“Parker Technology provides a quality call service to several of our garages. Answering all the calls myself previously, I was worried about quality control and how the CSR’s would handle the incoming traffic. I continue to be pleasantly surprised by their professionalism to my parkers and attention to individual unique details at each of my locations. Using their back-end software is very user friendly and I can listen and track all the calls from each location, spending very little time a day.”
I can empathize with garage managers, having been one myself. I began in parking, 20 years ago, as an Operations Manager and steadily worked my way up the ranks to VP of Operations, overseeing more than 50 facilities and several hundred employees. I’ve experienced virtually every type of parking there is. Thus, I understand how a manager gets stretched and pulled in all directions. It’s a demanding job.
One of the most profound moments in my professional career hit me like a brick wall when I was shopping by myself in Target. No one to lead, I wasn’t standing in the middle of a crazy flurry directing traffic or calming tension, as was common in my job. Rather, I was simply shopping and being intentional about smiling, which is all it took! That one trip finally helped me see what people had been trying to tell me for over 20 years – that energy IS a boomerang and the consistent energy you feel in others is a reflection of the energy they see in you. Period, the end, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
I spend a lot of time thinking (and worrying) about ways to build and maintain a great culture at Parker Technology. As I sought my next “hook” to launch this LI article, I was fortunate enough to catch a vignette on NPR by Anya Kamenetz, Cory Turner and Chloee Weiner, entitled “Kindness Can Be Taught. Here’s How.” The story explored research about how to raise awesome children; however, as I listened and then later read the story online, I became positively “giddy!”
Penn State is a loyal Parker Technology customer. Watch the above video to learn more about why they chose to work with us and how outsourcing intercom “help” calls to the Parker 24/7 Call Center has impacted their business operations. The voice over was done by Roy DeMayo, Director of Transportation Services at Penn State, and Ryan Givens, Associate Director of Transportation Services at Penn State.
“Mays Cancer Center was the first location with Parker, and the experience has been great. Parker’s customer service reps are personable and always have a smile. MARC is the second location, which is a bit more chaotic, but I’m expecting the same service. The CSRs take extreme pressure – taking the brunt of tough calls that my people were taking before. However, Parker’s CSRs are very professional; there have been…
The other day I was on a train with my family, and as the next group of passengers embarked, I nudged my teenage son to move so that a kind woman, “much older” than him, could take a seat. The woman smiled and shared that she had just recently encouraged her daughter to do the same thing. With an exasperated expression, she shared that in that moment, her daughter failed to comply and said “Why? I’m never going to see them again.” Interesting. It took 24 hours before I could connect the dots. Then it hit me.
“Parker technology has been a great addition to our parking facility here in Denver, definitely a value-add. The Parker team worked quickly in getting the installation performed and ensured that all equipment was functioning properly. Thanks Todd!” Brandon Peters, General Manager at Catalyst Garage
Last week the Parker Technology platform went “live” at the 200 E Las Olas Garage in Fort Lauderdale. One Parking is the parking garage manager and operator, and Pinnacle Parking Systems was the PARCS dealer that installed our intercom hardware.
Each of us have different experiences that impact our perception of events as they unfold. I found that my past experience with a person, or group of people, was one of the biggest limiting factors to my ability to broaden my circle of influence, to be included on the growth of an initiative or to be sought out for an opinion. As much as I would have liked to say I…