BOARD MEMBERS

 

President - Tad Irvin (Premier Parking)


Tad  Irvin, works for Premier Parking of Tennessee He has 20 years of  commercial parking experience, handling large city parking operations in  such places as Nashville, Memphis, Charlotte, Dallas, New Orleans,  Chattanooga and Birmingham. Tad is active in the Building Owners and  Managers Association Chapters in both Nashville and Memphis, and has  been involved with the Mid-South Transportation and Parking Association  and its predecessor for five years. He also serves on the board of  Miriam’s Promise, a non-profit adoption and parent counseling agency in  Nashville. Tad graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in  Transportation from the University of Tennessee. Tad and his wife Polly  have two children, Angela and Coty.

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Vice President - Mike Harris, MBA, CPP, CAPP (Parking and Transportation Services, University of Mississippi)


Mike  Harris currently holds the position of Director of Parking and  Transportation Services at the University of Mississippi. Prior to this  position, he held the position of Director of Parking and Transit  Services at Mississippi State University where he had worked for over 14  years. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Kentucky  and Mississippi State University as well as an MBA from Mississippi  State. He also holds CM - Certified Manager status through James Madison  University and is designated as a CPP - Certified Parking Professional  with the National Parking Association. He is also a recipient of the  designation of CAPP-Certified Administrator of Public Parking.​


Treasurer - Steve Hernandez, CAPP (Parkopedia)

Stephen  has been in the parking industry for 16 years.  Throughout his career,  Stephen has worked extensively with dozens of communities across the  country to implement leading technologies and best practices.   Currently, Stephen is the Vice President of Parking, North America for  Parkopedia.  At Parkopedia, Stephen works closely with municipalities,  parking operators and complimentary technology partners to help  facilitate a seamless parking experience within the connected  automobile.  Stephen has served on the MSTPA Board since March 2016.   Stephen is an active International Parking Institute member having  previously served on the IPI Technology Committee and is currently the  Co-chair of the Conference Program Task Force and member of the  IPI-DataEx Working Group .  Stephen earned his CAPP in 2012.


Secretary - Mike Tudor (Parking Authority of River City, Louisville, Kentucky)


Mike Tudor is the Assistant Director of the Parking Authority of River City (PARC), Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky where he has worked since 1997 within key off-street and on-street operational, management and leadership roles.  He has served as secretary of the Midsouth Transportation and Parking Association (MSTPA) from 2015 to present. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cincinnati Christian University (CCU).  He spent the early part of his career in all aspects of parking with the private sector to include management of private lots, garages and valet services.  Mike and his wife Kathy have two children, Emily and Logan.   In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with youth, running, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. 


Director - Brent Matthews, CAPP (Chattanooga Area Regional Transit)


Brent  Matthews is the Director of Parking and Special Projects for the  Chattanooga Area Regional Area Transportation Authority, (CARTA). He  assumed his position at CARTA in January 2011. Brent also oversees the  Chattanooga Parking Authority. Brent has ten years parking experience  with a large parking operator. Brent is a member of the International  Parking Institute (IPI) and is a 2013 CAPP graduate. Brent serves on the  Education and Development Committee for IPI. Brent has served as the  President of the Downtown Chamber Council and also served on the City  Transportation Board. Brent currently serves on the Riverfront Business  Group.  Brent is a member of the 2011-2012 Leadership of Chattanooga  class. Brent has served on the MSTPA board for 7 years and has  completed two terms as President.  In his spare time he enjoys coaching  fastpitch softball and basketball.


Director - Beverly Lowe (Huntsville, Alabama)


Beverly  currently works as Parking Services Manager for the City of Huntsville,  AL. Since, November 2002 Beverly has worked her way through various  parking support jobs within the City of Huntsville, to include Parking  Cashier (2002), Parking Event Coordinator (2003) and Parking Operations  Coordinator (2009) and then Parking Services Manager when Bobby Allen  retired. Before coming to work for the City of Huntsville she worked as a  Paramedic for Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Inc., where  she learned strategy and logistics to manage large crowds and events.  She worked as HEMSI’s Special Event Coordinator for 9 years. While this  was not parking cars, she was able to learn skills to manager traffic  and safety for large events in the downtown area that would serve her  well when she moved from organizing medical teams to managing event  parking. Beverly is now part of a team she was instrumental in  developing within the City of Huntsville responsible for planning,  organizing and executing the operation of parades and large events,  including parking, traffic and safety. 


