Connections – May 24, 2017

message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:
The 33rd Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference is just a few weeks away and we are gearing up for another successful event! With everyone's help, we can help spotlight work the AMAC Foundation is doing to continue to provide scholarships to minorities and women pursuing careers in the aviation industry.
Since its establishment in 1997, the foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships for students around the country, supporting a broad range of careers in airports, airlines, the federal government and the private sector.
Once again, we are asking for your support. To those of you who have already pledged your support, thank you! If you haven't already, please consider sponsoring a foursome in the Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament or a table at the Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast and inviting friends who would like to learn more about the AMAC Foundation. A donation of any amount is truly appreciated if you are unable to join us. Everyone's gift is important and necessary to fulfill our mission.
Those who are served by the Foundation depend on your generosity. Thank you so much for your continued support of the Foundation and most importantly, its mission and vision.
See you in Houston!




Krystal J. Brumfield
President & CEO
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

*As a reminder, AMAC will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. AMAC salutes every American who has fought for our country's freedom. Happy Memorial Day!*

AMAC Board of Directors Election

Here are the 2017 AMAC Board of Directors Nominees. Please be advised that the electronic voting period will be open May 29 - June 9, 2017. As a voting member, your initial impact on the direction, goals and initiatives of AMAC is in the election process. Whether standing for office yourself, supporting a nominee or simply making certain that your vote is counted, participation in the election process is an opportunity and responsibility. For more information on please contact Kendrick Dandridge at


Second Vice Chair
Lynn Boccio (unopposed)

Randy Hazelton (unopposed)

Simeon Terry | Kevin Holt

Regional Director - Northeast
Monir Saji | Kenneth Turner

Regional Director - Great Lakes
Tonja Pastorelle (unopposed)

Regional Director - Northwest
Marques Warren (unopposed)

Regional Director - Central
Roger Spearman (unopposed)

Upcoming Events

DBELO and Supplier Diversity Leaders Breakfast @ the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight


Learn more about the history of DBELOs.



Business Matchmaking @ the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight

You're invited to participate in AMAC's Business Matchmaking: Upgrade Your Business to First Class on Monday, June 19 from 7:45 am to 10:30 am! There is no additional charge for this event and it is part of the added value for Full Conference or Monday Only registration.
This event will match buyers to sellers, foster an environment to establish a platform and create a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties to succeed and prosper. To register:
  • Go to 
  • Click on Register Now in the upper right hand corner
  • Sign in to your registration. 
  • Edit your Personal Info Page by selecting "Yes" for the Business Matchmaking section.  
  • Complete the questions in this section.


Concessions Retail RFP Industry Day

This is your opportunity to learn about Hartsfield-Jackson's world-class concessions retail program, how to do business with the airport and upcoming RFP opportunities.
Georgia International Convention Center
Thursday, June 1, 2017
9 am - 5 pm



DC SBDC Small Business Summit

The DC SBDC Business Summit's primary goal is to encourage and promote effective networking and engagement between government agencies, large business, MBE/DBE/ACDBE and HubZone small businesses through both attendee and exhibitor opportunities and resources.

Howard University Blackburn Center
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
9 am - 4 pm

foundation focus





membership corner

Rewarding Cleanliness with Contracts


Keeping a busy airport like St. Louis Lambert International clean and in tip-top condition is an enormous undertaking. Charles L. Brown, owner of Regency Enterprises Services, LLC, a certified MBE/DBE/ACDBE firm that is currently operating under an emergency maintenance contract at the Airport was recently rewarded at the recent Business Diversity Forum.

Brown and Regency have received other accolades through the years as well. Regency was named one of the "Top 25 Minority Owned Companies" by the St. Louis Business Journal and Brown was recognized as one of the "Top 100 People to Know in St. Louis" by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

KevinArmstrong Airport Picks New Orleans Native as New Leader

Louis Armstrong International Airport's governing board has picked a New Orleans native with 40 years in the aviation industry to lead MSY as it prepares to open a new billion-dollar terminal. Kevin Dolliole, who is currently an aviation consultant, previously led the San Antonio and St. Louis airports and started his career at Armstrong Airport.



BhaveshUnison Consulting Welcomes Bhavesh Patel to Concessions Team

Unison Consulting announced the appointment of Bhavesh Patel to lead the firm's Concession Planning and Management consulting team. Mr. Patel is an airport industry veteran, with over 20 years of experience leading strategic initiatives and capital development programs for industry-acclaimed U.S. airports.

It's Time to Renew Your AMAC Membership

Your membership helps advance ours mission to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation industry - giving 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


Renew your AMAC membership today by completing the online application.

Click here to make an online payment, 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.



aviation news

Factors of Low Number of Female Commercial Airline Pilots

According to the FAA, just 4.4% of all pilots licensed to fly a commercial U.S. jetliner in 2016 were women. And that number has barely budged since 2007, when women held 3.8% of such licenses.



coinsJFK Airport's Transforms Spare Change Into Charitable Donations

Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport raised more than $87,000 in coin donations throughout 2016 by partnering with concessions operators to set up more than 30 coin collection boxes throughout the terminal at cash registers and in high traffic areas of the building.




legislative update

Trump Administration Releases Complete FY'18 Budget

The Trump Administration released their much anticipated budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018.  Budget requests include: cutting DOT spending by 13% to $16.2B; eliminating the TIGER grant program; ending funding for long-haul Amtrak routes and terminating federal subsidies for commercial passenger air service to rural airports through the Essential Air Service program.
Additionally, it endorses an overhaul of the federal air traffic control program, which involves stripping the function from the Federal Aviation Administration and creating a new non-governmental body to oversee it starting in 2021.     



jobs/BIDS board

The AMAC Job Board is a nationwide listing of active and upcoming job openings at governments and contractors across the country. If you represent a public or private organization that would like to post an open position, please contact us at

View Job Listings.

The AMAC Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active and upcoming bid opportunities at governments across the country. If you represent a government organization that would like to post opportunities, please contact us at

View BID Opportunities.

Indianapolis Airport Authority Has Invitation to Bid for the Rehabilitate Taxiways H, H1 and H2 and LED Lighting Phase 2

The scope for Phase II of this project consists of pavement rehabilitation of the remainder of taxiway H, H1 and H2, and will include new LED lighting and airfield electrical upgrades.

Learn more.

GSP Airport - VP Administration and Finance/CFO

View the job description here.

Wayne County Airport Authority - Airport Paint Striping Truck

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department is seeking solicitation responses for Food and Bids are being solicited for the purchase of a current model self-contained airless paint striping truck for the Wayne County Airport Authority. This is a One-Time purchase.

Learn more.

Greenville - Spartanburg Airport Commission Operations Officer

View the job description here.