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 Troy Hartjes, Andrew Stasiukevicius and Robert Wielgos have joined R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm based in Brookfield, WI. – Hartjes as a Senior Project Manager in the Municipal Services Division; and Stasiukevicius and Wielgos as Civil Engineers in its rotational training program.
TrustCommerce, a leading provider of secure payment solutions, has completed EMV Certification to the First Data Rapid Connect platform on all four card brands. Also, the company said it’s one of the first to certify for EMV debit transactions. “We are pleased to be an early adopter of EMV in order to meet our clients’ payment security objectives,” said CEO Rob Caulfield.
Southland Printing Co. has made two additions to its sales team. Arthur “Art” C. Low Jr. has joined the company as an Outside Sales Representative. In the parking industry for more than 20 years, he has operated all types of valet, self-park, ambassador, shuttles, and municipal /university / hospital on- and off-street operations.  And John Cordaro has joined the company as a Sales Account Representative. He worked for nearly 10 years with the Independence Bowl Foundation as Director of Ticketing and Business Ops, including: managing ticket sales and operations and securing sponsorships and advertising.  
R.M. Lucas Co., which offers a full line of coatings and mastics for the professional building contractor, has acquired new headquarters, research and development center, and manufacturing plant. The facility, at 12400 S. Laramie Ave. in Alsip, IL., has 12,000 square feet of offices, 5,000 square feet of laboratory and R&D space, and 75,000 square feet of production and warehouse area. Production is scheduled to start in late 2015. Its Chicago Plant will continue operations with expanded capacity for asphalt products. The Bedford Park (IL.) Plant will close at year’s end.
Code Blue Corp., a leading manufacturer of emergency communication solutions, has promoted David Salas to Chief Financial Officer and David Fleming to Chief Design Officer. Salas, who joined the company in 2013 as Corporate Controller, will be handling financial duties and managing activities related to the development of new business opportunities. Fleming, who joined Code Blue in 2012, will be responsible for growing its brand through marketing, public relations, product development and research.
ADVAM has expanded its UK operations. The leading provider of payment solutions within the parking and transportation, local government, and airport sectors, has relocated its Manchester office into a cutting-edge 5,625-square-foot premises at 15 Jutland St., Piccadilly, in the city’s Northern Quarter, on a five year lease. In other news, ADVAM and its Inventive IT unit have announced that their PreBook system is now operational at Alesund Airport, Norway. The airport is part of The Avinor Group, which is responsible for 46 state-owned airports and is piloting three reservation systems at three of its airports as part of a wider Ecommerce strategic evaluation.
Humber River Hospital in Toronto selected, in late August, Park Assist to install its M4 parking guidance system (PGS), which is designed to enable parkers to find parking spaces effortlessly and without stress. What it calls “the most advanced PGS in the industry” uses a camera-based sensor system to guide drivers to open parking spaces, as well as to help them find their vehicles on leaving the hospital. Completion is projected for this month. 
MobileNOW!, a global technology innovator and the world’s first mobile payment solution for parking, and Kelley & Ryan Associates, an East Coast-based municipal administrative services provider, have integrated to streamline parking enforcement in Easton, PA. President and CEO John Oglesby said, “This integration will reduce human error and increase enforcement efficiency in [the city’s] single-space on- and off-street locations.” In other news, the company is launching mobile payment in College Park, MD., starting with two major surface lots and a large garage. 
The Student Education Judging Committee of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) recently selected the winners of the 2015 Engineering Student Design Competition (the “Big Beam Contest”). PCI’s Student Education Committee (Sergio Breña, Chair) organized the contest, sponsored by the Sika Corp., and assigned the judging committee (Richard Miller, Chair). The objective is for teams of students to fabricate and test a precast/prestressed concrete beam with the help of local PCI Producer Members. Prizes are awarded to the top 20 student design teams in consideration of efficient design, highest load capacity, and other categories. The first-place team was from the University of Notre Dame (Faculty Advisor Yahya Kurama and PCI Producer StresCore Inc.
Indect USA, a leading provider of parking guidance technology, has joined the IPsens Data Alliance, an open-systems exchange offering a variety of “cloud-hosted” parking management solutions to owners and operators. The move is said to provide access to the industry’s best sensor-based parking guidance technology. Said Gorm Tuxen, President of IPsens LLC: “We are particularly pleased that Indect shares our vision for a more open sharing of data in the parking industry, giving customers more control over how they want to build their particular systems solutions.”
Walker Parking Consultants is pleased to announce that Rick Klein, PE has been named Managing Principal of the firm’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office. Klein had previously served as the office’s Director of Operations since 1999. As Managing Principal, Klein will oversee the day to day operations of the office while managing projects throughout Michigan, Northern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Western New York. “Rick is a recognized leader of the Michigan parking industry, and we are pleased to name him Managing Principal of Walker’s Ann Arbor office” said John K. Bushman, PE, President of Walker Parking Consultants. “Since joining Walker Parking Consultants twenty years ago, Rick has earned a reputation as one of the industry’s finest designers. His leadership and expertise will continue to be valuable assets to our firm and our clients.”
Article contributed by the Parking PT team.
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