By Shawn Conrad, CAE

It’s been nearly 50 years since my brother and brother-in-law returned from serving in Vietnam. I vividly remember celebrating their return with a very large meal and very large gathering of family. I don’t recall much about what happened after the party. My  brother went to college to get his degree and my brother-in-law got a job and married my sister.

On Veterans Day, we are reminded of those who have given their lives and served to protect the U.S.  This year, we have another way to celebrate and recognize those who served in the military. Recently, a group of visionary industry leaders launched Veterans in Parking (VIP) to transfer the leadership and multitude of other skills soldiers learned in the military to careers in the parking, transportation, and mobility industry.  It’s a great thing: Our industry has many employment opportunities and VIP will help veterans find employers looking to fill positions.

To learn how you can become active in VIP, take a look at the website. This new organization is a wonderful way for us to recognize and thank veterans for their service all year long.

Shawn Conrad, CAE, is IPMI’s CEO.