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Growing Stronger Through the Pandemic


Shawn Conrad, CAE EDITOR

Kim Fernandez

By David G. Onorato, CAPP




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It has been a little more than a year since the pandemic flipped life upside down. Whether it’s been personally or professionally, nobody has been left unscathed. We all experienced the challenges of mass business closures, remote working, social distancing, online interactions, protective masks and isolation. S I WRITE THIS,

Remember, it is not these challenges we are facing that define us—it is our response. The challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been an opportunity to tap into our greatest potential. The strength, compassion, and agility I’ve witnessed in the past year are unmatched. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the parking and mobility industry in this difficult time. Colleague-to-colleague networking was a benchmark for our industry prior to the pandemic. As closures and isolation from the pandemic took hold, the prior emphasis on networking served as a springboard to launch new measures to maintain those relationships. IPMI took the lead by offering webinars and Shoptalks online. In addition, IPMI worked with individuals and organizations to maintain the membership affiliations through difficult financial times. While IPMI took steps to allow people to stay connected, the ultimate credit for it goes to the individual members. Your ability to adapt to these unfamiliar methods of communication and interaction created a seamless adjustment to this new way of life. On a personal note, I know the isolation many people are experiencing can be


discouraging. Stay strong. Stay positive. Stay healthy. We will get through this. I’ve been so impressed with the resilience I’ve seen, as people turn their homes into offices, gyms, and movie theaters—finding new and creative ways to stay busy and connected. This ordeal has shown me how critical human interaction is in our lives. I’m so inspired to see that even though our interactions may be limited, our spirit and determination to stay connected are allowing us to find new pathways to come together. It we be a great day when we can all meet again in person to rekindle our relationships. That day is coming, and soon. Until we meet again. Stay strong. Stay positive. Stay healthy. ◆ DAVID G. ONORATO, CAPP, is executive director of the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh and chair of IPMI’s Board of Directors. He can be reached at



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