Connections – June 6, 2016

message from AMAC BOARD MEMBER Susan Wendt

Dear friends and colleagues:

Timing is often critical for success. If you are a prime contractor, franchisee, or diversity business, you are facing one of those moments right now. To grow and create new revenue streams requires you to have contacts that lead to contracts. This is precisely why you need to be at the 2016 AMAC Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which includes FAA, is contracting hundreds of billions of dollars this year in every state and territory. Now is the time to claim your piece of this business in the ever expanding and technologically advancing aviation industry.

Armed with an alphabet of certs, including DBE/ACDBE in 18 states, I personally spent two years traveling across the country seeking opportunities at diversity conferences and events. The AMAC event topped the list in terms of accessibility to the federal, state, prime and diverse business leaders and decision makers who were there to do business. 

I was so impressed with the opportunities provided by this organization I became involved as an active member.  I currently serve on the AMAC Board of Directors and Legislative Committee.

This year’s advanced Next Generation Matchmaking Event at the AMAC Conference this August is patterned after a best practice that will afford agencies, primes and diversity businesses more and targeted matches.

Think your business will fit?  Every airport is like a small municipality. They need PR, IT, MOT and CSR; construction of roads, terminals, hotels, parking garages, and runaways; retail stores and merchandise; innovative food concessions and hotels. And, all of those need services and suppliers; paint, carpeting, tile, and wallpaper; staffing, parking valets, janitorial service, employee vetting, catering, landscapers, and photographers . . . the list is endless. 

Businesses like yours are claiming their spots at a brisk pace. It’s not too late to take advantage of the Early Registration discount and special host Hilton Hotel pricing.

With change coming to Washington this election cycle, establishing new networking contacts is critical and this year’s AMAC Diversity Conference is structured to help secure your success.

I will see you there!

Susan Wendt
Wendt Pro


Spotlight on AMAC’s Wendell Stemley of NAMC

With more than two decades of experience in the construction industry, Wendell Stemley, President of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), an AMAC member organization, knows what it takes to build and maintain a successful construction company.

He has shared that expertise freely with his colleagues in the industry and worked to help minority enterprises participate fairly in the bricks and mortar business.

Stemley is the owner of Black IPO, an engineering and construction management firm that he founded in 2000. The San Diego, Calif.-based company offers construction management, design phase management, cost control systems and contract administration for primes and general contractors across the country.

In addition to his leadership of NAMC, his company has worked to establish and grow key business relationships between corporations and minority- and women-owned business enterprises for mega-construction projects nationwide, totaling more than $500 million so far.

“It’s an ongoing challenge,” he says.  “Even as construction opportunities are growing across the country, minority construction firms we are still in a battle that has not yet been won.”

“In fact,” Stemley adds, “the fights are getting tougher.”

With the construction projects in a growth mode as the country works to repair, expand or build new infrastructure, he notes that “some DBE boats are rising, but too many minorities are not.”

“The collapse of the banking industry in 2008 wreaked havoc with minority businesses and many have not recovered,” he says.  “Today, loan institutions are still skittish.  Even if you come in with a great credit score, they are more willing to finance a car or a home loan than to put up money for a business.”

And, he continues, while diversity within existing corporations is on the increase, diverse businesses ownership participation is not moving at the same pace.

He stresses that businesses should focus on building strong relationships with current and potential clients.  “The goal should not necessarily be on just winning the bid or being on the bid list, but on winning the trust and support of clients, and adding them to your client list,” he says.  “You want to do the kind of job that builds repeat business.”

But, there is still much to be done get DBEs into the game, he says.  For that he sees strong synergy between NAMC and AMAC.  He says he watched carefully as AMAC sought participation for minority businesses in the use of funds raised through airport’s Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) for infrastructure improvement. “There is no question that a portion of the money raised by the diverse airport travelers should be returned to support diverse businesses,” he says.

“These are assertive measures we all need to recognize and pursue,” he says.  “We need to work together with our creative thinking caps on to insure minorities the right to participate in this new economic growth.”

conference update

Get Ready for AMAC Convention’s Business Matchmaking Event

AMAC’s Next Generation Matchmaking Event will give major companies, airport primes and small businesses the opportunity to meet, engage and establish meaningful relationships.

For this program, representatives from major companies and primes are pre-scheduled to meet with various small businesses to learn about their products and services. The event is designed to match buyers and sellers with the goal of creating mutually beneficial opportunities for both parties within the aviation industry.

The Matchmaking event is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 at 2:30 p.m.  Register early and check our website later this week to sign up for a matchmaking opportunity.

