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App-Free Parking Software and Payments Innovator TEZ Technology Appoints Mike Simmons as CEO

April 21, 2022



App-Free Parking Software and Payments Innovator TEZ Technology

Appoints Mike Simmons as CEO




Names TEZ Founder Ken Lovegreen Vice Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer




PLANO, Texas — App-free parking software and payments innovator TEZ Technology (“TEZ” or the “Company”) today announced it has appointed industry veteran Mike Simmons to Chief Executive Officer, given the Company’s rapid growth trajectory. Mr. Simmons is a proven leader of high-growth companies, having previously founded and scaled parking technology provider T2 Systems as its CEO. Now as CEO of TEZ, Mr. Simmons will be responsible for expanding the Company’s North American operations while also leading its growing international footprint.


TEZ, whose customers include hospitality, retail, restaurants, healthcare, Class-A office, mixed-use, residential, sports and entertainment, university, and municipal clients, is a portfolio company of Tritium Partners, a private equity firm focused on technology and services companies.


Concurrently, the Company announced that founder and former CEO Ken Lovegreen will become Vice Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer. Mr. Lovegreen will work closely with Mr. Simmons and other key stakeholders to set the Company’s vision for the future, focusing his time and expertise on key strategic initiatives including the advancement of cutting-edge innovation and product enhancements for the benefit of TEZ clients. Mr. Lovegreen is known for having invented and patented the world-renowned restaurant paging systems as founder and CEO of Long Range Systems.


“TEZ is leading the way in app-free innovation during this transformational time in the parking and mobility industry. We are pleased to combine Mike’s operational expertise and demonstrated leadership capacity with Ken’s unwavering commitment to innovation as a passionate “Idea Guy.” I am very excited to have two proven industry thought leaders and subject matter experts working side by side with the TEZ board as we tackle new opportunities and expansion plans,” said Matt Bowman, Managing Partner at Tritium Partners.


Mr. Simmons is a 30-year parking industry technology veteran who joined TEZ in 2021 as its Executive Chairman to work closely with management on strategy, operating plans, and organizational structure. Before that, he served as founder and CEO of T2 Systems, where he helped create multiple parking solutions, including parking management and enforcement platforms. He oversaw the company’s ascension through multiple phases of unprecedented growth and institutional acquisitions over a period of 25 years. Previously, Mr. Simmons served as CEO of Sharpen Technologies, where he helped the company raise $40M in growth capital and grow its operations, fueling a significant increase in enterprise value.


“My continued interest in technological innovation in the parking and mobility industry led me to TEZ, where Ken and a team of innovators had been transforming the industry through modern, app-free, hardware-light solutions since 2011. I believe our app-free approach and functionality make it easy for customers to access and make payments in multiple venues including self-park and valet operations, and I am extremely pleased to be working with Ken and the entire TEZ team as we increase utilization and adoption of the TEZ suite of solutions,” said Mr. Simmons.


“With the rapid adoption of contactless payments for consumer transactions in public and private-sector parking and mobility operations, TEZ is perfectly positioned as the app-free innovator. I look forward to continued collaboration with our leadership, research and development teams, and industry partners, as we capitalize on TEZ’s core differentiators to fuel our growth,” added Mr. Lovegreen.



About TEZ Technology

TEZ empowers owners and operators of parking related real estate to “go mobile” and generate significantly more revenue and efficiencies, automating traditional paper ticket processes, promoting client brand awareness, and greatly enhancing guest experiences. For more information visit


About Tritium Partners

Founded in 2013, Tritium Partners is a private equity firm focused on technology and services companies with exceptional growth potential. With more than $1.2 billion of assets under management, Tritium actively partners with talented founders and executives to build market-leading companies through high-growth strategies, while maintaining capital efficiency. Tritium’s approach emphasizes creating long-term value through both strategic growth initiatives and acquisitions, with specialized expertise in FinTech and financial services, Internet marketplaces, software data and analytics, supply chain and logistics, and tech-enabled business services. For more information, please visit




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Leinart Consulting


Parkopedia leads Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 China Smart Parking Market Research

April 20, 2022



Parkopedia leads Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 China Smart Parking Market Research




●  Parkopedia named as the provider of the most accurate and complete parking data in China

Frost and Sullivan’s 2021 China Smart Parking Market Research project highlights the need for accurate parking data and offers insight into China’s smart parking market

●  A 2021 consumer survey found that the majority of drivers expect automakers to help them find available parking

●  Accurate and complete parking data is essential for positive user experiences of in-car convenience features



20 April 2022, Shanghai, China

Parkopedia, the global leader for connected vehicle services, has been named as the provider of the most accurate and complete parking data in China, according to market research specialists, Frost & Sullivan, who compared parking data from 21 of the country’s parking data providers to better understand the ecosystem of China’s digital parking industry.

