The National Parking Association is holding its annual convention in Atlanta this week. It started last night with a parking star studded event on the 70 plus story roof of the Downtown Westin. I spent a few minutes there but my acrophobia kicked in and I huddled in a hallway and friends brought adult beverages. They didn’t help but I was able to escape down an interior elevator.
My spies tell me that the event was first rate, with everyone who is anyone in the industry in attendance. Names like Lazowski, Skillette, Israel, Carter, Holleran, Harwood, Pinyot, Beaman, Young, Manno, Walker, McLaurin, Pratt, Wolfe, Oglesvy, Jones, and of course Banning were seen among the 500 or so who attended the event.
Tuesday breakfast brought the keynote session with Bryan Mistele of INRIX providing food for thought on how connected and self driving vehicles may change the parking landscape. The rest of the day will bring breakout sessions, plus the opening of the trade show. The convention runs through Thursday.