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

Do Big Exhibitors do themselves a disservice at Shows like the IPI

We all know that the numbers (attendee, exhibitor personnel, etc) at trade shows are mostly unknowable. The information we get from the organizers is sketchy, but one thing is certain, there are almost one and a half times as many … Continue reading

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Why do people buy stuff!

We have been led to believe that “Madison Avenue” creates markets and force or entice consumers to buy stuff.  MacDonalds, Coca Cola, Proctor and Gamble, Nike, Ford, Delta Air Lines, Apple,  and thousands more all spend billions to get the … Continue reading

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700

That’s the number of followers I have on twitter. Its not a huge number since I’ll bet my granddaughter has more. But for a vertical industry like ours its not bad, particularly since I don’t ‘tweet’ all that much.  Yes, … Continue reading

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We have a new arrival

Parking Today, Parking Technology Today, and the Parking Industry Exhibition are proud to announce a new arrival, ParkNews. To View Parknews, click here Its a web site devoted to the news of the parking industry. Its an aggregator and editor … Continue reading

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The Watergate in DC

Isiah blogs about the Watergate Buildings in DC, and their relationship to our political history. He notes that the reporters from the Washington Post who brought down the Nixon administration met with their source, Deep Throat, in a garage, but … Continue reading

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Parkmobile USA, Launches Mobile Payment Solutions in Miami Beach, Florida

  Miami Beach, FL-May 12, 2014– Parkmobile USA, Inc. and Miami Beach Parking announced today a program that will allow customers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at all of the over 8,300+ metered spaces throughout Miami … Continue reading

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LPR Folly? NOT!!!

I got this release from a reader who normally has good input. This time I think we need to give the LPR industry a bit of a benefit of the doubt. The deal is that a woman was pulled over … Continue reading

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Women In Parking – We’ve Come a Long Way…and We’re Just Getting Started

A guest post by Vicki Pero, principal of the Marlyn Group… When Women In Parking became a formal organization in late 2011, there were no guarantees in terms of what the future held.  Since that time, WIP has grown and … Continue reading

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Mike Simmons Returns to T2 as CEO

 From T2:  Indianapolis, IN – May 6, 2014 – The Board of Directors of T2 Systems (T2) and Digital Payment Technologies (DPT) announced today that Mike Simmons, chairman, will take on the additional role of chief executive officer, effective immediately, … Continue reading

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Amnesty – Another Seven Letter Word

Maybe its just me, but when I hear about a city declaring parking ticket amnesty, I get all flustered and irate. The latest is Detroit.  They are going to give a 30% discount to any ticket more than three years … Continue reading

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