Demand for parking heavily outstrips supply in China, with just 80 million parking spaces available to accommodate more than 281 million registered vehicles, leaving automakers under pressure to provide drivers with accurate parking information. Parkopedia’s own 2021 driver survey, carried out in partnership with Zhongyan, found that the majority of drivers now expect automakers to provide them with accurate parking information as an essential part of their connected vehicle services. 77% of motorists surveyed also request real-time, dynamic parking information embedded in the vehicle’s head unit when approaching a destination or on departure, which is only possible with accurate data, sourced from reliable and trustworthy data providers.

Frost & Sullivan’s Ground Truth Testing (GTT) exercise focused on parking data coverage and accuracy at almost 4,500 on-street locations, and more than 1,400 off-street parking lots, across 10 major cities in China. Frost & Sullivan benchmarked 21 parking data providers, which included data aggregators, parking operators and municipal smart parking services providers, by comparing static attributes such as name, address, prices, opening hours, number of spaces and the presence of EV chargers as well as dynamic data – which provides parking space availability.

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GTT exposes the level of correctness and accuracy across both static and dynamic attributes by visiting multiple locations and comparing the information available from the data provider with the information available at the locations. Evaluating Point of Interest (POI) data is a complex process that requires planning, such as researching areas where parking is most in-demand and where drivers would benefit the most from a parking information service, the type of parking at the location such as on-street or off-street parking, and any weighting of attributes, such as factors that would have a high to low impact on customer satisfaction to give a consistent and fair evaluation between competing suppliers.

The exercise identified Parkopedia as the leading provider for completeness and accuracy of static data in all 10 cities in both off-street and on-street static data,. Parkopedia was also found to be the only supplier to offer complete static data information, as well as providing static data for almost four times as many on-street parking locations as its nearest competitor. When comparing dynamic data, Parkopedia ranked 1st in all 10 cities for on-street, and in 8 for off-street parking.

Ding Xian, General Manager for Parkopedia in China, said: “At Parkopedia, we always strive to provide the highest standards of service quality, giving our customers a level of transparency, confidence and security in our solutions or data they are buying. Transparency is the reason why we encourage our business customers and prospects to conduct Ground Truth Testing to ensure they are able to truly understand what metrics and level of granularity are important to their business. Ultimately, greater transparency, standardisation of terminology, and agreed minimum standards, can only be positive for the industry, enabling more unbiased evaluations of suppliers, and delivering improved driver experiences.”

Andy Guo, Executive Director at Frost & Sullivan, added the following about the results: “The explosive growth of the number of vehicles has raised new requirements for smart parking solutions, which rely heavily on the performance of parking data. With innovative data collection technologies, Parkopedia takes the lead in the highly fragmented Chinese parking market with its sophisticated data collection processes that allow Parkopedia to deliver outstanding coverage and the highest accuracy.

Parkopedia offers the most complete, detailed and accurate parking information and services, which are also their competitive advantages when compared with other parking data providers in China. Its sophisticated availability prediction method allows it to deliver parking data with an outstanding coverage rate and the highest accuracy. Parkopedia ranked 1st out of 10 providers in this thorough assessment.”


The full report can be viewed here:


About Parkopedia

Parkopedia is the leading connected car services provider used by millions of drivers and organizations such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Ford, Garmin, GM, Hyundai Kia, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volkswagen, and many others. Parkopedia helps drivers find and pay for parking, EV charging, fuelling and tolls in 15,000 cities across 89 countries. Parkopedia is also developing highly detailed parking maps and corresponding algorithms to help drivers and self-driving vehicles navigate to an open parking space indoors. Visit for more information.

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April 18, 2022 is gearing up for PIE 2022: Special rates for special attendees!




The countdown to PIE 2022 is on!  We are 25 days away to seeing you in the magical Reno, NV.

If you are a part of the public sector, we offer you a special discount:

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Single-Day Seminar Badge
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Please register here:

In the meantime, have a blessed new week.

