At this year's conference, we are thrilled to provide more than 20 informative and inspirational workshops, featuring presentations from leading industry and subject matter experts. This rich programming is designed to help you hone your leadership skills, get coveted insights, learn about new industry trends and challenges, gather best practices and provide you with actionable resources and tools to help improve your business.

NEW this year, we are offering four tracks  – Track 1: Concessions, Track 2:  Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC), Track 3: Professional Development, Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Government – to optimize your workshop session experience. See below for full workshop details.

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Track 1 – Concessions

Organized by: Tonja Pastorelle, Pastorelle Marketing Group and Iris Messina, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Join our exciting group of seasoned professionals as they share their experiences in the airport food, beverage, retail and service sectors. New entrants will enjoy the pre-conference Airport Concessions 101 training. During the main conference, this year’s topics are designed to engage conversations, provoke the imagination and promote interaction between speakers and attendees. Don’t miss the roundtables where we will take a deep dive into the subject of joint ventures from every angle.

Airport Concessions 101
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speakers: Silvia Peralta (SMP Concessions), Susan Prevost (Prevost Consulting Group), LeMonica Hakeem (Conekt Hospitality), Iris Messina (Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield), Elizabeth Einhorn (Experience Threee), Scott Van Horn (SEA) and Michael Baldwin (DFW)

This broad-based session is meant for those who are either new to the industry or have had a narrow focus in their career. Participants will learn about all aspects of airport concessions to understand the environment, navigate the landscape, and set and plan their own roadmap to success. This session is a great place to create a foundation to better understand the more focused sessions later in the conference and pairs well to create a well-rounded curriculum.

Joint Ventures – Best Practices
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Speakers: Yasmin Sheriff (Stellar Partners), Courtney Thornton (Hudson), Cobi Duncan (PHL) and Corliss Stone-Littles (Corliss Stone-Littles, LLC)

Always one of the most popular sessions at the AMAC conference! Learn about how to create or improve upon your operating agreement for a concessions joint venture. Panel will be comprised of experienced professionals from prime contractors and ACDBE-certified companies sharing their advice and tips on being successful.

Joint Venture Roundtable
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

This new interactive group of sessions is meant to offer a deeper dive into the world of joint ventures in both Concessions and Architecture/Construction/Engineering. Attendees from all tracks are invited to choose three different topics and rotate every 25 minutes to learn something new and engage with fellow AMAC members. Roundtables will feature Subject Matter Experts to answer your questions and share their experiences in an open and collaborative environment. These micro-topics were chosen based on member feedback from the last several years. They include:

  • Tax implications of a Joint Venture – Jonathan Copley (CFO Care)
  • Ask an Attorney – Mara Rosales (Rosales Law Partners)
  • Ask the FAA – Gene Roth & Team (FAA)
  • A Prime’s Perspective on Joint Ventures – Lessons Learned – Karen Suttle (Paradies) and Kirk Weiss (CI)
  • The Airport and Developer’s Perspective on Joint Ventures – Regina Brown (SAN), Iris Messina (Westfield), Raymond Christy (SLC)
  • So You Have Your First Joint Venture…Advice from Experienced ACDBEs – Apryl Stewart (Skyview Concessions), Sarah Imberman (S. Levy Foods)
  • Regulatory Issues Related to Taking on Investors in your ACDBE Certified Business – Carlos White (K&L Gates)

Economics of Airport Planning- Why Operating Models are Chosen and How it Impacts You
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Speakers: Frank Browne (MCO), Sammy Patel (Vantage), Dawn Hunter (SEA), Drake Beaton (SJC)

Learn why airports choose models such as developer, master concessionaire, large primes or individual contracts and how their decisions affect ACDBEs. How can your business compete within each of these models?

My Favorite Mistake - Experienced ACDBEs Discuss How They Learned from Key Mistakes
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 8:45 am – 10:00 am
Speakers: Pady Regnier (St. Croix), Huy Pham (Innovative Retail Group), Bobb Nix (Pleasant News), Dwayne Heard (Master ConcessionAir)

Successful ACDBE operators share some of their favorite mistakes, how they learned from them and are now ready to help you avoid some of these common pitfalls in the airport concessions world. This interactive discussion will give audience members a chance to ask questions and share some of their own challenges in a positive and accepting session that will benefit everyone. Come early as this session will fill up!

