There Really Is a PIE in the Sky


There Really Is a PIE in the Sky

When we started the Parking Industry Expo nearly two decades ago we didn’t at first realize that the acronym PIE would take on such a life of its own. The second year, we had a cover shot of a giant apple pie hovering over Chicago like an alien space craft (Thank you photoshop.)

NOTE: The Dates are for 1999 – PIE this year is March 11-14, 2019

Today, PIE has become a part of the parking lexicon. Tom Cramer over at Rydin Decal blogged the following:

I started at Rydin as a Print Production Planner. After 6 months, I was asked to attend a local trade show, called PIE! Visions of Peach, Dutch Apple and French Silk danced through my head.

As I translated the acronym in my head, the images of tasty desserts faded away, and my stomach rumbled in protest.

I attended a session aimed at colleges and universities. The presenter oversaw Parking and Transportation for a large university, including a hospital. After a short introduction, he went to a dry erase board and wrote down one word: politics. His message was that he had a lot of other departments to communicate with in order to get things done. I had already worked on plenty of parking related orders, including permits, warning stickers, tow signs and citation forms. But I never thought about the real-world applications of these products, or the policies they meant to support.

You can read all of his thoughts about PIE over at Thanks Tom. Look me up at PIE and I’ll see what I can do about finding that pastry to help you celebrate.

To join Tom, me and 1000 others for a taste of PIE 2019 click here.


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