San Diego Reels with Parking Everywhere PIE 2020


San Diego Reels with Parking Everywhere PIE 2020

San Diego lived up to its reputation as having the best weather in the US on Tuesday as blue skies and balmy temperature welcomed PIE 2020’s second day. More that 1200 attendees jammed the convention center for a day focused on seminars, PT Awards, plus the opening of the Expo.

Josh Kavanagh opened the first session talking about UC San Diego and how it leveraged parking to enhance the parking experience. Alongside his session Michael Back held forth on cashless parking, Mario Baggio spoke on prevention the deterioration of your parking structure and Chris Yigit brought video and its technology to improve PEO safety.

The crowd then moved to the ball room where breakfast was served, and the Parking Today awards were presented. Seven individuals and organizations were awarded the coveted plaques in various parking disciplines. See the May Issue of Parking Today for the winners.

Following the awards, the exhibit hall opened. The largest space ever occupied by PIE, the exhibit hall included upwards of 175 booths covering all aspects of parking technology. Included in the exhibit hall was an classic car show where  owners from the San Diego area brought their beautiful vehicles and placed them on display.

Seminars continued after the exhibit hall closed with George Baker Humanizing the Parking Experience, Brian Wolff and Brandy Stanley speaking on the customer experience in real life, and Police Chiefs Robert Leftwich and Ty Lewis discussing parking management and the police.

Seminars continued with Seattle’s Margot Polley discussing Pay by Plate, Matthew Valera holding forth on Video Analytics, Theresa Hughes speaking on Pre Booking, and Julie Dixon leading a team from Paso Robles describing the city’s conversion to paid parking.

The day finished with Kevin Ulenhaker discussing how to buy technology, Bill Smith leading a group on the Automated Parking Experience, and Matt Mandel speaking on automated payments.

The evening was rounded out as attendees walked the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp District enjoying the city’s world class restaurants, bars and clubs.

If only…

If only the world hadn’t turned on its head. We would all be in San Diego celebrating the parking industry and each other. Don’t worry, we are working with the speakers and setting up webinars for each of the presentations. You will be seeing them on line in mid April.

We know its not the same as in person – we will be doing that next year in Chicago. More about PIE  2020 tomorrow.


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John Van Horn

2 Responses

  1. Hi John,

    Reading about virtual PIE 2020 is great during these trying times. I can picture it in my “mind’s eye”. Looking forward to being present with everyone in Chicago next year.

    Stay Safe.


  2. Thanks John, I enjoyed reading what would have happened at PIE 2020 and hope the virtual news continue for the reminder of the show.

    I am sure you can appreciate many of us involved in parking on this site of the pond are having more available time and I am looking forward to seeing the webinars presentations.

    Take care my friend and keep on informing on Parking Today.

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