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LAZ Becomes an Accredited Parking Organization

August 08, 2022



LAZ Becomes an Accredited Parking Organization

International designation recognizes national and international standards for parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, safety, and security.




Hartford, CT –  LAZ Parking recently earned status as an Accredited Parking Organization (APO), joining an elite class of the top organizations in the industry. APO is a designation for organizations that recognizes best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, sustainability and access management, safety, data security and risk management, and more.

“It’s quite an achievement, which follows a lengthy and arduous review process,” explained Shawn Conrad, CAE, CEO of the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI), the organization that sets the standards for APO Accreditation and Accreditation with Distinction.  The APO program was established to set industry standards that develop, ensure, and support a high level of professionalism and competency in parking, transportation, and mobility management.

To earn the APO Accreditation, an organization must demonstrate its commitment to ongoing evaluation and improvement through the implementation of industry best practices. Applicant organizations work with third-party reviewers to present evidence of accomplishment of more than 100 criteria in 14 categories, in addition to 25 required criteria.  Accreditation requires that at least one facility is evaluated and meets the criteria as established by the APO Board of Directors.

“Parking at an accredited facility or operation assures the public that the organization adheres to a strict code of ethics and meets national and internationally endorsed standards for professionalism, accountability, responsibility, and performance,” Conrad said.

 “LAZ is so very proud to have earned this distinction,” said Alan Lazowski, Chairman, CEO, and founder of LAZ Parking. “IPMI accreditation is an acknowledgement of our excellence in customer service, operations, employee development and a multitude of other areas. It also validates all the hard work each and every member of the LAZ team does day in and day out to achieve those results.”

About LAZ Parking

LAZ Parking is the largest, fastest-growing privately owned parking operator in the United States and a pioneer in digital parking technology. Founded in Hartford, CT, LAZ has been providing best-in-class parking management and transportation services since 1981 and operates over 1.2 million parking spaces in over 3,450 locations in 39 states and 455cities in the U.S.  LAZ is an industry leader in business intelligence, remote monitoring, eCommerce solutions, and Proximity On-Demand Services or “LAZ PODS”. We leverage our national network of parking facilities to offer cutting edge, tech-enabled solutions, that include  EV charging, micro warehousing, last-mile logistics, and ghost kitchens, working across the hospitality, commercial, healthcare, airports, transportation, universities, government, retail, events, residential, and shuttle service industries. LAZ is a people first, conscious capitalist company, committed to elevating humanity through business. Additional information can be found at www.lazparking.com.

About IPMI

The International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) is the world’s largest association of professionals in parking, transportation, and mobility — professionals who keep all of us moving. Members include everyone from garage owners and operators to architects to city managers to government agencies, health care centers, universities, airports, and convention centers. IPMI works to advance the parking and mobility profession through professional development, research and data collection, advocacy and outreach, and with experts from around the world in dozens of specialties to make sure parking and transportation function efficiently so people, businesses, and communities can keep moving.

Los Angeles World Airports and LAZ Parking Win International Parking & Mobility Institute Award of Excellence for the LAX-it Taxi and Pickup Service Ride App

November 23, 2021




Los Angeles World Airports and LAZ Parking Win International Parking & Mobility Institute Award of Excellence for the LAX-it Taxi and Pickup Service Ride App



2021 IPMI Awards of Excellence winners exemplify creativity, forward-thinking, and commitment to mobility and sustainability.




Los Angeles, CA., November 22, 2021Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and LAZ Parking have been recognized by the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) with a 2021 Award of Excellence for the LAX-it Taxi and Pickup Service Ride App. LAX-it received the award for Innovation in a Mobility, Transportation, or Parking Program, placing the service among the industry’s top programs.


Over the last decade, traffic congestion on the roadways and front curbs of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has grown dramatically due to the popularity of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft, as well as steady growth in air passengers. Projections showed vehicular traffic within the Central Terminal Area (CTA) would become increasingly dense without an innovative mitigation while the airport’s modernization built the long-term solutions including an Automated People Mover train. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) implemented a visionary solution to this problem by moving TNCs and taxis from the CTA and having them pick up customers at an adjacent lot designed for this purpose.


