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.

May’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Wilfred Lariviere for receiving May’s employee of the month! He began his career with Elite Parking a little over nine years ago, and has brought years of experience in the areas of customer service, sales and employee management. Presently, he is the valet parking manager at Miami’s new Wyndham Tryp Hotel. His hard work and dedication and his ability to uphold the “white glove” service standard at the hotel has earned him this award.

As a valet manager, he handles all areas including: managing parking and traffic control in assigned areas; compile weekly volume reports for client briefings; solve daily operational issues; and hire, train and supervise Elite’s on-site valet team. Lariviere also oversees activities and tasks necessary to achieve the financial objectives of the location.

Lariviere is originally from New York, but spent most of his young life in Miami Beach. He has received numerous awards for maintaining high standards in customer service throughout his career. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys playing a variety of sports, but basketball is his passion. He brings a stellar work ethic and an energetic energy that puts smiles on each guest’s face.

Parking management industry continues to grow with adoption of IoT

While there are many factors driving the global parking management market, an increase of drivers on the roadways and a shortage of on-street parking remain at the top of the list. Technological advancements and the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices are also a driving force in the continued growth in the global parking management sector.

“In places such as Miami, street parking is becoming a thing of the past and the city is continuing to grow. Elite Parking tries to stay on the forefront by adapting the right technology to meet our clients and the areas growing needs,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez

Now more than ever, parking management has become a crucial part of a city’s planning efforts. The continued building of high rises and multi-unit dwellings will drive parking needs and the adoption of systems to effectively run them.

IoT mixed with mobile capabilities it making it easier for people to advance reserve parking, determine the availability of parking, and make mobile payments. The ease of using mobile devices to make driving and parking less hectic is fueling future growth of Big Data in parking management as well.

According to Perez-Sanchez, more cities including Miami, Jacksonville and Atlanta will see a rise in the adoption of parking management systems by commercial and residential sites, parking garages, multistoried parking facilities, and mass transit.

Unfortunately, some areas may not see advances when it comes to technology in the global parking management market. Smaller or less developed economies may lack the funding to stay of the forefront of the changing needs of parking. High installation and maintenance costs of IoT driven solutions are also major factors that hamper growth within certain markets.

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.