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Christina Murray, CPP, to Chair National Parking Association’s WOMEN IN PARKING CONFERENCE

February 10, 2020




Christina Murray, CPP, to Chair National Parking Association’s



Conference Focuses on Accelerating Career Development & Success



Washington, DC (February 10, 2020) – National Parking Association’s (NPA) WOMEN IN PARKING (WIP) announces Christina Murray, CPP, Regional VP of Premier Parking, as Chair of the WIP Conference, “Accelerate,” being held in New Orleans on September 16-17, 2020.


WOMEN IN PARKING is a dynamic membership group within NPA that fosters inclusion, development and lifelong careers in the parking industry. Through mentoring, webinars, networking events and the annual conference, NPA’s WOMEN IN PARKING prepares leaders for growth and success.


NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE said “Christina Murray is a devoted member of the WOMEN IN PARKING Advisory Board and a Certified Parking Professional. She embodies the skills, career growth and fundamental parking expertise that is valued by the industry. Murray is an ideal leader to spearhead this year’s conference focused on accelerating performance and career success.”


“I’m honored to serve as a leader in developing the 2020 WIP conference and its curriculum to help parking professionals build the skills, capabilities and connections to grow and develop as effective managers, directors and leaders. As an industry, we continue to raise the bar for opportunities and growth for all parking leaders., said Christina Murray, CPP.


Nicole Wylie, WIP Advisory Board Chair said, “As a WIP mentor and leader, I’m so proud of the parking industry as we actively continue to foster diversity and inclusion. The WIP conference program will offer sessions valuable to both men and women in the industry. Together, we can forge new inroads to develop leaders to grow and innovate the industry.

NPA’s 2020 WOMEN IN PARKING Conference Convention & Expo will be held at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Sept 16-17, 2020. For more information on the 2020 NPA Convention & Expo, visit www.NPAConvention.org, or email Info@WeAreParking.org.



About National Parking Association
Parking is a multi-billion-dollar industry vital to the life and livelihood of communities across North America. The National Parking Association (NPA) is North America’s leading parking trade organization. Our mission is to serve as the market leader in parking industry research, education, and advocacy that advance the industry, and its leaders and parking professionals. We provide training, certification, and access to leading edge parking technology across the private and public sectors. Founded in 1951, NPA represents over 140,000 parking professionals in more than 2,500 commercial operations and public organizations. Learn more at WeAreParking.org and WomenInParking.com.


National Parking Association and Women in Parking Announce Union Bringing More Parking Professionals Together Across North America

January 09, 2019





National Parking Association and Women in Parking Announce Union

 Bringing More Parking Professionals Together Across North America







WASHINGTON, January 9, 2019: National Parking Association (NPA) and Women in Parking (WIP), long-time collaborators and peer organizations, announce their plans to unite, with unanimous support from both boards.


With NPAs reputation as the premier association for parking professionals and WIPs increased momentum, the combined organization will have the leadership, reach, and voice necessary to amplify the advancement and achievement of women in the parking industry.

“The strategic union with WIP will solidify the parking industry’s commitment to diversity and workforce development,” said NPA Board Chair Nicolle Judge. “By combining WIP’s fervor with NPA’s expanding member base, we can align our efforts to develop even more parking professionals.”


NPA and WIP have collaborated over the history of both organizations, including hosting the WIP conference alongside NPA’s annual convention, sponsoring and volunteering with WIP. Nicolle Judge is a prior Women in Parking Board Director.


“Women in Parking and NPA have been long time partners. The reputation of NPA, coupled with the momentum of the women in parking movement, makes this the perfect time to officially unite.” said WIP Board Chair Marcy Sparrow.


Ruth Beaman, Executive Director of WIP said, “We’re confident that joining forces and focusing our efforts will mean that we can provide our parking leaders with the best practice tools, research and peer network the parking industry has to offer.”


The Boards of Directors of both organizations have approved the plan to unite.Over the course of the year, NPA and WIP will work to transition to a single operational structure.


The entire membership of WIP will become a part of NPA’s membership and will begin receiving NPA welcome materials and access to NPA benefits beginning March 1, 2019. NPA will host a welcome call in mid-February for all WIP members to learn more about the organization and transition.


NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE said, “We are very proud to join forces with Women in Parking and take the transition process very seriously. NPA leadership will do everything in its power to ensure the transition is seamless, and all WIP members continue to play an active role in the organization.”



