Connections – September 13, 2015


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

AMAC is pleased to announce that we have issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for our Annual Airport Business Diversity Conferences for 2018-2020.

The AMAC Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference is one of the largest industry conferences hosting over 1,000 attendees, exhibitors, airport representatives, primes and stakeholders. Over the past three years, we have consistently provided an economic impact of more than $1.7 million to the local economy.

We encourage airports and their local Convention and Visitors Bureau to partner with AMAC to showcase their city, highlight airport programs and contractual opportunities and invite the industry into their marketplace.

Please join with AMAC to provide a great venue while boosting your local economy. We're growing and would love to have your City "Take Flight for Success".

AMAC is also announcing an RFP to provide a comprehensive range of On Call Legal Services in support of our organization.  Attorneys currently licensed to practice law representing a national organization, and/or law firms including such attorneys, in the Washington, DC and surrounding areas, are encouraged to respond.  
Please take a look at our full RFP packages on our website at

Shelby M. Scales

President and CEO


Spotlight on AMAC Members Lorraine and Clifton Marshall

Five years ago, Las Vegas husband and wife team Lorraine and Clifton Marshall rolled the dice and both made a decision to change their career trajectories. Today they are partners in AC, LLC, a thriving joint venture with powerhouse airport retailer Hudson News and Gifts at the McCarren International Airport.

Clifton Marshall tells the back story -- for several years, the Las Vegas architect and Clark County planning commissioner had watched a small group of his acquaintances become more and more affluent.   "Las Vegas is a small town," Marshall recalls, "and I couldn't help but notice."

Finally, he says, curiosity got the best of him. He asked one such friend, 'what are you into these days?' "He told me he had a lucrative retail contract at the McCarren International Airport and a light bulb went on in my head," says Marshall.

As soon as an opportunity arose, the couple approached Hudson to suggest a joint venture on an open RFP from the airport. "There was a lot of competition for the partnership, but I had a secret weapon," Marshall says. "Lorraine was, at that time, a corporate executive with Bechtel SAIC, and a 'Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.' That designation is one of the highest business certifications that can be achieved for proven expertise in problem solving and management."

"Hudson was impressed," says Marshall. "I had entrepreneurial experience as head of my own architectural firm and Lorraine could put her significant skills to work helping them improve their profitability, quality and efficiency."

Today, the couple is part owner in more than 30 stores at the airport with Hudson. They have recently opened their own store "Tasty Image Chocolate." In 2013 and in 2014, Hudson honored AC, LLC with management awards for their business acumen.

The Lorraine and Clifton note that their membership in AMAC has been an extremely valuable resource as they wend their way through the complicated world of minority certification and airport business success. "We've learned a lot from other, more experienced, members and from the seminars that are offered. We've also been able to share some of our own business solutions," says Lorraine Marshall.

The Marshalls have been active with Hudson in giving back to the community. They have fostered programs that give high school students the opportunity to learn more about airport and business management through tours and internships. They have also donated school supplies, toys, electronics and books to schools throughout the city.
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Project LIFT travels first class.

Mary Buckley Helps Project LIFT Provide Education and Inspiration

As Director of Education Partnerships at Denver International Airport, AMAC member Mary Buckley gets to inspire young people on a regular basis.  Part of her job is to design creative programs - career presentations, seminars, tours, internships and special events -- that help students interested in the aviation industry make decisions about their future.

As co-chair, with Jack Thomas of Jackson International Airport, of AMAC's Project LIFT planning committee, she puts her experience to work for the Foundation's youth program.  Project LIFT (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) offers educational experiences throughout the year for minority and women students interested in fields related to aviation and aviation-related business.

 "Too often young people learn about potential careers in a narrow environment," she notes.  "Programs like Project LIFT give them a chance to get out of the classroom, talk to adults in the field and other students interested in aviation, and see what the aviation industry has to offer."

Mary Buckley
Mary Buckley

For example, she says, last year AMAC held its 30 year Anniversary Conference in Denver.  As part of the conference, Project LIFT high school students visited the Metropolitan State University of Denver which has the largest and most advanced collegiate aviation programs in the country.  There they met with professors who described their programs in pilot training, airport management, meteorology, and airline management, among others.

They toured the Denver airport and got a behind the scenes look at its functioning parts.  They participated in a 'soft skills' program where they learned basic business etiquette and job interviewing tips. And, they and their parents enjoyed a reception with photos taken and gifts distributed.

"I think the young people were most surprised to see the vast career choices that are available in the airport environment," she says.  "Some noticed that they could own a restaurant in the airport, or a retail clothing shop, in a really cool and unique space."

