In the summer of 1981, Alan Lazowski was working on a plan to make some money before his senior year at the University of Connecticut. With a small loan from his grandfather, he began parking cars at a restaurant in downtown Hartford, CT. By summer’s end, he was managing five parking locations and 30 employees. Today with his original partners and lifelong friends, Jeff Karp and Michael Harth, Al is the driving personality behind the incredible company culture that continues to make LAZ Parking the fastest-growing parking company in the United States.
Leading a company with thousands of employees, Al’s primary objective is to retain the unique training, values and culture that have been established at LAZ Parking over the decades. Al’s “people first” mentality is pervasive at all levels of the company, so much so that LAZ Parking’s Mission Statement, which forms part of The LAZ Way, begins with, “Create opportunities for our employees.”
To Al, LAZ Parking’s success starts with its frontline staff, such as parking attendants, who interact with the public all day. His proudest accomplishment is helping people grow and succeed by guiding LAZ to be one of the largest parking companies in the United States. His advice to employees? “Never Ever Give Up!”