WASHINGTON, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Parking Association (NPA) announces Leonard Carder, CPP, Chief Commercial Officer of Impark, as the chair of NPA's 2017 Convention & Expo taking place October 2-5 in Palm Springs, Ca.
"I'm honored to chair the 2017 NPA Convention & Expo. The members of the Convention Planning Committee and I are committed to developing an extraordinary event for everyone within the industry. This year's convention will provide a powerful forum for parking professionals to join together and discuss current trends, best practices and ensure that we, as industry leaders, are equipped to stay ahead of the curve," said Carder. "NPA's convention is simply the best opportunity to learn about creative approaches and innovative trends geared towards resolving challenges facing today's parking industry professionals."
Carder is the Chief Commercial Officer at Impark, one of the largest parking management companies in North America. Before joining Impark in March 2016, Carder was the Executive Vice President at ABM Parking Services. He was with ABM for more than 20 years.
"Leonard is committed to advancing the parking industry and is an inspiring leader bringing extensive experience and insight to the table. His plans to make the NPA Convention & Expo the most relevant ever by developing a mix of education and networking experiences will provide game-changing knowledge and substantial value for NPA attendees," said Christine Banning, MA, CAE, NPA president. "We are excited to have him participate in such a prestigious role."
NPA's 2017 Convention and Expo focuses on identifying parking talent, new technology and market dynamics affecting the parking industry. This year, the Convention will address strategy and big picture thinking, talent acquisition and retention, trends, planning and design, mobility, shared parking and ROI best practices for commercial and public parking leaders.
Several new features and events have been added including a new parking operators and managers executive program, innovative speed mentoring and a lively, interactive discussion on what keeps you up at night. Additionally, the conference features opportunities to earn certificates for completing the Valet Ambassador Program and the Public Ambassador Program. Lastly, attendees will find many new ideas and solutions on the expo floor and as they make lasting connections in the networking events.
For more information on the NPA 2017 Convention & Expo, visit www.NPAConvention.org, or email Info@WeAreParking.org. Don't miss an opportunity to save on registration costs. Register by June 5 and save 40% compared to onsite registration prices.
Founded in 1951, the National Parking Association is the voice of the $28 billion parking industry that employs more than 143,000 individuals. NPA is the leading trade association for the parking industry in North America representing the interests of public and private parking sector leaders and professionals. NPA provides research, advocacy, professional development and credentialing to its members. To learn more, visit NPA at WeAreParking.org.
Impark (Imperial Parking Corporation) is one of the largest parking management companies in North America. Operating since 1962, Impark manages approximately 3,400 parking facilities with 9,200 employees in more than 240 cities across the United States and Canada.
Stephanie Robert, MBA
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SOURCE National Parking Association