The first official IPI Young Professionals in Parking (YPIP) event took place at the 2015 IPI Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. It was scorching outside on the Vegas strip, but inside the Minus 5 Ice Bar, young professionals wore winter apparel as they gathered by the dozens to network and keep warm. YPIP was the vision of two young IPI members who saw a need to further the advancement of the young professionals in our industry. With a mission “to provide a greater platform for professional development, networking, and education for young professionals throughout the parking industry,” IPI embraced the vision to formally start the Young Professionals in Parking program. You can now follow YPIP on Facebook to keep up with the upcoming events and opportunities as this program

We hope to create opportunities for young parking professionals to develop the skills that will expand their knowledge of parking-related issues, promote advancement in the industry, and build relationships that will benefit them throughout their careers. In turn, we hope these leaders will foster creativity and innovation in parking design, operations, management, and technology in every sector, helping to bring the most important parking trends and ideas mainstream.

YPIP’s first Hot Spot event—these will take place around the U.S. this year and next—is scheduled for Oct. 22 in Denver, Colo. Young professionals will enjoy a tour of the groundbreaking Denver Union Station development and a great networking happy hour at the Terminal Bar. You’re invited—visit to register. Future events are planned in Miami, Nashville, and San Francisco, and we’re just getting started.

If you are under the age of 40, buckle your seat belt and get ready for a fun ride.