Dallas Business Journals 40 class of 2018 and Electronic Transaction Association’s 40 under 40 class of 2020, and was NPA’s Innovator of the Year in 2019. Baker currently serves as a board member for International Parking and Mobility’s Alliance for Parking Data Standards.

The World Is Not Enough - Why not a World Parking Forum
Tuesday, March 28th, 9:00 AM 
  
Sarah Becherer, Vice President, Ocra
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Sarah has 13+ years of experience in developing programming for demand generation, brand awareness, and customer acquisition for fast-growing B2B tech companies in industries including e-commerce, proptech, and mobility. Today, as Vice President of Growth at Ocra, she leads growth strategy and execution for showing (not just telling!) the outcomes of Ocra for parking operators and their technology partners. When she’s not “parketing”, Sarah likes to make pasta, study French, accumulate tattoos, and explore unfamiliar places.
  
Sarah Blouch, President & CEO, CampusPark


BlouchSSarah Blouch is CEO of CampusParc LP, the company that manages and oversees the Long-Term Lease and Parking Concession of The Ohio State University Parking System. Sarah is responsible for establishing a clear vision for the company to minimize risk and optimize value; coordinating the dynamic interests of a diverse stakeholder population; managing public opinion; and taking a proactive role in environmental, social, and governance related activities. She has worked in the parking & transportation industry since 1980

The World Is Not Enough - Why not a World Parking Forum
Tuesday, March 28th, 9:00 AM 
 
  
Cindy Campbell, Senior Training & Development Specialist, International Parking & Mobility Institute


Campbell, Cindy

Cindy Campbell is the Senior Training and Development Specialist for the International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI). With over 40 years of professional experience in law enforcement, parking, and transportation services, she brings comprehensive industry knowledge and professional experience to the IPMI training program. Cindy is also a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for IPMI.
 
Prior to joining the staff at IPMI, Cindy served as Associate Director of University Police for California Polytechnic State University. She is now dedicated to providing staff training, motivation, and skill enhancement through IPMI’s onsite and online training programs.
 
Do the Right Thing - Ethical Leadership: Doing What’s Right, Not What’s Easy
Tuesday, March 28th, 1:15PM 
  
Julie Dixon, President, Dixon Resources Unlimited

Dixon, Julie

Julie Dixon is the President and Founder of DIXON, a woman-owned business, focused on providing parking consulting services to municipalities. Julie began her career as a parking enforcement officer and has since been responsible for establishing policies, defining objectives and delivering on initiatives for municipal agencies for over 30 years. She was recognized as the 2020 Parking Today Parking Person of the Year and was selected as a 2020 Women in Parking Impact Award Finalist.
 
Shark Tank - Actually it’s Park Tank
Tuesday, March 28th, 10:00 AM
 Wednesday, March 29th, 11:00 AM
  
James Gibbs, Co-Founder & CEO, Meter Feeder
Gibbs, Jim
Jim Gibbs is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Meter Feeder, a tech-driven, affordable solution to parking. Meter Feeder is Pittsburgh-based, positioning themselves to become the #1 parking and parking enforcement solution for individuals, fleets, and government agencies.
 
  
Ethan Glass, CEO, Ocra
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A firm believer that a rising tide raises all ships, Ethan largely credits the industry’s inclusiveness for helping Ocra successfully pivot from being an event parking operator to developing the industry’s first omni-channel management platform. Ethan’s background ranges from design and project management to sales and fundraising. Under his leadership, Ocra raised a seed round backed by many parking industry leaders and has since grown exponentially whilst staying lean – and without compromising the Ocra vision.
  
Ted Graff, Director of Parking, Curb Management, Operations & Contract Admin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency - SFMTA


Graff, TedOversight of approximately 28,000 metered on-street parking spaces, 250,000 un-metered on-street parking spaces, nearly 15,000 off-street parking spaces in 38 parking facilities and over 90,000 square feet of retail space. Oversee shop operations including Paint, Signs, Temporary Signs and the Meter Shop. Implement policies, strategies and systems to enhance operations and Curb Management programs such as SFpark, Vehicle share, Neighborhood Parking Planning, CIP and the RPP. Represent the SFMTA before meetings of legislative bodies.

