Texas Parking & Transportation Association 2019 Conference and Tradeshow


Dean Ahmad
Assistant Vice President
DFW International Airport

Dean Ahmad serves as an Assistant Vice President at DFW International Airport. In his role, Mr. Ahmad oversees parking operations, ground transportation, landside construction projects and strategic planning efforts. With revenues exceeding $155 million annually, the Transportation Business Unit is the largest source of nonaviation revenue within the world’s third-busiest airport. Since implementing new innovative parking programs and streamlining operations, DFW airport has achieved an impressive 120% revenue growth in the past ten (10) years. In March 2008, Dean implemented the world’s largest airport valet operation at DFW Airport which generates over $25 million annually. Mr. Ahmad currently serves as the Immediate Past President for the Texas Parking and Transportation Association (TPTA). Mr. Ahmad earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Baylor University and is currently pursuing his MBA from Columbia Southern University.

Tony Albanese
Chief Strategy Officer
Tony Albanese, Chief Strategy Officer, ParkHub
The parking industry is in an unprecedented era of change. Tony’s role as the head of strategy at ParkHub is to look out into the future and ensure the company is providing the tools and guidance to lead the industry through this transformation. A “big picture” guy, Tony actively build alliances within the industry to improve the business for everyone - addressing the changing demands of the parking public while driving bottom line results for parking owners and operators.
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Dianne Burgess
Director of Business Development, Southeast
Diane Burgess is a long-time business development professional serving the parking and mobility industry. She has helped numerous cities, including Galveston and Port Isabel, Texas introduce mobile parking payment.
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Cindy Campbell
Senior Training & Development Specialist
International Parking & Mobility Institute
With over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, parking, and transportation services, she brings comprehensive industry knowledge and professional experience to the IPI training program. Cindy is a past chairman of the Board for the International Parking Institute and is credited as one of the founders of the “Parking Matters” initiative. Parking Matters was created to advance the parking profession through education and increased awareness about the value of parking professionals. Prior to joining the staff at IPI, Cindy served as Associate Director of University Police for California Polytechnic State University. She is now dedicated to providing staff training, motivation, and skill enhancement through IPI onsite training programs
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Zach Cook
National Sales Manager - Reservations
Zachary Cook has 14 years of professional experience in the parking and mobility industry in both the public and private sector. In his previous 9+ years of employment with one of the largest universities in the country he occupied many roles, receiving a wide breadth of experience in parking operations, including parking inventories in excess of 19,000 spaces and a student population in excess of 70,000. After leaving the university environment for the private sector, his 4+ years’ experience have included tech-focused consultative sales, oversight of parking operations, PARCS implementations, contract negotiation, and ensuring clients’ needs are comprehensively understood and met.
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Julie Dixon
Dixon Resources Unlimited
Julie Dixon has over 27 years of parking and transportation management experience, Julie has been directly supporting municipalities throughout the United States. She has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience with the solicitation, development, deployment, operation, and maintenance of solutions ranging from municipal parking programs to automated enforcement systems. She has been responsible for establishing policies, defining objectives and delivering on initiatives for municipalities of all sizes, working at all levels within the administration, enforcement and adjudication processes. In October 2012, Ms. Dixon founded DIXON Resources Unlimited with a goal of directly supporting municipal parking programs.
Michael Donato
City of Houston Police Department
Sergeant Michael Donato II has been an Officer of the law for
over 20 years. He gained his Masters’ in Criminology at the
University of Houston- Clear Lake while serving the on the
Houston Police Department in 2004. Sgt. Donato served on the R.A.I.T. (Robbery Aided Investigative Team) special task force; he also served on the DRT unit to help identify high crime areas, and most recently he conducts field training. He is engaged in numerous administrative and patrol field activities that included maintaining logs for the Command
Center and station commander. Responsibilities included staffing