“LAX-it” (pronounced “LA Exit”) is a ground-breaking service that removes tens of thousands of vehicles per day from the CTA’s traffic congestion and provides a fleet of shuttle buses to transport passengers from the terminal to the pickup point, where their ride is waiting. When the time came to select an operating partner with the expertise, commitment, and flexibility to take on this ambitious new service LAWA selected LAZ Parking, a recognized innovation leader in the parking and mobility industry. Since assuming the management of LAX-it, LAZ has transported millions of passengers and, during peak operations, facilitated over 30,000 daily rideshare pickups.


IPMI Awards of Excellence showcase outstanding parking and transportation facilities and innovative parking, transportation, and mobility industry programs. Judges from every segment of the industry review entries and rank them according to a range of criteria.


“This year’s Awards of Excellence winners showcase creativity, innovation, sustainability, and a commitment to the future of transportation and mobility,” said IPMI CEO Shawn D. Conrad, CAE. “Their attention to excellence benefits both their operations and their local communities, and it’s an honor to recognize and celebrate these projects and organizations.”


“LAZ Parking is thrilled to share this recognition with LAWA and to be selected as their partner on the new LAX-it service,” added Alan Lazowski, Chairman and CEO of LAZ Parking. “We are humbled to yet again be recognized for our parking and logistics expertise and to be entrusted by LAWA to deliver a solution that better serves customers and provides a sustainable, cost-effective solution to the challenges facing the mobility, transportation, and parking industries.”

IPMI is the world’s largest and leading association for professionals and organizations in the parking and mobility industry. More details on this year’s award winners can be found in a special feature in Parking & Mobility magazine, as well as on IPMI’s website. They will be honored in-person at the 2021 IPMI Parking & Mobility Conference & Expo, Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, Tampa, Fla. The 2022 IPMI Awards of Excellence competition will open in January 2022. Please visit parking-mobility.org for details.


About Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is the City of Los Angeles department that owns and operates Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. Both play an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo, and general aviation services. Both airports make a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security, and service for their customers, communities, and stakeholders. As the aviation authority for the nation’s second-largest city and hub of one of the world’s most populous metropolitan areas, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is faced with the challenges of providing an airport system to serve a major portion of the Southern California market. LAWA has met this challenge and at no cost to taxpayers. Los Angeles World Airports is a self-supporting department of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners. The Board is comprised of public-spirited business and civic leaders appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.


About LAZ Parking

LAZ Parking is the largest and fastest-growing privately-owned parking operator in the United States and a pioneer in digital parking technology. Founded in Hartford, CT, in 1981, with four decades of experience providing best-in-class parking management and transportation services, LAZ operates over 1.2 million parking spaces across the country in over 3,200 locations in 36 states and 444 cities. Over the past decade, LAZ has led the industry with business intelligence, remote monitoring, and eCommerce solutions, and more recently, launched its Proximity On-Demand Services – “LAZ PODS.” Leveraging their national real estate parking network through connected tech-enabled solutions, LAZ PODS includes EV charging, micro warehousing, last-mile logistics, and ghost kitchens. LAZ works across various industries, including hospitality, commercial, healthcare, airports, transportation, universities, government, retail, events, residential, and shuttle services. LAZ is a people-first, Conscious Capitalism company that believes in elevating humanity through business. For more information, visit www.lazparking.com



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T2 Systems’ Thomas Wunk Honored with IPMI Chairman’s Award

June 10, 2020



T2 Systems’ Thomas Wunk Honored with IPMI Chairman’s Award



INDIANAPOLIS, IN  – T2 Systems, the largest parking technology provider in North America, announced that Thomas Wunk, T2 Vice President, received the 2020 Chairman’s Award from the International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI).



The annual IPMI Chairman’s Award is a professional recognition that honors an individual(s) who have made an impact and driven change benefitting the parking, transportation, and mobility industry.

Wunk is a Vice President and Industry Consultant for T2 Systems. He is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) and teaches a number of sessions for the IPMI CAPP certification process. A product of the State University of New York system, he is an active member of IPMI, and ASIS. Wunk has been in the parking control industry since 1973 and has designed and implemented parking control solutions all over the world.