Also, if you have story based articles addressing parking experience, please send them to me at

And if you want to be in the parking industry news of Parking Today, please send me your press releases.

Thank you.


Astrid Ambroziak


Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9

PIE 2022 and June 2022 Parking Today, the Airport Issue: April 5th-11th, 2022! 

April 11, 2022



PIE 2022 and June 2022 Parking Today, the Airport Issue: April 5th-11th, 2022!




PIE 2022 is only a bit over a month away.  We are truly excited to see you in Reno May 15th-18th, 2022!  If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here:

Don’t miss hearing and meeting our speakers.

This year, we are thrilled to have Cindy Campbell from IPMI as our key note speaker.  Cindy is the Brene Brown of our parking industry.  A time spent with her, will make you see yourself and others in a different light.  And you will gain myriad new tools to help you communicate and work with others.

We are also looking forward to the presentation from Eugene Tsyklevich, Parkopedia and a Panel of EV Suppliers including Drew Starke, Blink Charging and Paul Young, JuiceBar.

Another great session is about technology if it is too much or not.  I will have a privilege to moderate this discussion between Brandy Stanley, City of Las Vegas and Michelle Horton, University of Nevada Reno.

Some other presenters are Dale Denda, Clyde Wilson, Laura Caillot, Barbara Chance, Roamy Valera, Julie Dixon, Mark Frumar and others.  We trust that there is a seminar of interest for everyone. Please, see the schedule here:

We are also working currently on the June 2022 Parking Today, the Airport Issue.  Parking technology that helps make parking experience non eventful is the star of this issue.  Its first and last impressions that make our travel pleasant.  It all starts and ends with parking, especially since for most of us, the days of taking Uber are over.  More and more airport travelers park be it at the airports or the parking facilities nearby.

If you have an article about airport parking and would like to share it with our readers, please send it to me by April 18th.

And please, contact Brian Bullen, by April 15th, to create your advertisement to showcase your brand.

In the meantime, have a wonderful new week, and blessed Easter and Passover.

Thank you.


Astrid Ambroziak


Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9


From Cloud Parking to Interactive Voice Assistants: Commend takes Parking Intercom to the Next Level at Intertraffic 2022

April 07, 2022




From Cloud Parking to Interactive Voice Assistants: Commend takes Parking Intercom to the Next Level at Intertraffic 2022



  • Cloud-powered intercom solution to support unattended parking in modern Smart Cities
  • Premiere of the world’s smallest intercom module that packs a powerful punch
  • Interactive Voice Assistant leverages AI technologies for car park customer support
  • Latest and greatest intercom innovations for Smart City applications
  • NEW Commend Stand location: HALL 10, STAND 207



Amsterdam  – The pandemic and the ominous restrictions that came with it may have limited personal interaction and made Intertraffic 2020 impossible. “But that didn’t slow down our creative drive,” says Dennis Krijgsman, Segmentmanager for T&I at Commend. “On the contrary, for us it was a tremendously creative time. We had our innovation engines running in high gear. That allowed us to push the technical frontier and take Traffic Intercom to new heights in functionality, convenience, business support and security.”

Visitors to the Commend stand at this year‘s Intertraffic will be treated to an innovation-loaded display of the latest and greatest products and concepts, all designed to raise the bar of help and safety in traffic related environments. Commend’s motto, “Giving cities a voice” brings everything together under the topic of urban mobility in networked Smart City environments. Highlights awaiting visitors at the Commend stand include:


Shifting into Smart Gear: Cloud-based Parking Intercom

Commend’s Cloud Parking intercom solution ties in perfectly with the dynamic concept of Smart Cities. Designed for small-sized unattended car parks, it takes trusted Commend communication management to the level of ultimate Cloud-native efficiency, convenience and security. There is no need for a server or receiving stations, as calls can be handled conveniently in a browser or on a mobile smart device. This makes Commend Cloud Parking the most cost-effective solution to date when it comes to remotely handling parking customer calls.



