Jed Hatfield, CPP, president of Colonial Parking, Inc., of Wilmington, Del., was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of the National Parking Association (NPA) on Oct. 12, 2010. Hatfield will serve as Chairman of the Board of this national trade group representing the parking industry, which was established in 1951. Hatfield is a Certified Parking Professional, having earned NPA’s prestigious certification in 2008.
He is an advocate for the parking industry, focusing on customer service, professionalism and a proactive approach to the key issues before the industry, from tax policy to green building and materials to advances in technology that make parking operations more efficient and effective. Hatfield is an advocate for the hundreds of private owners and operators, valet companies, colleges and universities, municipalities, medical centers, airports, equipment manufacturers and distributors and consultants who hold NPA membership.
He is dedicated to NPA, providing professional development, networking and advocacy to members. As Board Chairman, Hatfield will establish the vision, advocacy agenda and strategic focus on the industry wide effort to elevate business, community, industry and government outreach around the economic and policy issues facing the parking industry today.
Hatfield is the president of Colonial Parking, Inc. in Wilmington, Del. He leads a family-owned business with more than 40 parking facilities, 285 employees and management operations in the Wilmington, Del., and Delaware County and Philadelphia, Pa., areas. Hatfield has held national Board of Directors roles since 1998. Most recently, he served on the Executive Committee as chair-elect and vice chair. He is a 20-year member of the association, as is his brother Greg Hatfield. His father, Richard G. “Dick” Hatfield, founded Colonial Parking in 1956 and has been a member of the NPA for more than 50 years, serving as president in 1975-76.
Hatfield has significant experience with the design and construction review as well as initial implementation of parking control systems, and he has been actively involved in the design, construction and management of several major garages.
Recognizing the critical link between parking and real estate, he is also a second vice president of the Committee of 100, an economic development organization in Wilmington, Del.; immediate past chairman of the Transportation Management Association of Delaware; co-chair of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation Transportation Working Group; a committee member of the Main Street Wilmington Design Committee; a member of the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council in Wilmington, Del.; and a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Hatfield is the founding co-chair of the Crozer-Chester Foundation Professional Group; serves on the Board of Directors of Artisans Bank and Downtown Visions of Wilmington, and is a member of the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club.
Hatfield graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware.