Connections – November 23, 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE AMAC PRESIDENT

Following three days of debate, during which over 100 amendments were considered, on November 5, 2015,  the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan, multi-year surface transportation bill to reauthorize and reform federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs.  The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (the "STRR Act") was approved by a vote of 363 to 64.

Like the U.S. Senate-passed version, the House-passed bill reauthorizes the DOT "disadvantaged business enterprise" (DBE) program citing evidence and making findings for the continuing need for the program.  This was a key priority for AMAC, and we worked hard with a bi-partisan group of House members to ensure that these provisions were included in the House.

Several additional DBE-related issues were part of the House consideration of the bill.  The House agreed to an amendment offered by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) expressing the sense of the House that US DOT should better enforce its existing rules requiring that DBEs are promptly paid for their work on federally assisted transportation projects.  A second Rep. Moore amendment would also require US DOT to review its requirements regarding the gathering of state specific data on DBE payments and participation to ensure that its data is accurate and being made publically available.  Both amendments would include airport projects.

AMAC has also been working with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and a bi-partisan group of Members to prevent amendments that would harm the DBE program.  For example, during the Transportation Committee’s work on the bill, AMAC helped ensure that a proposal to set a 5-year term on DBE certification was not part of the bill that went to the House floor.  In addition, during House floor debate, AMAC worked with these members to prevent a proposal to make “veterans-owned small business concerns" eligible for DBE certification.  Finally, we are continuing to work with these members to correct an arbitrary provision of current law pertaining to how the size of DBEs is measured.

A "conference committee" between the Senate and the House will meet soon to resolve and reconcile differences between the bills passed by each body.  The short-term authority for surface transportation programs that was passed by the Congress at the end of September and signed by the President expires in two weeks.

Shelby M. Scales
President and CEO


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight on AMAC’s Darryl Dennis

AMAC member Darryl Dennis has had a lifetime of extraordinary career success and achievement as a Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) corporate executive, a high-level advisor in President Bill Clinton’s administration, and an innovator in the field of diversity management and small business development.  Now he is putting his expertise to work in his own business, Wire2Net, LLC. (www.wire2netllc.com)

Wire2Net originated with core competencies in telecommunications and IPv6 transformation services.  The company designs and maintains web sites and web portals and offers expertise in communications integration.  Additionally, Dennis has expanded the slate of services to include assisting Fortune 100 companies and federal agencies implement mentor-protégé programs; helping manage in-house diversity; and supporting businesses as they make their way through federal red tape in a variety of transactions.

“We have expertise in understanding the federal regulations around procurement programs for businesses,” says Dennis.  Indeed, during his years in the Clinton Administration, he developed, implemented and advocated for laws and policies that facilitated the maximum growth for the nation’s entrepreneurs.

He served as Associate Deputy Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development and as Counselor to the United States Small Business Administrator. He authored policy initiatives which let to record setting lending and contracting awards to minorities, women and veteran entrepreneurs. His understanding of government procurement is enhanced by his tenure as Director of Verizon’s Federal Small Business Programs and its Department of Defense Mentor Protégé Program.

“AMAC membership offers my business support on two levels,” he says.  Wire2net is currently contracted to the Federal Aviation Administration to manage the organization’s minority internship programs and orientation, Dennis notes.  “The AMAC Foundation programs give our interns a chance to learn more about careers inside the workings of the aviation industry.”

Additionally, he notes, “Networking at AMAC gives me access to aviation industry leaders who can consider our communications integration services when making decisions about building or expanding their airports.”

For the AMAC members who are business owners, Dennis is a fount of creative ideas and solid information on the ins and outs of small business growth and development.  “Successful entrepreneurs are not born; they must be cultivated,” he says.


AMAC FOUNDATION FOCUS

Focus on AMAC Scholars Desmond Bunnell and Leonia Hunt

In the November 9th Connections Issue, we announced the winners of our annual Foundation scholarships.  Over the next few issues, we invite you to learn more about each of these engaging young men and women, their backgrounds and their aspirations. Our focus this issue is on two who received The Aviation and Professional Development Scholarships. 

Desmond Bunnell headshotDesmond Bunnell

Since he was a four-year-old, Indianapolis native Desmond Bunnell has wanted to be a pilot.  At age 21, he has his private pilot license and has only to pass the written exam to get his commercial license.  But that’s not enough, he says.

A junior at St. Louis University majoring in Flight Science, Bunnell says that speakers at the school have opened doors for him that he had not considered.

“I want to know more about airline and airport administration and management,” he says.  “I want to learn flight regulations and procedures.”

His goal?  “To start at a small airline and build a resume that would allow me to one day become the chief pilot of a major airline corporation,” he says

He is eager to take advantage of every learning opportunity that is put before him, he asserts.  “I want to be well rounded.  I want to be the best I can be.”

With that expressed determination and a helping hand from AMAC, Bunnell is on track to achieve his goals.

Leonia Hunt photo

Leonia Hunt
When Leonia Hunt was little and her dad was in the Air Force, he’d sometimes take her to work with him and let her sit in the cockpit of the elaborate fighter jets on the base.  She was hooked.

