Connections – August 3, 2015

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Message From the President


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We have just received the results of the survey taken at our recent Airport Business Diversity Conference and I'm pleased to report that AMAC gets high marks for all of its sessions, workshops, speakers and networking receptions.

These surveys are key to our future planning of events that will meet and exceed the expectations of our members.  We learn what we did well, what we need to improve and some things that we should avoid all together!  We thank all who gave us honest feedback. Please take a look at the evaluations here

AMAC is proud to unveil a sleek and professional new look to our web site.  We are sure that you will find it easy to navigate and easy on the eyes.  The site is still a work-in-progress, but take a look at us now!

Now let me draw your attention to our Foundation Focus, a new regular feature of our Connections newsletter.  Joshua Montgomery's story is a strong example of what can happen when we work together to provide opportunities to energetic young people interested in the aviation industry.  As we continue to watch Joshua's growth and career progress, we can take pride in knowing that, through our Foundation programs, we are helping him strengthen his wings.

Promote. Prepare. Advocate. Engage.

Let's do it together,
Shelby M. Scales
President and CEO


Headshot - Eric MercadoSpotlight on AMAC's Eric Mercado

There are two essential qualities that a strong leader should have, says AMAC member and business owner Eric Mercado, C.M., ACE.  "One is to know how to recognize the strengths and work styles of your team members and the other is to be able to guide them to achieve your organization's goal."

Leadership skills training is just one of the programs Mercado offers as Managing Director of Aviation Career Services (, an executive recruitment and career development company he founded in 2010.

Mercado began his career more than 15 years ago with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Airport Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  He also earned his private pilot certificate there.  He went on to work at various levels of airport management from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, among others.

A Mexican-Puerto Rican, Mercado is sensitive to the need for airport management teams and employees to more accurately reflect the communities they serve, he notes.  His 10 years of experience in the industry led him to analyze the challenges that women and minorities face and create a company that offers the solutions that help them "make the cut" during their job search.

His major commitment, and where his work parallels AMAC's goals, is to help provide an "equal base" for women and minorities in the recruitment realm, he says.

"AMAC has been a valuable resource for me in making connections to other people in the industry who understand small business and how it works," he says.  He has worked on AMAC's Training Committee to help develop their programs' direction, noting that "we have to train future leaders to fill the Boomers' shoes when they retire."

"Airport managers today need to be business savvy," he continues.  "They have to be on top of the decision making process; know how to negotiate through new ventures; have a handle on marketing, finance and business development."

Noting that many airports were impacted significantly by the recent recession, Mercado added "Today's managers have had to find non-aeronautical revenue streams. They have to operate airports as competitive business enterprises."



Joshua headshot at airportAMAC Intern Joshua Montgomery Ready to Soar with Roots and Wings

With strong roots provided by a caring, creative mother and powerful wings offered by friends and mentors at the AMAC Foundation, 22 year old intern Joshua Montgomery is prepared to soar in the aviation industry.

"My mom was raising five children on her own and she had to come up with innovative ways to keep us busy and entertained," Montgomery recalls.  "She would take us to the airport to watch the planes take off.  And we'd ride our bikes on the park trails around BWI (Baltimore Washington Airport)."

His imagination sparked and fueled by these experiences, Montgomery attends the University of Maryland majoring in Aviation Management.  He will receive his Bachelor of Science degree at the end of the fall semester.

"I started out wanting to be a pilot,  but the training was too expensive," he says.  Determined to stay in the aviation field, Montgomery got good advice from his college counselor who pointed out the advantages of a career in airport management. "I still plan to get my pilot's license someday," he notes emphatically.

In 2014, a member of Joshua's church introduced him to AMAC President Shelby Scales, who immediately recognized his potential.  "She put me right to work," Montgomery says with a smile.  That summer he worked as an intern at Martin State Airport, reporting to the airport director Al Pollar.   Martin State Airport is a joint civil-military public use airport located just outside of Baltimore.  "I got a good look at the basics of running an airport."

