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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

How do These Stories Affect Me?

I was chatting with a friend the other day and commented that Parking Today was attempting to bring more international stories about parking to its readers. She surprised me by saying “I’m sure the stories are interesting, but how do … Continue reading

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The Speed of our Lives, Taking Offense, and Fake News

I read recently that the Feds are considering dropping the requirement that businesses report their status (earnings, etc) quarterly. This request was made by some of the most successful firms in the land. It seems they are spending small (and … Continue reading

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They Had Your Back, Show Them You Have Theirs

Today we celebrate Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, the day the War to End all Wars, WW 1, drew to a close. We remember those who serve today, and those who served, and those who gave everything for our country. … Continue reading

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Its Election Day

Have you Voted? There is still time. It seems there is a huge interest in this election and if my precinct is any example, it will be a big turnout. Each party says a large turnout is good for them. … Continue reading

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Mobility – Private Vehicles Lead the Pack

“Mobility” is a buzz word. In Australia it refers to assisting those who are mobility challenged (handicapped). Here we think of it as moving people from private vehicles to trains, buses, bicycles, scooters and foot. However, at least for the … Continue reading

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Disruption in Parking — Another Look

Back in Early October, I wrote a piece poo pooing disruption in our industry. At the Temecula Group, some took exception. It may have to do with definitions. Consider this one: A disrupter creates new markets and value networks and … Continue reading

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A Fly in the Shoup, Continued…

And then we have to go in and clean up the mess. We had a lot of discussions at this year’s Temecula Parking Group about cities and the many issues they have dealing with technology and rules and regulations. Parking … Continue reading

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NPA – Welcoming and Engaged

I have been asked what made this NPA event so special.  My answer is twofold, welcoming and engagement. First of all, every level of the association is welcoming. From President Christine Banning to outgoing chair Alan Lazowski, to incoming chair … Continue reading

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We Need a Speech About “How to Fail”

I have been thinking about the keynote speech we all heard at the NPA confab yesterday. Frankly if you have heard a couple of these, you could probably tell me what this one was about. Here’s the Title: Innovate or … Continue reading

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NPA Knocks it out of the Park

The 2018 National Parking Association Conference and Expo is underway and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and I have to say without reservation it is the leading parking trade event of the year, bar none. Christine Banning and her crew … Continue reading

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