Jared Svendsen began working for LAZ Parking's West Coast Division in 1997 as a front-line valet while attending San Diego State University. After graduation, he went on to work for a national real estate trust, where he gained experience in all facets of Property Management. During his 20 year career with LAZ he has worked at all levels of management and has been involved with the planning, implementation, and management of the region’s largest operations.
Georgi Taja joined LAZ Parking in 2007 as Senior Vice President after an extensive career with an international parking company where he served in various management, operational, and leadership roles. Since 1988, Georgi has gained experience in airport parking operations, mixed-use facility management, hotel valet, stadium and event management, on-street meter collections, and enforcement and shuttle operations.
Glenn Terk joined LAZ Parking as Corporation Counsel in 2012 after enjoying many years working with LAZ in his private practice. Prior to joining LAZ Parking, Glenn was involved in the general practice of law in Hartford and Wethersfield, Connecticut with an emphasis on business and commercial transactions and litigation.
Cornelius “Corny” Thompson joined LAZ Parking in 1999 as the Director of Operations for the Connecticut region. During his tenure, he led LAZ Parking’s Maintenance Systems Division and managed all contracted services, including parking facility repairs and maintenance, while overseeing all capital improvements. He also was responsible for managing the southern region of Connecticut, including Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Tony Valente joined LAZ Parking in 2019 as Vice President, Claims & Risk Management, bringing over 25 years of in-depth Insurance and Risk Management experience to LAZ. Tony is currently responsible for insurance risk, safety and oversight of claims, with a focus on establishing safe and compliant practices to minimize physical and financial risk.
Leo Villafana joined LAZ Parking in February 2010. As Regional Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Washington, DC, the surrounding Virginia and Maryland collar cities, and the remainder of Virginia, he leads a team of over 500 employees at over 100 locations. Leo is responsible for the executive management of business development, yield management, client services, strategic business analysis, identifying and utilizing emerging technology, personnel management and the execution of corporate and client action plans.
Christopher has been a leader in the parking industry since 1996 and started his career with LAZ Parking as a Regional Vice President who successfully expanded our Mid-Atlantic presence. He has worked in markets located in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
He is currently based in Miami and responsible for premier Florida properties in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Daytona, St. Augustine and Naples.
His vast experience in business development activities and operational management encompasses Class A office buildings, hospitals, hotels, stadiums and airports. He also has conducted due diligence activities for numerous acquisitions and privatization deals.
Christopher graduated from LaGrange College with a degree in business administration.
Tom joined LAZ Parking in 2018 as Vice President of Client Reporting Services. He oversees a team of 40 highly qualified accounting, treasury and support professionals that service a growing base of over 1,300 management locations across the country. He has successfully developed and implemented accounting policies and procedures with technology advancements to ensure that management financial reports, required under management agreements, are provided to clients accurately and on time each month.