Lauren Nelson, Winpark

Lauren Nelson, Winpark

From the time I was 15 years old, I always knew that I would be in the restaurant business.  This was true for a very long time.  After years of managing restaurants from fine dining to local wing joints, I was ready for a change.  In the middle of a busy football Sunday, slinging wings and pouring beers, I got a call that would change my life.

After an initial interview for a property management position and several subsequent interviews, I found myself being offered a parking management position with Hines’ parking division, Winpark.

Career changes are scary but it was time for the next chapter in my life so I jumped right in and never looked back. That was almost four years ago.  I currently manage the Williams Tower garage, a 3,124 space garage serving one of Houston’s most iconic buildings, a building I was always amazed with growing up.

This career change provided an immediate improvement in my family’s quality of life and the roles I played in the restaurant business transfer quite well to the parking industry.  After all, customer service is applicable in almost every management position, and this is certainly true for parking. 

I have to say, I love my job and a career in parking is just right for me.

Lauren Nelson

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