Chuck Cullen Retires

I have known Chuck for longer than either of us wants to acknowledge. He has been a tireless supporter and a good friend.  Here is his retirement message:

After 42+ years of being part of the parking industry, I have decided to retire (I prefer the term planned unemployment) at the end of the year.  I will, of course, fulfill any obligations for projects currently underway.

I entered the parking business as a cashier hoping to earn enough money so I could continue my education.  Since that first night in the booth, I have never stopped learning.  I learned that a revenue control system is not a substitute for management.  I learned that customers are not always right but they must leave the facility thinking they are.  I learned that for every parking action, there is an equal and opposite parking reaction.

 I will miss seeing a precast double tee being positioned onto a new garage.  I will miss the smell of fresh asphalt being laid onto a new lot.  I will miss the sound of a coin dropping into a meter’s coin canister.  I will miss the glare of the overhead lights as it reflects off the roof of vehicles parked beneath.  I will miss the silence as I explain to a supervisor how the cashiers are able to steal money regularly from their facility.  Yes, I will miss a lot of those things but, most of all, I will miss the many friends that I have made during the years.

 I will maintain an association with The Integrity Group so my e-mail address will remain active.  If you have need for parking consulting services, I trust you will consider them for the assignment.

 I close with the words of J. Alfred Prufrock:

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;

Am an attendant lord, one that will do

To swell a progress, start a scene or two,

Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,

Deferential, glad to be of use,

Politic, cautious, and meticulous;

Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;

At times, indeed, almost ridiculous –

Almost, at times, the Fool.

 Chuck Cullen  Senior Associate – Parking Advisory Services

All the best, Chuck

JVH

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