National Parking Association Announces 56th Annual Convention and Exposition

The National Parking Association (NPA) will hold its 56th Annual Parking, Transportation and Services Convention and Exposition on Oct. 22-25, 2007, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, CA.
NPAs annual convention provides a unique opportunity for networking and information sharing for all parking industry professionals, said Martin L. Stein, executive director. We have planned an unparalleled educational experience with a dynamic line-up of speakers, general and business sessions, and roundtable discussions. In addition, approximately 85-90 companies representing all facets of the parking industry will exhibit their products and services in the hotels Grand Ballroom.

Opening the convention on Oct. 23 will be Howard Fineman, Newsweeks senior Washington correspondent and columnist, with A View from Washington: How Hot Button Issues Will Affect the Political Landscape. Fineman has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1984, focusing in recent years on the roots, rise and presidency of George W. Bush. Finemans humor and insight will lead an animated discussion of the current issues affecting our nation and he will answer questions about the most pressing political issues in Washington, DC, as well as the 2008 presidential election.

On Oct. 24, two parking industry giants Herbert Anderson, vice chairman and CEO of Impark, based in Vancouver, BC, and Emanuel Eads, president and CEO, Central Parking Corp., Nashville, TN, will discuss the state of the industry. They will project where the parking industry is headed and cover such topics as consolidation, client expectations, and the effects of technology, government intervention, green initiatives, unions, international competition and the impact of the infrastructure venture companies joining the parking industry.

Donald Shoup, a professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The High Cost of Free Parking, will speak on Oct. 25. Shoup has extensively studied the issue of parking as a key link between transportation and land use, with important consequences for cities, the economy, and the environment. He will unravel current parking policies and propose sensible reforms as he sets out to prove that parking isnt really free.

Topics of other business sessions include hospital and hotel parking, safety and risk management, facility marketing, valet parking, universities and municipalities, understanding the value of your business, automation, business presentation skills, off-airport parking locations, revenue control and building owners and managers. In addition, Michael Stevens, a partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Arent Fox, will provide a legal update for the parking industry.

On Oct.22, the Helen and Jerry Stocks Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Angeles National Golf Course in Sunland, CA. The tournament will benefit the Parking Industry Institute (PII) Scholarship Fund. PII is a foundation of the NPA and has provided more than $300,000 in college scholarships since 1986.

For registration and general information on the convention and exposition, contact Bobbie Westmoreland at 202.296.4336. Companies interested in exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities should contact Pat Langfeld, director, marketing and business development, at 202.296.4336, ext. 205, or go to www.npapark.org.
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