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Author Archives: JVH

About JVH

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his decade with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from UCLA, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields. He writes about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Abu Dhabi, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Washington DC. He has two sons, JT and Andy. JT and his wife, Francine and daughter, Ashley, live in Puyallup, near Seattle, and Andy and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Shing, live in Los Angeles. JVH and wife Robyn live in West Los Angeles with dog, Suki and cat, Brackets

The Best Prospect for a Parking Job — Clerk in a Dentist Office

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Southwest Parking and Transportation Association a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas. Their incoming President Julie Dixon said she wanted an ‘interactive’ presentation. So I decided to interview the … Continue reading

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Why do we go to Trade Shows, Anyway?

We just returned from the NPA Annual Convention in Atlanta. My any measure it was a successful event. There were lots of attendees and lots of exhibitors.  There were interesting sessions and beaucoup after parties. Why do we go? If … Continue reading

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NPA Conference and Expo off to Fast Start

The National Parking Association is holding its annual convention in Atlanta this week.  It started last night with a parking star studded event on the 70 plus story roof of the Downtown Westin.  I spent a few minutes there but … Continue reading

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Mathematician ‘Solves’ Parking Lot Puzzle

I have been finding this article under my nose for the past few weeks. It has come in from correspondents like Brandy Stanley of Las Vegas and Consultant Mark Rimmer. When I saw it as a headline on Park News … Continue reading

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People in Parking — A New Way of Finding Them

For years, Parking Today has produced an annual directly, People in Parking, or PIP.  This November we will be producing the directory but with a different focus. The directory you receive in the mail will feature hundreds of vendors who … Continue reading

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Uber, Parking, Hotels, and Airports

Last year about this time, I had meetings in Chicago.  I drove to LAX, dropped my car at the Parking Spot, took the shuttle to the airport and flew to O’Hare where I rented a car.  I drove it 10 … Continue reading

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One Billion YouTube Views

No, not my interview by Suzannah Rubinstein (you can view it Here)  but the Piano Guys. We saw them this weekend at Los Angele’s Greek Theater. They are simply fantastic. Its a piano and a cello. That’s it. Most of … Continue reading

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Lyft and Uber — No real threat to Parking

I interviewed Jerry Skillett, CEO of ICON Parking and five other parking companies on the east coast. It was a wide ranging interview and will be in an upcoming issue of PT. One of the most interesting questions was the … Continue reading

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An Interview that actually made it to Youtube

I have been contacted a number of times by groups like CNN to provide an interview about parking. Every time, for whatever reason, the interview never makes it to the light of day. In one case, it was to air … Continue reading

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15 Stories from the Ancient Greeks

I went to see Star Trek over the weekend.  Not the best, not the worst. But the previews were interesting. They are actually bringing out a remake of the Magnificent Seven and Ben Hur. I left the theater shaking my … Continue reading

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