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FRIENDLY PARKING SERVICE, INC.
Friendly Parking (Now Preferred Parking) introduced monthly draft payments to the parking industry at the 1967 National Parking Association Convention in Las Vegas Nevada.

 

Originally founded as Friendly Parking Service in 1961 by the Stacks family in Charlotte, NC with one 34 space surface parking lot, Preferred Parking Service has served the Carolinas region for over 50 years. 

 

 

“INNOVATION IMPEDES STAGNATION”

Purchasing the company in 1989, under Roger Stacks leadership, Preferred Parking has expanded to over 100 locations across the region. With more than 250 full and part experienced associates, Preferred Parking is poised to support the region through its continued development.

50 YEARS OF SERVICE AND EXPERIENCE

1961

Company founded as Friendly Parking Service in Charlotte, NC.

1965

Incorporated as Friendly Parking Service, Inc.

1967

Introduction of the industry first automatic draft method of payment for monthly parking at the National Parking Association Convention in Las Vegas Nevada.

1986

Friendly Parking Service, Inc. renamed as Preferred Parking Service, Inc.

1987

Development of Preferred Parking Service proprietary parking management software.

1989

Preferred Parking Service, Inc. purchased by Roger Stacks entering a new era in growth and expansion.

1992

Installation of the first after-hours coin unit in Charlotte, NC.

1996

Donation of first bicycles to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for first bicycle patrols.

1997

Implementation of the first direct deposits to landlord/owner accounts.

1998

Purchase of the historic “Frederick” building in Charlotte NC. Renovations begin.

2001

The historic “Frederick” building opens for residential use.

2001

First interactive parking management web site introduced, www.preferredparking.com. The first successful test of online enrollment with 1500 new parkers enrolled in 5 days during a garage opening, with no additional labor extended.

2003

Awarded an honorable mention by the International Parking Institute for the best use technology for www.preferredparking.com

2004

Awarded the prestigious Blue Diamond Award by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for Best Use of Information Technology for Customer Service for www.preferredparking.com

2005

First digital pay stations on surface lots in Charlotte.

2008

First SKIDATA equipment installation in the Charlotte region.

2008

First Fully Automated Charlotte Garage at 330 S. Tryon St. – No On-site Parking personnel.

2009

Second Fully Automated Charlotte Garage at 415 S. Mint St– No On-site Parking personnel.

2010

Addition of “Luke” Automated Units on Strategic Surface lots

2011

First company in North Carolina to offer cell phone activated daily parking services

2012

First company in North Carolina to partner with Park Whiz for online special event parking

2014

Commenced operation of 525 N. Tryon Tower and 121 W. Trade Street

2015

Commenced operations at Hearst Tower and Levine Properties Portfolio

2015

Opening Skyhouse Garage

 

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