"I think the young people were most surprised to see the vast career choices that are available in the airport environment," she says.  "Some noticed that they could own a restaurant in the airport, or a retail clothing shop, in a really cool and unique space."

"An airport is like a mini-city," she notes. "For example, our airport employs more than 35,000 people. That includes every skill set from plumbers for our 100 bathrooms to writers for our marketing programs."

Project LIFT programs are conducted every year during the AMAC National Conference and at training seminars held regionally.  They are unique to each airport, tied to that area's special personality.  For example, Buckley noted, Houston International Airport combined its Project LIFT program with a tour of NASA!

Her committee is now working to provide basic templates for certain elements of the AMAC Project LIFT experience for airports all across the country to follow.  "We want to share our understanding of what works best and what provides the strongest learning occasion for the students."
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Atlanta Airport is the World's Busiest


Atlanta is known for the Braves, hosting the 1996 Olympics and now is home to the world's busiest airport. That's according to data released recently from Airports Council International.
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson is one of four U.S. airports to make the top 10 list. The others are LAX in Los Angeles (5); Chicago O'Hare (7) and Dallas-Fort Worth (9).
The council ranks the airports based on passenger traffic. More than 96 million passengers arrived or departed from Hartsfield-Jackson in 2014. That's 10 million more than the second-place airport, Beijing's Capital International Airport.
The 10 Busiest Airports of 2014 are:
Atlanta (ATL)
Beijing (PEK)
London (LHR)
Tokyo (HND)
Los Angeles (LAX)
Dubai (DXB)
Chicago (ORD)
Paris (CDG)
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
Hong Kong (HKG)

McCarran International Airport to be Fifth Fastest Growing

McCarran International Airport will be the fifth fastest-growing airport in the country over the next 10 years, a noted aviation expert said recently.

Mike Boyd, president and CEO of Evergreen, CO-based Boyd Group International, told the more than 400 people attending his Aviation Forecast Summit at Bellagio last week that McCarran can expect 27.4 million enplanements by 2024, a 22.8 percent increase over projected 2015 arrivals.

Boyd made the projection in the closing session of his two-day conference that drew executives from airports, airlines and aircraft manufacturers from all over the country.

If Boyd's projections are on target, the total would be close to McCarran's 55 million capacity.

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Aerostar Teaches Chicago Youth to Fly

Tammera Holmes Owner Aerostar Consulting Corporation
Tammera Holmes Owner Aerostar Consulting Corporation

With an aviation degree in one hand and a pilot's License in the other, Tammera Holmes sets out to change the Aviation Industry, one child at a time as she teaches inner-city Chicago youth how to fly.

Holmes is owner of the Aerostar Consulting Corporation (, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide professional leadership training and management consulting through education centers to students and professionals in order to enhance academic awareness of aviation and aeronautical career path opportunities.

Since the program started, Aerostar has worked with countless students thanks to their partnership with Afterschool Matters at various satellite campuses across the city.

Chicago's ABC7 recently aired a news item about the program. View it here:


Simeon Terry

Simeon Terry Honored with AMAC Hall of Fame Award

Simeon Terry, Vice President for Diversity Affairs for Austin Commercial LP, has been honored by AMAC with the 2015 Hall of Fame Award.  This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated historical, sustainable and profound contributions to the aviation industry and exhibited a positive impact on diversity inclusion within the industry. Terry has provided continuous support of AMAC's mission and goals, as well as the growth and development of airport diversity.

Terry was honored at the Catalyst Awards Luncheon during the recent 31st annual Airport Business Diversity Conference held in Ft. Lauderdale.   He has been in the construction and risk management industry for more than 27 years.

Lynn BoccioAMAC's Lynn Boccio to Receive WBE Hall of Fame Award

AMAC Board Member Lynn Boccio, Vice President for Strategic Business and Diversity Relations at Avis Budget Group, has been selected to receive a 2015 Women's Business Enterprise Hall of Fame Award by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce.

This distinguished national award honors individuals, companies and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and support in the success of women's business enterprise initiatives.

"We can certainly attest to the fact that Lynn is truly deserving of this award," says AMAC president Shelby Scales. "She is a tireless advocate for both women owned and minority owned business enterprises for our organization."

Boccio heads the Avis supplier diversity team and also manages the Avis Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. She emphasizes the 'strategic' nature of her activities because helping diverse suppliers develop forward thinking new and creative ideas that add value to the supply chain is what Boccio considers as one of her most important responsibilities.

As a result of her efforts, Avis Budget uses minority women-owned business software, and outsources all diversity reporting, Compliance Reports, 2nd Tier Volume Reports, remote location reporting from airports and a number of other reporting functions.