The World Is Not Enough - Why not a World Parking Forum
Tuesday, March 28th, 9:00 AM 
  
John Hammerschlag, President, Hammerschlag & Co, Inc.
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Having worked nationwide in the parking industry for over 4 decades as an owner, developer, investor, asset manager, advisor, expert witness, and operator, John Hammerschlag has built a successful parking investment and advisory business. His outlook is unique in that he is independent; has construction experience; understands the dynamics of local Chicago and national parking markets, the nature of parking competition, and the players involved; and, as an owner, appreciates financial risk.
  
Jonathan Haney, Deputy Directory, Allentown Parking Authority
Haney Jonathan
Jonathan Haney is an experienced parking professional with more than sixteen years of experience in Municipal parking management.  Driven to learn and achieve, he has progressed from the supervisory level to the position of Deputy Director at the Allentown Parking Authority.  As the Deputy Director, he has a wide range of industry experience in staff management, asset construction and maintenance and human resources.  Jonathan was recognized by IPMI for attaining the CAPP certification in August 2020.  A serious and responsible, but light-hearted approach to management is a hallmark of his style.  Work should be fun, right!
  
Bob Harkins, Harkins Consulting
Harkins, Bob
Bob Harkins brings more than 30 years of experience to the parking industry. He started a the Department of Parking and Transportation at the University of Pittsburgh. In seven years he built an organization of national recognition. Bob also served as the Director of Parking and Transportation at the University of Texas in Austin. Bob forged programs that were also recognized nationally. He was selected and served 12 years as the Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security at UT. Prior to joining the parking industry Bob served 27 years in the U.S. Army. He retired as a Colonel. Bob also has a doctorate degree in Education.

Patton - Security is an issue – Our PR is suffering.
Thursday, 3/30/2022 8:00 AM
  
Patricia Heit, Sr Solutions Architect, Current Components
Heit, Patricia
Patricia Heit has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry with expertise in unattended payments, solution implementation and partnership management. As a Solution Architect at Current Components, she thrives on bringing innovative payment solutions to her partners with specialized hardware and printers. Patricia began her career in payments at Apriva where she developed, architected, and implemented large scale projects for multiple clients across various industries. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Arizona State University.

MoneyBall - The Payments Panel 
Wednesday, March 29th, 11:00 AM
  
Jordan Justus, CEO & Co-Founder, Automotus
Justus, JordanJordan Justus is the CEO and Co-Founder of curb management technology company Automotus. As a Southern California native raised in LA traffic, Jordan is passionate about building teams and technologies that make urban mobility more efficient, sustainable, and equitable.   
Peter Kesser, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Alchemco
Kesser, Peter
Mr. Kesser is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Alchemco, a manufacturer of award-winning concrete & masonry waterproofing systems.  As a member of the senior management team, he’s responsible for strategic planning and global business development.

Prior to joining Alchemco, Mr. Kesser held several senior management positions in the construction materials industry, including:  President of Dow Chemical’s Roofing Division, Regional Manager for Firestone Building Products, and Strategic Marketing Consultant for W.R. Grace & Company, Inc.  

Fargo - Taking care of your facilities
Wednesday, March 29th, 10:00 AM
  
Mathew Magno, CEO & Founder, JAPA, Inc.
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Mathew Laurence Magno moved to Davis from Southern California. He ventured North to study computer science and technology management at the University of California, Davis and proceeded to work on multiple projects relating to parking and augmented reality. Passionate about entrepreneurship and the tech industry, the move to Northern California was a natural fit. He has an amazing background of management with titles from Project Manager to Kitchen Manager. With encouragement from friends and family, Mathew helped co-found Japa, a software company delivering real-time availability and analytics to drivers and parking management. Currently Japa has installations throughout the United States. Japa is now moving into the ever growing smart city initiatives.
 
  
Melissa Morgan, Director of Customer Success, T2 Systems, Inc.
Morgan Melissa
As the Director of Customer Success at T2 Systems, Melissa brings over 18 years of parking, transportation, and mobility industry experience, along with a desire to build and foster meaningful relationships within the industry. She leads a team of account managers, technical writers, and product trainers to foster customer relationships, leveraging the team’s talent to exceed the expectations of existing customers, while onboarding new customers.
 
