Russell C. Lindner, Executive Chairman, is the son of founder Tad Lindner and his lifelong career at Colonial includes work as a valet parker at the Four Seasons Hotel, manager of various real estate investments, and legal counselor. A native of Washington and a member of the DC Bar, Rusty combines his parking and land use experience to help advance our clients’ interests. For more than 30 years he has been associated with a variety of local and national enterprises, including current service as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, an officer of the Federal City Council, and a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation. His former leadership engagements include board service on The National Conference of Christians and Jews (DC), Jubilee Housing, The Salvation Army Advisory Board (DC), Landon School, The Washington International School, Christ Church Georgetown, The National Rehabilitation Hospital, The Friends of Volta Park, and the Washington, DC Youth Baseball Academy. Rusty obtained his B.A. from Johns Hopkins, his J.D. from George Washington Law and his M.S. from M.I.T.
Andrew C. Blair, President and Chief Executive Officer, has 29 years of experience in the industry, including risk management, marketing and operations. Andrew is responsible for all of Colonial’s operating functions, including Operations & Development and Maintenance, as well as the Office of the General Counsel. Andrew, who received his B.A. from The University of Virginia, takes an active leadership role in numerous municipal, community, and professional organizations, including serving as Chair of the Board of Children’s National Medical Center Foundation, as well as Vice Chair of the parent Board of Children’s National, past Chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and past Chairman of the National Parking Association and the Board of the Washington Parking Association.
Jim Proctor, CPP, Senior Vice President, Managed Facility Portfolio, has 24 years of experience in the parking industry, including extensive experience with budget and personnel management, proposal preparation, contract negotiation, and revenue and access control systems development. Jim has had exposure to virtually every facet of parking management, with direct oversight of leased, managed, and municipal parking operations serving high-volume commercial, residential, government, retail, mixed-use, hospitality, and event parking operations. An active member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Jim also has affiliations with BOMA, DCBIA, IREM, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.
Bereket Woldu, CPP, Senior Vice President, Leased Facility Portfolio, is a long time Colonial employee who has progressively risen through the organization from Attendant, Cashier, Site Manager, Night Operations Manager, Regional Manager and today Senior Vice President. In his current capacity, he has the ability to apply all of these experiences to a portfolio, which includes Colonial’s urban, labor-intensive leased facilities. Bereket is a member of the Board of the Georgetown Business Improvement District and is an active supporter of the Ethiopian and Hispanic communities in Washington. Bereket holds a B.A. from The University of Baltimore.
James D. Villa, Vice President and General Counsel, joined Colonial Parking’s executive team in September 2011. Jim has a wealth of legal experience gained from positions with in house legal departments, the federal government, as well as nationally regarded law firms. Most recently, Jim was a Vice President and Chief Counsel at AOL, Inc. responsible for managing the company’s litigation, antitrust, regulatory, bankruptcy, and electronic discovery matters. Prior to AOL, Jim was a Trial Attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice where he was responsible for enforcing the nation’s antitrust law. While there, he also did a detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia. He was formerly an associate at both Howrey & Simon and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, both located in Washington, D.C. Jim graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School and is an active member of both the District of Columbia and Virginia bars.
William Cook, Vice President, has 20 plus years of experience in parking, hospitality and manufacturing operations. In addition to his tenure at Colonial Parking, Will has held officer-level positions with Park ‘N Fly, AviStar, Thousand Trails, and Nielsen & Bainbridge—the latter three being through a decade-long association with Kohlberg & Co., a New York-based private equity firm. Will is responsible for the operations of Colonial’s Remote Managing Center for unmanned PARCS solutions and the design, installation and management of complex PARCS. Will has extensive experience managing complex facilities at Airports with sophisticated revenue control systems. Will is a native of Alexandria, graduated with a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, and is a past presenter at the NPA, IPI and the AAAE.
Seth Gunn, Assistant to the President and Managing Director of Revenue Integrity and Maximization, has 10 years of experience in the parking industry, including extensive experience in the areas of information technology, revenue control systems and auditing. Prior to Colonial Parking, Seth was employed by the University of Massachusetts as the Assistant Director of Admissions Systems. Seth holds a B.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Ronald E. Peck, Vice President of Finance and Accounting, is responsible for the company’s corporate accounting, risk management, revenue integrity, and information systems divisions. Ron brings over 18 years of leadership and financial management experience across a diverse set of industries that include commercial retail and foodservice, commercial real estate development, public accounting, and insurance services. Prior to Colonial, Ron was the controller of a multi-state convenience and foodservice chain specializing in the distribution of bulk fuels, transport operations, and multi-unit convenience stores with food service. During this time, Ron had oversight responsibility for the company’s corporate office function and led the development of growth strategies, performance benchmarks, and financial analysis. Ron received a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Economics from West Virginia University (Cum Laude). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Maryland and is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).
NOTE: “CPP” designates certification by the National Parking Association as a Certified Parking Professional. NPA’s Certified Parking Professional Program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to assist managers in performing their duties in an effective and professional manner. The program includes an examination whereby, if a passing score is achieved, the CPP credential is granted.