Smart parking lots are the tech hub for the future

Often parking lots are viewed as a vast open space solely made for the purpose of parking vehicles, which may sit for hours, days, even weeks at a time. The parameters formerly set out of what parking lots are useful for have begun to change. In fact, many see them as the technological hubs of the future. Parking lots are invaluable when it comes to use of land and sustainability. City planners and parking professionals are finding ways to make every inch of these open spaces as an opportunity for smart, green sustainable growth.

According to Elite’s Parking’s Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez, smart technology is found in every area of people’s lives and it’s now making its way into the parking industry.

“Now people in the industry are altering their vision for these open spaces. Garage technology needs to progress past the simple use of smart meters and plate readers, to various encompass sustainable initiatives such as charging stations, smart benches, rainwater collectors and smart trash receptacles,” said Sanchez.

As the parking industry moves into the next decade it will have to rethink the future of parking lot design. There will be a call for the implementation of more green initiatives from landscape buffers to green walls, smart receptacles, traffic lights even recycled water. Investing in smart and sustainable practices in parking lots will promote higher green standards within the community.

Elite Parking is excited to be the valet service provider for Iberostar Berkeley

Iberostar Berkeley sits right in the heart of world-famous South Beach and is the reincarnation of the historic Art Deco Berkeley Shore Hotel. This marks yet another step forward in Elite’s pursuit to extend its “white-glove service” mission to other luxury hotel brands in Miami.

“We are proud to have been chosen by Berkeley’s hotelier chain to represent their service expectations. Our goal will be to uphold the hotel’s standards prior to each guest’s check-in experience” said Elite Parking’s Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

According to Sanchez, guests who frequent hotels such as Iberostar are used to world-class amenities, impeccable service and spectacular views synonymous with South Beach hotels. That means that all valet team members need to be on-top of their game and go that extra mile for each guest.

Iberostar Berkeley is an Art Deco jewel located at 1610 Collins Avenue, just steps away from SoBe, Miami’s most prestigious attractions. The iconic building was designed in 1940 by Albert Anis, one of the most prolific architects of the Art Deco District. He is responsible for the architectural designs of more than 70 buildings, which played an integral role in shaping Miami Beach’s distinctive style.

A new app debuts that takes the guess work out of street parking rules

Parking in big cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco can be a nightmare. Parking spaces are extremely hard to find and the rules that govern the city’s available parking can be confusing and many times change depending on the hour of the day and whether or not it’s a weekday or weekend. In a recent study, they found that the average driver may spend as much as 83 hours a year driving up and down crowded streets trying to find a place to park, which adds to a large city’s already hectic traffic jams.

The good news is cities such as San Francisco are seeing a silver lining to this parking epidemic with a new Curb Explorer tool from Coord, a company backed by Sidewalk Labs. The parking app is becoming the perfect solution for drivers trying to navigate busy urban streets and parking lots. The new project is to being deemed “code the curb,” a description used by Coord’s CEO Stephen in a post on Medium.

According to Coord, the company’s team went out onto the commercial corridors of San Francisco, where they took photos of parking signs, bus stops, fire hydrants, and other features that determine how and when a curbside can be used. They then used an app that analyzed each photo to come up with parking information that could then be translated into rules individualized for each area. These rules were mapped out for easy viewing for drivers to access while on the road. The color-coded map includes red curbs, which indicate no-parking areas. Dark blue zones are for paid parking and light blue indicates free parking zones.

October’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Joseph Moubarak for receiving September’s employee of the month! He began his career with Elite Parking a little over a years ago and has quickly exceled in his position to become the valet parking manager at Aventura Marina II. 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, his first goal is to meet the expectations of the residents and the property management. Moulbarak oversees employee activities and tasks and makes sure that the team meets their financial objectives on a monthly basis. He also interviews, hires and trains new employees and compiles weekly reports for property management; solves daily operational issues; and supervises Elite’s on-site valet team.

Moubarak is originally from Venezuela and recently moved to reside in Miami. When not at work, he likes to stay active and enjoys working out and running. His strong work ethic and detail oriented management style has made him a true team player here at Elite.

Elite Parking expands South Beach parking management with addition of Chotto Matte

Elite Parking is excited about their newest upscale account; Chotto Matte on Miami Beach. The trendy and dining destination is already one of the most visited spots on Sobe. This is just part of Elite’s Miami Beach expansion.

“Elite Parking will now be broadening their parking management services with the addition of Lincoln Road parking facilities and valet services with the inclusion of parking spaces off 17th Street. This growth fits in perfectly with the needs of their newest account, Chotto Matte, due to begin in October,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

Chotto Matte offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience, with the perfect blend of a contemporary urban environment, spectacle and great cuisine. The Nikkei cuisine is at the heart of the Chotto Matte experience. Nikkei brings the best of Japanese and Peruvian together to create both bold and colorful, eye-catching dishes with mouth-watering taste sensations. Nikkei cuisine is all about quality, ingredients and flavors. All ingredients are all-natural, produced locally and free of GMO’s and artificial flavoring.

