Events

Saturday, June 17

8:30 am – 5:30 pm / Location TBA
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

9:45 am – 11:00 am
The Airport Directors 20/30 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.
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Emerging young professionals are essential to the growth of the airport industry and professional organizations like AMAC. The Young Professional Aviation Industry Career Panel will allow AMAC to connect to local and regional organizations that cater to and promote professional development, career advancement, and mentoring to the young professional community. This panel discussion will allow a captive audience to learn about various aviation industry careers, AMAC membership, and its importance to minorities in the aviation industry.

Panelists:
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Monday, June 19

7:30 am – 5:00 pm
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.
10:45 am – 11:45 am
You will draw inspiration from this group of seasoned aviation corporate CEO’s as they discuss the high-level business strategies needed to successfully drive growth and profit while delivering quality service and cultivating an energized workforce. With experience spanning all aspects of the aviation and commercial services industry, this highly regarded panel will offer you insights into the common obstacles faced by business leaders who lead companies of all sizes and types. These industry experts will suggest approaches for you to utilize in your own professional life to ensure you successfully overcome the obstacles and take advantage of the opportunities.

CEO Panelists:
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Tuesday, June 20

7:30 am – 9:00 am
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.