Elite Parking Industry News

A senseless act over parking is an ever increasing site in South Florida. Recently a man who was asked not to park in a reserved residential parking area was viciously attacked.

The entire act was caught on surveillance video and shows a 69-year-old man being attacked after he told a visitor not to park in a reserved spot in front of his Hollywood beach apartment building.

Not only did the driver assault the elderly gentleman, but refused to move his car as well.

According to the article featured in the Miami Herald, police are now investigating the “vicious beating” of the senior citizen, whom police did not identify.

“This is a completely senseless act of violence over nothing,” said Christian Lata, a spokesman for Hollywood police. “It was a cowardly act.”

The unfortunate incident sheds light on an increasing problem that exists within the public parking sector.

According to Elite Parking’s Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez, parking management companies can help alleviate unwanted visitor issues.

“Having valets manage visitor expectations, parking enforcement, etc., can help residents from experiencing the backlash of disgruntled visitor parking,” Sanchez.

June 2019 Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Daniel Gonzalez for receiving June’s employee of the month! He began his career with Elite Parking in February 2019, but has already proven himself to be a valuable team member. He has worked many years in the area of customer service and knows how to make each guest feel welcomed. Presently, he is the valet attendant at Yve Hotel on Biscayne Blvd in Miami. His hard work ethic, dedication and “white glove” service standard with the guests at the hotel earned him this award.

As a valet attendee, he manages parking and traffic control in assigned areas; is responsible for safely parking and retrieving guests’ vehicles; assesses and documents any vehicle damage; records the location of the parking space; solves daily operational issues and upholds property management’s service expectations. 

Gonzalez is originally from Cuba, but now calls the City of Miami home. When not working, he enjoys playing a good game of basketball. He strives to always bring a great work ethic to his position and is a valued employee at Elite.

May 2019 Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Ernesto Calderon for receiving May’s employee of the month! He began his career with Elite Parking almost two years ago and has brought his extensive experience in customer service to his position. Presently, he is the valet parking attendant at Washington Park Hotel. He remains dedicated daily to upholding the companies mission to provide “white glove” service to each and every guest.

As a valet attendant, he handles all areas including: managing parking and traffic control in assigned areas; helping to maintain work reports for management; assist guests/visitors entering and leaving the property; assist guests with vehicle entry and exit and meet and/or exceed property management’s service expectations. Calderon also oversees activities and tasks necessary to achieve to maintain company’s customer service goals.

Calderon is originally from Cuba, but now resides in the City of Miami with his family. He always upholds a strong work ethic and professionalism to his position and is a valued employee at Elite.

April 2019 Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Frank Baydo Garcia for receiving April’s employee of the month! He began his career with Elite Parking in November 2018, and brings a wealth of experience in the areas of customer service, sales and employee management. Presently, he is the valet parking manager at South Beach’s Surfcomber Hotel. His hard work and dedication and his ability to uphold the “white glove” service standard with the guests at the hotel 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 train and supervise Elite’s on-site valet team. Garcia also oversees activities and tasks necessary to achieve the financial objectives of the location.

Garcia is originally from Cuba, but spent more than 10 years in the City of Miami with his wife and child. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family. He brings a high-standard work ethic and charisma to his position and is a valued employee at Elite.

South of 5th, Roller Coaster for Restaurants

South of Fifth, also known as SOFI, is a small exclusive affluent neighborhood in South Beach (Miami Beach), which runs from South Pointe Park north to Fifth Street. The area is surrounded by water on all sides from the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay, South of Fifth is considered a peaceful oasis with immediate access to many of South Beach’s notable activities.

During Miami Beach’s early days, South of Fifth was a deplorable area that criminals and cast offs called home. It wasn’t until visionaries and risk takers took a chance and saw a potential for the strip of land and decided to invest. Because of their initiative and forward thinking, South of Fifth is now one of the beach’s most desirable places to live.

Today South of Fifth is home to some of Miami Beach’s most luxurious condos such as: Icon, Murano Grande, One Ocean, Marea, Apogee South Beach, Glass house, Portofino Tower, South Pointe Tower, Yacht Club at Portofino, Murano at Portofino, Continuum Towers, and Ocean House.

