• Driving Success: Sheraton Old San Juan

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018

    AmeriPark is proud to announce that we won the contract to provide parking services at the Sheraton Old San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This win is the result of a lengthy negotiation process and we look forward to demonstrating the difference that AmeriPark makes, starting on July 11th.   Located in the heart of historic and romantic Old San Juan, the Sheraton Old San Juan provides the closest access to the docking point of cruise ships. The parking operation is a strategic piece to our growth plan in the Puerto Rico market. We are thrilled to be adding this wonderful asset to our ex...

  • Cliff Dugan is Director of Operations

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018

    Congratulations to Cliff Dugan on his new position of Director of Operations!  Cliff has been with AmeriPark for over fifteen years. He has served the company in a multitude of positions, from Parking Facility Manager to Director of Quality & Field Technology. Cliff’s focus on operational excellence at all levels of the parking operation is a key component of AmeriPark’s continued success.  In his new role, Cliff will support AmeriPark’s Regional Vice Presidents and Regional Managers on a national scale. 

  • Driving Success: Paseo Portuario

    Posted on Jun 21, 2018

    AmeriPark is proud to announce that we won a long-term lease on the Paseo Portuario parking asset in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Among other factors, this win was a result of the strong relationship between Tishman, the Owner, and our sister company, Icon Parking Systems—both based in New York City. Accordingly, AmeriPark was able to leverage its local knowledge through the leadership of Regional Manager Jan Da Silva, proving to Tishman that we are the right partner for this high-value parking asset.  The Paseo Portuario parking garage is the first parking garage visitors come to when ent...

  • 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...