Three managers with decades of combined management and parking industry experience have been promoted to senior leadership positions at LAZ Parking, Alan Lazowski, Chairman and CEO, announced today. Senior General Managers, Lyla Ellens, and Mike Roten have been named to Regional Vice President positions for Michigan & Northern Ohio, and Central & Southern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, respectively. Maggie DiPaolo, a 14-year veteran of LAZ Parking who most recently served as Director of People + Culture, has been promoted to Vice President for People + Culture, overseeing human resources operations and initiatives nationally.
“We are truly fortunate at LAZ to have the diversity and depth of talent needed to fill these important roles from within our ranks,” said Lazowski. “Each of these individuals arrived at LAZ with a wealth of experience and, in the years since, have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators both within the company and the parking industry.”
Ellens came to LAZ in 2018 after eight years in the recreation industry, where she managed service-based operations. She was part of the team that launched LAZ operations at Eastern Michigan State University when the university entered a 35-year public-private concession agreement with LAZ. Ellens has expertise in technology implementation, process improvement, and talent development and has managed parking locations in commercial, hospitality, university, and residential settings.
Before his promotion, Mike Roten was a general manager overseeing the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio. He joined LAZ in 2019 after 27 years in the parking industry, working with owners and vendors installing state-of-the-art command centers in the Arena District and the City of Tampa. During that time, Roten managed large and small event venues, residential facilities, commercial buildings, and mixed-use and valet operations.
“Lyla and Mike have demonstrated a level of professionalism and dedication that has made them stand out since day one,” said Tony DiPaolo, Senior Vice President. “I am confident they will continue to contribute in new and bigger ways in these expanded roles as LAZ grows and evolves to meet the rapidly changing needs of the parking industry.”
In her new role, Maggie DiPaolo will lead human resources operations and initiatives nationally at LAZ Parking. Since joining the company in 2008, she has helped facilitate the integration of new and existing employees in several complex, high-profile mergers, acquisitions, and transitions. DiPaolo chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at LAZ, a body dedicated to advancing minority leaders within the organization. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Women in Parking, a partnership with the National Parking Association, promoting the development of women leaders, and on the board of directors of the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.
“Maggie epitomizes the ‘people over profits’ mindset that defines our corporate culture and philanthropic endeavors at LAZ,” said Eric Daigle, Head of People and Culture. “She has skillfully navigated human resources operations through times of challenge and expansion and growth. I can’t think of a more capable, better-prepared individual to take on this role.”