And the Oscar goes to...

Ok, it's not the Oscars - but the Distinguished Service Award is no less important!

Each year, TPTA recognizes the contributions of individuals to our industry. The call for 2017 Distinguished Service Award nominations will close at 5 pm on March 1, 2017.

Your nomination must include the items below and cannot be longer than 800 words.
Name of nominee; Title; Organization
Name of person nominating, Title, Organization
Please provide a statement (800 words or less) that entails the individual’s accomplishments and why they are deserving of the Distinguished Service Award.
Criteria for selecting the Distinguished Service Award recipient include:
1.    Professional reputation
2.    Contribution to the parking industry/organization
3.    Creative solutions and innovations (include outcomes)
4.    Public Relations and Customer Service
5.    Peer Interaction
Please include items that will address the criteria in your nomination statement.
Email all nominations to Mary Mabry.
All nominations MUST be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on March 1, 2017. Good luck!



Teamwork makes the dream work

Do you have a colleague who is an All-Star? Did your organization put a new program in place that elevated your operations? Maybe you were at the helm of a new parking garage design?

If so - we need your nomination for the TPTA 4th Annual Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 pm, March 1, 2017.


Projects submitted must have been completed between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2017. You can find all the details here. Either the project or organization submitting the project must be located in Texas. You are invited to submit nominations in the following categories:
1.    Parking Structure - New
2.    Parking Structure - Restoration
3.    Parking Program
4.    Parking Technology and Equipment
5.    Parking Employee

We are pleased to be working with the Pennsylvania Parking Association whose board has graciously agreed to serve as judges for the competition. Thanks PPA!





Social Media - Don't be scared

Social media has become a valuable outlet in our daily lives. We use it to stay connected to family and friends; we share the photos of special moments of our lives on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter has now become the go to source for breaking news. On Snapchat…. I refuse to open an account, so I do not really know what they do but those filters are really weird.

Melonie Curry, MBA

Melonie Curry, MBA

Go to Twitter and search the name of your organization. You may find out that you are already on social media even though you have not established an account. If you are going to be on social media, take control of the message.

Using social media for business is an evolving art. Since many of us do not have the ability to make daily updates to our website, why not use social media?  You can share information about parking for a special event.  Use the #WednesdayWisdom hashtag to share tips about your services. Use the #MotivationalMonday hashtag to promote sustainability or suggest an alternative mode of transportation. Some of our most popular posts are when we feature a team member that has been recognized for great customer service. It’s a great way to recognize them and they can share it with their friends and followers.

For ParkHouston, most of our communications are with customers who they are unhappy about a parking citation. Because we were on Twitter and responded, we were able to turn a complaint into a compliment.

To make social media work for you, it’s a team effort. So, get with your team and discover ways you can benefit from this popular method of communication.



Who is in your network?

Can you pick up the phone or shoot a quick email to a colleague in another city to pick their brain about your most recent parking challenge?

Do you have industry pals that spend time with you on the exhibit floor at a conference or maybe you both serve as co-presenters on an education session? Have your parking colleagues now become your close friends?

If you said yes to any of the above questions - then you must have taken advantage of TPTA Roundtables where we offer free education sessions on a quarterly basis for parking and transportation professionals in the region.

Houston is excited to host the Spring Roundtable from February 21-22 in the Texas Medical Center - the largest medical center in the world. The roundtable filled up pretty fast, so keep your eyes peeled for the Summer session if you are interested in attending in the future.

You are invited to the network mixer on Tuesday, Feb 21 at 6 pm - details are below. We look forward to seeing you in Houston!

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Spring Roundtable - Feb 21-22


Please look for information for the next Roundtable.

Check your email! Registration info for the Spring Roundtable is out - and this one is going to fill up fast!

Join TPTA on Feb 21-22 at the UT Health Science Center for networking with colleagues and some fantastic education sessions.

IPI Senior Training and Development Specialist, Cindy Campbell, is back to follow up on her successful Roundtable visit in 2015. Tactical Communications will provide attendees with ideas and concepts to help defuse customer conflict. And we know there is no shortage of conflict in parking!

The second session will be lead by Karen Moody, the Executive Director of Research and Administrative Facilities at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Once you register, you will receive a code via email for a Strength Finder Test - take this test before attending the Roundtable. Moody will lead us on a discussion of identifying talent and focusing on talents to improve productivity. Basically - get people to do what they do best.

