General FAQs

What is the AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference?
The Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference continues to bring together businesses, aviation professionals, government officials and individuals from around the country to discuss a variety of subjects ranging from how to do business at airports to public policy issues impacting the entire aviation industry. And with the added bonus of nationally-known celebrities and commentators, to renowned authors, to Secretaries of Transportation, and just plain folks telling their stories of challenge and success at airports, this event continues to enjoy its status as the third largest aviation conference in the coterminous United States.

What are the conference dates?
August 21 - 25, 2018. Please click here to review the schedule and event locations.

What are the conference locations?
The conference will take place at the Westin Seattle (1900 5th Avenue, | Seattle, WA 98101) unless otherwise noted in the schedule.

Who Should Attend?

  • Aviation, airport and transportation executives
  • Aviation, airport and transportation emerging leaders
  • Industry consultants and engineers
  • Marketing and business professionals
  • Concessions and revenue team members
  • Project managers and change agents
  • Other industry professionals seeking to expand upon their change management leadership

Whether you are a skilled leader or an emerging leader, there will be something for everyone! Use this justification letter template to help make your case to attend our conference.

Which industries will be represented at the conference?

You’ll connect with women and minority owned businesses, Fortune 500 companies that are industry leaders in aviation, hospitality, travel and logistics, energy, retail, transportation, telecommunications, finance and banking to name a few, as well as federal, state and local government agencies.

How many attendees and exhibitors do you expect?

The conference is expected to draw up to 1,000 attendees and as many as 40 exhibitors.

Do you publish the attendee list?

No, the full attendee list is not published due to privacy policies. Attendees can access other attendees on the AMAC Conference Mobile App once the app is available. In addition, AMAC Members can utilize the membership directory in the AMAC Member portal to look up contact information for individuals within the network.

What will the weather be like in Seattle?

The weather in Seattle in late August typically has average highs of high 70 degrees and lows of high 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

What can I expect from keynote speakers and panelists at the conference?

Speakers include nationally recognized experts in relevant topics on aviation, hospitality, transportation, business, government relations, finance and key trends. Top executives from major airports, airlines, hospitality groups and corporations who value the contributions of women and minorities in aviation with a proven track record of achievement have been invited to share their expertise through keynote speeches and by leading or moderating several workshops.

Explain the theme “Inspiring Possibilities” and its relevance to the conference.

Seattle is a world-class city with many wonderful attractions surrounded by unmatched beauty. Seattle is home to one of the most diverse zip code in the nation (98118) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport strives to reflect the diversity of its surrounding communities and extraordinary region, in its workforce. As the birthplace of Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and many more, Seattle is the perfect environment to inspire the next great thing waiting to be discovered. The 2018 conference will have a distinct feel through its programming that will demonstrate Seattle’s unique flair and reflect the city’s diverse community and technology industry.

What is the dress code for the conference?

The recommended attire for all conference activities is business casual during business hours and cocktail attire / business casual for evening events. Please note, the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception is black and/or white cocktail attire.

What are the conference terms, conditions and policies?

To view the terms, conditions and policies, click here.

Who should I contact for press inquiries?

Contact Shahara Anderson-Davis, AMAC Communications & Event Manager, at or 703.414.2622 x3.

I would like to purchase an ad, is that possible?

You can purchase an ad online here or by contacting Shahara Anderson-Davis, AMAC Communications & Event Manager, at or 703.414.2622 x3.

Sponsor FAQs

Why should I sponsor?
Sponsorship brings tremendous visibility to your brand in front of nearly 1,000 individuals. The conference attendees are comprised of women and minority business owners, corporate executives and purchasing decision-makers, as well as representatives from government agencies and advocacy organizations. All sponsors receive brand recognition in the program book, conference website, signage, as well as an exhibitor booth, conference registrations and more!

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Who do I contact about sponsorship opportunities?
Chermaina Roundtree
AMAC, Programs & Corporate Development Director
Hours of Operation: 9 am - 5 pm, ET, M-F
Phone: 703.414.2622 x5

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

When is my ad due for the program book?
All ads are due by July 9, 2018. Contact Shahara Anderson-Davis, AMAC Communications & Event Manager, at or 703.414.2622 x3 if you did not receive your ad specs.

Where can I find exhibitor information?
The exhibitor kit will be posted on the conference website.

Registration FAQs

What is the attendee cost?
To view the attendee pricing click here.

What are spouse/companion tickets?
A guest pass is intended for family members and guests not actively involved in aviation (not for business associates, staff, colleagues or students). A guest cannot be a member of AMAC or any of its aviation affiliates. There is a limit of one guest pass per registrant and it must accompany a full conference registration.

I am traveling with a companion, are there any events they can attend individually?
You can purchase a guest pass or individual tickets for the below events:
1. DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training
2. Business Matchmaking
3. Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament
4. Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast

As a sponsor or exhibitor, how do I add the names of the people who will be using the full-conference admissions?
You can login through the online registration and register individuals whom you designate as recipients of your company's allotted registrations. For additional help please contact Anthony Barnes, AMAC Membership & Development Director, at or 703.414.2622 x2.

What is the refund policy?
All sales are final and non-refundable.

Are individual attendee tickets transferable?
Paid registrations may be transferred to another individual at your organization if you notify AMAC in writing by August 10, 2018. Send transfer and substitutions via email to Anthony Barnes, AMAC Membership & Development Director, at or 703.414.2622 x2. Please include the Name, Title and Email for the original registrant as well as for the new colleague who will be using the registration. All requests must be made in writing by August 10, 2018.

As a sponsor and/or exhibitor I registered an individual for a full-conference admission. Now, they are unable to attend. How can I transfer the registration?
You can login to the registration system to access your records to make changes to allotments or purchase additional items. Sponsors and exhibitors can make changes to their allocated full conference admissions until August 10, 2018 when online registration closes.

Who do I contact with questions about the online registration process?
Anthony Barnes
AMAC, Membership & Business Development Director
• Hours of Operation: 9 am - 5 pm, ET, M-F
• Email:
• Phone: 703.414.2622 x2

Exhibitor FAQs

Coming soon.