Connections – March 28, 2016


Darryl-DanielsDear Friends and Colleagues:

As you know, AMAC’s friend, champion and President Shelby Scales announced in December that she would be leaving her post this month.  She will be sorely missed by us all.  A search for a new President and CEO is ongoing.  We have hired Aviation Career Services (ASC) and to help us fill the position and to field all communications, inquiries and applicants.

Following is their announcement of the opening along with the qualifications we require. 


The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is looking for an experienced executive to serve as its President and CEO.  The CEO will lead AMAC’s finance, budgeting, strategic planning, fundraising, program planning and development efforts.  We are looking for a seasoned executive whose familiarity with aviation industry and its associated business diversity programs is such that he or she is able to plan, organize, implement and direct activities of the association around these initiatives.  The successful candidate will also have experience in driving strategic planning initiatives, including goal-setting, developing metrics and motivating employees to achieve goals. 

Darryl Daniels

The position requires extensive interaction with AMAC’s Board of Directors, AMAC members, corporate sponsors, and financial institutions. A comfort and ability to manage public exposure, interface with state, federal and local governmental agencies and their governing bodies, as well as the general public is a necessity.  Keeping these important factors in mind, experience and skill in gaining consensus, collaboration and teambuilding is a must.

Above all, the President and CEO is essential in maintaining continuity of activities and programs across transitioning Board Members, executing the organization’s vision and setting its financial course.  The experienced candidate will be able to successfully develop and implement fundraising strategies that support the mission and vision of AMAC. 

Education, Qualifications & Experience
Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree in public affairs, public administration, business administration or related field; a Master’s degree in business or public management or administration is preferred.  The successful candidate will also have a strong background in either not-for-profit, non-profit or social sector organization management with at least 3-10 years of highly responsible and senior level experience in fundraising, lobbying, finance, budgeting, and program development.  Experience in the supervision and management of professional employees is also required.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding and grasp of federal regulations impacting airport construction and concession programs; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy dealing with elected officials, AMAC Board and AMAC members; and budget development and management skills, coupled with strong fundraising skills. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and management skills and familiarity with the dynamics of non-profit organization management.  A solid understanding of the principles, practices and philosophies of the aviation industry, airport management and business administration is ideal. The successful candidate will be an accomplished communicator, orally and in writing with the ability to build and sustain effective relationships with all stakeholders.

The Airport Minority Advisory Council has hired Aviation Career Services (ASC) to field all communications, inquiries and applicants. With this in mind, please direct all inquiries to ACS at If you wish to apply for the position, please follow our instructions below.

How to Apply
Does this position call to you? If so, proceed to  to review the brochure and complete our online application.

Application Period
The application deadline for this position is 11:59PM PDT on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Spotlight on AMAC Member Lattimer Communications

Sarah LattimerWhen Atlanta-based multicultural marketing firm Lattimer Communications was tapped by Clear Channel Airports for partnership in a Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport contract, founder and owner Sarah Lattimer did thorough research on key organizations in the industry.

“I attended an AMAC conference where I met a representative for Clear Channel.  I decided right away that it made sense for us to be a part of this organization,” she says.  “AMAC supports minority and women-owned businesses like mine.  Both my client and I value its advocacy for diversity and excellence in the aviation industry, which benefits us all.”

Clear Channel Airports, part of a mega-communications complex, is touted as the world’s number one marketer of airport advertising and a premier innovator of contemporary display concepts.  The company officially began their partnership with award-winning Lattimer Communications this year.

“We are responsible for public relations and local sales in the Atlanta market.  We have so many great Fortune 100 and 500 companies headquartered here and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides a unique opportunity for them to engage the influential traveler,” Lattimer says.

The agency is uniquely qualified for that role.  They have been developing successful marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies, as well as local businesses, for more than 20 years.  “We are one of the few minority-owned agencies in the South with strong national and regional brand experience,” she notes.

Just this month, the firm won an American Marketing Association (AMY) award for its work in the transportation industry. Their “Georgia Commute Options” project -- which encouraged Atlantans to consider using alternative commute modes including carpooling, vanpooling, transit, walking and biking -- was honored.

Upon receiving the award, Lattimer Vice President Isadora Brown said: “Often African-Americans are overlooked when talking about issues connected to transportation and environment. We are proud to have developed work that resonated and inspired change within multicultural communities.”

