Connections – April 2017

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message from the president


“If you end up on an elevator with Bernie Sanders, don’t be surprised.”

What a wonderful intro from our 2017 Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill.  We filled room 902 at the Hart Senate Building with excited AMAC Members, we formed new relationships, we made sure our voices and our issues were heard!

We received a warm welcome and personal invitation from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, whose city of Houston will be hosting us for the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference this June!

Senator Cory Booker, our keynote speaker brought an authentic and humane personal touch to the summit.  Every guest clung to his words as he made us laugh, prompted us to think, and most of all he reminded us to take action together:  “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.”

I’m honored to call Senator Booker a friend and proud supporter of AMAC.  During the keynote, Senator Booker pointed out AMAC’s mission, the shared goals we are all trying to achieve together is literally written in our country’s founding documents.

I’m beyond grateful for those of you who were able to join us on Capitol Hill and I look forward to seeing all of you in June.



Krystal J. Brumfield

new member spotlight

AMAC Board Member Roger SpearmanAMAC’s Roger Spearman Encourages Entrepreneurs
to Sharpen Business Tools for Success

AMAC board member Roger Spearman, President and owner of St. Louis, MO–based A-1 Private Investigations and Security LLC (, tells a story that defines his personal philosophy and illuminates his extraordinary business success.

“Two loggers in Alaska were in a contest to cut down the most trees,” Spearman begins.  “One was enormous with huge muscles; the other was fit, but moderately sized.  By lunchtime the big man had stacks of logs and the other fella was far behind.  Some in the crowd lost interest in what appeared to be an uneven contest and left at lunch to explore the woods.

“Toward the end of the day,” he continues, “that group returned and, to their surprise, the smaller man had won the competition!  What happened during lunch to change the tide? They asked the big man, who told them that he had ‘enjoyed a hearty meal and returned refreshed.’  But, when they asked the winner what he had done at lunch, the winner replied: ‘I sharpened my axe.’

“That story resonated with me.  All my life I’ve kept my tools sharpened,” says Spearman with a smile. “And I encourage everyone to do the same.”

During 30 years – from 1973-2003 -- as an officer with the University City, MO, Police Department, Spearman rose from a patrolman to a sergeant to a detective and to a lieutenant.  Along the way he attended the FBI National Academy – an honor offered to less than 1 percent of police officers; he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Tarkio College; received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University; and trained in business management at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, on a scholarship sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

“I like the pursuit of knowledge,” he says.  “I like to know what I don’t know and everything I need to know.”

In his last three years before retirement from the police department, Spearman had registered his business and moonlighted as a security officer, sometimes getting less than 4 hours of sleep.  This second career as a business owner turned into a full time pursuit in 2003.   In addition to security services, his company offers a wide range of civil and criminal investigative services.  “I learned early not to put all my eggs in one basket,” he says.

As his business began expanding, Spearman once again sharpened his tools.  He needed certain licenses to operate in each state where he wanted to open an office, and each license required a test.  “The tests are hard,” he notes with a wry grimace, “Most companies hire someone in the state with a ready license. But, I wanted to have complete control, so I took all the tests!”

Spearman ultimately took and passed more 20 tests for states including Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, District of Columbia, Tennessee and Texas.  Today, his company employs more than 100 professionals working for corporate and government clients.

In 2008, when his company began working for St. Louis Lambert International Airport, membership in AMAC was an excellent fit.  For Spearman, however, membership soon led to leadership.  He is currently Midwest Regional Director.

“AMAC is an amazing organization,” he says.  “I haven’t met a selfish person since I joined.  My membership provides both support for my business goals and the opportunity to contribute time and energy to a worthy mission – an excellent balance.” 

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It’s Time to Renew Your AMAC Membership

Your membership helps advance AMAC's mission to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation industry. 

Your membership gives you exclusive access to a host of valuable benefits and resources including:

  • Professional Development, Educational Conferences, and Regional Forums
  • Contractor Referral, Business Matchmaking
  • Access to Post Opportunities to AMAC’s Bid Board and Online Career Center
  • Networking Opportunities; Strategic Partnerships
  • Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy
  • Timely Members-Only Industry Communications
  • Membership Directory Access and Listing
  • Associate Membership for Member Company’s Employees


Please renew your AMAC membership today by completing the brief application online, follow this link.  In order to make an online payment, please follow this link.  You will be taken to your membership renewal record. On the bottom right side of the page, you should select "Change Your Membership" under the "Actions" section. A verification link may be sent to the email address on file to validate your identity. Click on the link in the email titled "Registration Access" to make your online payment and/or edit your registration record.

Thank you for your membership! We look forward to continued collaboration with you this year.



Anthony W. Barnes
Director, Business Development and Membership

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aviation news

64ed9aeeb65b24236aa8731e8f9a59a1_XLAsia-Pacific Gateways Once Again Lead the Way in ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Customer Satisfaction Awards

There is clearly no stopping Asia-Pacific’s airports which once again demonstrated their customer service credentials by winning a host of awards in ACI’s annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger satisfaction survey.



55fa6838c5454bc43888ad15364e3965_XLLondon Luton Airport has Set a New Milestone by Handling 15 Million Passengers in a 12 Month Period for the First Time its 79-year History.

More than 1.2 million passengers flew through London Luton Airport (LLA) In March – a 15.7% increase compared with the same period last year, marking three years of continuous growth at the airport.



d6e07873164fb4b3622b53537a28d3fd_XLNew York gateway is to be transformed by the construction of a new central terminal that will pave the way for the creation of one single passenger facility.

The plan is for LaGuardia Gateway Partners to build a new, game-changing 35-gate Terminal B at the same time as Delta Air Lines transforms its facilities (Terminal C and Terminal D) in a separate $4 billion project to the east of the gateway.



iah-hero-aerial-tower-002.jpg__2732x400_q85_crop_subsampling-2Bush Airport Among the Most Improved in the World, According to Industry Expert Survey Results

Bush Airport was ranked No. 3 among the most improved airports in the world and the No. 9 airport in the world for dining, according to an annual survey conducted by Skytrax, recognized as a leading global air transport rating organization.



Upcoming Events

The FAA Office of Civil Rights announces the 8th Annual National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports. This conference offers focused sessions covering the following topics:

  • Airport accessibility requirements
  • Title VI requirement including environmental justice and limited English proficiency
  • DBE/ACDBE Programs


AMAC announces, "The Magic of Flight" the 2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference


AMAC is excited to announce that you may now begin registering for the 2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference! Hosted by Houston Airport System this annual event, appropriately themed, “The Magic of Flight” will examine trends and best practices for new entrants and veteran attendees alike. We look forward to seeing you in Houston on June 16-20, 2017 – Click HERE to register now!

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legislative update

Private planes may not be taxed under Trump’s plan to update U.S. airs


President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said Tuesday that the administration’s proposal to modernize U.S. air traffic control “probably” would not include a tax on general aviation or business aircraft.

“We’re probably not even going to tax general aviation,” Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, told a group of corporate executives at the White House. “There’s enough money in the aviation tax rate now.”

That could help sell the Trump proposal to opponents, including general aviation manufacturers and lawmakers from rural states.

Major airlines have been pushing to transfer control of the country’s airspace from the Federal Aviation Administration to a private, nonprofit board governed by the airlines.


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