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NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates has announced two promotions to Principal. Pete Costa, based in San Francisco, “builds community value through great planning and robust communication,” the architecture and planning firm said. He has more than 10 years of transportation planning and traffic operations experience. And Boris Palchik, from the Boston office, is an “expert in transit service design and redesign.” He has worked extensively in communities that host major institutions, such as universities and military installations.

Artis McCoy has joined Propark America as a Regional Business Development Manager. “[This] will help us to continue growing our presence in the Western U.S.,” said President Rick DiPietro. “His demonstrated success has been sustained for almost two decades throughout his professional career, specifically with respect to business development and growth.” McCoy previously worked for Towne Park and ABM Industries. In other news, Winpark, part of Propark America, has hired Nicole Chinea as a Regional VP of Operations. President Liliana Rambo said, “Nicole brings a diverse skillset … which she will leverage to the optimal benefit of [our] clients and guests.” Chinea previously worked at
Walter P Moore.

McCormick Construction recently announced three of the firm’s recent design-build parking structure development projects, totaling 464,767 square feet and 1,412 parking stalls, in Burbank, CA. The private structures will provide parking for employees of the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Contract Services Administration Trust Fund and 800 S. Flower St. “Parking, especially in Los Angeles County, has become a driving force behind not only determining the size and scale of the potential project, but how successful the development can be,” said President and CEO Michael McCormick. The company also is building two subterranean parking structures in the greater LA area: Talaria at Burbank, a mixed-use retail and residential project that includes 410,000 square feet comprising 761 parking stalls; and Santa Monica Gateway, a creative office building that includes 237,000 square feet comprising 621 stalls.

Georgia Southern University (GSU) has integrated AIMS parking management software with the AutoVu LPR system from Genetec for enhanced parking enforcement at its Statesboro campus. The Parking and Transportation Department has three LPR-equipped vehicles that integrate in real-time with AIMS and its mobile enforcement apps, which feeds GSU’s LPR system with permit, vehicle and tow/boot list data.

Delta Scientific recently announced two executive-level promotions. Ricardo Mercado, a 12-year employee, has been named Vice President – Operations; and Keith Bobrosky, a nine-year employee, Vice President – Sales. Mercado has extensive backgrounds in general construction, project management and the vehicle barrier industry. Bobrosky has “played a major role,” the company said, in sales, project management, application engineering and corporate strategic planning.

The National Parking Association (NPA) has selected Andreas Jansson, President and Managing Director of Cale America, as a member of its 2016 “40 Under 40” class of young professionals and up-and-coming leaders in the parking industry. All the honorees, representing multiple sectors of the parking industry, were inducted into the awards program at the NPA 2016 Convention & Expo, Sept. 20 in Atlanta. For more information, go to the NPA website

The University of Florida in Gainesville introduced a new way for students to pay for parking this fall semester. Drivers can now use the Passport app to pay for and monitor parking from the convenience of their phones. The software is powered by industry-leading mobile parking app company, Passport, which services more than 2,000 locations across North America. It’s available at the university’s off-street parking locations and will become available at the campus Welcome Center later this year.

UK-based ParkCloud recently announced that its contract with Spanish airport operator AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) was renewed earlier this year. The company’s association with Spain’s airports began in 2011, when it first promoted AENA’s parking facilities at Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga airports. In the intervening years, they have furthered their partnership to almost 30 of the largest airports in Spain. Simplified booking management for customers was introduced in 2015, and the new contract means convenient parking spaces will be distributed across more platforms than ever before into 2017.  

Amano McGann has acquired its distribution partner PG Park, based in Ottawa, Canada. It specializes in parking system integration implementation and support. The company said the acquisition will further enhance its customer service capabilities and facilitate growth in the Canadian market. “This will allow us to continue to build on a solid
foundation that is focused on customer service and responsiveness, while allowing us to significantly increase our market share,” said President and CEO Larry Feuer.

