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  • The Often Overlooked Asset in Commercial Real Estate

    Jun 12, 2018

    Far too often parking is an afterthought when commercial property owners are reviewing their assets. Parking services are often treated as commodities rather than what they really are, revenue-generating assets! All too often we are asked for the lowest price possible when submitting proposals for parking management services, in effect, commoditizing the parking aspect of the asset. Parking garages are assets that can generate significant revenues for owners. Parking facilities associated with office buildings can enhance the overall cash flow of that asset when operated in a manner that encou...

  • 4 Steps to Improve Hotel Valet Service

    May 01, 2018

    The definition of valet parking, per Merriam-Webster, is, “a service that provides parking of motor vehicles by an attendant”.  When I’m asked at networking functions what I do for work I often reply with, “I park cars for a living”.  While true (I mean; who am I to argue with Merriam-Webster or even myself?!), it’s so much more than that, particularly when referring to hotel valet parking. Valet attendants are more than people who “park cars for a living”.  When done properly, they create a warm welcoming environment upon arrival of the hotel, and a stress-free, efficient exit on the way out....

  • When the Rules Apply to Everyone, it Creates A Culture Where People Want to Stay On Your Team.

    Apr 17, 2018

    Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots has a rigorous selection process for the Patriots. He often passes on what is considered a star player in favor of what fits with the Patriots' culture. His approach to hiring revolves around maintaining a strong "team first" culture. The philosophy is that, "fit before talent" of every position. This process screens out misfits, and Belichick finds like-minded players who share core values and work well together as a team. He always passes on athletes who grandstand and don't put the team first. He values team chemistry over individual talent, 

  • Citizens Insider: Shameka Gross

    Apr 11, 2018

    This Citizens Insider is about a kind act from Shameka Gross. This past Easter, Shameka Gross, our Valet Cashier at The Ritz-Carlton was standing at the valet desk when a little girl named Jenna greeted Shameka. Jenna came out with her father for a morning outing. Right away Shameka started to connect with Jenna and they began to talk about Easter and how much they loved bunny rabbits. During the conversation Shameka noticed that Jenna was wearing hearing aids, Jenna shared with Shameka that she had them since she was 9 months old, that she used to be really embarrassed by them. However, Jenna...

  • Do You Know the Tax Changes in Commuting Costs?

    Apr 02, 2018

    Beginning in 2018, employers will no longer be able to deduct contributions for employee transportation expenses, parking expenses or biking expenses, except as necessary for ensuring the safety of an employee. However, the corporate tax rate decrease from 35 percent to 21 percent may offset the loss of many employer deductions. Employees can still pay their own mass transit or workplace parking costs using pretax income, through an employer-sponsored salary-deduction program. Transportation Expenses: Employer tax deduction eliminated. Employee pre-tax contribution limit increases from $255 pe...

  • Electric Car Charging at my Condo, Who Pays?

    Mar 13, 2018

    We can all agree that electric vehicles (EVs’) are not just a passing fad, but are here to stay. Innovative vehicles, like Tesla, have motivated buyers far beyond their environmental and economic benefits. In fact, sales are up an average of 35% year over year on electric vehicles, and up to 40% of manufacturer’s vehicle models are now electric. The question is, should we implement EV charging in our residential community? Owners purchase electric vehicles and then ask community associations how to charge them. If you manage a residential community or reside on the board of directors of one, y...

  • Why Patients Benefit from Paying for Hospital Parking

    Mar 01, 2018

    Why Patients Benefit from Paying for Hospital Parking Paid parking is becoming a reality at hospital campuses across the country. As the healthcare market battles shrinking margins due to Medicare/Medicaid shortcomings and the increasing number of uninsured Americans, hospital executives are forced to evaluate every aspect of their revenue producing assets. This article will tell you why paid parking can benefit the hospital and the patient. Current Trends: "70% of hospitals in the US with 200 beds or more do NOT charge for parking." The current operational trend in the hospital communi...

  • Citizens Insider: Sebastian Ramirez

    Sep 28, 2017

    The Park One team would like to showcase another up & coming member in their growing family. This Citizens Insider is all about Park One Manager, Sebastian Ramirez. Seventeen months ago, Sebastian was recruited and interviewed by Kevin Hardwick, Regional Manager for a position at Hyatt Coral Gables. Kevin believed Sebastian’s experience and credentials would essentially exceed the client’s expectations of operations, "I knew he understood the service culture. Culture comes from the top and Sebastian is a leader who inspires his team to provide the best in service.”   Sebastian has worked in th...

  • Citizen Insider: Diego Ceballos

    Aug 04, 2017

    Diego Ceballos has been a member of the Park One family for over 6 years. Starting his journey with Park One in 2010, he brings over 10 years of parking expertise with him. Diego was hired as a Valet Manager at Icon Brickell, Miami. Not too soon after that, 5 weeks into the job, Diego was transferred to manage Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa. Diego now manages the most distinguished properties in Park One’s list of esteemed clientele. At every property that Diego manages, he brings a since of ownership to the operation. Ownership and responsibility are where Diego tributes his success, “I manage e...

  • Todd Brosius Announced President of AmeriPark

    Jul 28, 2017

    Bijan Eghtedari announced a leadership change on Thursday, July 27th naming Todd Brosius as new president of AmeriPark. The entire Citizens Parking family would like to congratulate Todd and to thank Mark Hancher for his years of service with AmeriPark. Mark who agreed to serve as advisor for the next year, helped establish AmeriPark as the leading Retail Parking Management firm in the U.S. Todd Brosius knows the AmeriPark brand well as he has worked closely with the management team in the past year and half on developing their hospitality division. Todd, we look forward to your leadership at ...