Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 4:30 PM EDT

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Hilton Garden Inn 
1100 Carnegie Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Dawn Marti 
Ohio Parking Association 





Carl Walker, Inc.
Hamilton Manufacturing Corp
Linkology, Inc.
Parker Video Intercoms
Sentry Protection Products
Signature Control Systems
THP Limited Inc.
Toledo Ticket Co.


OPA Registration Rates

  • OPA Daily Rate: Members $90
  • OPA Daily Rate: Non-members $110
  • CS Training Only: $50 (incl Lunch)
  • OPA Member Fee:   $175
  • Non-Member Fee:   $200
  • Vendor Table Fee:    $250 (includes draped 6’ table, chair and registration for one person)
  • Golf : $60

Want to bring more than one person? Take advantage of the Multiple Attendee Discount: Register 2 attendees at full price and receive the 3rd registration at a 50% Discount.

Sponsorship Registration Rates

Overall Conference Sponsorship:$2000 


  • 10 minute power pitch
  • Vendor Exhibit Table
  • Registration for 3 people
  • Logo branding on all emails, signs, and promotional material, item (provided by sponsor) in the attendee bag

Food and Beverage Sponsorships--all levels include a vendor exhibit table, registration for 2 people, logo on signs, and promotional materials.

  • Wednesday Lunch Sponsorship: $1,250 (Joint Sponsorship)
  • Tuesday, Exhibitor Reception: $1,000 (Joint Sponsorship)
  • Conference Breakfast: $1,000 (Joint Sponsorship)



OPA Spring Conference * May 9-10, 2017 * Cleveland

Join your fellow OPA colleagues for two-days of networking, educational forums and discussions, a parking exhibition and a little social fun mixed in. The OPA Conference comes to Cleveland this May! We've invited parking professionals from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. This is your opportunity to meet people from all over the region.

Book your Hotel room now!

Book your room at the Hilton Garden Inn today! The deadline for discounted rooms has passed however please contact Dawn Marti if you have any problems obtaining a room.  

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, May 9

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM   Registration and Vendor Set-up

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM  Optional Golf Outing - Little Mountain Country Club- 38 mins East of Downtown. $60 for 18 holes + Cart and lunch. Top rated public course in Ohio per Golf Digest. www.littlemountaincc.com

9:00 AM – 10:30 PM Frontline Training: Customer Service - Frontline Training will focus on customer service including bringing the BEAST to customer service and we will talk about the lighter wide of parking which will include tools on how to leave work at work and not own the customers’ problems. Do not be afraid to laugh at yourself as you have fun learning ways to refocus and let go of work stress.

Flipping the Script on Customer Service … Try on the Other ShoeThis session is for all parking personnel who work with customers, especially office and enforcement personnel. This session will include fun times with role playing as we review and assess the actions and reactions between customers and parking personnel in the field and in the office. Understanding perceptions and reality when the shoe is on the other foot is essential to improving customer service at every level. We will also introduce the customer service BEAST – a tool for staying cool in stressful situations.  Takeaways will include:

  • Trying on the other shoe
  • Understanding the customer side of interactions
  • Applying the BEAST to your customer service
  • Tools to NOT take it personal
  • Keeping the humor in parking service

Speaker: Ms. Vanessa R. Cummings, CAPP, M.Div

 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

The Lighter Side of Parking - This session is for personnel at all levels of the operation. Most everyone has days when youmentally take your job home with you. That trip home typically comes with added stress whichaffects your health, work life balance, and family life. We will discuss “The Psychology ofParking” and how it should be used to reverse the message and perceptions of parking. We willalso discuss keys to identifying your triggers, how to de-escalate stressful situations, and how toredirect it, and not own the customer’s drama. Then, we will bring humor back to parking soyou remember to laugh often, leave work at work, and discover your keys to rest and relaxation. Takeaways will include:

  • Understanding “The Psychology of Parking”
  • Self-identifying the onset of stress
  • Tools to de-escalate the situation
  • Leaving work at work
  • Identifying your vent to let go and unwind
  • Laughter and leave feeling better than when you came!

Speaker: Ms. Vanessa R. Cummings, CAPP, M.Div

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (included in frontline training and full conference registration)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Mitigating Conflict Through Email – Customer Service oriented presentation that is applicable for Universities, Hospitals and Private Operators. Email response to customer problems and complaints is often overlooked in customer service, this presentation focuses on the nuts and bolts of effective mitigation.

Speaker: Mattew Penney, Director of Parking & Transportation, Baylor University

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Opening Exhibitor Reception (included with full conference reegistration)

7:00 PM - 10 PM  Dinner and LIve Music at the Music Box (included with full conference reegistration)

Wednesday, May 10

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM    Breakfast and Networking w/ Vendors

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM    Session I – Jennifer Flatter, The Success Group, Update on Ohio state issues

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Session II – BOMA State Update Janice Parham

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM   Power Pitches by our Event Sponsors

 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Session III – Successful HR Strategies Throughout the Employee Lifecycle

Managers often find themselves making judgement calls on the fly when it comes to leading their employees.  Is this legal?  Why do I get some many unqualified applicants from my job postings?  Is there a newer version of the I9 form I should be using? These are examples of common questions managers ask themselves, and it’s easy to understand why.  The HR environment is continually changing from a regulatory and bets practices standpoint.  In this session, we will discuss the latest regulatory changes and leading practices you can use to manager your workforce throughout the employee lifecycle.

 Speaker: Vicki Pero, The Marlyn Group

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and Networking w/ Vendors

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Session IV – Repairing Aging Structures Panel - This presentation brings together the Consultant, the Contractor and the Owner in this informative panel on repairing aging structures

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Session IV – PCI Compliance Panel - Dave Witts from Credit Call and other industry professional will give thier input on PCI compliance. 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM   Closing Reception with the Exhibitors, Giveaways