Jerry Skillett & Adam Torres explore the parking industry.
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Jerry Skillett, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder at SPACES
The parking industry has been evolving ever since its inception in New York City in the days of horse and carriages. In this episode, Adam Torres and Jerry Skillett, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder at SPACES, explore how SPACES is innovating with new technology while focusing on the customer experience.
About Jerry Skillett
Jerry Skillett is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of SPACES, a revolutionary technology company that enables the monetization of vehicle navigation in the global parking industry. With more than 35 years of experience as an industry executive and innovator, he provides the company with strategic guidance and visionary leadership. Skillett is also Chairman of TEZ, which creates innovative, mobile technology solutions that fuel revenue-generating guest experiences.
Prior to SPACES, Skillett was co-founder and CEO of Citizens Parking, building it to be the second largest parking company in earnings in the United States. During his tenure, he led the strategy, acquisitions, senior leadership and business process changes of the major brands – Lanier, ICON, Park One, AmeriPark and QuikPark – encompassing 1,200 locations, 8,000 employees, and 320,000 parking spaces across the United States and Puerto Rico. Skillett also served as a key adviser to the underwriting team for the acquisition of InterPark in 2017, which was the world’s largest parking transaction.
Before the formation of Citizens and the acquisition of Lanier Parking in 2014, Skillett was a long-time member of the Central Parking Systems executive management team. He guided the company through explosive growth, adding hundreds of locations in dozens of cities across the United States and Mexico. Skillett also created ParkROI and RateConnect, industry specific processes that deliver double-digit, year-over-year profitability increases for parking organizations. In addition, he launched airport parking locations Park SFO, EasyPark, Park 105, CentralAirPark and ParkDIA.
Jerry Skillett Founder and CEO of M/One
His business expertise extends well beyond parking. He was the Founder and CEO of M/One, which launched multiple award-winning technology companies including SmartSound, Vicious Fishes Software, DVC Direct and 24-7 Digital, as well as product companies Stopain and Highlander Direct. He also was an advisor and investor in successful technology companies WiredCommute and Spectrum. Skillett is an accomplished mountaineer and avid triathlete, culminating in the 2011 Ironman World Championship. He is a board member of Avail NYC, Co-Chair of Hillsong Partners, and past board member of the Kansas University Alumni Association. Jerry and his wife Leonor live in New York City.
Contactless Parking and Payment Solutions SPACES is transforming how drivers consume parking and the way technology partners with the industry by connecting the physical and digital environment. Their revolutionary contactless access and payment solution allows users to enter, pay and exit any parking facility from inside their vehicle using their smartphone. This proprietary technology suite functions seamlessly with any current or legacy parking equipment, and their solutions can be curated to serve any parking environment.