American Permalight, the manufacturer of soft-cushioned wall and corner parking guards and photo-luminescent safety markings, has moved to a new, larger location: 2531 W. 237th St., Unit 101, Torrance, CA 90505 – “making it possible to be even more responsive to our customers’ needs.” Phone numbers (310) 891-0924 and toll-free (888) 737-6254 remain the same, as does its email address ( For more on its entire safety product lines, visit

R.A. Smith National, a Brookfield, WI-based civil and structural engineering and surveying firm, has been selected by Zweig Group as one of its “Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For” for the fourth consecutive year. The list recognizes the top civil engineering firms in the U.S. and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates and more. In other news, Bonnie Horning, Administrative Assistant at the firm, has obtained her Certified Administrative Professional designation from the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Park Assist installed its M4 camera-based, smart-sensor parking guidance system at Reston (VA) Town Center this summer to help manage more than 9,000 spaces in seven parking garages. Boston Properties owns and operates the award-winning community of more than 50 shops, 30 restaurants, an 11-screen cinema, family parks, open-air pavilion, luxury residences and a four-diamond Hyatt Regency hotel. In other news, Park Assist has opened a regional office in Fort Lauderdale, FL. “[This comes] in response to the rapid growth of added clients to the Southeast U.S.A. and a growing interest in camera-based parking guidance systems,” said CEO Gary Neff. The new office is at 6750 N. Andrews Ave., Suite #200.

Since the launch of by Locator Technologies, government agencies and private companies from 43 states and Alberta and Ontario, Canada, have “realized the benefits” of using the no-cost service, which identifies and notifies the lien holder for the parking industry when needed. Its mission, the company added, is to save service providers money, time and effort in trying to find the lien holder and send them notification. For more information, go to

Rydin, a parking management solutions provider, has released Version 6.1 of its PermitExpress parking software. It allows organizations to centralize important parking information and manage numerous parking functions (permit sales, citations, appeals, etc.) online. This robust solution is cloud-based, so it’s accessible anywhere there is an Internet connection, the company said, adding that this new version will offer many features and enhancements designed to improve user experience.

Trans Associates, a regional transportation engineering firm, which underwent a rebranding effort, has unveiled its corporate identity and website that are designed to “support its growth initiatives with a fresh look.”  The new website ( will seek to increase the firm’s online presence and to help communicate with current, as well as prospective clients, the company said. “The way we represented ourselves with our old branding just didn’t do justice to our outstanding reputation and client experience,” said COO Jim Prisk.

New Zealander Jake Bezzant has been appointed to head Parking Sense U.S.A., the “fastest-growing parking guidance company in the world.” The move comes after a “rapid growth trajectory,” the company said, since launching in the U.S. early in 2015. And it has culminated, to date, in winning a major deal with LA Metro, a multimillion-dollar contract that
includes installation of 21,000 parking spaces in LA County. Bezzant spearheaded that bid, along with the growth strategy in the U.S. since the launch, and will now be charged with continuing the momentum.

Nate Phillips has joined the parking reservation service SpotHero as its West Coast General Manager. With more than 16 years in the parking industry, he’s expected to help the company grow its presence on the West Coast and position it as the leading parking reservation service.

Smarking recently hired Christine Tsang as its Business Development & Operations Manager. She has experience in law, startups, energy/environment and data-driven philanthropy. Before joining the company, Tsang served as a law clerk on the California Supreme Court, a research analyst at GiveWell, and VP Operations at Laterally, a legal tech startup designed to change “the way that lawyers get hired.”

BD Loops, the leading manufacturer of preformed direct-burial and saw-cut inductance loops, has purchased and moved into a new facility at 8161 Monroe Ave. in Stanton, CA. The structure is more than twice as large as its old building. Plus, it has two sliding gates and multiple rollup overhead doors that will be used for in-house testing of products and installation layouts and techniques.

Sentry Control Systems, a subsidiary of Skidata Inc. and America’s leading provider of parking solutions and technology, has completed installation at three downtown Phoenix locations of state-of-the-art parking suites offering validation, advanced ticket scanners,
and EMV chip card capabilities. They can be found at the Collier Center, Phoenix Plaza and the Phoenix Bio Medical Center.

The City of Provincetown is the latest Massachusetts location to launch Passport, a mobile payment service designed to allow drivers to pay for on-street parking meters from the convenience of their smartphones. Provincetown parkers can not only pay from the app, but also monitor their parking session, review all parking history, and remotely extend their parking (up to the maximum allotted time). PTT

Article contributed by the Parking PT team.
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