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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

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No thinking person jokes about disasters, particularly those over which we have no control. One can only imagine the horror that the residents of Ft Myers and Cape Coral  and the environs are feeling right now. They rightly deserve our … Continue reading

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Leadership

Over the past month, and next month, you will be reading in PT nearly 40 leaders in the parking industry and their take on leadership. Without exception, they all felt that a true leader respects their staff and is self-deprecating. … Continue reading

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Every Other Booth

Well, at least it seemed like it. We attended the NPA annual convention and as usual, they did a great job and had well over 125 exhibitors. As I walked around the floor, I noticed that practically every other booth … Continue reading

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Ageism – It Works Both Ways

When we visit the UK, are we not impressed with the sense of history. This is a place where kings and philosophers walked, thought, and partied for millennia. A place where empires were built and destroyed. A place where we … Continue reading

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Back to Work, or Else

I am honored that the venerable Wall Street Journal reads this blog. Coming off my piece about working from home, they had nearly a full section this last Saturday titled “Back to work, or Else”. They didn’t give me credit, … Continue reading

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Free Parking Isn’t Green – Yeah, Right

An article published over at The Good Men Project by Joe Cortright and my buddy Tony Jordan lambasts the (get this) The National Renewable Energy Lab for building a LEED Certified “green” garage because it is too big. It has … Continue reading

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Parable of the Two Shoppers

I was at the supermarket the other day and noted that the number of baggers was below normal. In most of the lanes, the cashiers were on their own. There were two men in front of me. One was a … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Oppose “Work from Home”

Not everyone knows everything about their job. They need support from their peers when they have problems. Let’s face it. It’s impossible to know everything. When we hit the wall, what do we normally do. We wander down the hall … Continue reading

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A Great Leader

I’m pulling together the October issue of PT and am humbled by the articles we have on hand. We reached out to organizations industry wide and received nearly 30 responses. The goal was to have a description of ‘leadership.’ In … Continue reading

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I got a response to my 70% Blog

My blog about 70% of onstreet revenue coming from citations brought a pretty strong response from Joe Sciulli and Clyde Wilson. I thought them important enough to bring them out into the light of day as a separate post. From … Continue reading

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