Options for ACDBE Financing: Lessons Learned
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Speakers: Bruce Feuer (Paradies), Randy Hazelton (H&H Hospitality), Simeon Stewart (Palazzo Concessions), Marques Warren (DBE Loans and Warren News & Gift)

ACDBEs in both joint ventures and their own direct operations share their knowledge seeking and operating under a variety of financing vehicles. From banks to private equity to alternative resources, learn more about your options in this challenging area of our business.

Track 2 – Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC)

Organized by: Kelli Kelly, PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. and Mian Rice, Port of Seattle

The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) track will focus on construction-related services. Featured topics are designed to promote awareness and dialogue of key issues pertinent to owners, primes and DBEs involved in build out of aviation infrastructure and programs.

Building Airports 101 for A/E/C: Prepare for Take-off
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Building Airports 101 will provide an overview of the business of airports from an A/E/C perspective. Firms that are interested in exploring design and construction opportunities in airport infrastructure will learn the basics about the unique operating environment of an airport, as well as information about certification and diverse business resources. Join experts from partner agencies Airport Consultants Council (ACC), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and prepare to take flight.

Moderator:

  • TJ Schulz, Airport Consultants Council

Panelists:

  • TJ Schulz, Airport Consultants Council
  • Lily Keeffe, Minority Business Development Agency (Partner)
  • Fernando Martinez, National Minority Supplier Development Council (Partner)
  • Jeffrey Brown, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Construction Delivery Methods: Key Considerations to Maximize Opportunities
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Attendees of this session will learn how to maximize their opportunity to participate in airport infrastructure work by gaining an understanding of various project delivery methods, such as Design Build (D/B); Design, Bid, Build (DBB); Construction Manager-General Contractor (CMGC); and Public Private Partnerships (P3s).

Our panel of industry leaders will highlight opportunities, risks, benefits, timeline and other factors associated with different project delivery methods.

Moderator:

  • Simeon Terry, Austin Industrial

Panelists:

  • Michael Russel, HJ Russell
  • Angela Barry Roberson, Ferrovial
  • Dwight Pullen, Skanska
  • Kathryn Masters, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL)

Joint Venture Roundtable
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

This new interactive session is meant to offer a deeper dive into the world of joint ventures in both Concessions and Architecture/Construction/Engineering. Attendees from all tracks are invited to choose three different topics and rotate every 25 minutes to learn and engage with fellow AMAC members. Roundtables will feature subject matter experts to answer your questions and share their experiences in an open and collaborative environment.

Innovate What’s Next: Leveraging Emerging Technologies for a Competitive Edge
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), drones, LIDAR, and Virtual/Augmented Reality has changed the way our industry manages and delivers the design and construction of airport infrastructure programs. Learn about these and other emerging technologies, what’s next, and how leading firms are leveraging innovation to compete in a technology-driven market.

Moderator:

  • Mel Jones, JE Dunn

Panelists:

• Janice Zahn, Port of Seattle
• Matt Glassman, PCL Construction
• Jarrett Simmons, Jacobsen | Daniels
• Manik Arora, Arora Engineers
• Charlotte Ducksworth, Commun-ET, LLC

Before You Sign that Contract: Understanding and Minimizing Your Risks and Liabilities
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 8:45 am – 10:00 am

Attendees of this session will receive tips on how to avoid legal pitfalls, minimize exposure, and read between the lines to identify language that may potentially put your company at risk. Our panel of experienced A/E/C professionals will provide a basic overview of key considerations, common mistakes, and misunderstandings often embedded in the fine print of a contract.

Note: Insights shared during session are intended for informational purposes, and should not be considered a substitute for legal counsel.

Moderator:

  • Joanne Brooks, Surety & Fidelity Association of America

Panelists:

  • Sofia Mayo, Port of Seattle
  • Dr. Audrey Andrews, HNTB
  • Wesley Stith, Clark Construction
  • Lenee Koch, Hensel Phelps

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: What Successful DBEs Should Know
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Successful business owners know that running a business comes with many challenges, alongside the many triumphs. Join this session to hear industry leaders discuss lessons learned, risks and rewards of ownership, and advice and insights for building relationships, profit, and sustainable growth for your A/E/C business.

