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Free Online Shoptalk: Mobility Options and COVID-19

Tuesday April 14, 2020: 12:00 PM EST

Free Online Shoptalk: Mobility Options and COVID-19

Pre-Registration is required to attend

IPMI invites all industry professionals in parking, transportation, and mobility to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted your various mobility programs and options, including fleet management, transit, and micro-mobility modes. We understand this is an extremely busy time and will record the online shoptalk and distribute to all members and colleagues.  If you have a question or would like to share something that has worked for your organization in advance, please email Fernandez@parking-mobility.org.



Robert Ferrin Bio ImgRobert Ferrin, Assistant Director for Parking Services, Columbus, Ohio, oversees the administration, enforcement, operations, and management of public parking for the City of Columbus.

In June 2019 he was elected to the International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI) Board of Directors. Robert moved to Columbus in late 2017 from Colorado, where he spent nearly seven years working in various parking leadership roles with the City and County of Denver as their Manager of On-Street Programs and the City of Aurora as their Parking & Mobility Manager. Robert is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned a Bachelor and Master of Geography degrees.

IPMI News: IPMI Launches New Monthly Magazine: Parking & Mobility

New publication mirrors the ever-expanding roles of parking, mobility, and transportation professionals in keeping people moving

(Anaheim, Calif., June 3, 2019) – Building on its long history of keeping readers abreast of the ever-changing and future-focused parking and mobility industry, this month, IPMI launched a new magazine, Parking & Mobility, and retired The Parking Professional after a long, esteemed history.

Parking & Mobility magazine reflects the changing roles of professionals in today’s interconnected, choice-driven network that encompasses parking, transportation, and mobility. The magazine features a masthead design in a custom font that connotes motion. Its coverage will continue to spotlight parking, which remains central to the industry, along with the broader scope of topics affecting members and industry professionals.

Each issue will feature news, analysis, case studies, and the expertise of IPMI members and industry leaders, which readers can tap to benefit their own organizations and communities.

“We gave a lot of consideration to changing the name of The Parking Professional, as we did with our organizational name change in October,” says IPMI CEO Shawn Conrad, CAE. “We naturally wanted the magazine to develop and mature with IPMI—to embrace mobility and the constantly shifting roles of our members.”

This industry evolution reflects the pivotal role parking and mobility professionals have long had in planning, designing and managing successful transportation ecosystems. New technology, along with the explosive growth of ride-hailing/transportation network companies and the need for expertise in curb management has also contributed.

Debut copies of the new magazine will be distributed at opening session of the IPMI Conference & Expo in Anaheim, Calif. June 6-12, and mailed to members at the same time. An online edition is available at parking-mobility.org/magazine.

Parking & Mobility welcomes article proposals and feedback. They should be directed to editor, Kim Fernandez at fernandez@parking-mobility.org.

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IPMI News: IPMI and The Parking Podcast Announce Strategic Partnership

October 9, 2019

The International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) and The Parking Podcast have announced a strategic partnership to grow awareness of the importance of parking and mobility to podcast listeners.

The Parking Podcast, hosted by Isaiah Mouw, CAPP, LEED AP, will now be brought to listeners by IPMI. Mouw was named one of IPMI’s Parking Professionals of the Year in 2019 and received the association’s Chairman’s Award in 2014. He is a longtime volunteer with the organization, having served on multiple committees and as a member of its CAPP Board of Directors.

“We’re excited to welcome IPMI as our strategic partner,” says Mouw. “This partnership will be a mutually beneficial one that will help more people learn about the importance of parking and mobility in daily life, and share the expertise of leaders and innovators to industry members.”

IPMI Chief Executive Officer Shawn Conrad, CAE, says, “IPMI is looking forward to joining the podcasting world through this partnership. The Parking Podcast delivers quality content and interesting stories, and we’re thrilled to be part of it.”

The Parking Podcast will be available through IPMI’s online resource center, at parking-mobility.org, as well as at parkingcast.com and on podcast platforms that include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.

MRC: Canadian Transportation Research Forum: Investigating Safety Impact of Backlit Pedestrian Crossing Sign Using Driver Behavior Analysis

Investigating Safety Impact of Backlit Pedestrian Crossing Sign Using Driver Behavior Analysis, 2016

Authors: Foomani Matin, Ciprian Alecsandru, and Patrick Lauziere

Publisher: Canadian Transportation Research Forum

This paper discusses the effectiveness of BLS ped-crossing signs and benchmarked it to standard BLS.

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Member News: Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, CAPP, Named CEO of Miami Parking Authority

Alejandra ArgudinIn a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) appointed Alejandra “Alex” Argudin, CAPP, as its next chief executive officer. She is a member of IPMI’s Board of Directors, currently serving as the organization’s treasurer.

Argudin becomes the first woman CEO of the MPA in its more than six decades of existence; she brings more than 13 years of experience with the Authority, nine as chief operations officer. In that capacity, she has led a number of forward-thinking initiatives that have positioned the Authority as a leader in the parking industry, including an increase in the utilization of PayByPhone in Miami from about 23 percent five years ago to an impressive 93 percent adoption rate. This success story has placed the MPA as the leading parking organization in volume of PayByPhone transactions in all of North America.

“Alex’s unique vision, experience, and transformational leadership style make her an excellent candidate to take the reins of the MPA at a time when advances in the industry are dramatically changing its operations,” says Thomas Jelke, chairman of the board. “She is prepared and uniquely qualified to step seamlessly into the role as CEO after successfully managing the operations of the MPA for the past nine years.”

As COO, Alex managed a staff of 150 and a budget of more than $40 million. More recently, she led the complex task of applying for and achieving Accredited Parking Organization (APO) designation and subsequently APO with Distinction from IPMI. These designations are awarded solely to organizations that have excelled in all categories of parking operations.

“I am deeply honored by the trust the board has placed in my abilities to lead the MPA in very exciting times in our industry,” says Argudin. “I will lead this organization, with the support of the board and our committed staff, with strength, transparency and conviction.”

She takes over the position as CEO immediately, following Art Noriega’s appointment as city manager of Miami; he served as CEO of the MPA for the past 20 years.

“Alex has absolutely earned this opportunity and I wholeheartedly applaud the board’s decision to select her as the next CEO of MPA ,” says Noriega. “She is an extraordinary leader who will use her experience, knowledge and passion to successfully see the organization through the leading-edge changes that lie ahead.”

Argudin is a graduate of Florida International University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. She earned the CAPP designation through IPMI, and LEED AP designation from the Green Building Council. She currently serves on the executive board of the WOW Center as their Treasurer.