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DECADE HAS PASSED SINCE IPMI created our Parking Matters
public relations program. Creating and developing the messages to share came easy to staff since there were so many great stories to tell. As many of you know, public relations is about communicating the right information to the right audiences in the right places. As an industry, using Parking Matters PR messaging let us slowly, over time, change the perception of the industry while recognizing all the great work parking professionals were doing for their local communities—along with showcasing industry trends and new technologies. IPMI’s awards programs have a twopronged benefit: they recognize exceptional individuals, projects, and programs while providing IPMI with the PR to broadcast all of it to our internal and external audiences. Each year, your industry peers participate in three committees that review the criteria for our Professional Recognition Awards, Awards of Excellence, and Marketing Awards. These volunteers review the awards criteria and then systematically comb thru all the submissions. As you might expect when you consider the size and scale of IPMI’s membership and what members submit for recognition, it is a lot of work. I am always impressed with the committee’s dedication to detail and how seriously they take their roles. This issue showcases the people and projects selected as this year’s awards recipients. They deserve a bit of extra credit since the past year was unlike any we’ve witnessed before. Our industry continues to recover from the pandemic that arrived in 2020, but as you’ll see later in this issue, there are incredible examples of directors, managers, and frontline staff rallying to help their organizations pivot to their new realities. The effect on universities,
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cities, airports, events, and commercial properties required some out-of-the-box problem solving, and many in our industry rose to the occasion. Those selected for our awards showcase these efforts, but there are numerous examples from those that took calculated risks to attempt new management techniques or altered how their departments operated. For facilities, it is wonderful to see where communities and organizations committed to pushing forward with building or renovating properties even though they faced new obstacles caused by a different economy. Congratulations to all the award recipients. For those thinking about submitting for next year’s awards, we will seek submissions this fall. Being recognized by your industry peers is one of the highest compliments and a great way to showcase your talents/projects. It allows IPMI to magnify and strengthen the positive perceptions of the parking and mobility industry—something we take very seriously. ◆ SHAWN CONRAD, CAE, is IPMI’s CEO. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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