MESSAGE FROM the AMAC Board Chairman
Spotlight on AMAC's Al Limaye
Al Limaye, founder of Logistic Solutions, Inc. (LSI), has a positive enthusiasm that is contagious. After one conversation with this former AMAC board member, it’s easy to see how he built a large and prosperous multi-national software consulting firm. He shares passion and dedication to excellence in each sentence.
“I’ve always had an interest in computer science, but I was very scared of it,” he admits. He first got a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Friends then persuaded him to take the plunge into computer science. “Once I began training, I knew this was for me,” he says. “This new work was exciting. I was keen to learn more and find ways to enhance software to be more user-friendly and functional.”
Limaye was destined to become an entrepreneur. His father owned a successful business manufacturing medications for pharmacies. While he knew this work was not for him, he was smart enough to watch and listen and learn. He did the same thing as an employee of GE fresh out of college. “I watched their business procedures, paperwork, employee training processes,” he says, “and then followed them closely in my business.”
Fast forward 23 years and his New-Jersey-based company serves major clients including AT&T, GE, GMAC, Amdocs, HSBC, Cisco and Goldman Sachs. With offices in the US and India, LSI and its affiliates provide services in the US and internationally including Europe and southeast Asia.
Limaye’s company is one of only 15 global partners for Microsoft Surface technology, a Microsoft Gold Partner. Only companies meeting the highest standards for certification and sales requirements receive this top distinction from Microsoft. He has also partnered with other international software companies such as SAP, SAS, IBM and Oracle.
One division of his company develops software for the airport industry, providing an app for touch screen kiosks that can not only spit out boarding passes, but can provide a wide range of information for travelers. “It can help travelers book a limo, find a hotel, restaurant or event, get maps and the weather at their destination, even offer discount coupons matching their needs,” he notes eagerly.
Built in partnership with Microsoft, the app is called TAAPP Concierge Kiosk. It has been used successfully at JFK International Airport and is also available for smart phones and tablets, he says. LSI plans an informational webinar on the app at 10 a.m. on September 22. Visit www.logistic-solutions.com for more information
Limaye credits AMAC with helping him to get in front of airport managers and industry leaders to tell them about the new software and how it can help them “reduce costs , increase customer satisfaction and increase revenues to all involved – airports, concessions and airlines.” Note deletion here
Limaye is also committed to advising young people interested in business leadership. He mentors young entrepreneurs and encourages them to do what his father told him – ““He taught me to work hard, have a passion and be dedicated,” Limaye says, adding that one needs to be patient but persistent, have big aspirations, and be original.
Charlotte Airport DBEs Continue a Legacy of Giving
A tight-knit group of minority- and women-owned airport entrepreneurs in Charlotte, NC, are having a major impact of the lives of young people interested in careers in the airport industry. Over the past five years, the “Charlotte DBEs” have contributed more than $50,000 for AMAC scholarships.
“These DBEs in Charlotte truly exemplify the AMAC mission, says Molly King, AMAC Foundation program manager. “They are inclusive and supportive of fellow DBEs, they’ve been active in AMAC for years, and with little fanfare, they have provided significant scholarship funds.”
“We’re an informal group,” says Keith Haywood, of FDY Inc., a food and beverage concessionaire at a number of airports including the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CDIA). “We don’t have a president or board, or any real structure; we just want to help each other out, and give something back.”
The business owners came together after the death of Bernard Johnson, the owner of SB&J Enterprises. Johnson, who died of a heart attack in 2009 at age 67, was the first minority-owned concessionaire at the Charlotte airport in 1982. His daughters and wife continued to operate the business.
“He was a generous and unselfish man who had been contributing to scholarships at AMAC for years,” said Haywood. “He was responsible for mentoring and giving a hand-up to many of us who dreamt of doing business at CDIA.”
The first major gift of scholarship money by the Charlotte DBEs was made in his name.
In 2010, Deitra Benton, president of airport DBE Denard Enterprises, died suddenly at a young age. Deitra was the daughter of PJ Benton, who had established the family-owned business, and who had been in the food and beverage industry for more than 28 years. Her death followed her daughter’s unexpectedly in 2013.
The Charlotte DBEs were devastated by these deaths that came so quickly in so short a period, said Haywood. “But it only made us more determined to continue the legacy of these entrepreneurs who believed firmly in giving others a chance to do well. When we get together to make our scholarship contributions, nobody blinks. We just reach for our check books,” he notes with a smile.
Today the scholarship benefactors include the following CDIA businesses: SB&J Enterprises; Denard Enterprises; FDY, Inc.; Great Food Services, Inc.; Ewing-Dunn, Inc.; Geathers Enterprises; Charlotte’s Landing, Inc.; Susan Druckman, Inc.; and Withman May Enterprises.
Unions Press Congress on FAA Bill
Delta Adding Name to Underside of Aircraft
Plane-watchers will have an easier time recognizing the aircraft from the Southeast's largest carrier as they show up at airports.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) said recently that it would be "joining a handful of airlines whose planes sport logos on their bellies for easy brand recognition from the ground."
Delta has already painted its logo on the belly of a new Airbus A330. It also has its name on a few Boeing 737-900ER jets, and plans to add the white logo and blue background scheme to its CRJ-200 regional jets, reports the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
U.S. Airfares Dropped 5.6% in July
U.S. airfares fell 5.6% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The decline is the steepest monthly drop in 20 years.Slate (8/19), Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/19), CNBC (8/19), NBC News (8/19)
View FAA Civil Rights Training Conference Online
Conference presentations from the Sixth Annual FAA National Civil Rights Training for Airports Conference recently held in Washington, D.C. are now available online.
The event is held in support of the FAA's goal of strengthening the nation's airports through diversity, equal access, and equal rights. According to organizers, the conference "emphasizes FAA's commitment of working with civil rights advocates to eliminate discrimination in our nation's airports."
The training conference included all aspects of civil rights and nondiscrimination compliance affecting airports around the country.
Next year's training conference is tentatively scheduled for August 9-11, 2016 in Washington, DC.
New Report Details Hot Spots for Transportation Jobs
The Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor have released a new the joint report, "Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry."
The new report details future employment hot spots in transportation by industry sub-sectors, occupations, career areas, and geographic areas. It identifies good-paying, high-demand jobs and analyzes patterns in required education and work experience for entry.
AMAC Legislative Update on FAA Reauthorization
- Incorporating DBE/Airport Concessions (AC)DBE goal-setting and good faith efforts as part of the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program;
- Congressional support for regulatory improvements to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) DBE/ACDBE program in areas such as certification and reciprocity, size standards, and PNW ?? adjustments; and
- DOT pilot program for car rental firms to increase DBE supplier opportunities based on AMAC's "White Paper" on this issue.
Alert: AMAC is exploring establishing a federal political action committee (PAC) to support its legislative efforts. More to come as we progress on this initiative
DFW Airport Receives Top Flight Award
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UPCOMING AMAC EVENTS
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL FORUM
Hosted by Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
October 15, 2015EVENT DETAILS
AMAC Annual Economic Forum to be Held in LA , DEC. 2-3
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Indianapolis and SBA to Host Business Matchmaking Event
AMAC Members Only Information on New Website
Membership has its privileges at AMAC. Now AMAC members can access a wealth of valuable information that is reserved specifically for them on the new website. AMAC members will receive membership login credentials over the next two days that should be used to access members-only pages on the re-designed website. If you do not receive your login credentials by Thursday, September 3, please contact AMAC Membership at email@example.com.
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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.
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