The Intertraffic NA/PIE Conference and exhibition is over. A total of 1505 attendees went through the doors over the three days of the event. That’s about 50% more than any parking event held in the US.
I would have preferred more. However the parking industry held up its end, with more than 65% of the attendees coming from parking. And there were some pretty big guns in attendance, too., Monroe Carell of Central Parking was there and buying — he was looking for equipment for their stadium and event operations — He spent an entire day visiting exhibitors.
There were delegations from parking operations from the Cities of Baltimore, Washington DC, Wilmington, DE, New York and Philadelphia, Denver, Portland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, plus numerous from smaller towns and cities throughout the country. Operators the likes of Central, Standard, PMI, Colonial, Denison, and a myriad of smaller firms plus major developers from LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Houston, and other cities.
Colleges and universities were well represented too, with groups from Texas, Maryland, Pa, NY, Mass, Del, NM, AZ, CA, IL, OH, the list is almost endless.
Exhibitors always want more, and I agree, that a show of this size should produce more, however, the quality was there, and the numbers were there, too. I was disappointed by the response from the transportation side of the business, since its bigger than parking and we expected more. We will be analyzing what happened in that arena, and will report back later.
All in all, a good show, with some hiccups. We learn and fix them. Next year we are back by ourselves with PIE in Chicago — see you there.
I’m off for a week’s vacation. See you in October