All events are at the Marriott Marquis Houston unless otherwise noted. Download the schedule here.

7:30am – 12:00pm Pre-Conference Training Registration, Texan Foyer
8:00am – 4:00pm Project LIFT, Space Center USA

Keynote Speaker: Leland Melvin, Former NASA Astronaut

8:00am – 4:30pm Pre-Conference Training, Salon A
12:00pm – 1:30pm Combined Board Lunch
1:45pm – 3:15pm Trade Board Meeting, Liberty A
3:30pm – 5:00pm Foundation Board Meeting, Liberty A
5:30 p.m. – 7:00pm Board Dinner (Invitation Only)
7:30pm – 8:30pm Golf Pairing Reception, Chairman’s Suite
7:00am – 7:15am **** Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament Transportation ** Depart from Marriott **
7:30am – 12:00pm Pre-Conference Training Registration, Texan Foyer
8:00am – 4:30pm Pre-Conference Training, Salon A
8:30am – 5:30pm *Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament, Wildcat Golf Course
4:00pm – 9:00pm General Registration, Texan Foyer
12:00pm – 8:00pm Exhibitors Move-In, Texan Foyer
6:30pm – 7:30pm Inaugural Past Chair’s Reception (Invitation Only), Chairman’s Suite
6:30am – 7:30am FREE Yoga and Meditation Class, Pool Deck Lawn
7:00am – 5:00pm General Registration, Texan Foyer
7:30am – 9:00am Industry Leadership Breakfast (Invitation Only), Salon B

Keynote Speaker: Elliott Black, Director of Airport Planning & Programming, FAA

7:30am – 9:00am DBELO and Supplier Diversity Leadership Breakfast, Galvaston A
8:00am – 9:00am Exhibitor’s Breakfast, Texan Foyer
8:00am – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall, Texan Foyer
9:30am – 5:00pm Silent Auction, Texan Foyer
9:30am – 10:30am Airport Director’s 20/20 Vision Forum, Salon C

Moderator: Krystal Brumfield, President & CEO, AMAC
Lamar Willis, Principal, Nathan Bacford Management

Panelists: Ricky Smith, CEO, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
                Deborah Ale Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports
                Scott Brockman, President & CEO, Memphis International Airport
                Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation, Houston Airport System

10:30am – 11:30am Hidden Figures: Building the Bench and Developing More Minority Airport Directors, Salon C

Moderator: Miguel Southwell, President & CEO, Brakkam Aviation Management

PanelistsZack Deming, Principal, Korn Ferry
                Gale LaRoche, Vice President of Human Resources, ADK Consulting and Executive Search
                Deven Judd, Director, Leasing & Development and Customer & Concessions Development, Metropolitan Washington                       Airports Authority
                Al Denson, President & CEO, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
                Rosalie Hornbuckle, Chief Human Resources Officer, Philadelphia International Airport

12:00pm – 1:45pm Hidden Figures Jazz Brunch (Conference Opening), Salon DE

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bernard Harris, Former NASA Astronaut

2:00pm – 3:15pm Concurrent Workshops

Workshop I – Title VI and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 Requirements for Airports, Salon A

Moderator: Michael Freilich, Director, National External Operations Program, FAA

Panelists: Marcus England, Team Lead, National Airports Civil Rights Policy and Compliance, FAA
Jonathan Ocana, Equal Opportunity Specialist, Departmental Office of Civil Rights (DOCR), USDOT
Jonathan Klein, Team Lead, Airport Disability Compliance Program, FAA
Janet Long, Team Lead, Airport Nondiscrimination Compliance Program, FAA

Workshop II – The Magic of Bonding for Contractors, Salon B

Moderator: Joanne Brooks, Vice President & Counsel, The Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Panelists: Angela Roberson, Director of Diversity and Contract Compliance, Ferrovial Agroman
                Esther Francis, Project Manager, Fronza & Francis LLC
                Tracey Lawrence, President, Heis Surety & Insurance Services Inc.
                Carolyn Ellison, Community Development, Turner Construction

Workshop III – The Magic of Writing Winning Concessionaire Proposals, Salon C

Moderator: Tonja Pastorelle, Pastorelle Marketing Group, Inc.

