13 episodes

Welcome to "All Things Parking with Dani and John," the ultimate podcast dedicated to exploring the exciting world of parking innovations, cutting-edge parking technology, and invaluable insider tips from industry experts. Whether you're a driver, parking professional, or simply intrigued by the evolving parking landscape, this podcast is your go-to resource for staying informed, inspired, and connected to the latest trends and developments shaping the future of parking.
Our charismatic and entertaining hosts are determined to go after every tidbit of information you ever wanted to know about parking, such as smart parking systems, automated parking garages, real-time parking apps, secret parking hacks, intelligent parking management platforms, and more. Whether you're interested in the future of autonomous parking, sustainable parking solutions, or the economics of parking, "All Things Parking" has got you covered.
Dani and John can’t wait to share with you their vast parking industry knowledge!
Dani Crain is a small-town girl from New Mexico, a consultant, an entrepreneur, a parking operations expert, and a parking technologist. Committed to changing the world one parking space at a time, Dani is also a travel enthusiast, an avid reader, and a wine aficionado.
John D. Conway is a parking industry veteran with almost three decades of experience in transportation and parking operations. John is the Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President of Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), the industry's leading compliance and data analytic services provider.

All Things Parking with Dani and John John D. Conway, Dani Crain

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Welcome to "All Things Parking with Dani and John," the ultimate podcast dedicated to exploring the exciting world of parking innovations, cutting-edge parking technology, and invaluable insider tips from industry experts. Whether you're a driver, parking professional, or simply intrigued by the evolving parking landscape, this podcast is your go-to resource for staying informed, inspired, and connected to the latest trends and developments shaping the future of parking.
Our charismatic and entertaining hosts are determined to go after every tidbit of information you ever wanted to know about parking, such as smart parking systems, automated parking garages, real-time parking apps, secret parking hacks, intelligent parking management platforms, and more. Whether you're interested in the future of autonomous parking, sustainable parking solutions, or the economics of parking, "All Things Parking" has got you covered.
Dani and John can’t wait to share with you their vast parking industry knowledge!
Dani Crain is a small-town girl from New Mexico, a consultant, an entrepreneur, a parking operations expert, and a parking technologist. Committed to changing the world one parking space at a time, Dani is also a travel enthusiast, an avid reader, and a wine aficionado.
John D. Conway is a parking industry veteran with almost three decades of experience in transportation and parking operations. John is the Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President of Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), the industry's leading compliance and data analytic services provider.

    The Great Parking Integration Game: Ethan Glass & Ocra vs. the Industry

    The Great Parking Integration Game: Ethan Glass & Ocra vs. the Industry

    Ethan Glass is a self-proclaimed parking nerd who helped build a centralized management platform for parking operators. In the parking industry, it’s ambitious to even attempt to build one single place for parking operators to log in to do all of their tasks. But that’s what Ethan and his team at Ocra have done. 
    In this episode, your hosts Dani Crain and John D. Conway, and their guest Ethan, get into:

    * Starting a parking app business and transitioning to B2B software. 

    * Parking management and the challenges of managing multiple disparate technologies.

    * The need for a unified platform to manage inventory and maximize revenue, which led Dani and John to partner with Ethan and his team at Ocra.

    * How the Ocra platform allows for centralized management of inventory and data from different channels, providing a single dashboard for parking operators.

    * John’s frustration with the lack of data sharing in the parking industry. 

    * Visualizing parking data in Ocra. 

    * The challenges with integrating with other companies, including lack of open API infrastructure and unwillingness to admit limitations.

    * Staying in one's lane as an entrepreneur.

    * The value of mentorship and dividing tasks to achieve growth.

    * The flywheel effect of using information from outside the business to grow the business.

    * Acquisition opportunities and pass-ups, with a running joke about almost every week someone offers to acquire Ocra.

    * Setting realistic expectations for a parking startup's growth. 

    * Ethan shares that Ocra has been cautious in selecting investors who are aligned with the business's goals and values, and have turned down money from investors who are not the right fit.

    * The challenges of integrating parking reservation systems with existing hotel systems.

    Thanks to Ethan Glass for being on the show!

    * Connect with Ethan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethanglass/  

    * Learn about Ocra, the Centralized Management Platform for Parking Operators: https://getocra.com/ 

    Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this show: 

    * Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), bringing you a new standard in parking compliance: https://www.parkingprrs.com/ 

    * Asura Technologies, an automated license plate recognition (ALPR) and video analytics company: https://asuratechnologies.com/ 

    * Parking Whisperer: https://parkingwhisperer.com/ 

    Connect with the hosts:

    * http://www.parkingtalk.com  

    * Dani Crain: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-crain-3754a3178/ 

    * John D. Conway: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-d-conway-b55a7025/ 

    * info@parkingtalk.com

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    AI Alert: Are Robots Coming After Parking Operators’ Jobs?

    AI Alert: Are Robots Coming After Parking Operators’ Jobs?

