IPI Launches Lifetime Achievement Awards

International Parking Institute Launches Lifetime Achievement Awards

2015 awards honor five professionals for exemplary career contributions to parking industry

(LAS VEGAS) – June 30, 2015 – The International Parking Institute (IPI) has launched a new award to recognize individuals for career-long service and leadership in the parking industry.
The IPI Lifetime Achievement Awards, which debuted at the 2015 IPI Conference and Expo in Las Vegas today, were created by IPI and administered through its Professional Recognition Program Committee to honor professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to parking.

Nominations for the 2015 honorees were made by IPI’s Board of Directors, but in subsequent years, there will be a nominating process in which members may participate.
“We launched this awards program to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions throughout their long and distinguished careers,” said Shawn Conrad, CAE, IPI executive director.

“Our five 2015 honorees are leaders in the parking industry, with remarkable careers spanning 20 years or more. These individuals have contributed considerable time and expertise to serve IPI, help others in the profession, and better their communities, and they are highly deserving of this honor,” he said.

2015 IPI Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include:

Larry Donoghue, president, Larry Donoghue Associates, Inc.:  International Pioneer in Developing Parking Management Programs
A national and international pioneer in developing parking management programs, Larry Donoghue has enjoyed a parking-industry career that has spanned more than 50 years. Calling himself “the oldest living parking consultant,” he has spent more than three decades in revenue-control consulting and done extensive research in revenue management. He has developed new methods of performing operational and internal audits, detecting fraud; and eliminating customer- and employee-based shrinkage. In addition, Donoghue has mentored and guided many industry professionals in their own parking careers.

Timothy H. Haahs, PE, AIA:  A Visionary Promoting a Multi-modal World and Parking’s Integral Role in Community Development and Revitalization
A visionary leader in the parking industry, Timothy H. Haahs promotes the concept of a multi-modal world where architectural design can successfully integrate parking with community development and revitalization. Haahs is an advocate for creatively integrating mixed-use and parking to better utilize limited space, create activity, generate foot traffic, and enhance community, believing that “parking is not about cars; it is about people.” Haahs was appointed by the White House to the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. As an industry leader, Haahs has worked to elevate the role of parking in the planning process by building awareness and integrating parking resources from the inception of a master plan.

Dorothy Harris: A Dedicated Leader in Airport Parking Who Has Served as the IPI Conference & Expo’s Greatest Ambassador
A 27-year veteran of the parking industry, Dorothy Harris is Senior Vice President, Parking and Transportation at Denver International Airport and a past member of the IPI Board of Advisors, past Chair of its Board of Directors, and has served on its Strategic Long-Range Planning, Finance, Rules & Bylaws, Awards of Excellence, and Technology Committees. Harris serves as the primary IPI volunteer liaison with the Host Committee for the annual IPI Conference & Expo, directing a strong, local volunteer base to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all attendees.

W. Douglas Holmes, CAPP, Interim Parking Manager, Borough of State College, Pa.:  A Pioneer in Creating Community Within the University Parking Sector and in Promoting Parking Professionalism through the CAPP Program
Doug Holmes, CAPP, recently retired as Acting Director of Transportation Services at Penn State University and is currently Interim Parking Manager at the Borough of State College in Pennsylvania. He is the creator and editor of the CPARK-L parking listserv, a parking information source and clearinghouse for campus and municipal parking officials. He played a leading role as Chairman of the CAPP Certification Board in reshaping the program and making the world’s leading credential in parking even more relevant to today’s parking professionals.

Michael Swartz,  A Leader Whose Business Acumen Was Instrumental in Paving the Way for IPI to Become the Largest Parking Association in the World
Active in the parking industry for more than 30 years, Michael Swartz was Senior Vice President at SP+ Administrative Services, overseeing Standard Parking’s risk management, procurement, and corporate real estate functions. During his tenure as a Director, he successfully campaigned to allow commercial operators to have Board representation. He was instrumental in developing and managing IPI’s business and financial plan as part of the association’s reorganization in 2006. His business expertise and financial acumen has played a key role in IPI’s ability to develop and expand new member programs and services.

Nominations for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards will be accepted beginning September 2015. Visit parking.org or contact prp@parking.org for more information and criteria.

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