PanelistsFrancis Wilmore, ASL Architects
                Nicole Dial, Managing Partner, Concord 10 Concessions, LLC

3:30pm – 4:45pm Concurrent Workshops

Workshop IV – FAA: Common Certification Misunderstandings and Mistakes, Appeals and Q & A, Salon A

Moderator: Gene Roth, National Team Lead, DBE/ACDBE Compliance Program, FAA

Panelists: Marc Pentino, Lead Equal Opportunity Specialist, Departmental Office of Civil Rights (DOCR), USDOT
                Sam Brooks, DBE Appeal Team Lead, Departmental Office of Civil Rights (DOCR), USDOT

Workshop V – Take-offs and Landings – Wealth Destination: Understanding Financial and Tax Strategies for Business Owners, Salon C

Presenters: Reginald C. Thompson, Thompson Wealth Advisors
                   Jovan Goldstein, CPA, JT Goldstein

Workshop VI – Social Equity: Economic Development, Partnerships and Planning, Salon C

Moderator: Holli Harrington, Director of Supplier Diversity, Indianapolis Airport Authority

Panelists: Gabriele Mack, Vice President, Economic Inclusion & Supplier Development, Jacobs
                Dr. Steven Nakana, Social Equity Manager, Port of Portland

Workshop VII – Houston, we have a problem: Protecting Your Business and Managing Cyber Security Risks in the Digital Age, Salon F

Moderator: Michael Stephens, General Counsel & Vice President of Information Technology, Tampa International Airport

Panelists: Terry Speigner, President/CEO, NGEN
                Mareco Edwards, Attorney, South River Partners

5:00pm – 6:00pm New Members Reception, Chairman’s Suite
7:00pm – 9:00pm Welcome to Houston All White Party, Pool Pavilion
6:30am – 7:30am FREE Yoga and Meditation Class, Pool Deck Lawn
7:00am – 9:00am Delaware North Partner Breakfast, Brazoria A
7:00am – 6:00pm General Registration, Texan Foyer
7:00am – 9:00am Paradies Lagardere Partner Breakfast, Salon B
7:30am – 8:45am Exhibitor’s Breakfast, Texan Foyer
7:30am – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall, Texan Foyer
7:30 am – 9:00am HMS Host Partner Breakfast, Salon A
7:30am – 5:00pm Silent Auction, Texan Foyer
7:45am – 10:30am The Art of Making your Flight Connections – Business Matchmaking that will upgrade you to First-Class, Salon G
11:00am – 11:30am AMAC President’s State of the Industry Address (Business Meeting), Salon DE
11:30am – 12:30pm DBE/ACDBE Program 2.0: What is needed for sustainability for the next 20 Years?, Salon DE

Moderator: William “Bill” Kirk, Partner, K & L Gates

Panelists: Kevin Holt, Partner, H&H Hospitality, Inc.
                Jason McLemore, Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Business Opportunity, Houston Airport System
                Clark Sharpe, President, Shellis Management Services, Inc.
                Richard Avson, SVP Business Development, Delaware North Travel

12:30pm – 2:00pm Catalyst Awards and Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, Salon DE

Keynote Speaker: Rory Verrett, Managing Partner, Protégé Search

2:30pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Workshops

Workshop I – FAA: Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Assistance for DBEs and ACDBEs, Salon A

Moderator: Dolores Leyva, Compliance Specialist, DBE/ACDBE Compliance Program, FAA
Panelists: Tony Arps, Gulf Region Director, USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC)
                Adrianna Clark, Southeast Region Director, Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC)
                Joe Jackson, Supplier Diversity Director, Atlanta Aviation Associates (A3)

