At Elite Parking, we like to stay informed about industry trends including technology. The challenges the parking industry faces may differ significantly around the globe, but technology is bridging the gaps. The Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit, a group comprised of parking associations from around the world, recently took a survey that involved parking professionals from 21 countries. The results revealed some basic similarities along with a few country-specific differences.

April’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Alex Di Marco for receiving March’s employee of the month! Di Marco started with Elite Parking about 12 years ago. He has more than 19 years of parking management experience. His knowledge and dedication to excellence led him to assume the role of Director of Operations at Elite Parking six years ago. He handles all areas of operations including: the managing of parking operations at each one of Elite’s properties; adhering to each luxury property’s expectations; creating and building a great relationship with both the property management and their residents and providing “white glove service”. He also oversees staff recruitment and hiring, on-site training, payroll, scheduling and the creation of property reports.

Di Marco is originally from Argentina, but has resided in Miami for 14 years. He spends time with his wife and two children when not overseeing the parking operations at Elite. Di Marco studied and received a degree in Social Communications while living in Argentina. He has a passion for sports, having played professional soccer in Argentina.

Parking management considers rising needs of EV Charging Stations

There is a rise in the demand for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide.
Especially within the past two years, leaving some jurisdictions requiring parking facilities to provide
electric conduit, which would create the infrastructure for the addition of more charging stations in the
future. Clients are forecasted to continue to try to meet their need for more stations as the EV industry
grows and more staff, employees, and customers require such need.

In a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, the Electric Vehicle Outlook forecasts, “The
EV revolution is going to hit the car market even harder and faster than BNEF predicted a year ago. EVs
are on track to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040. Tumbling battery prices mean that EVs will
have lower lifetime costs, and will be cheaper to buy, than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars in most
countries by 2025-29.”

According to Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez, this means that parking management
companies need to be prepared to provide easier accessibility to these stations, especially for those who
are disabled.

“Parking industry professionals need to consider better ways to provide access to these stations,” said
Perez-Sanchez.

Organizations such as The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) currently does not address a methodology for the installation of accessible electric vehicle charging stations, but a federal agency
called the United States Access Board does advise that parking facilities address concerns for the access
to EV charging stations by people with disabilities prior to installation.

Some of the concepts addressed included:

EV charging stations should not count towards the minimum number of accessible vehicle parking
spaces required in a parking facility.

There should be a number of charging stations, which are dedicated to people in wheelchairs and have
an accessible path.

Consideration needs to be taken when locating the right spot for these stations so that cords do not
block pedestrian paths or accessible routes when plugged into a vehicle.

Accessible EV charging spaces should adhere to the same plans used to distribute other ADA parking
spaces on-site.

Charging equipment should not block access aisles or parking spaces.

The ADA globally addresses the concept of providing equivalent facilitation for EV charging stations.
Within their guidelines they suggest that parking facilities with existing EV charging stations, but no
adequate accessibility apply the same standards used with other accessibility requirements.

Elite oversees yearly holiday event at Xporta Inc

Elite Parking managed and oversaw the valet parking for Xporta’s recent holiday party to celebrate the
end of the year. More than 300 people attended a party thrown in honor of Roca Tile USA, a world-wide
leader in manufacturing, distributing and marketing of high-quality ceramic tiles.

“They did a great job for us. We were very happy with their work,” said Xporta President, Pablo
Calatrava.

Xporta Inc. was founded in 199 and is located at 1444 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite #212, Miami, Fl. It’s a
private U.S. company that encourages investment and trade between the United States and any foreign
country. They work closely with private companies and foreign government agencies in maintaining,
increasing and promoting their products in the U.S and Latin American markets through areas including
operation set-up; management consulting and international business development.

“It was great working with Xporta, and we look forward to providing event parking solutions for their
diverse clientele in the future,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

Elite Parking is premier parking management company headquarters in the heart of the Miami Design
District. They service all areas of Southeast Florida including: Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Brickell,
Midtown, Design District, Wynwood and Coconut Grove. They specialize in parking services such as
parking management, valet parking, parking planning, technology integration, staffing and training and
marketing programs.