Coutinho joins ParkMe

ParkMe said Wednesday that it hired Mario Coutinho as GM of South American Operations. Coutinho previously was MultiPark’s head of marketing. Santa Monica, California-based ParkMe provides real-time parking data to navigation companies and consumers. ParkMe is backed by investors including Fontinalis Partners, IDG Ventures and Angeleno Group.


SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ParkMe, the foremost provider of real-time parking data to navigation companies and consumers alike, today announced that it has hired Mario Coutinho as the General Manager of South American Operations. With the recent launch of parking reservation services inBrazil, Coutinho will be managing the ParkMe office in Brazil and overseeing the customer support and technical operations center in Sao Paulo; spearheading further South American expansion.
As the world’s seventh largest economy, Brazil has opened up an eager market for reliable and convenient parking reservation and data services. A ParkMe partnership, (announced last year) with MultiPark, the second largest parking provider/operator in Latin America, further ensures that customers can efficiently find the closest and cheapest parking spaces available.
With almost 10 years of experience as a parking operator, and as the Head of Marketing for MultiPark, Mario Coutinho provides expert knowledge of the South American parking industry and consumer market. Prior to joining ParkMe, he was also the main driving force in establishing the first parking reservation system in Brazilas well as implementing a new Demand Responsive Rating System which led revenue to increase over 30% in many parking facilities overnight.
“Within the South American market there is a significant demand for parking reservations, payment and data that has been virtually untapped until now,” said Coutinho. “We have been extremely pleased with the overwhelmingly positive reception of ParkMe in Brazil. This adoption paves the way for strong growth throughout South America from this point forward.” ParkMe Brazil enables users to find the best place to park by providing them with options closest to their location, and real-time availability data straight from parking facilities. Users also have access to exclusive parking prices, discounted up to 15%, that are only available to those with a ParkMe account.
“We are very excited for Mario Coutinho to further cement our global position as the leading provider of parking data and payment services to navigation companies, internet search and mapping portals, municipalities, parking operators and consumer smartphone platforms,” said the Co-Founder and CEO of ParkMe Sam Friedman.
ParkMe users are able to find the perfect parking spot in more than 50 countries and seven continents. The free ParkMe app is available for download with iOS, Android, or Windows Phone devices.
About ParkMe
Based in Santa Monica, California, ParkMe is the leading global provider of real-time and static on-street and off-street parking data to navigation companies, internet search and mapping portals, municipalities, parking operators and consumer smartphone platforms. Founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel, ParkMe’s mission is to make parking easier. ParkMe has built the world’s most comprehensive parking database, including more than 28 million spaces in 81,000 worldwide locations, 3,100 cities, 57 countries and seven continents. Consumers can access ParkMe via GPS and in-car navigation systems,, on Twitter@ParkMe and on Facebook, online widgets, as well as Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps.
ParkMe is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Fontinalis Partners, IDG Ventures and Angeleno Group. Fontinalis Partners is a leading transportation technology strategic investment firm founded by Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Mark Schulz, Chris Cheever, and Chris Thomas. IDG Ventures is a global network of venture capital funds with approximately $5 billion under management and a portfolio of over 220 companies built over the last 15 years. Founded in 2001, Angeleno Group is a leading growth equity firm dedicated to investing in next generation energy and natural resources companies globally.