Director - Mitch Skyer (Passio Technologies, Inc. and Solstice Transportation Group)


Mitch  Skyer has been in the transit and parking industry since 2002. He has  served as President of Atlanta based sister companies, Solstice  Transportation Group and Passio Technologies since 2007 and 2010  respectively.  Solstice and Passio work with universities, corporations,  and municipalities to provide technology and consulting to  transportation and parking operations. Mitch actively participates in  regional and national trade associations, often presenting on industry  trends and serving on consultant panels. Mitch graduated from Binghamton  University and earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo. The Skyer  family has lived in suburban Atlanta for more than 20 years.


I’ve  been a member of IPI since 2004, and have served on the board of the  Parking Association of Georgia as both a trustee and treasurer. I  currently serve on IPI’s Parking Research Committee.  I’m a long time  member of MSTPA and have attended, exhibited, and/or presented at nearly  all of the annual conferences since joining. I enjoy participating in  the organization. It is well run, great for networking and education,  and I firmly believe that the regional approach is the best structure.  I’d like to help the organization continue to grow and expand their  reach to additional member entities. If elected, I will bring my  consulting experience and knowledge of technology integration in parking  and transit operations to the leadership team.  My experience working  with public and private universities, municipalities, and private  corporate campuses gives me a broad perspective on the many similarities  and important differences between our member institutions.  Thanks in  advance for your consideration.


Director - Mark Hairr, CAPP (University of Tennessee)


Mark  E. Hairr has served as Director of Parking and Transit Services for the  University of Tennessee at Knoxville since 2011. Mark has 25 years of  transportation experience covering a broad range of areas including  policy, planning, operations and research. Past experience includes  serving as Research Program Director for the Center for Energy,  Transportation and the Environment at UT Chattanooga, General Manager of  Knoxville Area Transit, Policy Analyst with the City of Knoxville and  Assistant City Planner with the City of Gatlinburg. Mark has a Bachelor  of Arts Degree from UNC Charlotte and a Master of Science Degree in  Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee. He also serves on the  Knoxville Transportation Authority and is a member of the International  Parking Institute. Mark earned his CAPP in 2017.


Director - Tracy Owens (Parking and Transportation Services Vanderbilt University)


Tracy  Owens is the Director of Parking and Transportation Services at  Vanderbilt University. He has been with the University since 2003  supporting the parking operations. During that time he has implemented  License Plate Recognition, Car Share and emergency ride system using  Uber and Lyft. His current projects include Bike Share, an integrated  shuttle system that will tie into the Metro Nashville bus system,  creating smart bus shelters and currently in the initial phases of  providing app to show parking space availability on a smartphone, with  the goal of the entire parking inventory. When not working he enjoys his  family and traveling.


Director - Don Andrae (Auburn University)


Don  Andrae has served as Manager of Parking Services at Auburn University  since 2011.  During that time he has implemented License Plate  Recognition, Ride Share, Car Share and most recently Bike Share programs  that helped the University become a silver level Bicycle Friendly  University.  In 2015, Auburn University implemented a permit less  registration system continuing the effort to become a more sustainable  campus.  In 2016, Auburn University initiated phase 1 of a project to  show parking space availability on a smartphone, with the goal of the  entire parking inventory available by 2020.  Don has also redesigned the  marketing and communication effort of the Auburn Parking Services  Office, so that Faculty, Staff and Students are more aware of parking  information.  Before coming to Auburn, Don spent 40+ years in the  Information Technology area.  As Director of Administrative Computing at  a University he assisted in the development of a parking management  system and was Vice-President of Technology at two different companies  before making the change to the parking industry.  Don enjoys working in  the yard, cruising and spending time with his family.