“Hey IVY!”: Interactive Voice Assistant for Parking Customer Support

For service desk staff at a car park, answering customer calls can be a time consuming affair. Not any more, thanks to IVY, Commend’s cutting-edge Interactive Voice Assistant for parking customer support. Powered by latest AI speech processing technology, IVY can answer frequent customer requests to relieve human staff. Based on her speech analystics, she can even detect and prioritise emergency calls, route them to first responders and raise alarms. More at



im3: The World’s Smallest IP Intercom Module

Combining, switching and routing of audio/video connections with full Commend Intercom power has never been easier to accommodate. Whether fitted into gate posts or pay-on-foot machines, powering emergency help points or serving in other off-street and on-street traffic environments – Commend’s brand-new IP-based im3 Module fits virtually everywhere and ties in seamlessly with Smart City networks. When it comes to IP Intercom, the Commend im3 proves how small can be incredibly powerful.



Commend Smart City Soluions: Trusted Communication, Urban Style

From smart street lights to talking cameras, intelligent bollard intercom and many other useful help and safety features, Commend innovations bring information feeds and communication lines to urban public environments to smarten up cities.




About Commend

Commend is passionate about innovating and perfecting communication and security technology. For more than 50 years Commend has been translating this passion into Intercom and Public Address solutions that customers can always trust to support and protect their business, reputation, assets and even lives. The customer’s voice, needs and trust are the key inspiration for all that Commend does, from research and production to installation and aftersales services. The result are high-class products that are built around the customer’s requirements to serve their specific business and safety needs – whether in road tunnels, on  loud and dirty factory floors or in antiseptically clean healthcare and production facilities, on ships, yachts or trains, and in places from car parks to office buildings and Smart Cities. All this is made possible by over 500 passionate individuals that work together as one across Commend’s worldwide support network, dedicated to ensuring that this corporate mission is acted upon. For further information visit



For more information please contact:

Commend International

Joerg Weisser, Marketingleitung

[p] +43 662 85 62 25 272

[m] +43 664 51 60 142



meterUP, Philadelphia’s Exclusive Mobile Parking App Powered by ParkMobile, Hits a Million App Downloads

April 07, 2022



meterUP, Philadelphia’s Exclusive Mobile Parking App Powered by ParkMobile, Hits a Million App Downloads



Over the last four years, meterUP has become Philadelphia’s most used parking app.





PHILADEPHIA, PAApril 7, 2022 – meterUP, powered by ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States, is celebrating the milestone achievement of one million downloads since the app’s deployment in December 2017. Since launching over four years ago, meterUP has had over 17 million parking transactions. The app can be accounted for close to 70% of all parking transactions in Philly, ParkMobile’s top market with over a million users.


Over 75% of all meterUP app users hail from Pennsylvania. Since the launch of ParkMobile in Philadelphia, there have been nearly 1.5M unique license plates through the meterUP program.


“Philadelphia continues to be our top market generating the most paid transactions week after week, and we’re honored to work with the city on an exclusive parking app,” added Jeff Perkins, CEO of ParkMobile. “meterUP uses the same easy-to-use technology as ParkMobile and it is exciting to see the app reach the much-deserved million-download milestone.”


About ParkMobile

ParkMobile, LLC is the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in North America, providing a contactless way for millions of people to easily find, reserve, and pay for parking on their mobile device. The company’s technology is used in thousands of locations across the country, including 8 of the top 10 cities as well as college campuses, airports, and stadiums. People can use ParkMobile solutions to quickly pay for on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or kiosk. Additionally, ParkMobile offers parking reservations at stadium venues for concerts and sporting events. Reservations are also available in metro area garages, allowing people to drive into the city without having to worry about finding parking. ParkMobile has been named to the Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast 500, Smart Cities Connect “Smart 50,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces. Additionally, the company won the 2020 Stevie Awards for Achievement in Product Innovation and the 2019 Stevie Awards for Most Innovative Tech Company and Best Travel App. For more information, visit or @ParkMobile on Twitter.


ParkMobile Contact: Mark Lister, SVP of Marketing,


meterUP Contact: Marty O’Rourke,


Become a storyteller: Parking Today the Airport Issue – March 29th – April 4th, 2022

April 04, 2022



Become a storyteller: Parking Today the Airport Issue – March 29th – April 4th, 2022





“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta



Have you travelled yet since the lockdowns eased up? The trip you had to cancel be it to Paris, Amsterdam, Jerusalem, Marrakesh or one of the US beautiful locations, is it “lets go” now? It seems for most people it is. Hence, it is the double demand. The natural yearly cabin fever of needing to get away. Or go take your children for spring break. Or let them go on their own. And then, the previously postponed trips back on schedule. Especially leisure trips.

