President - 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 and also the State and Regional Association Committee for IPI. Brent serves as the President of the Downtown Chamber Council and also serves on the City Transportation Board. Brent is a member of the 2011-2012 Leadership of Chattanooga class. In his spare time he enjoys coaching fastpitch softball and basketball.
Vice 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.
Treasurer - Liz Zimmer (THP Limited)
Liz Zimmer, Marketing Manager and a Principal with THP Limited, has been involved in the parking industry for 20 years. She spent five years on the enforcement and operations side of parking and then moved into the design and engineering side when she was hired by THP, a structural engineering and parking consulting firm. She has worked for THP for 15 years and likes to recall her parking services
experience when talking with clients. She has been a member of IPI for eight years. Liz has actively served on other professional association boards in every board member capacity, and on numerous committees.
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 various operational and management roles. 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 and outdoor activities.
Director - Mike Harris, MBA, CPP, CAPP (Parking and Transportation Services, University of Mississippi)
Mike Harris has recently accepted the position of Director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Mississippi. Prior to this position, he held the position 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 a recent recipient of the designation of CAPP-Certified Administrator of Public Parking.
Director - Beverly Lowe (Huntsville, Alabama)
Beverly currently works as a Parking Services Manager for the City of Huntsville. 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). Before coming to work for the City of Huntsville she worked as a Paramedic for HEMSI, 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, she brought those skills over to manager traffic and safety for large events in the downtown area. She is now part of a team in the City of Huntsville that has to approve parades and events, including parking, traffic and safety.
Director - Dr. Jennifer Tougas (Western Kentucky University)
Dr. Jennifer Tougas, Director of Parking and Transportation Services at Western Kentucky University, has been active in the parking industry for nearly a decade, and is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP). She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1991 and 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Ph.D., respectively. Jennifer began her career as a Computer Services Specialist in Parking Services at the University of Georgia, where she eventually worked her way up to Assistant Manager. In 2004, she moved to Western Kentucky University, where she created the Parking and Transportation Services department. Jennifer is active in several professional organizations. In addition to serving on the MSTPA Board, she is the Chair of the T2 Systems Customer Advisory Board, and a member of the International Parking Institute. Jennifer is also active with Bicycle Bowling Green, a non-profit advocacy group working towards making Bowling Green, Kentucky, a "Bicycle Friendly Community".
Director - Mark Hairr (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.
Director - Steve Hernandez, CAPP (SP+)
Stephen has been in the parking industry for 14 years. Throughout his career, Stephen has worked extensively with dozens of communities east of the Mississippi to implement leading technologies and best practices. Currently, Stephen is a Director for SP+ Municipal Services. At SP+, Stephen works closely with their local management teams and municipal clients throughout the east coast to find the appropriate balance between the private and public sectors. Stephen is actively engaged within the International Parking Institute as he participates on the IPI Technology Committee and is a member of the Young Professionals in Parking. Stephen earned his CAPP in 2012.
Member-at-Large - 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.