State of the States

If your state or regional parking association is not represented here please send your State of the State Digest items to IPI's Membership Director, Mark Gedris at

California Public Parking Association

CPPA will be hosting Tactical Communications and First Observer Training on Monday, March 7th at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California.  For more information, please contact Duane Hicks, CPPA Director at Large, North at 916-734-2687.

CPPA is saying a fond farewell to Shawn McCormick who has recently accepted a position in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.  Shawn was CPPA's Professional Development Chairman for the last two years and has been involved in parking operations for over 20 years.  For the last ten years, Shawn has been directly involved with enforcement operations, working as a Traffic Officer with the City of Los Angeles where he was promoted to the rank of Captain.  Most recently, Shawn's role has been that of Parking Services Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, managing Parking Enforcement Operations.  Shawn was the CPPA Parking Professional of the Year in 2009 for all his dedication and support to our industry and to the association. We are lucky to have worked with him for his loyalty and support to our organization. Shawn's new position in Saudi Arabia will give him the opportunity to work with Mobile Speed Enforcement that will improve safety through reduced speed and accidents.  Shawn will remain as a CPPA member, in case anyone would like to contact him, his email is:

Carolinas Parking Association

Most recently the Carolinas Parking Association (CPA) had a period of nominations for members to serve on the Board of Directors. The newly elected board members are as follows:

Gary Caton, CAPP, Vice President, North Carolina - Gary is the Director of Parking and Transportation for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte - 2005 to Present - Gary had previously served as the Director of Parking and Transportation at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, worked with the Monroe County Sheriff's office in Rochester, NY, and served in the US Navy.  Gary received his CAPP certification in 2009 and is affiliated with the International Parking Institute, National Parking Association, and the Carolinas Parking Association.  Gary will also serve in his new role as CPA's Vice President for North Carolina.

Dennis Garrett, At-Large Member - Dennis is the General Manager of Parking Services for the City of Greenville, SC - Dennis has worked in the parking industry for 22 years in both the private and public sector, which includes parking enforcement, maintenance, special event operations, shuttle operations, on-street meter operations and multiple site management of parking garages.  His experience in parking is diverse having management operations in municipal governments, university, hospital, and Class A office buildings. He is currently active with the International Parking Institute serving on the Committee for State and Regional Associations.

Derrick Huggins, At-Large Member - Derrick is the Associate Vice President for Transportation and Logistical Operations for the University of South Carolina - During his tenure at USC, he has been the Business Manager of Transportation Services and Director of Transportation.  Mr. Huggins has served in different service activities for the state, has served as committee chair of the State Grievance Committee, Lancaster County Coalition on Health, USC Diversity Task Force, Process Improvement Team for Drug Testing for S.C., and board member of the Southeast Governmental Fleet Managers Association.

Please join the Carolinas Parking Association in welcoming these new members to the Board of Directors!  We continue with our focus to develop the association and explore new ways to provide value to our membership as we are all feeling the economic times we are under.

In other news, the Board of Directors held a retreat in Wilmington, NC, where the Fall Conference and Vendor Exhibition is being planned for October 26 through 28, 2011.  The highlight of this year's conference will be recognition of the Carolinas Parking Association's 25th Anniversary!  Call for presentations and conference information will be posted at  as planning progresses.

Florida Parking Association

The 31st Annual Conference was one of Florida Parking Association's best ever --- with 180+ attendees, over 50 exhibitors & sponsors,  two days of 'parking knowledge' presented by industry experts,  and lots of networking opportunities ---  2010 ended on a very positive note for the association!  Daytona Beach provided the perfect setting, albeit a bit cold for the southerners!  Conference photography was provided by John Kreis -- to see all the action, please visit  The login is: daytona.        

Best of Show booth went to Shade Systems, Steve Wilson winning an exhibitor registration for the 2011 conference.   And, now we are ready for the 2011 FPA conference in Sanibel Island (December 7 - 9).   Information coming soon!

