Winter Leadership Forum

About WLF

National Parking Association's annual Winter Leadership Forum is an executive, thought-leadership conference with senior level discussions on competitive advantage, legal contracts, innovation, and growth strategies. First-time attendees welcome. Public and private organizations welcome.

In addition to presentations from today's industry leaders, attendees can participate in social events, peer networking and sports-oriented team-building at an executive conference where deals are made, products are purchased and parking pros plan for future successes.

February 3, join us for the opening reception to meet and mingle with the top public and private leaders in the parking industry. Spouses welcome.

Saturday, February 3

Registration Opens
Welcome Reception

Sunday, February 4

WLF Opening Address, The Future of Parking
Coffee Break
Damus CEO Forum: Premier Parking & Growth in Capitalization & Parking
Harwood Legal Forum: Data Ownership, Privacy & the Internet of Things
Sunday Lunch (on your own)
NPA Committee Meetings
Free Time
Super Bowl Sunday

Connect with peers in a relaxed setting. Enjoy Super Bowl LII and root for your favorite team at NPA’s super bowl party.

Monday, February 5

Leader to Leader
Coffee Break
A View from Wall St: The Financial Outlook for Parking and Urban Center Infrastructure

Tuesday, February 6

NPA Executive Committee and Board Meeting
All Attendee Brunch
Tennis Match and Rumi Kub Championship
Harwood Leadership Awards Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, February 7

Post WLF Social Event – details TBA

Saturday, February 3

Registration Opens
Welcome Reception

Sunday, February 4

WLF Opening Address, The Future of Parking

Looking ahead to the future of parking a thought provoking address on the future, change and the vitality of the parking industry.

Coffee Break
Damus CEO Forum: Premier Parking & Growth in Capitalization & Parking

Join David Damus of System Property Development Inc. for a stimulating conversation with Ryan Chapman President of Premier Parking. Ryan is an NPA 40 under 40 member and rising star in the parking industry and one of a new generation of parking leaders shaking up the industry with an innovative approach to business development, teamwork, and leadership.

He has been CEO of Premier Parking since 2008 and has been responsible for transforming the company from one parking lot in Nashville, to one of the most respected, fastest growing parking management companies in the country with over 380 parking assets in 31 markets.

Ryan will discuss his “Customer First” approach to parking management, his outlook on the parking industry and what keeps him motivated and enthused about parking and business.

Moderator:

David Damus

David Damus
CEO
System Property Development Inc.
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Speaker:

Chapman

Ryan Chapman
CEO
Premier Parking
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Harwood Legal Forum: Data Ownership, Privacy & the Internet of Things

As today's businesses increasingly use cloud storage systems to manage their data and as parking facilities use third parties to manage location, pricing, and payments processing, the issue of data ownership and privacy becomes ever more crucial. Join Mike Stevens, partner with Arent Fox LLP and NPAs legal counsel as he examines the legal landscape governing data management and protection. Mike will outline the key steps that parking operators should undertake to determine ownership of this data; and demonstrate how to establish the right policies to protect your business and its customers.

Speaker:

Mike Sgevens

Mike Stevens
Partner
Arent Fox LLP
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Sunday Lunch (on your own)
NPA Committee Meetings
Free Time

What better way to spend Sunday afternoon than to explore the Breakers Resort and Palm Beach.

Super Bowl Sunday

Connect with peers in a relaxed setting. Enjoy Super Bowl LII and root for your favorite team at NPA’s super bowl party.

Monday, February 5

Leader to Leader

The NPA Winter Leadership Forum continues with another thought-provoking presentation on leading issues impacting parking, parking operators and their business.

Coffee Break
A View from Wall St: The Financial Outlook for Parking and Urban Center Infrastructure

With the recent increase in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) what does the short and medium horizon look like for investments in city infrastructure and what new opportunities exist for parking investors?

In a thought-provoking presentation Robert Valentine, Associate Director at Macquarie Capital Advisors, provides a Wall St perspective on the investment outlook in urban center infrastructure and parking. He will examine what makes these assets valuable and will explore how the parking industry can leverage this knowledge.

Speaker:

Rob Valentine

Rob Valentine
Managing Director for Transport & Infrastructure Group, North American Sponsor Coverage
Macquarie Capital
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Executive Sustainability Series: Miami Beach: A Case-study in Innovation

Miami Beach is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar capital improvement project (CIP). This planned progress touches nearly every neighborhood. The CIP is also involved in building state-of-the-art facilities for public safety and manages the construction of parking garages, including some of the most notable structures designed by “starchitects.” Many of the projects within the CIP are on the leading edge as far as parking facility design is concerned.

Join moderator Jeff Pinyot as he talks with David Martinez from the Miami Beach Office of Capital Improvements and Saul Frances Director of Parking as they outline the city’s innovative and forward thinking approach to parking design, operation, management and environmental sustainability.


