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Parking and Transportation Through Omaha’s Eyes

PIE 2017 presents on Monday:

Parking Policy is often viewed as a separate component of the broader transportation program in a city. It’s clear that mobile payments and mobile platforms are on the rise, but how can cities combine payment initiatives to improve the downtown experience? Smart phones, smart cards, and the like work in some cities to pay all transportation fees, but can they work in yours? Presented by : Khristian J. Gutierrez, Chief Business Development Officer, Passport, Inc. and Ken Smith, Parking Director, City of Omaha, Nebraska

Khristian received his M.S. in Finance from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida and his B.S. in Business Administration, also at UF. After graduation, Khristian excelled in Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities (WFS). He left WFS in 2011 to start Passport, guiding the company to the closing of its first funding round of $6M in 2013. As Chief Business Development Officer, he crafts and leads Passport’s strategy to achieve market leadership and manages major projects, including the implementation of Toronto Parking Authority’s mobile payment platform, the largest municipal deployment in North America.

Ken Smith is the City of Omaha’s first Parking Manager and as such was tasked with restructuring and establishing a consolidated entity as a enterprise fund for the City. Prior to Omaha, he worked in a similar role with the City of Lincoln and developed a successful program which was nominated for “Parking Program of the Year” by the International Parking Institute. Ken’s earlier roles included planning administration with the City of Council Bluffs and as a consultant with the architecture and engineering firm of JEO Consulting Group.

Ken is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking and co-chairs the International Parking Institute’s Intelligent Transportation System & Parking Task Force.

PIE 2017 – full info here

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