By the end of high school, Hunt, age 18, had her pilot’s license, a 3.9 grade point average and was on her way to building a career in aviation.  “I started right away to research scholarships for women in aviation and found AMAC’s application, among others,” the Merritt Island, FL, native notes.

A young woman in a hurry to realize her dreams, Hunt took college courses while still in high school so that by the time she graduated, she had also earned a Junior College Associates Degree.  This puts her on track to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology by 2017.

Recently, she hit a snag in her flight-oriented career plans.  “I went for a physical and discovered that I had an auto-immune disease.  While not serious, this health issue can be a roadblock to commercial piloting,” she says.

“I just needed to make an adjustment in my career plans,” she says with a smile.  Her focus now is on other ways to be involved in aviation, and there are many.  “I’m looking at administration, regulation, I’ve even developed an interest in unmanned aerial systems.”

With flying lessons, college and high school courses combined, there hasn’t been a lot of time for Hunt to spend hanging with friends in the mall, she admits wryly.  “But there is a lot of satisfaction in flying a plane and looking down at the mall,” she says.

AVIATION NEWS

Airlines, Airports and Travelers Cautious After Paris Attacks

Though U.S. authorities have said that they don't know of any specific or credible terror threats against the United States, the terror attacks in Paris have left tourists and business travelers wondering whether to cancel upcoming trips.

Some would-be travelers quickly canceled trips to Paris, while the airlines let anxious customers with tickets for Paris last weekend change plans without a fee.

Air France said it would operate all upcoming flights to and from France but that delays were expected because of increased security measures at airports, including Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport.

United Airlines and Delta Air Lines said that all their flights between the U.S. and Paris were operating, although Delta noted that many Paris departures were held up waiting for passengers to go through extra security screening.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said flights to and from Paris were full. United and American declined to give details on the occupancy levels of their flights.


MWAA Unveils New Logo, New Passenger Pledge

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) has unveiled a new logo and passenger pledge as part of a comprehensive branding initiative focused on enhancing customer service at Washington's Reagan National and Dulles airports.


New Aeronautical Library Opens near New York-LaGuardia

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing, New York, has completed the new Aeronautical and Academic Library and Learning Center, just 200 feet from one of the runways at LaGuardia Airport.

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The Art and Architecture of Airport Towers

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November 10, 2015
Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo first found herself drawn to air traffic control towers in 2006 on a flight into LaGuardia when she first studied the architectural details and circular windows of that now inactive structure. Over a span of eight years, often traveling alone and carrying all of her gear, including her 33mm digital camera, she visited 23 countries. Negotiating her way through myriad bureaucratic processes to gain access to restricted areas, she took pictures of hundreds of these towering structures, some built by such renowned architects as Eero Saarinen, César Pelli and Gert Wingårdh.


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AMAC NEWS

AMAC Attends Vets Business Opportunity Fair

AMAC recently participated as an exhibitor and on the speaker's agenda at a "Til Duty is Done" Supplier Diversity Veteran Business Opportunity Fair at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Connecticut. AMAC President Shelby Scales is pictured here with fellow exhibitors (from left) Candace Waterman of The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Pam Eason of WBENC and (far right) Benita Fortner of Raytheon Company.   WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. Raytheon is a technology company specializing in defense, civil and cybersecurity markets throughout the world.


Camille's Frozen Ice Cream Store to Open in DFW Next Year

Austin, TX-based Camille's Worldwide Franchising, owned by AMAC members Rome and Melyn Gregorio, announced the upcoming opening of their first airport store. The shop will open in the newly renovated Terminal E at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Construction of the new sweetery begins later this month with Grand Opening scheduled on March 28, 2016, coinciding with the Grand Opening of Terminal E.

Gregorio came up with the Camille's concept of fresh and customized frozen treats when Melyn was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for breast cancer. Ice cream was the only thing that soothed her after treatments, so he went into business with the idea. The name Camille's comes from the couple's only daughter, Camille, one of their three children.

AMAC's Ollie Dowell Completes SBA Emerging Leader Program

AMAC member Ollie Dowell, of Ollie Dowell Communications, has completed the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2015 Emerging Leaders Program Initiative at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Emerging Leaders is a fast track executive-level training program to help small businesses expand and create jobs in their communities. The program training will help Dowell sustain and grow her business in the airport contracting arena, public relations and media consulting. The Program is powered by the on-line curriculum, Interise and operates in 48 cities across the country.

 

More information on Emerging Leaders training is available online. You can also contact your local SBA District Office in the participating cities to learn more.

DBE NEWS FROM THE USDOT

Small Business Technical Assistance Resources and Programs

Secretary Anthony Foxx is committed to furthering the goals and objectives of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and ensuring its success for the small disadvantaged firms that seek contracting opportunities funded by state and local governments, and public transit and airport sponsors.  It is vitally important that these businesses are aware of the resources and services that the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has to offer.  The OSDBU's Small Business Transportation Resource Centers, in 13 locations throughout the country, provide essential business assistance services including bonding education, short-term lending opportunities, networking events, free business coaching, technical workshops and information on procurement opportunities.  The OSDBU's services tailored for DBEs are posted to the Departmental Office of Civil Rights' (DOCR) website at www.transportation.gov/civil-rights/osdbu-technical-assistance-brochure.