“IPMI has advanced the parking and mobility profession over the years, and so has Tom both within T2 and the industry,” said T2 CEO Adam Blake. “We are proud to support them as they encourage professional development, research, advocacy and outreach. We thank IPMI for this recognition of Tom. He is very deserving of this award, and continually drives to improve how we use technology in our operations and customer engagements. Tom helped to launch our PARCS efforts several years ago, and has always made sure we are on the right path forward.”

After receiving the Chairman’s Award, Wunk was asked to provide a list of professional accomplishments to share. He instead opted to thank those who have helped him along the way, highlighting his gratitude for having great friends and family surrounding and encouraging him throughout his career. His acceptance of the award can be found on IPMI’s website.


About T2 Systems

T2 Systems was founded in 1994 with one simple goal: make park­ing better. We immediately estab­lished a leadership position in the parking industry and continue to pave the way in new technologies that help our customers seamlessly manage parking, mobility, and transporta­tion services. Today, T2 provides the most com­prehensive solutions available to process transactions and leverage data to make informed decisions. Our unified parking management platform puts all the tools needed to be efficient and effective at our customers’ fingertips, with one place to manage their T2 solutions, including Permits, Enforcement, PARCS, Pay Stations, and more. With a strong track record of delivering projects that generate real return for our customers, and by delivering a quality experience for parking patrons, T2 continues to focus on helping our customers move their operations forward. For more information about T2, visit T2Systems.com.


DESIGNA USA Premiers its New Generation of Devices at 2019 IPMI Conference

June 07, 2019





DESIGNA USA Premiers its New Generation of Devices at 2019 IPMI Conference





DESIGNA will present the latest innovation in product solutions at the 2019 International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI) Conference and Expo, June 9-12 in Anaheim, California. Expo visitors to DESIGNA’s 1,000-square-foot booth #245 will get a closer look at the company’s Integrated Intelligence through demonstrations of DESIGNA’s intelligent software solutions and the newest members of the next generation of devices.


Integrated Intelligence in New Hardware Innovation


The new DESIGNA generation of devices is characterized by unique performance features with a focus on simple operator guidance, improved customer communication and comprehensive configuration and equipment options. With the latest developments, parking operators can follow the customer journey and communicate throughout the customer’s parking experience. This can be made possible with new information displays in the Pay Cash & Card stations, the In and Out entry and exit terminals, and the new Gate access screens.All these new devices prove that the latest technology and sophisticated design can go hand in hand.


Digital Content Can Communicate a Variety of Messages


Parking operators control all digital content that is shown throughout the customer’s experience at the parking facility. The static or video formats can communicate dynamic price information, current occupancy data, route guidance, event information, advertisements or whatever else the operator wishes to communicate with its customers.


Markus Plankensteiner, DESIGNA’s Senior Vice President Business Development at its global headquarters in Kiel, Germany, stated that this is an important product launch for the US market. “With these and many new developments on the horizon, DESIGNA USA will continue to grow rapidly across North America,” stated Plankensteiner. “We are excited to launch these next generation products and receive feedback during the IPMI Conference.”


Steve Gorski, CEO of DESIGNA USA, joined the company in May. “DESIGNA’s ability to support the customer needs within multiple verticals is unlike anything else available in today’s market,” stated Gorski. “As the company is winning more projects and increasing our market share in the United States, we are excited to unleash the true potential of DESIGNA’s parking management platform to address the changing needs of today’s modern-day organizations.”



DESIGNA Technology: For more than 65 years, DESIGNA has been developing, installing and maintaining innovative products and services for controlling car parks and parking areas. DESIGNA is one of the world’s leading companies for fully automated parking systems and serves customers in the airports, hospitals, shopping centers, universities and municipalities sectors.


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PayByPhone Names Roamy Valera, CAPP CEO, US And Canada

November 28, 2018

PayByPhone Names Roamy Valera, CAPP CEO, US And Canada


Respected Parking Industry Leader Is Chair Of

International Parking And Mobility Institute’s Board Of Directors




Vancouver, BC (November 28, 2018)—PayByPhone, the global leader in mobile parking payments, today announced that Roamy Valera has been named CEO, US and Canada. An internationally respected parking industry leader, Valera is the current chair of the International Parking and Mobility Institute’s (IPMI) board of directors. PayByPhone is one of the fastest-growing mobile payment companies in the world and its industry-leading smart device app is used by more than 17 million people across the globe.