Moderator:

Jeff PinyotJeff Pinyot
Co-founder
ECO Lighting Solutions


Speakers:

David Martinez, P.E., LEED®AP
Director
Office of Capital Improvement Projects, Miami Beach
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Saul Frances
Director Parking
Miami Beach
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Monday Luncheon
Afternoon Leisure Activities

Enjoy Volleyball, and other afternoon activities or relax and enjoy the Breakers resort.

PII Charity Reception and Dinner - Gatsby Style

Enjoy Volleyball, and other afternoon activities or relax and enjoy the Breakers resort.

Enjoy a reception and great food and raise money for a good cause. Evoking the hot jazz era of the 1920's, our Gatsby style PII Charity Reception and Dinner includes flappers, spats, and will have you dancing the Charleston in double-time!

Reception 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6

NPA Executive Committee and Board Meeting
All Attendee Brunch
Tennis Match and Rumi Kub Championship
Harwood Leadership Awards Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, February 7

Post WLF Social Event – details TBA

Speakers



ChapmanRobert “Ryan” Chapman
Chief Executive Officer
Premier Parking


Ryan began his career with Premier Parking in November 2003 as a full-time line employee and, as a full time college student. He was immediately captivated with the parking industry and his financial and visionary contributions were passionately embraced by company founder, Tony Giarratana. Following a period of field operations and strategic promotions, Ryan became CEO of Premier Parking in 2008. Today, in addition to his role as CEO, Ryan is a major shareholder of Premier Parking. Ryan has been responsible for transforming the company from one parking lot in Nashville, to one of the most respected, fastest growing parking management companies in the country. The breadth of the organization and expansive scope of services enables Premier to provide solutions for surface parking lots, commercial garages, office buildings, special events, sports & entertainment venues, mixed-use buildings, residential buildings, retail buildings, hotels and healthcare facilities. Ryan has ignited the growth of the company to its current portfolio of over 380 parking assets in 31 markets. Simultaneously, he created a culture within the organization that has earned recognition as a “winner” and a “finalist” of “Best Places to Work” and “Small Business Awards” in Nashville.

Throughout his career, Ryan has attributed Premier’s growth to the exceptional service that “Team Premier” provides its clients. He maintains an open-door policy with both his clients and employees and feels this transparent and service centered philosophy is what has allowed Premier’s hands-on management style and parking expertise to consistently exceed his client’s expectations. Ryan has developed a team that shares and embraces his vision for being a “Customer First” parking and transportation management organization. Ryan is skilled in all aspects of parking and is respected in both the Nashville business community and nationally as a parking industry expert.

Ryan is a recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 30 under 30 awards and the inaugural National Parking Association’s 40 under 40 awards. Ryan is an active member of the Phoenix Club, Young Presidents’ Organization, Kiwanis Club, Urban Land Institute, Nashville City Club, West End Community Church, Hillwood Country Club, Nashville Downtown Partnership, International Parking Institute and the National Parking Association.

Ryan is a board member of the Edna Adan Hospital Foundation and a Tennessee advisory board member of ServisFirst Bank.

Ryan attended Tennessee State University where he earned a BA Degree in Real Estate and Urban Development. Ryan also earned a MBA through the executive MBA program at Lipscomb University. Ryan currently resides in the Cherokee Park neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife (Betsy) and daughter (Vivian) and son (Bo).

Damus

David Damus
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
System Property Development Company, Inc.

Mr. David Damus serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of System Property Development Company, Inc. (“System Property”) and its subsidiaries based in Pasadena, California. System Property owns a national commercial real estate portfolio in major markets from Los Angeles to New York. Mr. Damus’ unique blend of experience encompasses real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, labor law, all aspects of parking and construction projects. Mr. Damus has completed more than one billion dollars in real estate transactions and is a member of both the California and Pennsylvania State Bars.

Mr. Damus received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California and his law degree from Vanderbilt University.

Mr. Damus serves on several Board of Directors, including The National Parking Association, (Secretary), Vanderbilt University Law School, Board of Advisors, Campbell Hall School (Studio City, CA) and Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA).

Saul Frances
Parking Department Director
City of Miami Beach, Florida


Saul Frances is the Parking Department Director for the City of Miami Beach. He has over 30 years of municipal parking experience. Saul has held his current title for 17 years and was previously the Assistant Parking Department Director since 1993. Additionally, Saul held the positions of Director of Operations and Director of Planning and Development at the Miami Parking Authority before joining Miami Beach.

In his current position as Director, Saul manages a $60M annual budget for the City’s Parking Enterprise Fund which is composed of 10 municipal parking garages, 69 surface parking lots, 9,000 metered spaces, and 20+ residential parking zones. In addition to parking, Saul administers one of the most successful bike sharing services (Citibike, formerly known as DecoBike) in the country which provides over one million bike trips, annually. Citibike is the only fully funded private bike sharing service in the country that revenue shares with the parking system.

Saul holds a Bachelors of Business Administration, Florida International University and is a member of the International Parking Institute (IPI) where he was certified as a CAPP (Certified Administrator of Public Parking) in 1997.