This summer, as an intern with Jacobsen Daniels Associates, a high-powered, nationally recognized leader in transportation and strategic planning in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Montgomery is getting a broad view of the aviation industry from the top.

Encouraged by Jacobsen Daniels partner, Darryl H. Daniels, who is Chairman of the Board of AMAC, Montgomery is working with architects, engineers, environmental planners, urban planners, graphic designers, finance experts, information technology specialists, and many other top professionals from diverse disciplines.

"This has been an extraordinary experience," Montgomery says.  "I've learned so much about what goes into the planning, construction and community impact of massive transportation projects."

Montgomery's wings will unfold in December when he completes his degree and begins sending out his resume, made strong by his AMAC Foundation experiences.  He is optimistic.  "I've had some interest already from businesses and agencies," he says. He is looking for work that will allow him to get his Master's Degree while on the job. "I want to be fully prepared with all the right credentials."

AMAC Expands Internship Opportunities

We are eager to expand AMAC's member supported Internship Program! Our goal is simple: connect AMAC businesses and members with eligible minority students enrolled in aviation-related and business programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and aviation educational institutions. AMAC has a long-standing tradition of mentorship and giving back, and we are strengthening our efforts by giving students access to meaningful work experiences. Please visit our Internship Program's page and feel free to forward this information to any student you know who may benefit from one of these opportunities.
Learn more.

Inquiries related to the internships may be directed to the specific organization listed. If you represent a public or private organization that would like to post an internship opportunity, please contact Molly King at or call 703-414-2622.



Annual FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports Held

The Sixth Annual free FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11th and 12th at the 20 F Street NW Conference Center, Washington, DC 20001-6701.  Speakers from the FAA, USDOT, other government agencies, trade associations, DBE/ACDBEs, consultants, and stakeholders will attend.

Conference participants will receive the latest legal, regulatory, best practices and program updates in sessions covering:

  • Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE/ACDBE)

    Click Here for an updated agenda for this training.

  • Airport Disability Compliance Program (ADA/Section 504)
  • Airport Nondiscrimination Compliance Program (Title VI/LEP/EJ)

Please email Shelly James-Msuya at to obtain additional information

Public Hearings Planned on Equal Access to GDOT Contracts

Do women and minority business owners think they are able to get their fair share of the more than $2 billion in contracts that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) spends annually? The consulting firm of Griffin & Strong, P.C. ("GSPC") wants to know.

GDOT has hired the firm to review, analyze, and suggest improvements to the way it does business with minority and women owned businesses.

GSPC is conducting public hearings at 6:00 p.m. in Atlanta, August 18th; Augusta, August 19th; and Columbus, August 20th to find out, based in part on the testimonies of business owners and community members, whether GDOT has provided equal access to their procurement opportunities.

To learn more about the hearings regarding the 2015 GDOT Disparity Study, visit, email or call Griffin & Strong, P.C. at 404-584-9777.

Book CoverStudy of Current Practices to Set and Monitor DBE Goals Available OnLine

The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 481: Current Practices to Set and Monitor DBE Goals on Design-Build Projects and Other Alternative Project Delivery Methods is currently available online. The book synthesizes current practices and challenges that state departments of transportation (DOTs) face as they set and monitor the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program goals on design-build and other alternative delivery projects. This study focuses on key issues associated with DBE contract goals, including how requirements are established, how submissions are evaluated, how program compliance is monitored through the contracts, and what mechanisms are available to state DOTs for enforcement.

Click here to learn more:

Denver Airport Hiring Event Planned

The Denver International Airport Workforce Center is partnering with the Westin Denver International Airport to offer a hiring event on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the airport's City Conference Room. The event will consist of two sessions based upon job duties:

  • Noon to 2 p.m. - Food and Beverage Positions
  • 2p.m. - 5 p.m. - Rooms Positions

Department heads will be on-site conducting interviews, so it is important that attendees follow the registration instructions below.