“We are very excited to announce that Roamy Valera has joined PayByPhone as CEO, US and Canada,” said Andreas Gruber, president and Global CEO of PayByPhone. “Roamy is universally respected throughout the parking industry and he will be a tremendous leader as we expand our reach across North America.”

In his new position, Valera will oversee the day-to-day operations of PayByPhone in the US and Canada and lead the development and execution of the company’s growth strategy throughout North America. He will also work closely with PayByPhone’s Global executive team to develop and implement corporate strategy.

“This is an exciting time in the parking and mobility space, and PayByPhone is poised to do great things,” said Valera. “We are on the cusp of an exciting mobile future of connected vehicles and smart cities, and I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to help PayByPhone lead the way.

“The future belongs to companies like PayByPhone who understand Maas—Mobility as a Service,” continued Valera. “The key to success is reducing friction and removing the pain associated with parking and mobility. If we focus on the needs of people, rather than cars, our opportunities for growth and innovation will be limitless.”

Roamy Valera has nearly 30 years of parking industry experience. He began his career as an enforcement officer for the Miami Parking Authority, and he has worked for many public and private parking organizations. He attributes his success in the industry to having the opportunity to progress up the ranks, from an entry-level professional to a corporate and parking industry leader. He joins PayByPhone from NewTown Advisors, an acclaimed parking and mobility consulting firm where he served as CEO.

“PayByPhone was the first mobile payment company in the US parking market, and we’ve always been the pioneers when it comes to providing the easiest and most convenient payment experience,” said Gruber. “Roamy Valera’s appointment is the first of many exciting announcements we have planned for the coming months.”

About PayByPhone

PayByPhone is one of the fastest growing mobile payment companies in the world, processing more than 70 million transactions totaling more than $400 million in payments annually. Through the company’s mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications, PayByPhone helps millions of consumers easily and securely pay for parking without the hassles of waiting in line, having to carry change or risking costly fines. A subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, PayByPhone is leading the way in the creation of the mobile future.

PayByPhone can be found online at paybyphone.com.

International Parking Institute Changes Name to International Parking & Mobility Institute

October 17, 2018


International Parking Institute Changes Name to 

International Parking & Mobility Institute



New name reflects interconnectedness of parking, transportation, and mobility industries and expanded role of parking and parking professionals





(DENVER – October 17, 2018) The world’s largest association of parking professionals, formerly known as the International Parking Institute (IPI), has changed its name to the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI). The change reflects the interconnected, choice-driven network that now encompasses parking, transportation, and mobility.


The decision was made by the Board of Directors at a meeting in Denver today.


As the results of IPI’s 2018 Emerging Trends in Parking survey revealed, there has been a major shift in the past decade that has blurred the distinctions between the industries. The explosive growth of ride-hailing/transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, car- and bike-sharing, and effective mass-transit systems, coupled with the growing consciousness of environmentally friendly choices and sustainability, have transformed the way we get around.


More than 90 percent of those surveyed feel that “parking and transportation or mobility professionals” is a more apt description of their jobs, which today encompass such tasks as curb management, alternative commuting methods, data collection, and much more.


“Our broadened name and new logo signifies changes in the industry and what is happening in the larger sphere, where mobility is emerging as a more inclusive term for the expanding role of parking professionals,” says IPMI CEO Shawn Conrad, CAE. “We feel the new name provides an umbrella that incorporates parking and mobility and thus will better serve our members by ensuring future opportunities for growth.”


IPMI’s monthly magazine, The Parking Professional, will be renamed Momentum beginning in January 2019. Some changes will be phased in. Although the organization’s current website and email addresses will continue to function for some time, the new internet address will be parking-mobility.org, and staff email addresses will change to the domain parking-mobility.org. Its current governance structure, staff, and contacts will remain the same.