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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

It’s Labor Day and PT is Hot Hot HOT!

It’s Labor Day Weekend. The traditional end of summer. Time for BBQs, a quick last mini vacation, and to prepare for the year to come. The Dog Days of Summer are past. It’s time to get back to work and … Continue reading

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Considering a Merger? Read this:

Over at Power 2 Go, Keith Jones expresses concern that mergers and acquisitions and the influx of venture capital money into the parking operations world may affect the way operators see their customers. His concern is that once VC money … Continue reading

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Just for the sake of Clarity

We receive news releases daily. More and more they are using complex terms in an effort, I think, to obfuscate. See I did it right there. I used a complex word (obfuscate) when a simple one, like blur, muddle, confuse, … Continue reading

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Looking for Work? Read This

Help Wanted –Advertising Sales Parking Today is increasing its extremely successful sales program. We are seeking an experienced salesperson to work with our Advertising Sales Manager. Experience in the parking industry helpful. Experience in advertising is not necessary. We will … Continue reading

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Why The Customer Experience Is A Human Experience

The following post will be reprinted in the September issue of Parking Today. My technological epiphany can be quantified like this: Five hours on the JFK tarmac One screaming two-year-old One screaming four-year-old Zero cellular or wifi reception I was … Continue reading

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JVH writings stale? NEVER!!!

I read  half a dozen or so blogs each day. I realized today that they get stale. They say basically the same things over and over. I don’t want to read them any more. I’m bored with them. I then … Continue reading

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PIE 2020 Announces Keynote Speaker: David Zipper

  PIE Keynote – David Zipper PIE 2020 is proud to welcome David Zipper as its Keynote. David is Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government. His background in transportation, parking, and urban … Continue reading

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Garage run by Attendant with Three Headed Dog

That headline is known as clickbait. You simply had to read this article, since the headline was so intriguing. By now, you realize that you have been had. There is no story about a Three Headed Dog and you were … Continue reading

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Collaboration is Key

The blog below shows how regulation can run amuck. But does this mean that we should have no regulation at all? Ace’s Keith Jones writes in his Power to Go blog: And yet, as Deloitte reminds us, “Governments at all … Continue reading

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But What About the Neighborhood

New York City, relying on input from transportation gurus, decided to instigate a program to cut down on double parking. They installed loading zones in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn with no notice. Read all about it over at parknews.biz. The signs … Continue reading

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