Fourth Annual Project Awards were presented to Walker Parking Consultants, Walter P. Moore, PGAL Architects-Engineers, Tim Haahs & Associates, and the Tampa Port Authority.

A big thank you to Pamela Corbin (Immediate Past President) for her service, as the Presidential gavel was turned over to Bill Foster for 2011-12.  Other Board members include:  Luis Choter, V. President; Tracey Bruch, Secretary; Chester Escobar, Treasurer; Directors - Stephanie Stefanelli, Jim Corbett, Kevin Kinney, Mark Santos, and Alternate Kris Singh. 

Working toward the ultimate goal of continuing to be the parking resource for Florida and providing educational and networking tools, the 2011 Board will work through its established committees to accomplish identified action items. Each monthly Board meeting agenda will focus on the accomplishments of each  committee.  Key action items include:  one educational seminar in central Florida (June 29 at University of Central Florida; information to follow) and one webinar; partnering with an advocacy group for continual updates/changes in parking with focus on Disability; enhance website to be a resource for members and encourage new memberships.

New England Parking Council

Join us March 23rd and 24th at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the New England Parking Council's 20th Annual Parking and Transportation Conference!  This year's theme is "Got Innovation?" and we do!  We'll have two tracks of educational sessions, all focusing on innovation in the parking and transportation industry.  Our vendor's expo will feature 35 of the most innovative service and product providers our industry has to offer.  NEPC Conference Information

The conference will start on Wednesday, March 23rd with a sumptuous luncheon with keynote address by Mr. John Nucci, the Vice President of External Affairs for Suffolk University.  Suffolk is in the process of expanding their residential student population, and this will involve an array of constituencies and regulatory agencies.  As you might expect, parking and transportation are key issues.  Next up is the Vendor's Expo, followed by educational sessions.  We know what they say about all work and no play, so we'll have a relaxing but decadent cocktail reception Wednesday evening in the Vendor's Expo!  Thursday morning we'll have breakfast, followed by more educational sessions, breaking for lunch in the Vendor's Expo, followed by more educational sessions! 

Come to learn, compare notes, network, see old friends and colleagues, and meet new ones.  For more information please log on to or Register now

We look forward to seeing you at the conference! 

Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association

The 2011 Pacific Intermountain Parking and Transportation Association (PIPTA) Conference committee continues to make progress in their planning efforts and has recently selected the theme for the conference.  The committee is excited to announce

"The Moving Forward Conference" in Vancouver, WA on July 17-19.

It is the intent of the committee to develop a program that focuses on remaining positive as we apply innovation and creativity to move through the challenges of the current economic and political environments.  The good news in all of this uncertainty is that we represent an entire industry devoted to moving people from one place to the next and we are certain we can assist one another in successfully moving through these rough times.  Parking and Transportation professionals are not new to the challenges of funding issues, constant legislative changes and strained public relations and have much to learn from one another as a result. 

Please save the date!  We invite you to move forward, to look forward, from this day forward at the 2011 PIPTA Conference at the Vancouver Hilton in Vancouver, WA on July 17-19. 

Texas Parking Association

Join usPlease remember to sign up for the upcoming 2011 TPA Conference and Tradeshow which is now just weeks away. Please join us as we will meet in Addison, Texas this year at the Crowne Plaza, 14315 Midway Road, Addison, Texas during the week of March 29,  - April 1, 2011. As we are all excited about this conference, we look forward to all the educational presentations that will be offered as well as the beneficial networking opportunities we hope to gain.  This year as a part of our educational value, development, and mutual networking we will be focusing on several different aspects of industry resources, training and expertise.  Please click on this link  and click the JOIN NOW button to sign up online.  It is fast, convenient and you will receive your receipt via email within minutes of registering. Please remember you have to join as a member first and then you can register for the conference. There will be something for everyone and we look forward to seeing you.

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All information is on the website but if you have any questions, please email Mary Mabry, . See you there.