I flew a lot during the lockdowns. As I had to make a trip from LA, CA to Fort Myers, FL on regular basis, pandemic or not, to assist my parents. The airports during that time were depressing. But now, it seems the joy of travel, the anticipation of seeing new places and new faces, is visible. The airports are packed. The shops are open. The restaurants are filled with people.

On my flight just a few days ago, the captain of the plane apologized that we still have to wear masks. He added, “I trust that we can see your faces in all their expressions soon.”

Some airlines already have abandoned the need for masks. Such as SAS within Sweden. “Virgin Atlantic changed its mask policy on March 16, allowing customers to choose if they wear a face covering, including on flights to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. Masks must still be worn on the airline’s flights to or from the U.S. as well as for passengers 12 and older on flights to and from Delhi, Islamabad, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lahore, Lagos, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv.”

Read further about other airlines here: April 4, 2022 – These Airlines No Longer Require Masks on Flights

Besides masks, if we have to wear them or not, and packed airports, the key to the air travel is parking or transportation, to and from the airport. It is how we get to the airport and leave it upon landing, that can make the trip enjoyable or a nightmare.

For me, with uber costing at least double or even triple to the pre pandemic prices, parking at the airport or the airport adjacent garages, is the solution. I believe I am not the only one making this choice, since from the people I spoke to, many decided to drive and park vs taking a tnc.

Thus, here we arrive at our June 2022 Parking Today Airport Issue: It is all about the first and last impressions with the parking experience we provide as a parking industry.

If you have an inspiring or descriptive story about airport parking from you perspective, and would like to submit an article for this issue of PT, please send it to me at

The deadline is April 20th. However, to assure that we can fit in your article, I need a commitment asap. Please write to me and we schedule a call to discuss further.

Additionally, this issue is a once a year opportunity to showcase your technology and your products that make air travel uneventful. Therefore, please contact Brian Bullen at to create the highest visibility for the solutions you provide.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance for your interest and collaboration.

Wishing for all of us, the friendliest skies during this spring break time and on the way to PIE 2022 in Reno, NV.

Have a blessed new week.


Astrid Ambroziak


Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9





Get My Parking Among the Winners of Maruti Suzuki’s Startup Program

March 30, 2022




Get My Parking Among the Winners of Maruti Suzuki’s Startup Program




Get My Parking is proud to be announced as one of the five winners of Cohort 5 of the MAIL (Mobility and Innovation Lab) program, a startup accelerator initiative by Maruti Suzuki, the largest automotive manufacturer of India. Nanoprecise, Amigo Labs, AiBorne and NRV DesignX were the other winners among the 8 startups that had been shortlisted for the final round of Cohort 5.


Rasik Pansare, Co-Founder of Get My Parking, commented on the announcement, “We are thrilled that an automotive giant like Maruti Suzuki saw value in our proposition and selected us as one of the winners. It validates our team’s vision and hard work, illustrating how great things can be achieved via co-creation partnerships between successful corporations and startups.”


The MAIL program was launched in January 2019 by Maruti Suzuki in collaboration with GHV Accelerator, an Indo-Japanese early stage seed fund. The program is designed to identify early stage startups who have come up with game changing solutions in the field of mobility and transport, so that the OEM can provide them with an opportunity to scale their PoCs. This program is aligned with the Government’s Startup India initiative. Any start up offering technological solutions and services in this field are eligible to apply for the program. MAIL has already enabled 19 PoCs and engaged with 33 startups of which 8 were on-boarded as Maruti Suzuki’s official business partners.


Get My Parking, as an award-winning provider of IoT-based smart parking solutions, has digitized access and payment in over 2700 parking lots across 20 countries with its interoperable parking management software. GMP’s IoT module upgrades existing barrier gates to have online access, integrating various multi-vendor equipment in the car park onto a single, easy-to-control platform. GMP’s retrofit technology allows operators to take their parking business online in a short period of time without having to purchase expensive new equipment.


Having facilitated over 60 million parking transactions, Get My Parking makes parking access and payment easier for both the operator and the parker, regardless of the location and condition of the parking lot. From QR-based payment solutions that require next to no installation time to lightning-fast LPR or RFID enabled access, GMP’s range of products can streamline parking operations for smart cities, governments, corporates and urban hubs. All the consumer data is safely encrypted in the cloud-based software, while supporting offline functionality to operators.


