At this year's conference, we are thrilled to bring you 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: AEC, Track 3: Professional Development, Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Government – to optimize your workshop session experience. See below for full workshop details.

FULL SCHEDULE

Track 1 – Concessions

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

This is meant to be an introduction to the airport concessions industry from an ACDBE perspective. Learn what it takes to become certified, what is a joint venture partnership and operating agreement, what is the path to getting a deal in an airport (whether as an operator or a partner) and what are the challenges to operating in a challenging airport environment. This session will be a precursor to the more detailed sessions to be presented throughout the main conference.

Join Ventures – Best Practices
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Learn how to create or improve upon your operating agreement for a concessions joint venture. The 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 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.

Economics of Airport Planning- Why Operating Models are Chosen and How it Impacts You
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

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

Hear from successful ACDBE operators on their favorite mistakes, how they learned from them and can help you avoid some of these common pitfalls in the airport concessions world. This discussion will give participants a chance to ask questions and share some of their own challenges in a positive and accepting session that will benefit everyone.

Financing Options
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am

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. Following the session, companies who offer financing vehicles will be available at networking tables to answer questions and share their financial offerings.

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

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
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This session will provide an overview of the business of airports from an AEC 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 the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and prepare to take flight.

Construction Delivery Methods
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Design Build, (DB)/Design, Bid, Build, (DBB)/Construction Manager-General Contractor, (CMGC)/ Private Partnerships (P3s)/General Contractor-Construction Manager (GCCM)

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.

Leveraging Emerging Technology for a Competitive Edge
Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Technical solutions (e.g., BIM), making the investment in technology and talent!

Before You Sign That Contract
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 8:45 am – 10:00 am

The trials and tribulations of signing contracts -- there may be risk!  (contract language, EEO, etc).

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

Pitfalls, lessons learned, modeling success, and taking the right risks

Track 3  Professional Development

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 wil 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.

The Benefits of Coaching Throughout Your Airport 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

Particpants 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

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

Discuss race-neutral and race-conscious goal-setting, the requirement for data collection to support programs, and  FAA will answer questions related to running DBE and ACDBE programs in the 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

Discuss ADA/504 and Title VI  Obligations for Airports and FAA will answer questions that airport sponsors have regarding the programs.

Common Certification Misunderstandings and Mistakes, Appeals and Q&A
Friday, August 24, 2018 | 10:30 am – 11:45 am

State Unified Certification Programs (UCPs) and certifying agencies provide “one-stop shopping” to applicants for DBE and ACDBE certification. This session will include an in-depth discussion of certification and DBE/ACDBE appeal issues. Participants will explore issues related to an owners’ personal net worth, ability to accumulate substantial wealth provisions, interstate certification, and a host of common misunderstandings about DBE/ACDBE program regulations. The session will help ensure certifying agencies apply DBE/ACDBE program requirements consistently and in accordance with DBE/ACDBE regulations.