David Martinez, P.E., M.B.A., LEED AP
Director of the Office of Capital Improvements
City of Miami Beach, Florida


David Martinez, P.E., M.B.A., LEED AP, is the Director of the Office of Capital Improvements for the City of Miami Beach, Florida. Miami Beach blends the pleasures of a tropical island with that of a sophisticated metropolis. Boasting seven miles of breathtaking beaches, it has an unrivaled reputation for its nightlife, Art Deco and MiMo architecture, culinary offerings, and world renowned arts and culture. On the front lines of climate change, this urban-island is often hailed to be writing the book on sea level rise adaptation and mitigation through its estimated $500 million storm-water infrastructure program.

As director, David is responsible for directing and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as, implementing the City’s aggressive capital improvement program. Mr. Martinez received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Florida International University. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in Florida.

David’s engineering and construction industry experience spans more than 30 years and includes project development and construction management of vertical structures, underground and utility infrastructure, complete site development, earthwork and roadways in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Martinez has directed and managed the construction of millions of dollars of municipal, commercial, industrial and public works projects.



Mike StevensMichael L. Stevens
Partner
Arent Fox, LLP

Mike Stevens is a partner at the law firm of Arent Fox. There he leads the national Labor & Employment practice and focuses on representing clients in diverse and complex labor and employment law matters. In addition, he advises and defends clients with respect to public accommodation discrimination and fair housing matters. The scope of his practice is nationwide.

Mike has substantial experience in a variety of industries, including real estate, parking, health care, professional services, education, government contracts, automobile and automotive parts, building services, construction, and hospitality. He represents clients in both the private and public sectors.

As an experienced litigator, advisor, and negotiator, Mike regularly assists clients in matters involving union organizing campaigns; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; labor negotiations and arbitrations; employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases before agencies and courts.

In addition, Mike advises clients on employment law issues arising out of the sale of businesses and similar corporate transactions, including reorganizations and restructurings. Mike regularly conducts training for managers and line employees on a variety of labor and employment law topics.

Mike is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law. He currently serves as outside legal counsel to the National Parking Association.

Every year since 2006, Chambers USA has recognized Mike as a leading employment lawyer in Washington, DC. Also, Mike has been noted multiple times in the Washington Business Journal's “Top Washington Lawyers” for his work in employment law. He has received a top “AV” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mike has been recognized by the Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers every year since 2012 in the area of labor & employment law.

In addition to publishing numerous articles, Mike frequently presents seminars on employment, labor, fair housing,

Mike is very active in the community. He has served on the boards and host committees of several nonprofit organizations. He is also an avid but very mediocre golfer, and is passionate about Bruce Springsteen and the Washington Redskins. Mike spends as much time as he can with his toes in the water in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


Robert ValentineRob Valentine
Managing Director for Transport & Infrastructure Group, North American Sponsor Coverage
Macquarie Capital

Rob Valentine is the Managing Director for Transport & Infrastructure Group, North American Sponsor Coverage at Macquarie Capital.

He is a career-long advisor on buying, selling and financing infrastructure assets globally. His particular focus is in project management of complex transactions and raising capital for projects (debt and equity) in a manner which best suits the key stakeholders.

Successful transactions and projects have included: Chicago Downtown Public Parking System (Millennium Garages); Sale of Icon Parking; Sale of PR-22 in Puerto Rico; Acquisition of Indiana Toll Road; Acquisition of Arco Norte Toll Road in Mexico; ConnectEast “EastLink” Concession and Refinancing; Goethals Bridge Replacement Project; Icon Parking.

After joining Macquarie in 2004, Robert advised a variety of clients on energy and transportation projects in Asia-Pacific until 2008. In August 2008, Robert relocated permanently to New York City to further Macquarie’s efforts in infrastructure advisory in the U.S. and Latin America. Robert has deep transactional and industry expertise in the toll road, parking, airport, port, water, energy and social infrastructure sectors over the past fifteen years.

Robert holds a Graduate Diploma of Corporations and Securities Law from The University of Melbourne. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, Melbourne.

He is also a fluent Spanish speaker.

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  • 538 guest rooms and suites
  • Four heated oceanfront pools
  • Half-mile of private beach
  • Magnificent new, Italian-inspired, indoor-outdoor spa
  • Ocean Fitness
  • 36 holes of championship golf
  • Ocean golf and tennis club
  • 11 shopping boutiques
  • Eight distinctive restaurants and bars...and much more!

Guest Rooms

Our guest rooms capture the casual sophistication of Palm Beach, with a color palette and décor inspired by our tropical oceanfront location. Relax in modern style and comfort while enjoying ocean breezes and breathtaking views.

Amenities

With an array of amenities to choose from, you will find activities and services for all ages. Rejuvenate at our new Italian-inspired spa or Mediterranean-style Beach Club featuring four pools, a private beach, luxury poolside bungalows, and a spectacular 6,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor Ocean Fitness center. Enjoy two championship golf courses, ten tennis courts, eleven on-site shopping boutiques, a family entertainment center, and more.

Dining

Savor dining in the best of taste from our array of eight world-class restaurants. Whatever time of day, innovative and classic cuisine with distinctive flavors from Asia to Italy offers something for everyone.

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