Cleveland HiltonAMAC Conference to be Held in New Cleveland Hilton Hotel

AMAC Annual Conference attendees will enjoy the comforts of a brand new Hilton Hotel in Downtown Cleveland. The hotel, which celebrates its grand opening in June, is connected directly to the Cleveland Convention Center and is convenient to many downtown attractions, including the nearby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown offers more than 46,000 square feet of function space, including a 20,778 square-foot Grand Ballroom and 15,729 square-foot Junior Ballroom.  There are nine on-site breakout rooms and additional space in the attached Cleveland Convention Center.

The hotel also has an indoor pool and fitness center; on-site dining, and top floor SkyBar with views of the lake; and rooms with views of Lake Erie and the Cleveland skyline.

Legislative Update

Senators Urge House to Move on Aviation Security Bill

The top members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee have urged their counterparts in the House of Representatives to move forward on Senate legislation to boost aviation security and authorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration.

In a letter released late May, the senate panel's Republican chairman, John Thune of South Dakota, and its top Democrat, Bill Nelson of Florida, cautioned House lawmakers that Congress has only five weeks left to approve legislation before a temporary FAA funding patch expires in mid-July.

The letter, addressed to House Transportation Chairman Bill Schuster of Pennsylvania and that panel's top Democrat, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, urged movement on a Senate bill that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in April.

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"We believe that this legislation represents a model for House action, which is essential to avoiding another round of funding extensions that will be disruptive to the aviation industry and only delay much-needed reforms," Thune and Nelson said.

House lawmakers have not taken up the Senate bill but have focused instead on their own multi-year measure that stalled due to disagreement over a controversial plan to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system.

Aides to Shuster were not available for comment. But DeFazio said he agreed with the senators about the need to move forward.

"We could pass comprehensive legislation with broad bipartisan support today if the Republicans drop their divisive scheme to privatize air traffic control," the Oregon Democrat said in a statement issued by his office.

Thune and Nelson described the Senate bill as "the only viable opportunity this year" to deliver comprehensive legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature. They added that the House privatization measure would face hurdles in the Senate even if the House reached agreement.

"We understand the commitment to this (privatization) proposal, but the Senate is far from reaching a consensus on this issue," the senators said.


aviation news

Homeland Security Jeh_Johnson_Homeland Security Chief: Long Airport Lines Already Improving

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the beleaguered Transportation Security Administration last week saying the agency is already seeing signs of improvement following weeks of long security lines at the country's busiest airports.

His remarks came during a Homeland Security Advisory Council meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.. Council members also briefed the secretary on how to better prepare for impending cybersecurity and "violent extremism" threats.

Fixing issues at the problem-plagued TSA was one of several "top priorities" Johnson hopes to cross off his list during the final months of the Obama administration.




LaGuardia-AirportLaGuardia Terminal's $4 Billion Revamp Begins

A consortium of private partners closed on a deal Wednesday to develop a $4 billion replacement to the maligned LaGuardia Airport's Central Terminal Building and operate the new facility through 2050.

The agreement marks the completion of the biggest public-private partnership in the history of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates the region's major airports. The Port Authority entered into the deal with the consortium, LaGuardia Gateway Partners.

The group, whose members include airport operator Vantage Airport Group, construction firm Skanska and the investment company Meridiam, won the bid for the project last May. But a competition last year to create a more holistic redesign of the entire airport delayed the deal's closing, and political wrangling at the Port Authority also almost derailed the plan in recent months.


FAA Breaks Ground for Control Tower at Charlotte Airport

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker broke ground last week for a new 370-foot-tall air traffic control tower and radar approach control at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).



amac news

AMAC Announces Election Slate

Nominations for the AMAC Board of Directors have been completed and the election slate is as follows:

Board Chairman – Farad Ali

Second Vice Chair – John Clark

Regional Director (Western) - Ebon Glenn

Regional Director (Southeast) - George Tinsley, Sr.

Regional Director (Southwest) - Rhonda Arnold

Regional Director (Eastern) - Charlene Reynolds, Stephen Pierce

It is time to review the credentials of our nominees for AMAC leadership who will help frame and support the future of the organization.


The 2016 Campaign dates June 3 through June 30, 2016
Candidates Campaign period closes July 30, 2016
Electronic voting period July 1 – July 22, 2016
Auditor Ratify 2016 Elections July 26, 2016
Membership Ratify 2016 Board of Directors during Annual Meeting August 22, 2016


Eligible voters are AMAC member in good standing (whose dues are current) and who are among the following:

• Corporate Representative Member (one of two)
• Airport Representative Member (one of two)
• M/W/DBE Business Member (one vote)
• Individual Member (one vote)

In order to vote your membership must be current as of May 29, 2016.