About NPA

The National Parking Association is the nation’s leading parking trade group. Our mission is to serve as the market leader in parking industry research, education, and programs that advance the industry and its professionals. We support advancing the interests of the private and public sector in parking technology, sustainable mobility, certification, advocacy, research, and education. Founded in 1951, NPA has more than 2,500 members and represents all facets of the parking industry. Learn more at www.weareparking.org.



About WIP:
Founded in 2011, Women in Parking is an association of professionals who foster the advancement and achievement of women in the parking industry. Learn more at www.weareparking.org.





December 10, 2018










December 10, 2018– The Women in Parking Association, a premier organization focused on advancing and promoting women in the parking industry, announces its 2019 Leadership Board. The association received a significant number of applications for four open board positions. The WIP Leadership Board is expected to guide the vision of the association and shape the community surrounding the organization.



First-term members, making up the 2019-2020 WIP Board are:

  • Britney Cooper – Walter P Moore
  • Christina Murray – Premier Parking
  • Jennifer Rentz – Dixon Resources Unlimited
  • Tricia Rukstalis – Southland Printing Company, Inc.

The board is led by Chairperson Marcy Sparrow, Parking Today. Additional WIP board officers are Executive Director Ruth Beaman, Integrapark; Associate Director and Past Chairperson Laura Longsworth, Brookfield Properties; and Treasurer Karen Blasing Pradhan, Skidata.

Board members serving their second terms include:

Jannette Benefee – Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Maggie DiPaolo – LAZ Parking

Madison Huemmer – Iparq

Tracy Notte – Citizens Parking

Kathleen Laney – Laney Solutions

Heather Matthews – University of Vermont

Nicole Wylie – SpotHero

“We are pleased to welcome the new 2019-2020 slate of board members. We are always thrilled and humbled by the caliber of applicants who want to be part of our organization. Their diverse industry experience and outstanding leadership skills will be an asset to our organization,” said WIP Chairperson Marcy Sparrow. “I am also so thankful to our returning Board Members for their commitment to the parking industry and their passion to WIP’s mission to support, promote and inspire women in this industry.”

Leadership board members serve a two-year term elected by the general WIP membership. Qualifications for members to be nominated include active participation in the association as well as notable contributions to the parking industry.  Current board members represent an array of sectors within the parking industry including university, real estate, operator, airport as well as providers of consulting, media, recruitment, printing, and technology services.

Sparrow also thanked outgoing members of the WIP board for their outstanding service to the industry: Renee Jordan, Conduent; Susan McDermott, Transcore; and Kelsey Owens, Passport.

Women in Parking is the leading association dedicated to building the future of parking through the advancement and achievement of women in the parking industry. WIP seeks to attract, retain and advance women through its mentoring program, professional development and networking opportunities, and unique access to industry executives and influential thought leaders. Membership is not limited to women, as 18 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women in Parking is supported by its members and the generosity of Titanium Level Partners: ABM, Impark and Propark America.  More information can be found at womeninparking.com.

Get Your Pink On With Women in Parking At NPA In Vegas To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

August 27, 2018




Get Your Pink On With Women in Parking At NPA In

Vegas To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month




The leading parking industry diversity association Women in Parking (WIP) is excited to announce they will be hosting, ‘Get Your Pink On with WIP,’ a cocktail networking reception and fundraiser at the National Parking Association’s 2018 Convention in Las Vegas on October 22, 2018 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



“We are hosting this reception fundraiser to not only provide a forum and opportunity for our members to connect with one another and expand their professional network, but also this event is a chance to raise awareness of and money to combat a disease that will or has, unfortunately, affect many of us in some way or another at some point in our lives.” Said, Marcy Sparrow WIP Chairperson.


Raffle ticket(s) can be purchasedonline on WIP’s website – womeninparking.com– or onsite at the reception on October 22nd to help raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. All tickets are $5. Raffle prizes include an Apple Watch, a MOTIV fitness ring and a $200 Amazon Gift Card.  Prizes will be drawn during the networking reception, however, winners are not required to be present at the reception to be eligible to win prizes.

Further event details including time and location of the networking reception will follow in the coming weeks via an email invitation. In the spirit of the theme of the event, attendees are encouraged to wear pink to the networking fundraiser. The person most decked out in pink will receive a special prize.

Women in Parking also welcomessponsors who would like to take part in the event while also bolstering their business. In addition to social media, website, newsletter, and event signage recognition, the event’s exclusive platinum sponsor will announce the raffle prize winners. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Karen Pradhan at Karen Pradhan – Karen.Pradhan@skidata.com.