The area also features a 17-acre park and promenade called South Pointe Park, which features a playground, sprawling lush grounds for picnics, hills and walkways for outdoor exercising, direct beach access and one of South Beach’s most historic restaurants: Smith & Wollensky.

It is also home to some of the highest revenue producing restaurants in the country including: Prime 112, Joe’s Stone Crab and Prime Italian among others. This successful line of restaurants has led many other’s to take their chances at success. Unfortunately not everyone makes it, which has left opportunities for restauranteurs to get a space where kitchens and designs are already in place, which saves them money and time. 

SOFI’s restaurant roller coaster can be seen by the closure of Cibo, Red Ginger and Il Mulino, but it brought new opportunities as well. 

“Elite Parking welcomed new customers in the SOFI and we see more potential on the horizon,” said Managing Member Ruben Sanchez-Perez. “Porfirios was replaced by Planta which is having success! Tiramisu was replaced by Stubborn Seed. Café de Arts was replaced by Call me Gaby and doing amazing. The bakery on 1st street has been replaced by Seasins. There are also restaurants gearing up to replace Red Ginger and Il Mulino. We wish them well!”

New Elite Parking accounts in SOFI include:

Elite assumes parking needs of new SOFI restaurant, Call Me Gaby

Elite Parking is happy to announce that they will be overseeing the parking for one of SOFI’s newest restaurants, Call Me Gaby. Elite has quickly grown its SOFI customer base and excited to now be attending to Call Me Gaby’s valet service needs.

“We look forward to operating their valet parking service and providing each customer with ‘white glove service’,” said Managing Member Ruben Sanchez-Perez.

Call Me Gaby has quickly become the neighborhood hotspot for romantic al fresco dining, birthday and company parties, garden apertivos, family dinners, and everything in between. Their menu consists of a variety of antipasti, pizza, salads and an assortment of meats. 

As the name infers, Gaby is not just about one woman but it tries to celebrate the femininity of all women. Owner Cathy (nicknamed Coco growing up), is originally from the South of France and always had a vision of a relaxing place for the neighborhood, where locals and visitors could enjoy good food at reasonable prices, with a sophisticated wine selection – and stylish surroundings. 

The restaurant may be owned and operated by women, but there is an all-star team of masculine Italian chefs in the kitchen handcrafting pizzas; each one titled after a woman’s name. 

SeasinS Portuguese Restaurant contracts Elite Parking to manage valet needs

Elite Parking is proud to announce that another SOFI restaurant group has entrusted them with the managing of their valet service needs. SeasinS Miami Beach is quickly becoming a SoBe hot spot among both locals and visitors. The restaurant serves a variety of seafood delicacies. 

“Elite Parking always strives to cater to the parking needs of each and every one of our clients. Whether it’s a restaurant located in the busy SOFI district, or an exclusive condominium, we have trained our staff to provide only the best service to their clientele,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

SeasinS brings a Portuguese cuisine that is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and its abundance of fresh seafood caught straight from the sea. Their menu offers decadent dishes that are more than enough to tempt even the most seafood culinary aficionado. 

Miami breaks tourism records in 2018

Despite of hurricane Irma in late September 2017, Miami came out on top with a record-breaking 16 million visitors between late 2017 and mid-2018.

That same increase drove up the amount of overnight visitors, which made destination sites, hotels and shopping centers hit a record-breaking $26.5 billion in expenditures, which was an increase  of more than two percent compared to the same time frame between 2016 and early 2017.

According to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Miami’s travel and tourism industry, hotel performance revenue per available room, grew by more than 10 percent over the same time period. Leisure business is at the top of that growth and that increase will expand with the completion of the Miami Beach Convention Center, which remained closed to conventions during the construction process.

After undergoing a $620-million renovation process, the center will once again host citywide conventions.

