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  • The Often Overlooked Asset in Commercial Real Estate

    Posted on 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

    Posted on 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.

    Posted on 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 a...

  • Citizens Insider: Shameka Gross

    Posted on 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?

    Posted on 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?

    Posted in Love To Park on 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

    Posted on 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...

  • Citizen Insider: Dorrian Green

    Posted on Aug 10, 2017

    Dorrian Greene is a natural born leader and is exactly what AmeriPark looks for when hiring someone who can command a team. Dorrian is the Senior Operations Manager of Greenville Spartanburg Airport. Dorrian understands that his team is an essential part of the operations for an airport, the transition from a customer’s trip to the car door can be a crucial part of the experience. Dorrian started working at AmeriPark seven years ago, with a small break to serve in the North Carolina National Guard, which that Dorrian still serves today. When Dorrian started his career path at AmeriPark he inte...

  • Todd Brosius Announced President of AmeriPark

    Posted in Love To Park on 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 ...

  • Citizens Insider: Bobby Ralston

    Posted on Jul 27, 2017

    Tapping into a network to obtain the next career venture is often the case for most successful professionals, and Bobby Ralston is no exception. In 2010, Bobby Ralston found himself hanging out in Buckhead with his friends from University of West Georgia and cross country team. Bobby’s network operated at The Cheese Cake Factory in Buckhead, and this is where Bobby Ralston would start his career at AmeriPark. Over the next 7 years, Bobby would move up the ranks to Regional Manager in the Memphis and Tunica market. Bobby credits his success to AmeriPark’s support, “AmeriPark values its employee...