several patrol shifts, monitoring activities on radio frequencies,
coordinating overtime programs and disseminating time-sensitive
information. As a Field Training Sergeant- he also oversees the training of newly promoted officers and sergeants. Sgt Donato also served as a department liaison to the City of Houston Mayor’s Office.
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Michael Drow
SVP, Corporate Development
T2 Systems
Mike Drow is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at T2 Systems, the largest parking technology provider in North America. Mike establishes and manages technology partnerships and acquisitions to align with long-term strategic goals of T2 Systems. He has led the development of mobility services, remote management operations, mobile payments and interactive marketing services and has worked with municipalities, universities, airports and urban garages. He is the Co-chair of IPI Technology Committee.
T2 Systems
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Michael Gray
City Marshall
City of Galveston
Currently the Chief Administrator of the City Marshall’s Office and responsible for various assignments as designated by the Deputy City Manager and City Manager. Responsibilities have included directing code, zoning, parking, and sanitation enforcement activities, project management, the auditing of departmental operations, ordinance creation and revision, contract negotiations, budget preparation, and new initiative development that regularly requires consultation and presentation to City Council. Previously a lieutenant with the Galveston Police Department and commander of the Internal Affairs Division, Records Division, Property Room, and Crime Scene Unit. Over 17 years of law enforcement and security experience, with extensive work in dignitary protection, major event security, tactical teams, investigations, policy creation, disaster response, media relations, and executive leadership. Dignitary Protection Coordinator for Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense, Senators, Governor Perry, and Congressional members. Designated liaison for all local, state, and federal law enforcement assistance during and after Hurricane Ike. Worked closely with the media as the Galveston Police Department and City of Galveston Public Information Officer. Community volunteerism has included coordinating Special Olympics Texas fundraisers and serving as the President of The Yaga’s Children’s Fund, a nonprofit children’s charity organization. Many functions of the current and previously held positions require networking across various public and private organizations in search of innovative solutions to complex situations using forward thinking, team-building, and new technology.
City of Galveston
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Jeremy Hernandez
Bicycle Specialist
The University of Texas at Austin
I am a member of the Alternative transportation team with Parking and transportation services at the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on cycling infrastructure, late night transportation programs and more recently electric scooter adoption. I oversee the daily operations for the bicycle program, including education, maintenance, enforcement, bicycle rack removals/installations, wayfinding/communication, and coordination of community events and auctions.
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Greg Hladik
The University of Texas at Arlington
Greg Hladik has been the University's parking and transportation services director since 2016. In this role, he works strategically with offices across campus and the city of Arlington to enhance parking and transportation for students, faculty, staff and visitors who navigate the 420-acre campus and depend on university transportation services daily. Hladik brings more than a decade of progressive experience at UTA where he previously served as assistant director for auxiliary services, with responsibility for the retail units in College Park and working with University Housing and Apartment & Residence Life. His entire career has been devoted to higher education, starting as a student resident assistant at Oklahoma State University before advancing to professional positions at Arkansas Tech University and UTA. He has a Ph.D in educational leadership and policy study from UT Arlington. He earned a master’s of science degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University. Hladik serves on the internal board of advisors for the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at UT Arlington, with past membership on the City of Arlington Transportation Advisory Council. In addition to his work, Hladik enjoys cycling, running, and baking fresh bread for his wife and three girls.
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Thomas Lambert
President & Chief Executive Officer
Thomas C. Lambert became President & Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in January 2015, overseeing the management and operations of transit services for the nation’s fourth largest city.