    Which cutting-edge innovations in the parking industry are worthy of our time and money? And which so-called innovations are just hoopla that we should ignore? 
    In this episode, your hosts Dani Crain and John D. Conway do a deep dive into which innovations are effective in operations. Some of what they get into include:
    * Innovation alone can replace the value of an operator’s knowledge and experience about the parking industry. 
    * The shift from cash-based parking to digital payments with innovations like pay stations. Yet some operations managers still only accept cash. 

    * Some operators want to be more innovative, but they don’t yet have knowledge about all of the various options.

    * The difficulty operators face with not always understanding various parking technologies.

    * Focusing on what a business is good at, rather than trying to be a jack-of-all-trades in the complex parking industry.

    * AI in the parking industry.

    * The lack of signage and directions at some parking garages. 

    * Using technology to identify issues with parking payments.

    * Using camera technology and behavioral data to improve pricing and enforcement, allowing for more seamless and efficient parking experiences. 

    * The future of interactions between businesses and parking operations in mountain towns. 

    Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this show: 

    * Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), bringing you a new standard in parking compliance: https://www.parkingprrs.com/ 

    * Asura Technologies, an automated license plate recognition (ALPR) and video analytics company: https://asuratechnologies.com/ 

    * Parking Whisperer: https://parkingwhisperer.com/ 

    Connect with the hosts:

    * http://www.parkingtalk.com  

    * Dani Crain: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-crain-3754a3178/ 

    * John D. Conway: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-d-conway-b55a7025/ 

    * info@parkingtalk.com

    Subscribe, like, and follow: 

    * Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/44KScHB 

    * Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3rKBJVn 

    * YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@ParkingTalkwithDaniJohn-hb9ku 

    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/parkingtalk-com/ 

    * Twitter: https://twitter.com/parkingtlk 

    This episode was produced by Story On Media & Marketing: https://www.successwithstories.com. 

    • 48 min
    Accelerate: Parking Innovation Takes Center Stage at PIE 2024, w/ Kevin Uhlenhaker

    Accelerate: Parking Innovation Takes Center Stage at PIE 2024, w/ Kevin Uhlenhaker

    How can parking operators optimize their technology and operations? 
    In this episode, Kevin Uhlenhaker of SLS Insights and your hosts Dani Crain and John D. Conway get into:
    * Accelerate, a parking pitch competition that will be held at Parking Industry Expo (PIE) 2024.
    * Kevin co-founding a parking management platform back in 2013 that was later sold to T2 Systems. 
    * The evolution of parking enforcement software.
    * The importance of a "parking dictionary" for standardizing terminology across different software platforms.
    * How customers were initially skeptical of camera enforcement but have since become more comfortable with it. 
    * The future of the parking industry, with a focus on AI and entrepreneurship.
    * Kevin believes that innovation is necessary to push the industry forward and improve customer service.
    * Kevin explains that the Accelerate program will be at this year’s PIE show (the Parking Industry Expo), where judges and mentors will help companies refine their pitches. The program is designed to help companies reach the next level of success in the industry, regardless of their size or funding.
    * The exposure and potential investment opportunities for the top six companies in the parking industry Accelerator program.
    * Potential partnerships with companies in the mobility industry, including those that are big in Europe but not in the US.
    * Operators moving towards in-house technology to add value and differentiate themselves from competitors.
    * How operators must adapt to market changes and new technologies to remain relevant.
    * Autonomous vehicles and intermodal transportation.
    Thanks to our guest, Kevin Uhlenhaker of SLS Insights: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-uhlenhaker/ 

    Apply to the Accelerate program: https://www.accelerateparking.com/ 
    The Parking Industry Expo (PIE) 2024: https://www.pieshow.parkingtoday.com/ 
    Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this show: 

    * Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), bringing you a new standard in parking compliance: https://www.parkingprrs.com/ 

    * Asura Technologies, an automated license plate recognition (ALPR) and video analytics company: https://asuratechnologies.com/ 

    * Parking Whisperer: https://parkingwhisperer.com/ 

    * Conway Parking

    Connect with the hosts:

    * http://www.parkingtalk.com  
    * Dani Crain: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-crain-3754a3178/ 
    * John D. Conway: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-d-conway-b55a7025/ 
    * info@parkingtalk.com

    Subscribe, like, and follow: 

    * Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/44KScHB 
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    • 52 min
    Building a Dynamic Team: Embracing Diversity, w/ Joe Leung

    Building a Dynamic Team: Embracing Diversity, w/ Joe Leung

    Joe Leung returns to the show to again interview our hosts Dani Crain and John D. Conway.
    In this episode, Dani, John, and Joe get into:

    * The importance of diversity in a team, recognizing that different skills and perspectives are necessary for success.
    * Data collection and data sharing in the parking industry: what's working, what's not?
    * Some parking operators don’t want to share data, and that can hinder progress and innovation in the industry.
    * John talks about misses the thrill of winning deals and watching his company's logo go up on a sign.
    * Chris Connolly, a mentor to both Joe and John, is cited as an example of someone who has a well-rounded skill set and can play their part on the team effectively.
    * Using Concur for expense reports.
    * The importance of creating a safe space for women.
    * Ways to promote diversity in the parking industry, including highlighting successful women in the field.
    * Dani shares strategies for women to assert themselves in male-dominated industries.

