The National Parking Association and the National Valet Parking Association are merging. Here’s the news release:
The National Parking Association (NPA) today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent and plan of merger with the National Valet Parking Association (NVPA). The entire membership of NVPA will become a part of NPA’s membership. The merger is expected to be completed by December 31, 2012. NVPA members will begin receiving NPA welcome materials and access to NPA benefits effective July 1, 2012.
“This strategic merger with NVPA will enable us to more fully serve the widest range of parking professionals and parking sectors by bringing together the knowledge, expertise and networks of NVPA,” said NPA Board Chair Jed Hatfield, CPP. He added, “NPA is fast becoming the preferred parking association in North America for its diverse membership base, focus on executive education and fundamental professional development for parking managers focused on bottom line results.”
Ellis Dumont, President of the NVPA stated, “Our choice to join forces with the NPA was directly attributed to the benefits our members would gain. The NPA is clearly the leading parking association bringing together best practices in professional development, peer networks and research.” Dumont added, “Together the NVPA and NPA will combine the best of our associations to support valet parking professionals and valet parking operators to gain further expertise and competitive advantage. These ideals and commitment to excellence are fostered through the Valet Olympics.”
NPA and NVPA will jointly host the Valet Olympics at NPA’s Convention & Expo, Oct. 15-18 at the Westin Diplomat, Hollywood, Fl. NPA is hosting a specific valet track at the 2012 convention as part of the welcome of NVPA members.
I hope the NPA changes the rules a bit. The NVPA had a number of rules about the size requirements of organizations and another that kept competitors in a certain market out of the group. I always thought that really flew in the face of the real purpose of such organizations. All the best to all concerned.