To Register:



Rhonda Arnold & ShelbyRhonda Arnold Receives AMAC Chairman's Award

For her dedicated and compassionate leadership as a positive change agent, AMAC Board Member Rhonda C. Arnold, Director of Community Relations for the Houston Airport System, received the organization's Chairman's Award. Arnold was honored at the Catalyst Awards Luncheon during the recent 31st annual Airport Business Diversity Conference held in Fort Lauderdale.   Arnold promotes Houston Airports and their economic importance to the region by maintaining positive, collaborative relationships with the business community, area chambers of commerce, local government, economic development agencies and community organizations with emphasis on diversity and inclusion.


Advertise with AMAC

AMAC has introduced advertising opportunities in our Connections eNewsletter and on our website! This unique opportunity provides a cost-effective vehicle to promote your business to thousands in the aviation industry and beyond. All-inclusive, special pricing is available for Connections and website placement and ads will include a hyperlink directly to your website.

The decision makers and business leaders at airports, major corporations, business owners, suppliers, and consultants rely on valuable information from AMAC. Your brand will gain widespread visibility as our electronic communications reach close to 20,000 industry professionals monthly. With our newly designed communication tools, we expect visibility to grow!

To reserve your exclusive space and lock in the special introductory rate, follow the button below to access the order form.


For questions, contact Anthony Barnes at or 703-414-2622, ext. 2. contact



Affordable Office Space

Are you in need of affordable office space close to Washington, DC and Reagan National Airport? We are here to help! AMAC members may take advantage of renting office space directly from AMAC. Centrally located in beautiful Arlington, VA, convenient office space is available for you to conduct business within the District of Columbia/Maryland/Virginia areas and beyond!

For more information, contact Anthony Barnes at or 703-414-2622.

Member Referral Program

The heat is on during AMAC's summer of savings through the Member Referral Program! Current members may receive a $50 credit (up to $200) toward a future event registration for every business/airport/individual/corporate entity they refer that becomes a member. The credit must be used by April 30, 2016. For more information, please contact



The AMAC Job Board is a nationwide listing of active and upcoming job openings at governments and contractors across the country. If you represent a public or private organization that would like to post an open position, please contact us at

The Massachusetts Port Authority's Office of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance is currently recruiting for a Workforce Diversity Program Administrator.  Massport is an independent public authority which develops, promotes and manages airports, the seaport and transportation infrastructure in the state. All interested applicants should apply online at or go to:


Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is seeking a Chief Operating Officer. The Chief Operating Officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has broad institutional responsibilities and authorities to direct the aviation and landside operations, and associated supporting and administrative activities at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport (The Airports). For more information click here.


Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. is looking for an experienced executive to lead finance, budgeting, strategic planning and business development efforts. This seasoned executive should have a familiarity with airport management such that he or she is able to plan, organize, implement and direct the financial, business development and management (including properties and concessions). For more information, click here.


The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is recruiting a Deputy VP for Supplier Diversity. The Airports Authority is seeking a Deputy Vice President to lead its Supplier Diversity Program. The successful candidate will develop long term business strategies; define new growth opportunities (alliances, partnerships, programs, and diverse channels; create best in class practices, deliver key performance indicators (KPIs) in establishing and promoting the Airports Authority's Supplier Diversity Program. For more information, click here


For additional job postings click here.



The AMAC Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active and upcoming bid opportunities at governments across the country. If you represent a government organization that would like to post opportunities, please contact us at


RFP Auctioneer Services

Request for Proposals. The Norfolk Airport Authority (the Authority) requests proposals from qualified auctioneers (Offeror) to provide auctioneer services for the Authority. Auctioneer services are required for abandoned vehicles and goods which have come into the possession of the Authority under section 144 (C) (02) of the charter of the City of Norfolk, as well as any Authority-owned vehicles and equipment which have been declared surplus. Learn more.


Kenton County Airport Board - ITB Two (2) Matrix Message Signs   View


For additional bid opportunities click here.  



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October 15, 2015