Student Members do not currently have the privilege of voting in general meetings, nominating candidates for office, standing for office yourself or voting during the 2016 elections. This material is being forwarded to you to make you aware of the election activities.

If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact the AMAC Office at (703) 414-2622 ext. 2. For more information on the nominations and elections process please contact Anthony Barnes at or AMAC Membership at

Concession Opportunity at San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is accepting proposals for the Terminal 3 Retail Marketplace Lease. The Lease grants the right to provide a Retail Marketplace at the Airport for a term of seven (7) years with two (2) one-year options, at the Airport’s discretion. The proposed minimum acceptable financial offer, which will be the successful Proposer’s minimum annual guarantee for the first year of the Lease, is $1,350,000.00.

The Airport intends to award the Lease to the highest-ranked, most responsive and responsible proposer. Each proposer must submit a proposal deposit in the amount of $375,000.00 as a guarantee that the proposer will execute said Lease.

This proposal deposit shall be in the form of a surety bond or irrevocable letter of credit in its original form.  Small, local, and disadvantaged businesses are encouraged to participate. Proposals will be received from 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) Document and related documents may be obtained on-line at ttp:// or by contacting Scott Blood, City Hall Fellow & Assistant Property Manager, Revenue Development and Management, at 650.821.4500.

Charleston County Aviation Authority Issues Shuttle Service RFP

The Charleston County Aviation Authority, SC, has issued a Request for Proposals for an Airport Shuttle Service at Charleston International Airport.

Written Proposals will be received up to the hour of 2:00p.m. (local time) on Thursday, June 23, 2016.  All such Proposals shall be addressed to:

Pam Murphy
Manager of Procurement
Charleston County Aviation Authority
5500 International Blvd., #101
Charleston, SC 29418

and clearly marked:


Request for Proposals Submittal Packages may be obtained at by clicking Business Opportunities then RFQ/RFP/RFB.  Any questions and/or comments concerning this Notice for Requests for Proposals should be directed in writing to Pam Murphy Manager of Procurement at:  The CCAA will not be responsible for any oral instructions with regard to this Notice.

Two Houston Airport System Pre-Bid Meetings Scheduled

Houston Airport System (HAS) has scheduled pre-bid and pre-proposal conferences for two opportunities in the System: a new traffic control tower at Ellington Field Airport (EFD) and a gas station/convenience store at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

HAS wants to contract with a company for the construction of a new traffic control tower, utility yard, and utility building as well as the demolition of the existing airport traffic control tower at Ellington Field Airport (EFD).  HAS has set a goal of 21 percent participation by Disadvantage Business Enterprises for this project.

A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  the meeting will be held at

Ellington Field Airport, 11602 Aerospace Blvd, Conference Room #1, Houston, TX. 77034

Houston Airport System's Office of Business Opportunity has also announced a pre-proposal conference for a Gas Station/Convenience Store at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

The goals of this concession are to: (1) provide fueling and convenience store services to users of the Cell Phone lot, the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CRCF), and other local vehicle traffic; and (2) grow concession sales and Airport Revenues.  It has a 10% ACDBE goal for the project.

The conference will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 10:00 am at HAS, System Supply Chain Management, Conference Rm 113, 18600 Lee Rd. , Humble, TX. 77338

For more information on either of these events email:


membership corner

Member Sign-up Now for Conference Registration and Savings!

S/M/DBEs who sign up for membership in AMAC before June 15 get a $50 discount along with full Annual Conference registration!

The $1000 fee will confirm your membership through April 30, 2017.

Sign up after June 15th and membership is $1050.  It also includes full Annual Conference registration.

Take advantage of the savings now.  Contact Anthony Barnes at or AMAC Membership at

CNBC-Paradies-Grand-Opening-1-croppedParadies Lagardère and Tampa Open CNBC-branded Store

Paradies Lagardère and the Tampa International airport officially unveiled a CNBC-branded specialty store in Airside A, signaling Paradies Lagardère’s first-ever store at the airport.

This marks news and convenience media outlet CNBC’s 115th branded store in partnership with the travel retailer, showcasing various products from souvenirs and gifts that represents sense of place, accompanied with food and snacks available for purchase in the store.

“CNBC is an iconic, internationally-known brand that will resonate with travelers visiting the airport. The power of this brand is exemplified by the more than 100 CNBC-branded stores in airports around the country, and it’s one of the most recognized and successful airport retail brands in the industry,” says Paradies Lagardère president and CEO Gregg Paradies

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