I remember my first IPI Conference & Expo vividly. I was serving as a contractor to a city, and my client suggested that I attend. Up to that point I had no knowledge of what IPI was all about and why attending the conference was all that important. Quite honestly, I wasn’t all that excited to go. Being away from the office felt risky and the thought of the catch-up work I’d face on my return was a bit overwhelming. But I needed to be responsive to my client’s requests so I sucked it up and got on a plane headed for Las Vegas, not expecting much.

I could not have been more wrong about the importance of that Conference. In fact, my time there flew by. I made connections with people I continue to work with today, and that trip launched what I consider to be the most important professional association of my career.

Each year IPI’s Conference & Expo simply gets better and this year will be no different. From our world-class general session speakers to our largest-in-the-industry Expo to the chance to greet new and old friends in the halls of the Phoenix Convention Center, this is the event I look forward to all year long.

If you’ve not yet registered, it’s not too late: visit www.parking.org/conference for details. If you have, I’ll see you in Phoenix. I look forward to advancing the parking profession with all of you next week!