Mr. Lambert's tenure at METRO is also memorable for his longstanding role as Senior Vice President & Chief of Police of the Department of Public Safety (currently METRO Police) where he directed and managed police operations, traffic management activities, High Occupancy Vehicle lane operations and management, emergency preparedness and operations, intelligent transportation systems projects and system safety. Before joining METRO in 1979, Mr. Lambert served as a Senior Police Officer with the Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas.

He has served as a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Advisory Committee for the United States Department of Transportation, Past Chairman of the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America's Board of Directors and member of its Executive Committee, as Chairman and member of the American Public Transportation Association Public Safety Committee, Chairman of the Transportation Security Administration Peer Advisory Group, Chairman of the Leadership Team at Houston TranStar (the Houston region's transportation and emergency management center), member of the Advisory Board of the University of Houston-Downtown Criminal Justice Training Center Law Enforcement Academy, member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, member and Past President of the Houston Area Chiefs of Police Association, member of the Texas Police Chief’s Association, and is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently serves as a lecturer/instructor at the Law Enforcement Management Institute Command College at Sam Houston State University.

Mr. Lambert holds a Bachelor of Art degree in public administration from the University of Houston.
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Mary Mabry
Product Manager
Cardinal Tracking, Inc.
Mary Mabry is Product Manager for Parking Solutions for Cardinal Tracking, Inc. She has 31 years of experience in the parking and transportation industry. She worked at three Texas Universities, managing and directing the Parking Services which included planning, developing, and implementing industry solutions for the community. Mary achieved her CAPP certification in 2008, holds a BA degree, serves on three IPMI committees and has been on the TPTA Board of Directors for ten years.
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Lee Myers
Assistant Director
The University of Texas at San Antonio
As the Assistant Director of Operations, Lee’s primary responsibilities include the enforcement of Parking Rules & Regulations, the maintenance needs of self-ops and contracted services, sustainability and oversight of the operations student workers. In addition, Lee provides supervision of small projects within any of the seven service areas of Campus Services. UTSA has over 32,000 students and 4000 employees with 50 parking lots and 4 parking garages, supplying around 15000 parking spaces for its two campuses within San Antonio.
Meg Oswald
Administrative Judge
City of Houston
Judge Meg Ahern Oswald is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois, Oklahoma State University, and is a 1990 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Judge Oswald began her career as a Criminal Defense attorney in Duncan, Oklahoma where she also served as the President of the Stephens County Bar Association. She worked as a Prosecutor for the Texas Department of Public Safety before coming to the City of Houston Municipal Courts in 2005. Two years later, she was appointed as a full-time Judge by Mayor Bill White. She presided in Municipal Court No. 11 as a jury court Judge prior to being named Administrative Judge in January 2015. As the Court’s Administrative Judge, she has direct oversight of the Associate Judges, the Adjudication Hearing Officers, staff Court Reporters, and the appeal process for dangerous dog hearings.
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Matt Penney
Baylor University
Matt Penney is the Director of Parking and Transportation Services for Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has been in the parking and transportation industry for the past 16 years. Prior to Baylor, Matt served as a General Manager and Vice President of Longview Transit, in Longview Texas for the managing company McDonald Transit. He also worked for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) as a public transportation funding specialist and as the Director of Service Development for Waco Transit, the public transportation provider for the City of Waco. Matt has a bachelors and master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
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Dana Wade
Senior Sales Executive
Access and revenue control design has moved into the future, and the latest generation is more advanced and useful than ever before. PARCS has always been the face of parking technology because it’s the most visible and most often-used type of equipment when it comes to parking transactions. Today, however, it is more technologically advanced, user-friendly, and useful than ever before. Owners can add parking guidance, license plate recognition and automatic vehicle identification, and reservation or pre-booking technology to their PARCS tools to provide an extraordinarily simple and convenient parking experience. And the introduction of video technology to PARCS even permits owners to monetize their parking, raising additional revenue by selling advertising space on the equipment itself. In this presentation Dana Wade will provide an overview of recent advances to access and revenue control equipment and how these changes benefit patrons by making the parking experience more user friendly and benefit owners by making parking more manageable and profitable.
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Jordan Weiss
Vice President, Marketing
Jordan leads FlashParking’s marketing, including brand management, messaging strategy, lead generation, communications, and alliances. Prior to FlashParking, Jordan served as Global Marketing management positions for companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from North Central College, in Naperville, IL.
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Derrick Williams
Division Manager
The City of Houston
I have been in parking management and parking enforcement for over 20 years starting in 1996 when I joined the City of Los Angeles as a Traffic Officer, a position I held until I was promoted to Senior Traffic Supervisor in 2001. I worked for the City of Los Angeles for a total of 11 years and left to continue working in parking enforcement for the City of Houston in 2007 as a Division Manager over the Compliance team. Being with the City of Houston for the past 11 years, I have experienced working in an urban environment with numerous challenges and problems to resolve. I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) and I received my Certification of Administration in Public Parking (C.A.P.P.) from the University of Virginia through the International Parking and Mobility Institute (I.P.M.I.).
City of Houston
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Brett Wood
Kimley Horn
Brett is the director for Kimley-Horn's national parking planning practice, helping to define creative parking management solutions for downtowns and universities throughout the United States. Brett leads a team whose mission is to help their clients think beyond the parking space and search for solutions that integrate shared mobility, transportation demand management, and right-sized parking. The Kimley-Horn parking team is widely recognized for its mindset on parking management and reduction of parking demand as communities and campuses adapt to changing transportation conditions.
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Rachel Yoka
Vice President of Program Development
International Parking & Mobility Institute
Rachel serves as Vice President of Program Development for IPMI, leading the organization in the areas of technology, research, data analytics, and industry accreditation and certification. Rachel serves as the lead at IPMI for the Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program. Prior to joining IPMI staff, she was selected as the “Parking Professional of the Year”. She has spearheaded the sustainability movement in the parking industry – leading the development of the first industry-specific rating system for sustainability in parking structures. In 2016 she was appointed USGBC Faculty and provides educational expertise for the Parksmart program. A frequent speaker and author for a variety of publications, she is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, she has held positions in consulting, engineering, architecture, and construction firms.