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

PT Rules — Here’s what’s coming

There’s a new sheriff in town and she cracks a mean whip. We are planning ahead and here’s what you will see over the next quarter in Parking Today: See you in the pages of Parking Today.

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I Don’t Work with Kids or Pets

I just completed a webinar for Women in Parking. I was joined by Kathleen Laney and we discussed the pros and cons of social media and its effect on our industry. Kathleen knocked down a number of myths about social … Continue reading

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Passion is First

Reading Kathleen Laney’s blog on lessons learned is inspiring.  I have to commend her on  having passion for what you are doing first on the list. If you have passion about your job, or any task, you will succeed and … Continue reading

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When a law is passed, who is affected?

I have been musing for some time about who is affected. I think I have come up with a way to communicate it. The Problem:  Why does the government, any government, at any level, run by any political party, pass … Continue reading

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The Electric Car — Am I going Schizo?

I visited GreenTech Automotive last month.  Here are a few musings after that trip: “Coming to work at GreenTech Automotive is a life changing event.” Senior Director of Operations Steven Richardson is proud of his new factory and his staff. … Continue reading

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The Turkey is in the Oven

At our house, the job of cooking the turkey is mine. I also make the stuffing. Mine is a rather “kitchen sink” stuffing with sausage, apples, celery, mushrooms (cooked in wine), raisins, pickle relish, chopped onion, all in a bread … Continue reading

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Give Thanks for Canadians

In the post below I noted that Canadian Thanksgiving was not up to American Thanksgiving. In doing so, I offended, I understand, millions of Canadians world wide. This is strange, since my wife is Canadian and I have many dear … Continue reading

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Time to Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is the truly American Holiday.  They don’t celebrate it in Europe, its a downmarket holiday in Canada, and Asia  — nada. Why? It seems to me that we are blessed. Hard work, perseverance, a culture that says ‘yes,’ and … Continue reading

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T2 Hosts 500 at Connect 2015

T2 systems started its annual customer training program in New Orleans yesterday. First time attendees were feted at a reception sponsored by Eco Lighting Solutions, and the entire group engaged in networking in the Mardi Gras ballroom of the New … Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day – They just did it — It was worth it

Yes, it’s today. As I was growing up, virtually everyone I knew had been in the military. Most had served in WWII or Korea. They were the fathers of my friends. They didn’t talk a lot about it. They just … Continue reading

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