Get My Parking also offers a white-labeled consumer app so that traditional car parks can bring back customers who prefer touchless, cashless, pre-booked parking and Value Added Services. These apps allow parkers to keep track of their sessions, parking permits and extend their sessions without returning to the parking lot. These apps are also offered to automotive companies so that their end consumers can avail digital parking from in-car navigation.


With each solution customized according to the customer’s business requirements, Get My Parking clearly fits the bill to be on Cohort 5’s list of innovative startups. The winners have been awarded paid PoCs by Maruti Suzuki. Team GMP is looking forward to breaking new ground with the new resources and connections acquired through the MAIL program.


About Get My Parking

Get My Parking is an award-winning provider of an Interoperable Smart Parking Platform that connects all parking and mobility stakeholders on a common platform who were until now operating in silos. It comprises a team of doers with a clear mission to digitize the parking industry globally. Get My Parking (GMP) was founded in 2015 by Chirag Jain and Rasik Pansare with a vision to make every parking transaction a sub-conscious experience. With a strong foundation of the team, technology, and partnerships, GMP is creating a future-proof platform to connect the parking industry internally as well with urban mobility players.


Seeing things from another’s perspective: March 22nd – 28th, 2022

March 28, 2022




Seeing things from another’s perspective: March 22nd – 28th, 2022



“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato




The headline on this week is a glimpse into a day’s work of the Lancaster Parking Authority officer during street sweeping. March 28, 2022 – A glimpse of a Lancaster Parking Authority officer’s shift during street sweeping


The author of the article, Kevin Stairiker, says: “To better understand the perspective of the Lancaster Parking Authority (LPA), I took a ride-along on the first part of a morning shift of street sweeping on Wednesday, Mar. 23, with enforcer Joe Yarnell and executive director Larry Cohen. “

He talks further, how it is our human nature, to feel indignant when we get a parking ticket, or in this case, street sweeping parking ticket.  Be it if we are guilty of breaking the rules or not.  He also states: “Outside of a few other select professions, it is difficult to fathom a job that regularly unites all levels of society against it. Everyone hates getting tickets, of course, but it is hard to watch even a stranger getting a ticket without thinking that they are somehow in the right. against these alleged ticket tyrants.”

As in Lancaster and other cities, my neighborhood parking enforcement officers were much hated.  Now, however, in the aftermath of Los Angeles outrageous rise in crime, the same parking enforcement officers are much welcome and appreciated.  Our perceptions of them or of ourselves, have changed.  From punishers to protectors.  I for one, feel much more comfortable going for my walk or a run, seeing these officers.  If for no other reason then being able to call them for help.  Or since they wear their enforcement uniforms, they possibly deter the ubiquitous robberies or attacks.

Living in still thankfully peaceful United States, with celebrities prancing and slapping one another on the Oscars’ stage, it is hard to imagine 90% destroyed Mariupol, Ukraine and its agony.  The people who got killed and the people who got taken by the Russians and the people still wanting to escape.  It is hard to imagine the war in Ukraine period, when we still must go on about our daily lives in our country.  Yet, it is going on.  With 160,000 people in Mariupol, now in the hands of occupiers, without water, food, electricity and connection to the outside world.

We rarely see or hear others with their perspective.  From their background, experiences and battles.  Be it at work, in friendships, or in the stories we hear through the news.

Sadly, we live in the age social media influenced narcissism.  We think it is our way or the highway.  We don’t communicate because we are “know it all” or it doesn’t affect me directly, so why should I care.  Communication is something we must work for the rest of our lives.  And the first step is listening with new fresh ears.  Not through the prism of our arrogant knowing.

Steve Jobs supposedly wasn’t a natural born leader, yet, he has become one and has developed the most intuitive easy to use products as iPhone via his determination to work on his communication skills.  Read further about it here: March 28, 2022 – Steve Wozniak: Steve Jobs wasn’t a natural-born leader, he worked to ‘develop his communication’ skills

” … according to Wozniak, Jobs’ wasn’t a natural communicator. In 2020, Wozniak told “Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People” podcast that Jobs’ intense, relentless drive to become a successful communicator and leader came from his desire to ultimately be remembered as an important historical figure — and that motivation drove him to develop the appropriate skills for it. Sometimes motivation, wanting something, is a lot more important than having the real skill,” Wozniak said.”