Boccio serves a number of networking organizations including Past Chair and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Women Presidents' Educational Organization and as a Board member of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, WEConnect Canada and the Airport Minority Advisory Council, to name a few.

She also works closely with WBENC and the NMSDC. In addition, Avis Budget Group, through Boccio's leadership, is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, one of WBENC's "America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises" for twelve consecutive years and a member of The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's "Million Dollar Club". She has received numerous awards for her excellence in developing supplier diversity by major magazines and organizations.


New AMAC Speakers Bureau Needs You!

AMAC is developing a database of volunteer speakers to present at events and conferences including the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, Regional Forums, Economic Forums, webinars and legislative sessions.
We want to bring AMAC members expert training, professional and business growth tips and news relevant to the airport industry, with a focus on material aligned to AMAC's mission and goals.
Speakers Bureau members may be asked to speak at an AMAC event as a keynote, on a panel or in training sessions on a variety of topics and subject matter.
Examples of topics generally provided to our membership include:
Business Marketing, Access to Capital, Financing Your Business, Legislative Updates, Project Bidding and Estimating, Writing Effective Proposals, and Human Resources and Workforce Development, among others.

AMAC will consult the database and work with event hosts to identify speakers for specific events.  If you have a story to tell or are eager to share relevant information, please complete the speakers form here.




Hosted by Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
Thursday, October 15th

There is still time to register for the AMAC Regional Forum in Jackson, Mississippi on Thursday, October 15th.

Held at the Hilton Jackson, 1001 E County Line Rd, Jackson, Mississippi 39211-1817 (601-957-2800), the event will further AMAC's mission of providing the most up-to-date information and policy as it affects business in our nation's airports.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) will co-host this forum for approximately 200 attendees including Airport Operators, Airline Executives, Government Officials, Prime Contractors and M/W/DBE/SBE Contractors from across the region. The itinerary includes educational sessions on Doing Business with Airports; Regional Opportunities and Procurement; Navigating the Certification Process; Legislative Policy Updates and an Economic Forecast for the region.

Proceeds from the forum will support ongoing AMAC initiatives aimed at increasing the numbers of minorities and women represented in the airport industry and the AMAC Foundation's scholarship, career awareness and leadership development programs.


AMAC Western Region Economic Opportunity and Policy Forum to be Held in LA  

AMAC is pleased to announce that our 2015 Annual Economic Forum will be held in Los Angeles this year on December 2nd and 3rd.
On December 2nd, the day will begin with a Project LIFT event for college students to introduce them to the variety of career opportunities in the aviation industry. At the same time, Ken Weeden of KWA, a full service Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs Consultant, will conduct an all-day training on site for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officers and staff.
Also that day, a scholarship fundraising golf tournament will be held at one of our local golf courses by the ocean.  In the evening, enjoy a networking reception, "A Taste of LAX", at a facility that overlooks the LAX runways.
On December 3rd, there will be a full day of workshops with speakers discussing topics, including: legislative updates, concession and construction opportunities at the airports in the western region, how to finance your business and steps to success in the airports. Students in the Western Region who have been selected for scholarships will receive their awards.
Highlighting the second day will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated, award winning Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX; Exhibitors' Booths; and an evening networking reception.  The events on the 3rd will be held at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel, located on Century Blvd.

Information on how to register for this exciting event will be available shortly in this section of Connections.

Ernest Huffman
Ernest Huffman

Airports Going Green Group Looks at Diversity

Is the phrase "Green Airports" an oxymoron? AMAC member Ernest Huffman Jr., airline representative and aviation economist at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, doesn't think so. He firmly believes that airports, sustainability, diversity and community are all connected.
At an upcoming Airports Going Green Conference hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Huffman will moderate a panel to discuss "Sustainability and Diversity."
The conference will be held on October 26-28 at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60654. For more information and to register, click
The Airports Going Green Conferenceis the industry's leading sustainability forum, bringing together aviation sustainability leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world. Session topics include airport, tenant, and stakeholder collaboration strategies; innovations in renewable energy and alternative fuels; waste and recycling initiatives; emerging technologies; and much more.
"The diversity panel format will be an Agree/Disagree concept which will allow a great deal of participation from the audience members" says Huffman. "I hope to get discussions going that push the diversity agenda at every AAAE conference."
Huffman will be joined on the panel by:
  • Shannetta Griffin - Senior Director of Planning and Development, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Meenakshi Singh - Former Deputy Director of Planning and Development, City of San Jose
  • Liza Milagro - Senior Sustainability Plan­ner, Dept. of Aviation-Hartsfield Jackson, Atlanta International Airport
  • David Comeaux - Assistant Vice President of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion, Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport
  • Carol Bell - Vice President for B. Cole­man Aviation, Gary/Chicago International Airport



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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.

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