International Parking Institute Announces Winners of 2011 Parking Professional Recognition Awards

Consultant Barbara Chance and University of California/Irvine's Ronald Fleming Share Parking Professionals of the Year Honor;
University of Pittsburgh's Andrea Loughner is Parking Supervisor of the Year

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(FREDERICKSBURG, VA - May 23, 2011) A well-run parking organization not only has parking professionals who interact with the public but also professionals who work behind the scenes to ensure that parking organizations operate smoothly and efficiently. At its 2011 Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pa., the International Parking Institute (IPI) recognized three parking professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

Two parking professionals shared top honors for 2011 Parking Professional of the Year. Barbara J. Chance, Ph.D., founder of CHANCE Management Advisors, Inc., is known industry wide for her parking and transportation expertise and her many contributions to the parking industry. Earlier in her parking career, Chance shattered the glass ceiling as the first director of an on-street parking program in Philadelphia and as the first woman to hold such a position in a major city. At CHANCE Management Advisors, she has overseen all of the firm's projects since 1984, working both nationally and globally to provide parking and transportation consulting services to medical centers, universities, governments, hospitals, developers and other entities. Chance has published widely and is active in IPI as a sponsor and content contributor to the annual IPI Conference and Expo as well as to many state and regional parking association conferences. She has served as a keynote speaker at parking meetings in Australia and the Middle East, and currently is a member of the IPI Advisory Council and the Alliance to Advance the Parking Profession Parking Matters. Chance was the recipient of IPI's Chairman Award in 2010.

Ronald Fleming, Director, Parking and Transportation Services at the University of California at Irvine, also received the 2011 Parking Professional of the Year Award. Fleming was recognized for his service as a tireless advocate for innovative and cost-effective programs for the 37,000 faculty, staff and students who work at or attend UCI. Fleming began his parking career as a student parking attendant and rose through the ranks to his appointment as director in 2009. He has received numerous accolades and awards for his environmental initiatives, which include his Strategic Mobility Plan, which provides incentives for carpooling; Project Greenlight, which is designed to reduce emissions and vehicle miles traveled on campus; and ZotWheels, an exemplary automated bikeshare program that others are planning to replicate. Fleming's environmentally sustainable programs have reduced traffic on and off campus, maintained the right balance of parking spaces to parking needs, and eliminated the additional cost of new lots or structures.

The award for 2011 Supervisor of the Year went to Andrea Loughner, Parking Office Manager at the University of Pittsburgh. Loughner has worked with the University of Pittsburgh for the past 23 years, 15 of them as parking office manager. Her staff considers Loughner to be the backbone of the office, and she is credited with creating and maintaining a professional environment there. Without a dedicated IT staff for the parking department, Loughner's IT skills are self-taught, and she made the implementation of new parking software seamless. She also established a new system and database with payment information, which has improved customer relations.

"These award winners illustrate the impact that parking professionals have on their organizations and on the public that uses parking facilities. Their work has made a measurable difference in the communities they serve," said Shawn Conrad, CAE, Executive Director of the International Parking Institute.

About the organization:
International Parking Institute is the largest and leading trade association representing parking professionals and the parking industry worldwide. The organization publishes The Parking Professional monthly magazine, dubbed the "bible of the parking industry" and each year hosts the IPI Conference & Expo, the largest gathering of parking professionals and exhibitors in the world. www.parking.org

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