We are excited to see you all in Reno, NV for PIE 2022 in about 6 weeks.  We can’t wait for you especially, to attend our keynote with the amazing Cindy Campbell, International Parking & Mobility Institute, on Monday morning 9 am: Understanding the Impact and Influence of Your Communication Style.  Read about it further here:

We might not be able to change the world,  and even more so, we might not be willing to change ourselves, yet, with effort and determination, we can create more peace and compassion by learning how to communicate.  And thus, see that others are fighting their own tough battles as important as our own.

See you in Reno, NV, May 15-18th, 2022 for PIE 2022.

Thank you.

Have a blessed new week.


Astrid Ambroziak


Creative Director

Parking Today

310 390 5277 ext 9





PayByPhone Announces New Global Leadership Structure As The Business Continues To Grow

March 24, 2022

PayByPhone Announces New Global Leadership Structure As The Business Continues To Grow


Vancouver, Canada, March 23 2022 – PayByPhone, the global leader in mobile parking payments, announces today a shift away from its regional organization to a new global leadership structure, which comes into effect on April 1, 2022.

The new global structure focuses on supporting the company’s three key customer groups – clients, such as cities, universities, and parking operators; corporate, including fleets and businesses; and consumers, the drivers who use PayByPhone’s services. Three experienced PayByPhone leaders will be stepping up to lead each of these verticals, with product and development teams also organized to support this structure. This dedicated approach underpins the company’s strong 60% year-over-year growth and on-going ambitious targets, while ensuring operational excellence across all areas of business.

PayByPhone CEO Andy Gruber says, “Moving to a global, customer focused organization will allow our customer groups to benefit from dedicated teams and a more tailored approach to their distinct requirements. We know that our cities and parking operators, our corporate customers, and our 50 million app users all have specific needs, and we want to reflect this in our global organization. This new global structure will guarantee that each of our customer groups can continue to enjoy our services and concentrate on what matters most to them.”

In the context of this new global structure, Roamy Valera, a 30-year veteran in the industry, becomes Chief Client Officer, overseeing the client division and PayByPhone’s more than 1,300 clients globally. His goal is to build upon the company’s recent expansion – client numbers have increased by 20% over the course of 2021 alone. One global client team, focusing on expansion and client success, will ensure not only more places for drivers to park across the globe, but also enhanced experiences for clients. Valera was previously PayByPhone’s CEO of North America.

Jonny Combe becomes CEO, Corporate. He leads a strong team across North America, Europe, and the UK, as they look to expand the fleet business globally with the recently launched PayByPhone Business, a solution designed to simplify parking for fleet managers and companies with on-the-go workforces. Since its launch in 2021, PayByPhone Business has grown more than 250%, helping to give businesses a much-needed solution to manage complex fleet parking issues and to save precious time for both drivers and fleet managers. Combe was previously PayByPhone’s CEO of the UK.

Ryan St Hilaire, PayByPhone’s Vice President, Product, will oversee the Consumer division globally, in addition to overseeing all product work. His focus is firmly on the customer experience and ensuring that PayByPhone continues to simplify the journey for the driver in more than 1,200 cities around the world. Leading design, product marketing, and product management teams, St Hilaire will be diving into the needs and desires of PayByPhone’s millions of quarterly active users, uncovering and building the features and services that can best support their journeys.

Valera, Combe, and St Hilaire report directly to Gruber.


North American Leadership Changes

Together with Valera’s move to a global role, Carmen Donnell, who was Vice President, Sales and has been with PayByPhone since January 2019, is promoted to Managing Director of North America.

She will oversee all day-to-day business matters, safeguard the company culture, and support client relationships throughout North America. Alongside her leadership team, she will develop, implement, and advance the business’ strategic objectives as it works to meet its ambitious growth targets.

Donnell says, “This is an exciting point in PayByPhone’s journey. We’re growing and launching new solutions for our clients and users every day. I’m thrilled to be able to work together with our clients to find ways to simplify people’s daily journeys and look forward to finding creative solutions, while at the same time focusing on growth and improvement. It’s an exciting opportunity and one that I can’t wait to dive into.”

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About PayByPhone

PayByPhone’s aim is simple: simplify your journey so you can focus on what matters most. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, it is one of the fastest growing mobile payments companies in the world, processing more than $550 million in payments and over 5 million downloads per year. Available in more than 1,200 cities across the globe, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and safely pay for parking without the hassles of coins, lines, or fines. Its smart, intuitive technology is at the center of its user-first approach, delivered to make everything as simple as possible. For more information, please visit


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