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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

Please Don’t Tell Me What to Do – Colleen at PIE

P Have you ever had a boss who typically barked orders and then got frustrated when the results didn’t magically appear?  We believe one, fundamental principle may be missing in this communications style:  he’s likely forgotten he’s leading adults.   As … Continue reading

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Let’s Share Data

I just read an article where some local governments are considering requiring private companies to share data they have acquired as an adjunct to their activities. Uber and Lyft are fighting the legislation. The ne’er do wells. How dare these … Continue reading

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World of Concrete

When I tell my friends I’m attending the “World of Concrete” trade show, they usually dissolve into a spasm of laughter. What could possibly be interesting about concrete. It starts soft, it gets hard, you drive on it, end of … Continue reading

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Your Item has Shipped

I ordered something on line. I didn’t realize I was ordering it from France. But so be it. I received the following note from the supplier: You item has shipped. On your tracking number, you can see that your package … Continue reading

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Parking Industry Expo Updates Awards Deadline; Sponsorships Going Fast

The Parking Today Awards will be presented at the Parking Industry Expo during a special breakfast honoring the awardees. Those wishing to nominate potential awardees are welcome to go to the PIE web site, pieshow.parkingtoday.com for full details. The deadline … Continue reading

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Yikes – 24 Hours is All You Have To Hire the Best – Take Recruitment to the Next Level at PIE 2019

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced job growth of 312,000 positions in December.  Two sectors with notable growth included Food Service and Retail – industries that parking competes with for top talent.   This makes the need for speed in … Continue reading

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Not Vaporware, This is Reality

Arrive, teaming with P97 and +chargepoint+ held an executive Round Table event focusing on the “Last Mile.” You can check out my description in a previous post below. I think the take aways from this meeting are important. Here you … Continue reading

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Some Developers are “Spooked” over Parking

One of the speakers at the Arrive seminar yesterday was from Tishman Speyer, a world wide developer with over 90 million square feet of office space and tons of parking. He said that all the talk of AVs and the … Continue reading

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Get Comfortable With “I Don’t Know”

Early in my career, I was terrified when someone asked me to do something that I had no idea how to accomplish.  I would run off on a secret mission to try and figure out how the heck I was … Continue reading

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If You Think You Know What “The Last Mile” Means,

You Are Probably Wrong!

I thought “First Mile, Last Mile” issues dealt with Mobility as a Service and simply meant the issue of getting from your house to the light rail (First Mile) and then from the light rail station to your office (Last … Continue reading

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