Moderator:

  • Gabriele Mack, Jacobs

Panelists:

  • Raymond Christie, Salt Lake City Intl Airport
  • Xiaoping Zhang, Concord Engineering
  • Keith Tillage, Tillage Construction
  • Patricia Bonilla, Lunacon Construction
  • Carolyn Ellison, Turner Construction

Track 3  Professional Development

Organized by: Eric L. Mercado, Aviation Career Services

The Professional Development Track is a mix of must-know information offered by topic experts and experienced professionals. The sessions are designed to aid airport employees, consultants, concessionaires, and anyone else in the aviation and transportation space in better understanding the workforce environment today and in the near future. Each session is designed to offer relevant and detailed take-aways from the session by expert speakers in each area. If you’re interested in learning how to position yourself for any type of advancement or simply looking to improve in certain aspects, be sure to attend these premier sessions!

Commissioners Roundtable (Airport Commissioners Only)
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

AMAC will provide a comfortable and supportive environment for Airport Commissioners and Elected and Appointed Officials to meet and interact with other airport decision makers. You will gain valuable information and insights that can assist you in making decisions impacting your airport and your community. This "For Commissioners Only” session is an opportunity to share information, ideas and discuss how to grow business diversity and support inclusion in your respective airports.

How to Position Yourself for the C-Suite
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

This session will explore identified competencies that are needed for the C-Suite and explore ways to acquire those skill-sets.

Joint Venture Roundtable
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

This new interactive session is meant to offer a deeper dive into the world of joint ventures in both Concessions and Architecture/Construction/Engineering. Attendees from all tracks are invited to choose three different topics and rotate every 25 minutes to learn and engage with fellow AMAC members. Roundtables will feature subject matter experts to answer your questions and share their experiences in an open and collaborative environment.

Executive Coaching and How it Can Benefit Your Career
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

The panel will explain what executive coaching is and how it can benefit and assist you in achieving your career goals more efficiently.

Giving Your Application Materials a Facelift
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 8:45 am – 10:00 am

Participants will learn about the do's and don'ts of developing your application materials. Key focus will be on the cover letter, resume and supplemental questions.

How to Break Out of Your “Silo”
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am

This session will showcase professionals in the industry that successfully transitioned from one career in aviation/transportation to another.

Track 4 – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) / Government

Organized by: Gene Roth, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Civil Rights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) / Government track will focus on the implementation of the DBE/ACDBE, ADA/504 and Title VI programs. The workshop topics are designed to introduce these programs, their requirements and the latest guidance to help participants better implement the programs and answer questions.

Running DBE and ACDBE Programs in Western States/Alaskan, Northwest Mountain and Western Pacific Regional Meeting
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Presenters will engage the audience in a discussion on race-neutral and race-conscious goal-setting, the requirement for data collection to support programs, and other topis related to running DBE and ACDBE programs in the Alaskan, Northwest Mountain and Western-Pacific regions.

Joint Venture Roundtable
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm

This new interactive session is meant to offer a deeper dive into the world of joint ventures in both Concessions and Architecture/Construction/Engineering. Attendees from all tracks are invited to choose three different topics and rotate every 25 minutes to learn and engage with fellow AMAC members. Roundtables will feature subject matter experts to answer your questions and share their experiences in an open and collaborative environment.

Prompt Payment Requirements for Airports
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Join us for a discussion on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Guidance on Prompt Payment issued on April 15, 2016 and what is needed to update DBE programs and processes to be consistent with the guidance.

Overview of ADA/504 and Title VI Obligations for Airports
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 8:45 am – 10:00 am

The session will provide an overview of the ADA/504 and Title VI Obligations for Airports and FAA will answer questions that airport sponsors have regarding the programs.

New DBELO/ ACDBELO Orientation Q&A
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am

This workshop is for new DBE and ACDBELOs and will introduce the audience to the basic requirements of the DBE and ACDBE programs, DBELO/ACDBELO roles and responsibilities, Part 26 and Part 23 regulations and provide a general overview of resources available for new staff at airports responsible for these programs.