J. Michael Robison
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Michael Robison is founder, chairman, and CEO of Atlanta-based Lanier Parking Holdings, Georgia’s largest parking concern controlling $15 billion worth of commercial assets at more than 400 properties in 50 cities across the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Robison is regularly named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Influential People. He serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Zipcar Georgia, Central Atlanta Progress, the Midtown Alliance, the Buckhead Coalition, the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Carter Center, the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Tech College of Management, and the Peachtree Corridor Task Force. He chaired the boards of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau overseeing Atlanta’s $20 billion convention industry, the Metro Chamber Transit Subcommittee, the Chamber’s Commuter Rail Task Force, Atlanta Streetcar, Inc, and the Andrew Young International Boulevard Revitalization Project.
Robison is a former Georgia Trend magazine “Top 40 Under 40,” the recipient of the ACVB’s Member of the Year Award, the ACVB’s President’s Award, and a top-five finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Small Business Person of the Year. He served as co-honorary chairman of the Atlanta Policeman’s Ball with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson. He was named 2011 chairman of The Big Splash, the Georgia Aquarium’s largest annual fundraiser for the Marcus Institute for Autism and Corporate Chairman of the Shepherd Spinal Center’s Legendary Ball.
Robison graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in management and in 2006 was elected Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Young Alumni.
Timothy J. Walsh
Timothy Walsh serves as president of Lanier Parking Holdings. Well known for his real estate prowess and operational expertise, Walsh joined Lanier in 1997 as Chief Operating Officer.
During the tenures of Walsh and his top senior management team, Lanier has grown from 35 properties in seven cities to more than 400 properties in over 50 cities. Lanier’s gross revenues have jumped from $6 million to over $200 million per year. Walsh was responsible for making Lanier the parking management company of choice for many of the largest events in the world including the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, PGA Tournaments, Super Bowls, and national conventions.
Prior to joining Lanier, Walsh served as program manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG). He was responsible for acquiring more than 200 properties for the transportation department’s operations. He was responsible for day-to-day parking operations, which included parking more than 100,000 vehicles each day for 19 days of the games.
Prior to his experience with ACOG, Walsh served as president of WALCO Services, a real estate acquisition firm and regional manager for APCOA, Inc. In both positions, he was responsible for acquiring commercial parking properties throughout the country.
An active member of the Atlanta transportation and development community, Walsh served as the president of the Parking Association of Georgia and as a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (ACVB), and Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the boards of the ACVB and the Atlanta Opera.
A native of Atlanta, Walsh co-founded the Lanier Foundation, a fund through the Community Foundation, which directs money into local community development programs. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Pace Academy.
Richard C. Graham
Chief Operating Officer
Richard Graham has served as Lanier’s chief operating officer since December 2005. He joined Lanier in 1998 as the Atlanta general manager and then as the vice president of operations.
Prior to joining the Lanier team, Graham was the Park Operations Manager for Six Flags over Georgia, where he led a team of more than 800 hosts and hostesses who were responsible for the rides, admissions, and guest services departments.
Since joining Lanier, Graham has been responsible for managing Lanier’s continued exponential growth while maintaining high quality operations and first-class service standards that make the “Lanier Difference.”
David A. Klarman
Chief Financial Officer
David Klarman joined Lanier Parking Solutions in July 2003. His background is multifaceted. For seven years, he was the CFO for a large public relations firm with offices worldwide. Prior to that, Klarman spent 15 years in the real estate industry based out of Los Angeles, California. During that time, he served as CFO for an international commercial real estate holding company that constructed and managed industrial office parks as well as commercial office buildings in California, New York City, and Washington D.C.
As a member of Lanier’s corporate support team, Klarman focuses on both ensuring accuracy and timeliness in the day-to-day financial operations, while monitoring and mapping the company’s global financial objectives.
Klarman began his career with Laventhol and Horwath, where he earned his certification in public accounting. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Science degree in taxation.
M. Scott Diggs
Executive Vice President – Managing Partner
M. Scott Diggs joined Lanier in 1993 as Lanier’s first partner. He is the founder of Lanier Parking Solutions of the Carolinas and Virginia and played a key role in establishing Lanier’s core values and its original operating platform throughout the Southeast. Diggs has successfully introduced and established Lanier in 23 cities in 19 years.
