Key Events

Saturday, June 17

8:30 am - 5:30 pm @ Wildcat Golf
This annual event benefits the AMAC Foundation's Scholarship program. The Tournament honors one of AMAC's own tireless servants, Bill Walker. Mr. Walker's affiliation with the Airport Business Diversity Conference began with the Los Angeles, California Conference in 1988. At the time, he was a Vice President at the Pacific Sate Airlines. Walker began planning the golf tournament shortly after and continued to organize until illness prevented him from doing so. Named after Walker to honor his dedication and commitment to AMAC, the event has since become a perennial favorite.

Sunday, June 18

9:30 am - 10:30 am @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Salon C
The Airport Directors 20/20 Vision Forum has become a conference highlight. This forum is designed to provide conference attendees an opportunity to hear about the future of airports and the aviation industry from the Airport Directors who lead some of our nation’s key airports. This unique workshop is presented in a “talk show” format to provide a relaxed environment for the diverse group of Directors to candidly express their opinions and engage in dynamic discussions on PFC increases, Public Private Partnerships, private development of terminals, concessions pricing models, and more!

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Salon DE
The Hidden Figures Jazz Brunch will celebrate AMAC Founders and paying tribute to the trailblazers portrayed in the award-winning film Hidden Figures.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Chairman's Suite
Discover all the ways your AMAC membership can work for you! Join us to learn more about your membership, meet our staff and build relationships with your fellow AMAC members.

Monday, June 19

7:30 am - 5:00 pm @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Texan Foyer
The Exhibit Hall offers attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of airport concessions, construction companies, products and services; and the tools and technologies available in today's airports. With numerous exhibiting organizations, the exhibit floor is an integral part of the education, networking and professional development that takes place at the AMAC Business Diversity Conference.

7:45 am - 10:30 am @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Salon G
The Department of Transportation, which includes FAA, is contracting hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars this year in every state and territory. Now is the time to claim your piece of this business in the ever expanding and technologically advancing aviation industry.

Timing is often critical for success. If you are a prime contractor, franchisee, or diversity business, you have access to those opportunities right now. To grow and create new revenue streams, requires you to have the right contacts that lead to contracts.

This event will match buyers to sellers, foster an environment to establish a platform to network and create a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties to succeed and prosper.

Matchmaking Process

Business Speed Dating: At the start of the session, Airports, Agencies and Primes will introduce themselves to all the small businesses and briefly describe their procurement needs.
Small business owners then meet with select Airports, Agencies and Primes they have interest in doing business. There are no sign up sheets. Small businesses are allowed five (5) minutes with each meeting, or longer if there is no one waiting behind you. AMAC members will be given first round choice, like priority boarding. If you are patient, you will have the opportunity to meet with everyone.

Bring a one-page capability statement and business cards that include contact information. Be prepared with a 20-second "elevator pitch" to introduce yourself to all at the start of the meeting.

Above all, arrive early to check in. You won't want to miss the intros!
Participation is limited to the first 175 registrants.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Salon DE
The AMAC Catalyst Awards honor members who have made outstanding contributions to further the goals of AMAC. All AMAC members are invited to nominate individuals or organizations. Winners will be honored during the Foundation and Catalyst Awards Luncheon.

Tuesday, June 20

8:30 am - 10:00 am @ Marriott Marquis Houston, Salon DE
Must purchase ticket or table to attend.
The Celebrating Women in Aviation event is designed to foster, promote and applaud the success of women in aviation-related enterprise. This unique breakfast event offers business owners, airports, government and corporations the opportunity to network and hear about the personal and professional experiences of other women in the business, how they got there, and what it takes to excel in the industry. Proceeds benefit the AMAC Foundation.