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 Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, an officer of the Federal City Council, a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation, and service on the Terry School Dean’s Advisory Council at UGA. 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.
William Cook, Chief Operating Officer and Executive 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 operation of Colonial’s Parking Operations, Development Services, Yield Management, Sales and Marketing, Customer Care, Facility Care, and Colonial’s innovative Remote Management Center (RMC). Will has extensive experience managing complex facilities at airports with sophisticated revenue control systems and also manages the company’s consulting practice surrounding new technology design and implementation. 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.
Ronald E. Peck, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, 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).
Bereket Woldu, CPP, Executive Vice President of Forge (Colonial’s Parent Company), has progressively risen through the organization from Attendant, Cashier, Site Manager, Night Operations Manager, Regional Manager and 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.
Jim Proctor, CPP, Vice President, Client and Business Development, 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.
Abu Woldeamanuel, CPP, Vice President and Director of Facility Care, is responsible for all aspects of Colonial’s 24-hour, 50-person facility maintenance and logistical operation. Spanning two continents, 30 years, and multiple industries, Abu has a proven track record of strong leadership and focused results. During Abu’s 11-year tenure with Colonial Parking Inc. she has progressively grown from Monthly Account staff to Director to Vice President. Abu has a B.A. in Economics from Addis Ababa University and multiple progressive certificates in the field of Management, Finance, and Information Technology.
Rich Rosenberger, Vice President & General Manager, with over 19 years of progressively responsible parking management experience in all types of operations including mixed-use, retail, office and hospitality, Rich is among the most qualified Vice President & General Managers in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Rich brings a strong work ethic and the ability to lead a team to meet owners’ specific property objectives. Rich has successfully managed parking facilities in the Baltimore and Philadelphia markets, and currently has oversight of 120 facilities in the Metropolitan area, including high profile locations such as 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Gallery Place and the Duke Properties portfolio.
Lori Gagnon, Vice President and Director of Customer Care, joined Colonial Parking in 2011. Lori has overall responsibility for the customer care operation, monthly parking invoicing, government contract management and customer communications, in addition to the Remote Management Center. The Customer Care group interacts with thousands of customers each week and manages over 70,000 accounts per month. She has held officer level positions with the W.C. Redmon Company and before that served as Vice President of Customer Care and Customer Operations for the Kmart Corporation. Lori brings a strong background and dedication to customer satisfaction and is committed to making sure Colonial’s customers are treated with the utmost of care. She is a member of Women in Parking (WIP) and spends her weekends on the Eastern Shore.
Byron Wills, Vice President and General Manager, with over 30 years of related experience in the parking industry, Byron’s institutional knowledge spans clients such as the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and George Washington University and Hospital. At Colonial, he has responsibility for the parking operations of over 130 parking facilities, to include institutions such as Children’s National Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Suburban Hospital and the Suburban Hospital’s Rock Spring facilities, major clients to include Federal Realty Investment Trust, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRIT), Lerner Properties and Blake Real Estate properties. Byron’s hands-on approach to management, coupled with his commitment to client relations, give him a unique prospective in resolving day-to-day parking challenges. He is also involved in the development and implementation of Colonial’s constantly evolving policies and programs for operational improvement. His beliefs in management are rooted in the standards of courtesy, fairness and consideration, while maintaining their relevance as Colonial embraces technological advancement.
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.