Note: Winner of the ‘Most Decked Out in Pink’ prize must be present at the time of award presentations to be eligible to receive the prize.


About Women in Parking


Women in Parking is the leading association dedicated to building the future of parking through the advancement and achievement of women in the parking industry. WIP seeks to attract, retain and advance women through its mentoring program, professional development and networking opportunities, and unique access to industry executives and influential thought leaders. More information can be found at womeninparking.com.

To request an invitation, contact Dawn Marti at dawncmarti1@gmail.com.

Parking Operators ABM, LAZ Parking, Standard Parking and Propark/WinPark Actively Encourage Attendance for Women In Parking Annual Conference

June 30, 2016

Parking Operators ABM, LAZ Parking, Standard Parking and Propark/WinPark Actively Encourage Attendance for Women In Parking Annual Conference





The Women In Parking (WIP) organization anticipates a positive turnout for its upcoming annual conference being held from September 22-23 following the National Parking Association (NPA) Convention and Expo in Atlanta, GA. Many of the industry’s largest contributors will be participating in the highly anticipated event. In particular, this year’s conference will expect to see increased participation from the operator sector. ABM, LAZ Parking, Standard Parking (SP+) and ProPark/Winpark represent some of the big names in the operator business that have committed to the organization and have been actively promoting the Annual Conference within their respective organizations.



The Women In Parking Annual Conference brings together parking professionals from a variety of sectors to share best practices, discuss relevant issues and create connections that yield opportunities for both business growth and individual success. This year’s third annual conference is expected to herald a number of notable guest speakers including Nadia Bilchik, an international renowned television personality and professional development expert.

ABM recently announced that the organization committed to sending at least ten internal staff members to the annual conference. Stan Bochniak, Manager Business Development of ABM, is the primary event coordinator for the WIP Annual Conference and is also part of the WIP Leadership Board.  ABM currently sponsors WIP at a titanium corporate level.

Platinum sponsor Standard Parking also publicized the WIP Annual Conference through its internal SP+ Women Advisory Forum (WAF), which shares a similar objective as WIP in promoting a more diverse workforce. “SP+ considers the WIP Annual Conference a premier event for participants from our own internal Women’s Advisory Forum to network with other industry leaders that share our goals for fostering inclusive, satisfying careers for women in the parking industry” comments Nicole Hankins, Regional Vice President at SP+ and WIP Leadership Board Member. “We especially look forward to sharing knowledge pertaining to strategies for recruiting, retaining and promoting the best talent.”

Similar to Standard Parking, longtime WIP supporter LAZ Parking is holding an internal contest for its staff to apply to attend the conference. LAZ’s Vice President of Human Resources and WIP Leadership Board member Andi Campbell states that “LAZ Parking is very committed to employee learning and development and we think that the WIP annual conference is a great resource for our employees to learn and grow.  We intend to send as many people as we can to the conference.” LAZ candidates are asked to submit a video expressing their interest in attending the conference.

Propark and WinPark are the latest organizations to endorse Women In Parking as a titanium corporate sponsor. “Propark places strong emphasis on building connections and fostering dynamic opportunities for our team. The Women In Parking Annual Conference brings parking professionals together, providing collaboration, support and resources, which are integral to the growth of our employees and our industry,” says Propark CEO & Chairman John Schmid. Adds Winpark Liliana Rambo, CAPP: “it’s important for us to be a part of WIP so that we can optimize our mutual organization’s resources and networking outreach to our management team for the overall well-being of our leadership group.”

The Women In Parking Annual Conference has being sponsored by a number of conference sponsors including Smarking; Parkwhiz; Marlyn Group; Sentry; Transcore; Toledo Tickets; Eco Lighting Solutions; Parking Zone; Omnipark. A host of industry profesionals from a variety of sectors have already registered to attend the conference. Online registraion for the conference is currently open until September 12. Participatnts can sign up online at www.womeninparking.com.



About Women In Parking

The Women In Parking (WIP) organization was founded in the U.S. in 2011 to serve as the premier association dedicated to promoting the advancement and achievement of female parking professionals by providing networking, leadership, and career outreach opportunities to its members. For the past few years, Women In Parking has worked persistently to offer resources that all organizations within the industry can access and take full advantage of to improve and capitalize on a gender balanced workforce within their respective organizations. There are over 200 individual members as well as corporate sponsors for Women In Parking in the U.S. Women In Parking welcomes membership participation of both men and women from all sectors of parking and transportation. Contact WIP at www.womeninparking.com for more information on joining the organization.


