Connections – June 13, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:
We have had two complications with this year's voting process for the current Board vacancies. Despite the complications, our goal is to continue forward with the voting process.
This year there was a five day difference between the date we published the candidates for the open Board seats and the final day of elections. The By-laws require a 30 day notification period, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the notification time period was 25 days. Fortunately, the By-laws provide a correction for minor discrepancies like this and the five day gap will not have a material impact on our election process or the results. This process demonstrates that our By-laws are effective, strengthens our resolve and shows the integrity of our election system.
Second, there was an issue with electronic voting and we are unable to recover previous electronic votes. With our Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference days away, we have put a plan in place so that you can vote, ratify and install new Board members. We will have a three day (special) voting period this week beginning Wednesday, June 14 (9:00 am EST) through Friday, June 16  (5:00 pm EST). The onsite voting will be at our annual conference on June 17 (4:00 pm - 9:00 pm CT) through June 18 (7:00 am- 5:00 pm CT).
Members, I ask for your unfettered support to complete the process this week so that the voting can still be ratified at our annual conference in Houston. In advance of your anticipated support, I want to say thank you to all of the members for understanding and supporting the voting process. I can assure you that the Nominations/Elections Committee will ensure that the validity and integrity of our election process remains stable.


Thank you,


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

Upcoming Events

Catalyst Awards and Foundation Scholarship Luncheon



Pre-Conference Training @ the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight

We are once again offering professional development training of DBE, ACDBE and UCP certifying professionals as a "pre-conference" activity. Classes will be presented by M. Denise Bailey and Lavon Chancy JD, CPA of Milligan & Company, LLC.
  • Day 1 will focus on certification and will include Financial/Tax Analysis for DBE/ACDBE Certifiers
  • Day 2 will focus on Administering DBE/ACDBE Programs
When registering you may choose to register ONLY for the pre-conference training or select it as an a la carte item in the "Conference Extras" section of your full conference registration. For more information please call 215.496.9100 or email

Marriott Marquis Houston
Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


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! 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.
Marriott Marquis Houston
Monday, June 19, 2017 
7:45 am - 10:30 am


Stakeholder Consultation and Business Opportunity Forum

This is your opportunity to share your feedback on Richmond International Airport's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation before the Commission submits its proposed 2018-2020 DBE goal for the Richmond International Airport to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Richmond International Airport
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
10 am - 2 pm

foundation focus




membership corner

Delaware North leads Brick-by-Brick honorees

Mayor Byron Brown: "It is a world-class, environmentally friendly, mixed-use structure that is a welcome addition to our cityscape."



Passengers in Sea-Tac Airport's Central Terminal, 10 November 2015

Seattle Airport Reveals New Concessions Line-Up

The Port of Seattle has announced a range of new dining and retail concepts, following tenders at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Among the big winners were SSP America and Pacific Gateway Concessions.



Birmingham Airport Soars to New Sustainability Standard

The Birmingham International Airport has been awarded LEED gold for new construction as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Business Certification.

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.

Access Your New Prescription Drug Savings Card Today

We're happy to present you with a new member benefit - a WellCardRx prescription drug savings card for each of our members. You can use it by printing the card or simply downloading the app for your smartphone.
Whether you have insurance or not, this prescription discount card can be beneficial, especially if you have a high deductible to pay on your insurance plan. It's not insurance, but it can give you significant savings on your prescriptions and more. Your WellCardRx discount card features:
  • Instant savings on most prescription drugs
  • Access to more than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide
  • All family members can use the card
  • No limits and no expiration date
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions
  • Bonus savings on dental and hearing care
To take advantage of this new benefit, get your card here:

For more information, click here or contact Tom Wyss at or 804.273.9797 x2000.



aviation news

Helping Combat the Impact Climate Change

Addressing emissions on an airport site is a challenge that requires a lot of creativity and tenacity from the airport operator, but it can also give rise to highly innovative carbon management solutions like by reducing CO2 emissions on the ground.


Green Light for Summer Tests of New Automated Screening Lane System

Following the successful completion of integration assessment tests by the TSA, Vanderlande and Optosecurity's ASL will be deployed for Operational Readiness Tests at US Category-X airports this summer.

New York City Reaches 5,000 City-Certified M/WBEs

New York City City has reached 5,000 City-certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs), meaning the De Blasio Administration is ahead of schedule of reaching 9,000 City-certified M/WBEs by 2019.

legislative update

Ivanka Trump Previews Trump Administration's Workforce Development Week

After maintaining a relatively low profile over the last month, Ivanka Trump is stepping back in the spotlight forcefully next week for a White House focus on workforce development.



jobs/BIDS board

The AMAC Job/Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active upcoming job openings and bid opportunities across the country. If you represent a government, public or private organization that would like to post opportunities, click here or contact us at