The second day of the 2014 IPI Conference & Expo saw thousands of parking professionals converge on the Gaylord Texan Resort for the opening of the biggest parking expo in the world, keynote addresses, an awards presentation, and a full schedule of education sessions and events.
The day kicked off with the presentation of this year’s Professional Recognition Program awards, which recognize the industry’s top individual professionals and programs. As always, it was a rousing and touching ceremony–this year’s included a farewell to IPI Board member Mike Swartz, who is retiring after 17 years on the board.
Next up were introductions of the Green Garage Certification Program, which has already become the “LEED of parking,” and proved quite popular in the industry, and a keynote address about changes being considered to the U.S. coin supply. Finally was an energetic and informational keynote from Marina Leight of Governing magazine about interconnectedness and the future of cities.
Following the morning presentation was the ribbon cutting and official opening of this year’s Expo, with 230 exhibitors and four football fields’ worth of show space. Aisles were crowded with suppliers and attendees, and the crowds repeated for a reception on the floor last night.
Education sessions, including the popular Ignite sessions, were also popular, with several having standing room only–it’s a great year to become a better educated parking professional. Look for a complete IPI Conference & Expo wrap-up in the August issue of The Parking Professional.
On today’s agenda are IPI’s Awards of Excellence and a keynote address, “Auto Erotica: Rear View and Road Ahead,” another chance to visit the Expo, and more education sessions and networking. See you at the conference!