MAP-21 Data

In November 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) implemented a new reporting requirement in the final Disadvantaged Business Enterprise rule to collect information required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  All State Departments of Transportation should report data to DOCR by January 1, 2016. For more details on the information that should be reported, click to view the memorandum from Ms. Stephanie Jones, Senior Counselor to the Secretary and Chief Opportunities Officer


DBE Application Tripwires

Application "tripwires" can delay the processing of an application for DBE certification or even lead certifiers to deny an application. To assist DBE certification applicants avoid these errors, we developed a tip sheet. It is a great tool to assist you in the DBE certification process. The sooner you get certified, the sooner you can start competing for more contracts. To view the tip sheet, click here.


DBE Academy Training Event

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and DOCR are hosting a collaborative DBE training! This will be a FREE 3-day training on November 30 through December 2. The training will be held at the Maryland Department of Transportation's Training Conference Center in Hanover, MD. For more information on the event and to register, please click here.


DBE/ACDBE Training Program

DOCR is pleased to introduce its newly updated online DBE/ACDBE Training program.  This training program, a 12-hour web based training, is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the DBE certification process.  To access the DBE/ACDBE online training, please visit our website. Scroll down to the section titled Online DBE/ACDBE Training and Resources to access the training program.

MEMBERSHIP CORNER

AMAC Annual Report Available on Website

The AMAC 2015-2016 Annual Report is now available for review on our organization's website. To learn more about AMAC's activities, growth, development and achievements, click here.

Advertise with AMAC

AMAC introduces all-inclusive advertising opportunities for 2015-2016! This unique opportunity provides a cost-effective vehicle to promote your business to thousands in the aviation industry. All-inclusive pricing is available for printed programs at national and regional events, AMAC's website, and Connections, with a hyperlink directly to your company's website in electronic communications.

Over 20,000 decision-makers and industry professionals are reached on a monthly basis through AMAC's electronic communications and AMAC's events draw from 200 to over 1,000 registrants per event. Your brand will gain widespread visibility with our newly redesigned communication tools.

Reserve your space now! Click Here to access the order form.

For more information or questions, contact
Anthony Barnes at anthony.barnes@amac-org.com or 703-414-2622, ext. 2.

AMAC's Membership Directory Now Available!

AMAC's Membership Directory is available to download. Search for, and connect with, members by following this link to access the Directory. The Membership Directory is only available to members.  Please log in with your membership credentials.  Contact AMAC membership at amac-org.com if you have trouble logging in.

Get Involved in the AMAC Committee of Your Choice

Choose an AMAC committee and join us! AMAC encourages all members to become actively engaged in the organization's activities by participating on a committee. Committees provide you with opportunities to participate in panels and forums with other business owners, airport executives, and corporate leaders who can become strategic partners, and more importantly potential clients. They also give you the opportunity to share your thoughts, suggestions, and innovations with our members, board, and staff.

The following committees are looking for volunteers:  Professional Development, By-Laws, Communications, Corporate Development, Elections/Nominations, Ethics, Awards, Finance, Government Affairs, and Membership. A description of each committee can be found here. Click and select Committees from the menu

UPCOMING EVENTS

AMAC Annual Report Available on Website

The AMAC 2015-2016 Annual Report is now available for review on our organization's website. To learn more about AMAC's activities, growth, development and achievements, click here.

Advertise with AMAC

AMAC introduces all-inclusive advertising opportunities for 2015-2016! This unique opportunity provides a cost-effective vehicle to promote your business to thousands in the aviation industry. All-inclusive pricing is available for printed programs at national and regional events, AMAC's website, and Connections, with a hyperlink directly to your company's website in electronic communications.

Over 20,000 decision-makers and industry professionals are reached on a monthly basis through AMAC's electronic communications and AMAC's events draw from 200 to over 1,000 registrants per event. Your brand will gain widespread visibility with our newly redesigned communication tools.

Reserve your space now! Click Here to access the order form.

For more information or questions, contact
Anthony Barnes at anthony.barnes@amac-org.com or 703-414-2622, ext. 2.

AMAC's Membership Directory Now Available!

AMAC's Membership Directory is available to download. Search for, and connect with, members by following this link to access the Directory. The Membership Directory is only available to members.  Please log in with your membership credentials.  Contact AMAC membership at amac-org.com if you have trouble logging in.

Get Involved in the AMAC Committee of Your Choice

Choose an AMAC committee and join us! AMAC encourages all members to become actively engaged in the organization's activities by participating on a committee. Committees provide you with opportunities to participate in panels and forums with other business owners, airport executives, and corporate leaders who can become strategic partners, and more importantly potential clients. They also give you the opportunity to share your thoughts, suggestions, and innovations with our members, board, and staff.

The following committees are looking for volunteers:  Professional Development, By-Laws, Communications, Corporate Development, Elections/Nominations, Ethics, Awards, Finance, Government Affairs, and Membership. A description of each committee can be found here. Click and select Committees from the menu