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.

Elite Parking provides seamless parking logistics during Miami’s exclusive events

The parking management industry is divided up into various sectors including hotel/condo, restaurant, mass transit, hospitals and schools. There is also the area of event parking management, which requires knowledgeof parking logistics and the ability to analyze a venue’s capacity and layout prior to every event.

Elite Parking prides itself on their ability to design a valet parking service that’s able to meet each client’s needs. Elle Becerra, the owner of Events by Elle, Inc. in Miami, is one of Elite’s valued clients. Each one of her events requires the utmost in discretion due to the wishes of her many VIP clientele.

Event parking can be diverse and takes pre-planning

An events venue can vary in many aspects, so seeing the property prior to the event is crucial. Elite has worked on a variety of events and handles all aspects from permitting to a quick post event breakdown.

“Elite has provided valet parking management services for a couple of our recent events including a private wedding, which was held at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We had between 175-200 people, many of them VIP’s so it was imperative that this event went smoothly,” said Becerra.

Elite is also experienced at providing parking solutions for smaller, more private events

“We also hired Elite to oversee the parking of a recent baby shower for someone with celebrity status. We had about 80 guests and their staff was very professional, discrete, well-dressed, on-time and punctual,” explained Becerra.

“They come. They do their job and leave. They made my job so easy. The whole process was smooth and seamless,” continued Becerra.

Event planning for VIP clientele

Events by Elle offers full-service event coordination based in Miami, Fl. They strive to create a memorable, successful event and delightful planning experience for each one of their clients. Events by Elle plans the following types of events: theme parties, weddings, private events, corporate events, charity events, just name a few. They were recently featured in Southern Bride Magazine.

“We do a lot of high-end events. It’s easier to be a valet at a hotel, because there’s not a lot of logistical planning. But for events you have to adapt to the venue. A lot more difficult. Elite came to see the space ahead of time to scope out the site prior to event day,” said Becerra.

Elite Parking oversees each client’s event parking needs including setup and tracking of events, pre-payment of event permits, and event permit sales in the field. Elite provides straight-forward, well thought out, logistical planning so that the parking management of each event is pain-free and successful.

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.