Workshop II – Public Private Partnerships (P3): The Magic in Innovative Project Delivery Systems, Salon B

Moderator: Dwight Pullen, Senior Vice President and National Aviation Director, Skanska

PanelistsKaven Swan, Principal, HOK
                Frank R. Wengler, AECOM
                Tina Millan, Senior Vice President, US Director of Aviation, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Workshop III – The Magic of Money: Taking Flight with Access to Capital, Salon C

Moderator: JT Goldstein, CFO, AMAC

Panelists: Roger Worrell, CFO, SSP America Inc.
                George Wm. Tinsley, Sr., President & CEO, Tinsley Family Businesses
                Marques Warren, President, DBE Loans

Workshop IV – Disappearing Act: Making Letters of Credit Disappear in lieu of Concessionaire Bonds, an Airport Lease Guarantee Alternative, Salon F

Moderator: Charlene Reynolds, President/CEO, Creative Insurance Concepts

Panelists: Nancy Zbozny, Financial Products Underwriter (Commercial Surety), Great American Insurance Group
                Leslie Benson, CEO, Departure Media
                Roger Schwandtner, Business Development Manager, Creative Food Group
                Dale Greig, Vice President of Business Development, SureTec
                Pam Housley, Concessionare Manager, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

4:00pm – 5:15pm Workshop V – Joint Venture Monitoring Requirements

Moderator: Ron Evans, Deputy Procurement Director for Outreach/DBELO, Wayne County Airport Authority

Panelists: Robin Gibson, Executive Assistant, Property Management/Business Development, Philadelphia International Airport
                Delores P. Leyva, Compliance Specialist, FAA Office of Civil Rights
                Wilbur Barham, Deputy Director, Civil Rights National Policy and Compliance, FAA Office of Civil Rights

Workshop VI – The Disaster Recovery: Expecting the Unexpected: The Magic of Planning Ahead for When Disaster Strikes – What Clients Wish They Knew from the Beginning, Salon F

Presenters: Keely Thibodeaux, Landmark Consulting, LLC

5:00pm – 7:00pm Exhibitors Move-Out, Texan Foyer
5:30pm – 7:00pm Media Partners Reception, Chairman’s Suite
6:30pm – 7:30pm AMAC Regions Cocktail Reception, Salon DE
7:30pm – 9:30pm 2018 Preview Reception, Salon F


8:30am – 10:00am *Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast, Salon FG
Keynote Speaker: Thella Bowens, President & CEO (Ret.), San Diego International Airport
10:30am – 11:30am Airport Concession Joint Venture Stakeholder Session, Salon B

Facilitators: Harnetta Williams, Director, Civil Rights National Policy and Compliance, FAA
                   Wilbur Barham, Deputy Director, Civil Rights National Policy and Compliance, FAA
                   Marcus England, Team Lead, National Airports Civil Rights Policy and Compliance, FAA
                   Nicholas Giles, Equal Opportunity Specialist, National Airports Civil Rights Policy and Compliance, FAA

11:45am – 1:00pm Hudson Partner Lunch, Brazoria A

* Ticketed Event-Not Included in Registration


Booth Exhibitor
10 1987
18, 19 AMAC Foundation Silent Auction
2 Austin Industries
28, 29 Avis Budget Group
3, 4 Azteca Enterprises, Inc. / Parking Guidance  System
8 B2Gnow
5 Bonappa Beverages LLC
15 Departure Media Advertising
25 Einstein Bros Bagels
11 Federal Aviation Administration
12 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
14 Jacobsen Daniels
22 Jamba Juice
1 Landmark Consulting
26 Le Duff America
7 Los Angeles World Airport
9 Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
13 Paradies Lagardère
27 Pizza Hut
101 Quintessential Construction Managers & Consultants, LLC
20, 21 RDG Concessions
24 Smash Burger Franchising, LLC
6 Thompson Hospitality
17 Yoga on the Fly