Connections – June 28, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:
Last week in partnership with the Houston Airport System we hosted our annual Airport Business Diversity Conference themed The Magic of Flight. Our highly acclaimed conference held at Houston's new Marriott Marquis was full of fun and excitement as nearly 1,000 of the nation's most esteemed aviation leaders, business owners, aviation professionals and government officials united to discuss a variety of subjects ranging from how to do business at airports to public policy issues impacting the entire aviation industry.
A great deal of the success of this conference was due to our sponsors. Their generous contribution and support was critical in making The Magic of Flight memorable. This year has been one filled with many victories for AMAC and thanks to you our conference continues to provide a balanced program that addresses the diverse needs and the variety of interest levels of those who share AMAC's goal of promoting diversity inclusion in airport contracting and employment.
I look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017 and value your partnership and commitment to AMAC! Be sure to check out event photos here. See you in Seattle next summer!


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

2017 AMAC Board Election Winners


Lynn Boccio
Second Vice Chair


Randy Hazelton


Simeon Terry


Monir Saji
Regional Director - Northeast


Tonja Pastorelle
Regional Director - Great Lakes


Marques Warren
Regional Director - Northwest



Roger Spearman
Regional Director - Central


Upcoming Events

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

AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awardees

Phoebe Barber

Tre Dawson

Nathan Deo

Mareco Edwards II

Jalen Granville

Joshua Green

Roderick Griffin


Leonia Hunt


McKenzie Jackson

Colen James

Danielle Kendrick

Tyler McCray

Carlos Medina

Ronen Melloul

Trevor Nelson

Jessica Ramirez

Jasmine Roman

Roderick Thornton

Justin Tonascia

Charles Wall

Faith Ward

Elise Wheelock

Kameron Willis




Catalyst Award Winners

Chairman's Award - SSP America

This award honors a change agent from inside or outside the organization who has helped AMAC transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.


President's Award - Mamie Mallory (FAA Office of Civil Rights)

This award recognizes an AMAC volunteer member for demonstrating leadership, service, and dedication to executing the AMAC mission and strategic plan during the fiscal year.


Hall of Fame Award -Robin McCullum Diaz (The Hudson Group)

This award honors individual(s), who has demonstrated historical, sustainable and profound contributions to the aviation industry and exhibited a positive impact on diversity inclusion within the industry. This individual(s) has provided continuous support of AMAC's mission and goals, as well as the growth and development of airport diversity.


Airport AEC Innovation and Inclusion Award -  AECOM

This award honors an airport or corporation that has met or exceeded DBE and MWBE participation goals over a period of not less than two years in an architectural, engineering, or construction project.


Airport Top Flight Award - Indianapolis Airport Authority

This award honors an airport for significant contributions toward the realization of DBE, ACDBE, or EEO goals within an airport (e.g. program implementation, new program initiatives to foster growth and development of DBEs or encourage employment, research, litigation, etc.) in support of diversity inclusion.


Advocate of the Year - Robert Bouta (Avis Budget Group, Inc.)

This award recognizes an individual within the industry who has been an outstanding spokesperson, educator, innovator, and advocate for diversity inclusion in the workforce or small business participation in contracting. Nominees should demonstrate how their support through research, business development, technical assistance, and community relations has been pivotal to the growth of student scholarship and workforce development.


Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award - Philadelphia International Airport

This award honors an airport or corporation whose concessions program has met or exceeded their ACDBE goal over a period of not less than two years.


Small Business Partner Award - Julius Davis (VoltAir Consulting Engineers)

This award honors a small business that has demonstrated support of AMAC's mission and goals and has made a significant impact on their community and workforce.


membership corner

Houston Style Magazine Recaps The Magic of Flight



Shannetta Griffin PE to Become Chief Development Officer of Columbus Regional Airport Authority


Aviation industry veteran Shannetta Griffin PE, will join the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) as its Chief Development Officer in mid-July. Griffin will oversee the Development division.


hmsHMSHost Launches Healthy Pop-Ups Across US Airports

HMSHost is rolling out a new health-conscious snacking concept across six US airports. 'Eat Well. Travel Further.' features pop-ups with products designed to help travelers make good eating and snacking choices.

b2gnowHow B2GNow Is Bucking the Diversity in Tech Trend

Although the 28-employee company is small, it's women and minority numbers outnumber white men in every department. Overall, 74% of the company's workforce is made up of women and minority employees.



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


drones.jpgHead of FAA: Drones Are a 'Huge Game-Changer' for the Aviation Industry

In an Associated Press interview, the head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration called the drone revolution "a huge game-changer" for the aviation industry, "similar to powered flight or jet engines" said Michael Huerta.

service-private-chauffeurUber, Lyft Enter Deal With MD to Create Pickup, Drop-Off Zones at BWI Marshall Airport

Starting this summer, travelers flying into BWI Marshall Airport will be able to hail an Uber or Lyft in airport dedicated zones.


ClaesUSEconomicGrowthFINANCEEconomic Performance of the Airline Industry - Mid Year 2017

The Airline Economic Performance takes a broader look at how the industry is adding value for its consumers, the wider economy and governments, as well as its investors.  



legislative update

House Transportation Committee Moves First on FAA Reform Bill

A revived effort to separate air traffic control from the federal government has so far struggled to win over critics despite a White House endorsement and a series of legislative changes designed to gain new supporters. 



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