Melissa started her career in the parking industry as a Parking Supervisor on a college campus in Virginia. This led to a Parking Manager role which grew into a promotion as an Area Manager in the city of Atlanta. These positions evolved into a passion for training and support from an operator perspective. Melissa became a T2 employee in 2017 when T2 acquired the company she was working at as corporate trainer of a PARCS product line. Melissa stayed on with T2 Systems as the PARCS Support Manager, and that role opened her current role as the Director of Customer Success. In 2019 Melissa earned her CAPP accreditation from IPMI and volunteers on various IPMI boards.
 
Melissa’s favorite aspect of working in parking is the diverse base of customers she gets to work with every day. Interactions with customers give Melissa the opportunity to peer into the views of many different owners, operators, and technicians to gain valuable insight. The motivating factor for Melissa is the fact that she can take her experience working with different customers and help create an effective parking operation.
  
John Oglesby, CEO & Founder, Parking Whisperer
OglesbyJJohn, the Founder and CEO of Parking Whisperer, has forty years of experience providing parking mobility, technology, equipment, and transportation solutions and innovations. John provides consulting services for professional sports leagues and teams, major shopping centers, and commercial property management groups.
 
Building on thirty years as a parking operator. John directed and developed extensive sales and client retention teams and engineered long-term client relationships while maximizing customer service and corporate relationships. His experience includes very successful careers as CEO with MobileNOW!, Aparc Systems, the Director of Parking Management, City of Denver, 14 years with Central Parking System, and ten with Impark.
 
John was a Senior Regional Manager for Central Parking System (14 years), National Stadium, and Arena Founder with Impark (9 years). John has been a specialist in large-scale public and private sector projects, on-street enforcement, facility design, and numerous high-profile events, including the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2008 Republic and Democratic National Conventions. John has built, designed, modified, or enhanced more than ninety-five professional sports venues.
John is a founder or contributor/owner with several parking-related entities that serve the parking and parking-related industries. These entities include ParkHub, Parking, Lot Spot, RESULT$ logistical consulting, and The Parking Whisperer.
 
John provides consulting, operational guidance, vision, and client buy-in on projects large and small. John has presented at multiple parking and transportation tradeshows and is a frequent author. John has developed and integrated multiple state-of-the-art turn-key parking and transportation systems. John is also involved as a committee member, presenter, and regular contributor with the National Parking Association, Stadium Managers Association, the International Parking, and Mobility Institute, and the Institute of Real Estate Management.
 
John is a member of the Teke Foundation Board for Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. The Teke Foundation supports and fundraises for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project, The Ronald Reagan Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. John is also a Mentor with the American Express Stive Program. John is also in leadership or contributory position with Catholic Sports, The American Battlefield Trust, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, The Holocaust Museum, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
 
Mad Men - Are you developing an RFP?
Wednesday, March 29th, 8:00 AM
  
Hans-Hendrik Puvogel, CEO, Parkopedia
Puvogel, Hans-Hendrik
Dr. Hans-Hendrik Puvogel is COO of Parkopedia– the world’s leading connected car services provider. Dr. Puvogel’s main responsibilities at Parkopedia include driving sales and marketing, as well as managing operations across Parkopedia’s markets in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia.
 
Prior to joining Parkopedia, Dr. Puvogel was General Manager at ICT Automotive and General Manager at INRIX Europe. Fluent in 6 languages, Hans has a 25-year track record in building and growing international businesses, as well as experience in software and data services for the automotive and telecommunications industry.
 
Parkopedia works with more than 20 global automakers, payment merchants and leading mapping-technology providers, to help millions of drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 20,000 cities across 90 countries, covering over 90 million parking spaces. Founded in 2007 with the original mission of being able to answer any parking question anywhere in the world, Parkopedia has now expanded its product range across wider connected car technologies, offering innovative and compelling in-car solutions to automakers and their drivers.
 