Diggs has developed, consulted, and implemented parking solutions for nationwide real estate organizations such as CB Richard Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle, the Harbor Group, Transwestern, Parkway Properties and for major parking operations such as the City of Roanoke, VA, the City of Richmond, VA, the James Center in Richmond, VA, the Dominion Tower in Norfolk, VA, the BB&T Tower in Jacksonville, FL, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, NC, the BiLo Center in Greenville, SC, the SunTrust Tower & Miami Center in Miami, FL, and the Orlando Magic Amway Arena in Orlando, FL.
Diggs is an East Carolina University graduate with a BS/BA degree in finance and concentration in computer science. Diggs also serves on the Executive Council Board for the Boy Scouts of America and actively serves as a parking consultant for Class A parking facilities, municipal parking systems, and mixed-use developments throughout the Southeast.
Michael S. Brown
Executive Vice President
Michael Brown came to Lanier in 1998 from Six Flags Theme Parks. Brown understands that parking services are likely to be the first and last impression our clients’ customers have of their business. “We must manage all our ‘moments of truth’ so that we exceed all our clients expectations,” states Brown. Building value for our clients and serving their customers in a professional manner allows our clients to focus on their core business.
An active member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Chamber Honorary Commander Alumni Association, Cobb Convention and Visitors Bureau and founder of Cobb County Schools Pebblebrook Foundation, Brown also volunteers his time with the Wesley Foundation of Kennesaw State University, the Kennesaw State University Athletic Department, and West Ridge Church. Brown believes very strongly in giving back to the community that has helped to make Lanier a very successful organization.
Glenn M. Kurtz
LEED Green Associate
Executive Vice President
Alternative Transportation Division
Glenn Kurtz is responsible for developing and marketing new services for Lanier that integrate parking and Transportation Demand Management (TDM). He is building a new long-term business model for Lanier based on providing overall transportation services that go Beyond Parking™. This includes the Atlanta Streetcar and Zipcar (formerly Flexcar). Kurtz comes to Lanier from the Perimeter Transportation Coalition (PTC), where he served as the Transportation Management Association’s (TMA) first Executive Director.
During his three years as Executive Director of the PTC, Kurtz developed relationships with more than 100 companies and properties and managed transportation programs that included discount transit sales, parking management strategies, shuttles, carpooling and van pooling, and pedestrian amenities. Prior to his pioneering work with the PTC, Kurtz was Senior Planner for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Commute Connections program, where he marketed transportation demand management and parking management to public and private sector employers throughout the Atlanta Region.
Kurtz came to Atlanta in 1995 to manage bus and parking operations for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He has also helped coordinate transportation for the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Democratic Conventions, 1993 World University Games and 1994 NBA and NHL All-Star Games. Glenn recently chaired the Atlanta host committee of the 2001 TMA Summit, which brought together 250 transportation managers from across the United States and Europe.
Chief Marketing Officer
Bret Almassy joined Lanier Parking Solutions in April 2011. Bret’s responsibilities include leading the business development and growth efforts as Lanier continues to expand our footprint throughout the United States.
Almassy’s prior experience includes eight years in the security services industry as Vice President of Regional Sales for AlliedBarton Security Services. In addition to leading AlliedBarton’s sales efforts throughout the Southeast, Almassy was also the VP of Residential Services for AlliedBarton Security Services.
Prior to AlliedBarton, Almassy spent eight years supporting the Olympic Movement working as Vice President of Corporate Sponsor Sales for Aminco International, the licensed manufacturer of Olympic lapel pins for the Atlanta, Nagano and Sydney Games.
In 2000, Almassy relocated to Salt Lake City as an entrepreneur and consultant of licensed merchandise for corporate sponsors and suppliers while owning and operating the Dare to Dream Collectibles Gallery, a unique retail experience designed to educate visitors and residents about getting the most from their Olympic experience.
Almassy graduated from Lehigh University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations in addition to being a two-year starter for the football team, receiving second team “All Patriot League” in honors his senior year.
Human Resource & Administration
Kathryn Dunn joined Lanier Parking Solutions in November 2002. Her department oversees recruiting, hiring, training, benefits, payroll, employee relations, and workers’ compensation for Lanier Parking Solutions.
Dunn and her staff work closely with all Lanier managers to hire, train and manage qualified staff that can uphold the high standards of customer service that we expect from all Lanier employees.
Dunn has 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources field, including 13 years in the HR department at Six Flags over Georgia. As HR Director for Six Flags, she was responsible for recruiting, hiring and training more than 4,000 “Hosts and Hostesses” per year. This experience in high-volume, customer-service-oriented hiring and training make her an important part of Lanier’s support staff.