I look forward to seeing you all in Houston for this rewarding, beneficial event. What are you waiting for -  go register now! Details regarding the mixer on Feb 21 will be announced soon.

While you are online - keep your eye on our Twitter feed or like us on Facebook!





Save the date!!!

Mail once was a magical thing. I had international pen pals and my bestie and I used to routinely send letters to each other arguing the merits of Prince versus Michael Jackson (I was all about Prince). Over time, mail has devolved to uncountable credit card offers, store flyers, election pieces (October was BRUTAL!) and tree-destroying junk mail.

It's just not magical anymore.

Until today! I received my TPTA 2017 Conference Save the Date! I hope you received it too! If you did not, please make sure you are on our mailing list. When you opt-out - we cannot contact you. And we want to make sure you are kept in the loop.

My calendar is marked for Ft Worth, April 3-6, 2017. We will soon be launching the Conference website where you can register and decide on sponsorship opportunities.

Remember you must be a member in good standing to register for the conference. So while you wait for the Conference website launch - ensure you are a registered member today!

Special thanks to Toledo Ticket for sponsoring the 2017 Save the Date! Looking forward to seeing you all in Ft Worth!




Nominations for Distinguished Service Award

TPTA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award which recognizes parking professionals who have contributed to the education, professional development, creative solutions, and standards of customer service in the parking and transportation industry. 

Your nomination must include the items below and cannot be longer than 800 words.
Name of nominee:
Name of person nominating:

Please provide a statement (800 words or less) that entails the individual’s accomplishments and why they are deserving of the Distinguished Service Award. 

Criteria for selecting the Distinguished Service Award recipient include:
1. Professional reputation
2. Contribution to the parking industry/organization
3. Creative solutions and innovations (include outcomes)
4. Public Relations and Customer Service
5. Peer Interaction

Please include items that will address the criteria in your nomination statement. 
Email all nominations to Maria Irshad:

All nominations need to be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017. 




Happy New Year! Is this the year your organization will install new technology? Or will you collaborate with transportation partners to reduce SOV? Maybe you are working with local artists to dress up a garage? What cool projects does 2017 have in store for you?

Tell us about it! Write about it for the blog or in a series of posts. Your colleagues will benefit from your lessons learned - not to mention that successful projects are always fun to talk about!

In case you missed it - it's time to renew your membership. We'll be announcing the winner of the membership renewal contest for those who renewed before Dec 31, 2016. If you still need to renew - fear not, you can still take advantage of the new member referral program. Refer a new member and if they join, you will receive a $50 discount on your conference registration. Good deal!!

The Spring Roundtable will be held In late February 2017. Stay tuned for details!

Here is to a prosperous and awesome 2017 for you all!



Time to Give Back

It's that time of the year! Hopefully, you have finished your Christmas shopping, but are still in a giving state of mind. Because TPTA has an ask of you.

Yes, we are looking at you, ALL OF YOU!

TPTA has put out a call for presentations for the 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Are you up to the challenge? The Host Committee is working on two education tracks for the conference this year. Knowing my TPTA colleagues, there is no lack of interesting stories and projects to share. So submit your proposal today and good luck!! Deadline for submissions is February 12, 2017.

If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in TPTA - now is the time. There are six (6) positions on the ballot this year and the call for nominations is open until January 6, 2017.

Elections are run in accordance with the TPTA By-Laws.

We want to hear from you - so nominate yourself or submit a presentation for the Conference. This organization depends on you! Good luck!



News and Job Postings

If you haven't already, please check out the new job postings - The City of Austin and the University of North Texas are looking for parking professionals and you might fit the bill!

TPTA held its Winter Roundtable in El Paso on Dec 7. Thanks to our speakers: Brad Magee with CivicSmart, Jeremy Rocha, PE, NCEES, of Walter P. Moore and Dennis Delaney and Linsey Duett of the University of Texas - Austin. Special thank you to Mitchell Time & Parking for sponsoring lunch and snack breaks.

Attendees networked the night before with Mexican food and libations and spent a day learning the intricacies of sensor technology, occupancy studies and how to do more with less. Be on the look out for the next Roundtable event, scheduled for Houston from February 21-22, 2017. Details will be landing in your inbox soon!

In other member news...

Houston City Council approved an agreement for an on-street car-share program.  ParkHouston anticipates rolling out the program in early 2017.