Old Dog, New Tricks


By James Knickrehm, Ed.S.

I was a first-time attendee at #IPMI2022 in New Orleans. My background is on the mobility side of our operation. I am sure my boss would say I know enough about parking to be dangerous.

IPMI is the industry standard for parking and mobility professionals. I have attended many conferences during my adult life, but I believe my latest just set a new standard.

It was filled with many educational opportunities, networking opportunities, and the Expo Hall was packed with all the latest and greatest the market has to offer. The information in the Expo Hall was invaluable, even if you are not in a new acquisition cycle. It was an inspiring conference, as everyone there lifts the other professionals and the industry.

And if you have a question, just ask an IPMI staff member. If they do not have the answer, they guide you over to the person that does, they introduce you, and not only do you get your answer, you gain another connection.

If you have never attended, I recommend you do. If you do parking or mobility, your organization needs you to attend. Earlier I commented that I knew enough about parking to be dangerous; I believe my attendance this year has made me more informed with a desire to expand my parking repertoire.

I hope to see you at #IPMI2023  in Fort Worth, TX in June.

Next time, my journey to CAPP!

James Knickrehm, Ed.S., is associate director, transportation services at The University of Alabama. He can be reached at jwknickrehm@ua.edu.