Elite Parking is a management company that takes pride in offering clients “white glove” service. Their long-list of ultra-luxury properties speak for their dedication to upholding each properties guest service expectations.

September’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Pavel Triana for receiving October’s employee of the month! He began his career with Elite Parking almost two years ago and has proved to be a valuable part of the management team. Presently, he is the valet parking manager at Miami Beach’s luxurious One Ocean, which sits just south of Fifth Street. He puts a hundred and ten percent into his work and assures that those working under him do as well in an effort to uphold the “white glove” service standard expected at the hotel.

As a valet manager at One Ocean, he works closely with the property management to make sure that each guests experience is nothing but the best. He is also in charge of controlling traffic within the property; compiling weekly volume reports for weekly briefings; taking care of operational issues; and the hiring, training and supervising of Elite’s valet team.

Triana is currently attending Miami Dade College where he studies Network and Certification. When not working or going to school, he enjoys [playing sports. His favorite past time is playing in a softball league every Wednesday evening. He brings a great attitude and an exemplary work ethic to his position.

Elite Parking continues to grow its Hotel Division

Elite Parking is excited to announce the addition of South Beach’s Surfcomber Hotel to their rapidly expanding Hotel Division. The hotel is just one of many owned and operated by a well-known leader in the hospitality industry; Kimpton Hotel Group.

The Kimpton Surfcomber is an historic art deco hotel located on bustling Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach. The Surfcomber has made a name for being one of the most social of all the beachfront, South Beach hotels. There are plenty of daytime activities for guests to enjoy as well as a daily wine hour and evening events.

“We uphold the expectations that the Surfcomber places on their guest’s relations and maintaining superior service. We share that goal and place a high regard for having a “white glove service” mentality when it comes to our staff training,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

August Employee of the Month

Elite wants to congratulate Luis Pichs Garces for receiving July’s employee of the month. He started his career with Elite just two years ago as the manager at Portofino Towers, but quickly moved up the assume the position of an Area Manager for a cluster of hotels including Washington Park Hotel, The Hall, Casa Boutique, Redbury Hotel, just to name a few. He also oversees operations at the 16th and Washington parking garage in Miami Beach. He brings eight years of parking industry experience.

As an Area Manager, he handles all areas including: overseeing the daily operations at each property; managing traffic and parking control within the property; assisting guests in their parking needs; making sure each driver provides excellent service; maintaining vehicle count and log sheet for the parking facility. Garces leads his team to provide guests with “white glove service” and uphold the properties exceptional standards.

Garces is a native of Cuba, but came to Miami over eight years ago. He wants to continue to pursue his education and career in the industry.

Elite Parking selected as preferred vendor by Baptist Health South Florida

Elite Parking is very happy to add Baptist Health South Florida and Baptist Health Foundation to its customer list. Elite was recently approved as a vendor with Baptist Health Systems and has been selected to provide Valet and Parking logistics services for Baptist Health Foundation’s Annual Giving Society Dinner held in October in Coral Gables and their 600 person gala held in Islamorada at Founders Park every January.

The annual gala held in Islamorada is one of the highlight events for Baptist Health. We are pleased to be entrusted with their valet and parking logistic needs,” said Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

Baptist Health is headquartered in Coral Gables and is South Florida’s largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. It has a network of services throughout Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, with Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital just name a few.

Elite Parking is experienced at event logistics and knows how important it is to the success of an important event such as a gala, grand opening, a wedding reception of other types of special venues. Valet parking is a not a minor detail when it comes to an event’s moving parts. It’s a guests’ first impression, and their last one as well.  Elite believes that good communication with clients prior to an event is crucial. Every part of the event’s logistics is carefully planned out by a skilled team of professionals.

IHG Hotel choses Elite Parking to meet their parking management needs

Intercontinental Hotel Group places their parking valet and logistics needs in the hands of Elite Parking. One of the main reasons IHG chose Elite in addition to their extensive hotel account references and owner participation and responsiveness, is that IHG has very unique parking setup with exterior vehicle lifts that go two cars deep and three cars high. IHG needed a company with expertise in running Klaus lifts and Elite was that company.

“Elite Parking is excited to be a preferred parking vendor for such an established hotel name.  We look forward to catering to each guest, whether it be a long-term business person or a family looking to enjoy all that the Miami has to offer,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

IHG Hotel’s newest property, Staybridge Suites located in Miami, is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which is an extensive hotel family encompassing such well-known hospitality brands as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotels, EVEN Hotels, Hotel Indigo and the InterContinental. This hotel group’s collection encompasses about 5,400 hotels across nearly 100 countries. IHG offers hotel experiences that range from the ultra-luxurious to more affordable rates for frequent business travelers or families.