    Connect with Joe Leung on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-leung/

    Thanks to our sponsors for supporting this show:

    * Asura Technologies, a new generation ALPR and video analytics company: https://asuratechnologies.com/
    * Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), bringing you a new standard in parking compliance: https://www.parkingprrs.com/
    * Parking Whisperer. https://parkingwhisperer.com/

    Connect with the hosts:

    * http://www.parkingtalk.com
    * Dani Crain - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-crain-3754a3178/
    * John D. Conway - https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-d-conway-b55a7025/
    * info@parkingtalk.com

    Subscribe, like, and follow:

    * Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/44KScHB
    * Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3rKBJVn
    * YouTube - https://bit.ly/Parking-Talk-YouTube
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/parkingtalk-com/
    * Twitter: https://twitter.com/parkingtlk

    This episode was produced by Story On Media & Marketing: https://www.successwithstories.com.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Check Out PRRS Today
    Visit www.parkingprrs.com

    • 40 min
    Joe Leung Interviews Dani & John About Parking, Walking On Stilts & Juggling Basketballs

    Joe Leung Interviews Dani & John About Parking, Walking On Stilts & Juggling Basketballs

    Today’s a special show because our guest, Joe Leung, interviews our hosts Dani Crain and John D. Conway. 
    Today’s guest interviewer is Joe Leung, Vice President of Parking and Mobility Services for OVG360, which is part of Oak View Group. Leung has two decades of experience with some of the most well-known parking companies, and experience which spans ballparks, arenas, theaters, and live events facilities. In this role with OVG360, he uses industry best practices to evaluate each venue’s unique parking process to help identify opportunities for operational efficiencies and revenue generation.
    In this episode, Dani, John, and Joe get into:
    * Growing up in small towns.
    * John discusses pursuing a career in parking partly because of financial stability for his family.
    * John and Dani discuss their passion for parking and their close relationship with their family and colleagues.
    * Dani reflects upon getting into the parking industry "accidentally."
    * Attracting new people to the parking industry, including bringing in people without experience. 
    * The evolution of the parking industry, including the role of technology. 
    * Living by the quote "Get it f*****g done" and emphasizing the importance of doing the work with no excuses.
    * Dani’s hidden talent: she can walk on stilts. 
    * John’s hidden talent: he can juggle basketballs.
    This show is sponsored by Parking Revenue Recovery Services (PRRS), bringing you a new standard in parking compliance: https://www.parkingprrs.com/ 
    Connect with Joe Leung on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-leung/ 
    Connect with the hosts:
    * http://www.parkingtalk.com  
    * Dani Crain - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-crain-3754a3178/ 
    * John D. Conway - https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-d-conway-b55a7025/ 
    * info@parkingtalk.com

    Subscribe, like, and follow: 
    * Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/44KScHB 
    * Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3rKBJVn 
    * YouTube - https://bit.ly/Parking-Talk-YouTube 
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/parkingtalk-com/ 
    * Twitter: https://twitter.com/parkingtlk 

    This episode was produced by Story On Media & Marketing: https://www.successwithstories.com. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Check Out PRRS Today
    Visit www.parkingprrs.com

    • 56 min
    Does Brand Loyalty Exist in Parking?

    Does Brand Loyalty Exist in Parking?

    When we fly, many of us prefer to fly with a particular airline. We say things like, “I only fly United,” or, “I only fly American.” With parking, is there that kind of loyalty? Do people who park their cars say things like, “I only park at LAZ Parking”? Or, “I only park at AmeriPark”? In this episode, we do a deep dive into brand loyalty with parking management companies. 
    In this episode, your hosts Dani Crain and John D. Conway, and their surprise guest Bill Anderson who pops in part way through the episode, get into:
    * John’s ideas that the parking industry is a B2B business, with little brand loyalty among operators.
    * How people prioritize convenience, price, and safety when choosing a parking location.
    * The differences between brand loyalty at the national level and brand loyalty at a local level.
    * How price and convenience impact parking decisions at airports.
    * Bill’s comments on how convenience, price, and safety influence his parking decisions.
    This show is sponsored by:
    * Parking Whisperer, the best and most innovative parking solution for you: https://parkingwhisperer.com/
    Connect with the hosts:
    * http://www.parkingtalk.com  
    * Dani Crain - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dani-crain-3754a3178/ 
    * John D. Conway - https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-d-conway-b55a7025/ 
    * info@parkingtalk.com
    Subscribe, like, and follow: 
    * Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/44KScHB 
    * Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3rKBJVn 
    * YouTube - https://bit.ly/Parking-Talk-YouTube 
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/parkingtalk-com/ 
    * Twitter: https://twitter.com/parkingtlk 

    This episode was produced by Story On Media & Marketing: https://www.successwithstories.com. 
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Check Out PRRS Today
    Visit www.parkingprrs.com

    • 43 min

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Harder than it looks! ,

Great perspectives

As professionals with industry experience, Dani and John can speak to how parking really works! Good to hear their real stories!

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Best parking podcast out there

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