“With the addition of MBCC as a destination for business travelers and those visiting the show, Miami is poised to benefit from further economic growth generated by the meetings industry. Even professionals within the parking industry are seeing the impact of this type of growth and the need for dependable parking logistic solutions,” said Elite Parking Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

According to the conventions bureau, the convention center serves as an anchor for the Miami’s meetings and conventions industry.

The expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 square-foot-grand-ballroom, 500,000 feet of exhibit space, 84 breakout rooms, and a new six-acre public park to serve as incremental event space.

“This type of tourism expansion will fuel more growth in hospitality jobs for the community, including the parking industry,” added Sanchez.

February Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Jesivan Seijas Morao for receiving February’s employee of the month. He started his career with Elite just two years ago and is currently a valet parking attendant at Marea Condominium, a luxury property located in South Beach’s south of fifth area. He brings many years of customer service experience to the position.

As a valet parking professional, he handles all areas including: managing traffic and parking control within the property; assisting guests in their parking needs; making sure to provide each guest with excellent service; maintaining vehicle counts and log sheets for the parking facility. Morao is a team leader when it comes to providing guests with “white glove service” and upholding the properties exceptional standards.

Morao is a native of Venezuelan, but moved to Miami just over three years ago. He wants to continue to pursue his education towards earning a degree.

Elite assumes parking management contract for COMO Metropolitan

Elite is excited to announce the recent additional of their newest property COMO Metropolitan. The boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city’s Art Deco district on 2445 Collins Avenue, close to Miami’s South Beach. It is within walking distance of Lincoln Road Shopping and entertainment district, the Bass Museum of Art, and the New World Center. Wynwood arts and dining district is just a 10 minute car ride away.

“We are dedicated to not only providing “white glove service” to hotel guests, but those visiting the hotel’s restaurant. Elite incorporates its experience with event parking logistics to make sure guest’s visits are seamless from the parking process to exiting the property,” said Elite’s Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

The hotel recently announced its newest dining destination, which is in collaboration with the award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz. Traymore by Michael Schwartz combines Schwartz’ passion for fresh, clean Floridian flavors and bright, Southeast Asian influences. Famous guests frequent the new restaurant hot spot.

Elite Parking was famous chef Michael Schwartz original valet parking company when he opened the flagship restaurant Michael’s Genuine in the heart of the Miami Design District before the district’s beginning in 2007. Now Elite is once again representing him as the valet parking service COMO Hotel’s Traymore starting March 13, 2019.

Employee of the Year 2018

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Alex Rosa for receiving 2018 employee of the year. He has played an integral role in upholding Elite’s exceptional standards. As the manager for the valet parking at Marea Condominium in Miami Beach’s South of fifth district. He oversees the valet needs of residents at Marea and maintains a great rapport with the properties management team and is dedicated to providing excellent service and going above and beyond for each guest. Those qualities led Elite to choose Rosa as the perfect nomination for this year’s highlighted employee.

As a manager of Marea’s valet parking, he handles all areas including: overseeing the daily valet functions at the property; managing traffic and parking control; functions as a liaison between Elite and property management; assisting guests in their parking needs; hiring and training valet team members; and handling tickets and maintaining vehicle log sheet for the parking facility. Rosa works daily to provide guests with “white glove service” and uphold the property’s exceptional standards.

Elite Parking enters new Miami market

Elite Parking closes valet management deal with Hotel Yve Miami located on Biscayne Boulevard in the heart of downtown Miami. The hotel sits directly across the street from sprawling Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace and is within walking distance to attractions including; American Airlines Arena, Peréz Art Museum Miami and countless restaurants and nightlife.

Yve also features a restaurant and bar at its lobby level called Biscayne Tavern. The trendy modern sports bar has a warm appearance with tufted leather chairs, hardwood accents and picture windows overlooking Biscayne Boulevard. The tavern draws additional guests who come to dine or socialize with friends.

Downtown Miami is also centrally located and within a 15-minutes from other hotspots such as Brickell, South Beach, Wynwood and the Design District.

“Elite is excited to expand into the revitalized downtown Miami area. We look forward to servicing the Yve hotel guests and adhering to the highest standards of service,” said Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.