The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Jaime Snyder, CAPP

The good, the bad, and the ugly: all adjectives that can describe the parking industry at some point in time. Some of us who have been in the industry forever have experienced all of these, but the newcomers may still be on that parking industry high we all felt at one time in our careers.  What are the good aspects of parking? Helping others, solving problems, industry friendships, happy clients. And what about the bad? Those are numerous! Flooded garages, angry clients, difficult designs, ever-changing needs and demands, the list goes on. And the ugly? Bird poop, snow plowing, mean people, “trying to teach an old dog new tricks,” and so on.

All three of these adjectives sum up our parking industry careers at some point or another. And we love it! In fact, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Parking professionals crave a career that is never boring, always challenging, and often rewarding. This commonality between us is what makes us such a tight-knit group of people. We love our parking peeps and have a true appreciation and respect for each other. We are different than most other professions and we are proud of it.

As parking professionals, we will take it all: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly sides of parking. We will embrace it, make it pretty, and move on to the next challenge. All with a smile on our faces!

Jaime Snyder, CAPP, is senior parking consultant with WALTER P MOORE. She will present on this topic at the 2019 IPMI Conference & Expo, June 9-12 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information and to register, click here.