Wayne County Airport Authority welcomed aviation industry leaders and contractors for AMAC’s Great Lakes Regional Forum April 20-21, 2016. WCAA operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP). The forum, held at DTW’s Westin Hotel, brought airport operators, airline executives, government officials and contractors together for professional development, networking and exposure to business opportunities in the region.

Leslie Proll, Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights – Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, delivered the keynote address. Her office enforces civil rights and labor laws, as well as coordinates oversight of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.

Other highlights of the forum included the Aviation Forecast Panel featuring WCAA CEO Thomas Naughton; Robert Selig, President & CEO, Capital Region International Airport; and Susan Warner-Dooley, First Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation. The Fireside Chat with the CEOs of local businesses generated a lot of discussion and several sessions drew large crowds. The forum ended with a concessions tour of DTW’s McNamara Terminal, spotlighting award-winning and innovative concepts developed by current and former ACDBEs. HBF APU sponsored a reception in the terminal to celebrate the conclusion of a successful forum.

Ron Evans, WCAA Deputy Director of Procurement, led the local planning committee.