Women in Parking Elects Passport’s Kelsey Owens to Board

January 14, 2016

Passport logo



January 14, 2015 – Women in Parking has elected Passport’s Kelsey Owens to serve as a member of the prestigious Women in Parking Leadership Board for the 2016-2017 term. Kelsey Owens is a Sales Associate at Passport, and has been an active member of the Women in Parking organization since her employment at Passport in early 2014.

Women In Parking is the premier association dedicated to promoting the advancement and achievement of professional women by providing networking, leadership, educational and career outreach opportunities for all of its members. Members of the Women in Parking Leadership Board work to ensure the sustainability of Women in Parking, acting as stewards for the organization for their dedicated term.


Because of Women in Parking’s commitment to helping fellow women achieve success in the parking industry, Leadership Board members consistently work to educate and share best practices with others. As a part of this initiative, Leadership Board members participate in a mentorship program with women in the parking industry.


“I am extremely excited to work with the 2016/17 Women in Parking executive board,” said Kelsey Owens. The association’s goal of advancement of professional woman is one that I am extremely passionate about. Overall, I look forward to continuing to facilitate opportunities for Women in Parking members and encourage networking and career opportunities.”


About Passport


Passport is the industry-leading mobile payments company specializing in integrated urban mobility solutions. The company provides feature rich software platforms that offer parking and transit agencies a more effective and efficient way to manage their operations and serve their customers. Passport’s smart city solution includes multimodal options by creating an all app solution for public transit riders and parkers. Passport’s mobile payment systems are deployed in over 1,000 locations in 46 states and provinces across the US and Canada, with clients such as Chicago, Toronto, and Boston.


Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Passport is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. For more information, please visit www.gopassport.com



Women In Parking Announces the 2016/17 Leadership Board

January 13, 2016




Houston, Texas. January 13th, 2016. Women In Parking’s Executive Director Ruth Beaman, announced today its newly elected 2016/17 Leadership Board: Faith Albert, Account Manager, Parking Panda, Melinda Alonzo, Director of Parking & Transportation Services, Arizona State University, Stan Bochniak, Marketing Manager, ABM, Andi Campbell, Vice President, Human Resources, LAZ Parking, Tom Carter, President & COO, Toledo Ticket, Nicole Hankins, Vice President, Regional Manager, SP+, Julie North, Director Parking & Transportation, Illinois State University, and Kelsey Owens, Business Development Representative, Passport.

These newly elected Members at Large join Kirsten Dolan, President & COO, One Parking and Nicolle Judge, President, Skypark who have been on the leadership board since 2015.


Laura Longsworth, Vice President, Operations, from Brookfield remains the Women In Parking Chairperson. Marcy Sparrow, the Advertising Director from Parking Today and Tiffany Yu, Marketing Specialist, Scheidt & Bachmann will continue in their roles as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively and Colleen Niese has transitioned in the W.I.P.’s Associate Director.


Ruth Beaman, the Founder and Principal of IntegraPark said, “I look forward to working with this group of professionals whose collective knowledge and expertise spans across all industry market segments. I am confident under this Leadership Board’s guidance, Women In Parking will continue to elevate membership value in very meaningful ways throughout their two year tenure.”


Chairman Longsworth was quoted as saying, “We are ever appreciative to the outbound members of the Women In Parking Leadership Board who played a key role in growing W.I.P. as a professional organization within the industry since 2014.” Those members are Lisa Bahr, Director, Global Marketing Communications, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.; Kathryn Hebert, Director, Norwalk Parking Authority; Alan B. Lazowski, Chairman and CEO, Laz Parking; Michelle Porter, Director of Parking and Transportation Services, Carnegie Mellon University; Karen Pradhan, Product Manager, SKIDATA and Michelle Wendler, AIA, Principal at Watry Design


Women in Parking, (W.I.P.) is an association of parking professionals who foster the advancement and achievement of women in our industry. With representatives from nearly every discipline, we share a common goal to provide opportunities in the areas of career advancement and networking. We welcome you to join our association and be a part of a fast growing network of professional professionals who share expert knowledge, relevant industry trends and potential business opportunities with each other. Visit: www.womeninparking.com to learn more about Women In Parking.