Tuesday, March 28th, 2023, 11:00 AM
  
Benoit Reliquet, President, Flowbird North America
Reliquet, Benoit

Benoit obtained his engineering degree in 1998. After starting in the defense industry, Benoit held several engineering managers positions in France and in the UK. In 2012, Benoit was promoted Corporate R&D Director for Parkeon prior to his transfer to the US in 2015. His broad experience in technical development and sales management allows him to focus on users’ needs and how to successfully meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

The World Is Not Enough - Why not a World Parking Forum
Tuesday, March 28th, 9:00 AM 
  
Brandy Stanley, VP, State & Local Market Development, FLASH
Stanley, Brandy
Brandy Stanley currently serves as VP, State & Local Market Development for FLASH Parking. Prior to FLASH, she was the parking services manager for the City of Las Vegas. She oversaw all aspects of the city’s parking system including the operation of parking meters, enforcement, collections, special events, off-street facility management and contract negotiations. She was also responsible for technology evaluation and implementation, supporting new development with parking expertise, recommending policy and setting the direction and mission of the organization.
  
Maria Tamayo-Soto, Parking Services Manager, City of Las Vegas
Tamayo-Soto, Maria
S. Maria Tamayo-Soto, MBA serves as the Parking Services Manager for the City of Las Vegas. In this role, she works with the city’s parking system including the operation of parking meters, enforcement, on and off-street parking activities, including rates, collections, enforcement, and facility maintenance. As Parking Manager she supports the direction and mission for how parking systems can best support the city’s economic development goals, Soto has been with the city of Las Vegas since 2021.
  
Roamy Valera, CAPP, President, Automotus
ValeraRRoamy Valera, CAPP, is the current president at leading curb management technology, Automotus. He is responsible for the commercial growth and scale of the company with a focus on solving city partners' curb management challenges. A C-Suite internationally respected leader with more than 33 years of parking and mobility industry experience including 11 years as a public administrator. Prior to joining Automotus, Roamy was the Chief Client Officer and CEO of the US & Canada for a leading global mobile payments provider.   
John Van Horn, Founder and Editor, Parking Today Media
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John Van Horn founded Parking Today Magazine in 1996 after two decades managing the sales of parking revenue control equipment for a major US manufacturer. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, was a member of the US Army during the Vietnam Era, and has published a small country newspaper in Southern California. He has spoken before Parking Audiences in China, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, France, Spain, and the UK. His travels in the US have taken him before groups in 20 states. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Robyn, and dog, Gigi. Parking Today Magazine is a part of Parking Today Media, the largest media group in the worldwide parking industry.
  
Mark Vergenes, President, Mirus Consultants LLC
Vergenes, Mark
MIRUS (MEER-us) adj. 1. Latin for wonderful, above all others, amazing, astonishing
Mark is President of MIRUS Consultants.
Having entered the Parking industry in late 1999, Mark has built a clientele that consists of real estate development firms, individuals, and cities. His practice focuses on consulting with those who need an experienced advisor for their project(s). Knowledge and experience play key roles in helping Mark’s clients more effectively work toward their goals.
You can find a list of his services at www.mirusconsultants.com
 
• 20 years of experience in the Parking & Mobility Industry
• President: Pennsylvania Parking Association
• Financial Columnist for International Parking & Mobility Institute’s (IPMI) Magazine, The Parking Professional
• Co-Author: “A Guide To Parking”; Chapter 9, “Economics and Finance” published by the IPMI (formerly, the IPI): http://www.parking-mobility.org/textbook/
• Former Director: Lancaster City Parking Authority; 19 serving on the board, 12 years as Chairman of the Board
  
Allison von Ebers, Associate Consultant, Dixon Resources Unlimited
von Ebers, Allison
Allison von Ebers is an Associate with expertise in municipal parking operations. She is a key contributor in DIXON’s procurement and implementation services, supporting cities with everything from solicitation development and vendor implementation support, to policy updates and stakeholder outreach. Her experience working with complex parking systems allows her to create and implement effective parking policies and operations. Her dedication to her clients, diligence, and overall project management approach has earned her prestigious recognition as one of NPA’s “40 Under 40” Class of 2021.
  

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