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  • Driving Success: Town of Beaufort

    Posted on Jul 03, 2018

    Lanier Parking was recently awarded the contract for on-street parking management for the Town of Beaufort, NC. The Town’s goal for managed parking is to better balance the parking and access needs of the community with the competing interests of visitors, businesses, and residents in the Downtown area. The Lanier team worked with the Town Manager, key stakeholders, and merchants to propose enhancements to the Town’s parking program, and assist with the addition of four (4) new pay stations. The Lanier team looks forward to building a transparent and lasting partnership with the Town of Beaufo...

  • Summer Intern Program 2018

    Posted on Jun 21, 2018

    It’s time for Lanier’s summer internship program! Meet our interns for the summer of 2018. Pictured from left to right: Dillon Coats, Business Development; Jada Collins, Human Resources; Jordan Kalteux, Acquisitions & Transitions; and Cameron Smith, Information Technology. Dillon is interning in our Business Development Department, working alongside Lanier’s sales team to generate prospective business. Dillon is a Marketing and Management Information Systems major at Georgia College and State University. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in outside sales and/or consulting. Di...

  • LaRay Brown is Senior Vice President, Southwest & Midwest

    Posted on Jun 20, 2018

    Lanier is excited to congratulate LaRay Brown on his new position of Senior Vice President of the Southwest and Midwest regions.  LaRay joined Citizens in 2016, working primarily with our Interpark portfolio, which he will continue to oversee with his new role. With thirty years of parking and transportation consulting and operations experience, his professional history includes successfully planning, operating, marketing, and renovating parking resources of various capacities across the United States. Throughout his career, LaRay has been responsible for regions encompassing more than 3...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • Commuting Costs: 2018 Tax Changes

    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 Marketing Updates 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 c...

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