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.
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
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 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 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 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 - 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 (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 - 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.