Expanding their transportation experience to air travel was an exciting next step for the company.  “Today’s airport is more than just a means to get from one place to another,” says Lattimer. “With creative concessionaires opening shops and restaurants which offer distinctive products, services and dining, major hubs like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, are fast becoming destinations for local shoppers.”

Legislative Updates

House sends FAA extension to Obama

The Hill

The House on Monday, March 21st, cleared legislation to renew Federal Aviation Administration programs ahead of a deadline at the end of this month. The measure, passed by voice vote, now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk as the House nears a two-week holiday recess. With time running out before the March 31 deadline, lawmakers turned to a short-term fix to ensure that FAA programs and the ability to collect aviation taxes remain authorized through July 15.



Atlanta Airport UpgradeAtlanta Airport Unveils $6B Upgrade Plan

Atlanta officials recently announced a $6 billion, 20-year improvement plan called ATLNext for the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which currently ranks as the busiest airport in the world.

Contemporary ticket areas, a new sixth runway, cargo structures, 400-room hotel with travel plaza, parking improvements and a new concourse were all announced as part of the capital plan.

According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, nearly 900 people attended the inaugural State of the Airport luncheon at the Georgia World Congress Center, where the news was revealed.
A breakdown of major capital projects and more information on the Hartsfield-Jackson expansion can be found in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s news coverage of the event.

Paradies Lagardère Named Best Overall Retailer for 21st Year

Paradies Lagardère, for the 21st consecutive year, earned the Airport Revenue News (ARN) Awards top honor as Best Overall Retailer. The ARN Awards’ “Best Concessions Poll” recognizes airport concessionaires and restaurateurs that exemplify exceptional standards and excellence. The award was given during the annual Airport Revenue News (ARN) Conference & Exhibition, which took place in Dallas.

Leslie ProllLeslie Proll is New Director of US DOT’s Civil Rights Office

Leslie Proll has been named the new Director of the US DOT’s Departmental Office of Civil Rights (DOCR). In her introductory statement she says: “I am excited about the important work that lies ahead of us and hope to use my background in civil rights litigation and policy to advance our mission. The DBE and ACDBE programs are a top priority for Secretary Foxx and a cornerstone of the Department’s efforts to create access to opportunity in all facets of the transportation industry. While substantial progress has been made to combat discrimination against minority-and women-owned and controlled small businesses, discrimination continues to exist in ways that reduce contracting opportunities for these businesses.  I know that Department and recipient personnel implementing the programs work very hard to ensure their success, and I am eager to work with everyone to make sure that DBEs and ACDBEs enjoy full access to the marketplace.”



AMAC Leadership Summit Held on Capitol Hill

AMAC’s Leadership Summit, held March 23rd, provided an opportunity for open dialogue between AMAC members and lawmakers on important issues affecting the Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)  Programs and the airport industry.

AMAC’s annual Leadership Summit is one of the best opportunities to voice  opinions to decision makers who can affect real change and to help policymakers understand the  challenges and advantages  of operating in the airport environment.

AMAC Economic Forum Draws More Than 250

An overflow crowd of more than 250 airport industry professionals and community leaders attended the AMAC 22nd Annual Airports Economic Opportunity and Policy Forum: “Regional Growth Through Collective Vision and Action” held March 22.  The event offered a full day of professional development panels and discussions, business networking, and opportunities to develop strategic partnerships.  

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SBA to Host Free WBE Federal Contracting Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and ACT-IAC will conduct a “What You Need to Know About the Women-owned Business Contracting Program” webinar on Tuesday, March 29th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST.

In addition to providing current updates, Alexandra Piotrowski from SBA will go step by step through the General Login System (GLS) process of becoming self-certified as an EDWOSB/WOSB.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of the WOSB program
  • Eligibility requirements
  • WOSBs vs. EDWOSBs
  • GLS Self-Certification and Repository
  • Regulatory Changes – WOSB/EDWOSB Sole Source awards

The event is free but registration is required
Registration Link:

Paradies Holds Small Business Outreach In Tucson

Airport Concessionaire Paradies-Legardere will hold a Small Business Outreach event on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Santa Rita Ballroom D, 6575 S. Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ.

Participants will receive an overview of opportunities with networking to follow.  Please RSVP to

DBE/Small Business Seminar Planned at Memphis Airport

The Memphis International Airport (MEM) will hold a DBE/Small Businesses Training Seminar on “Understanding Contracting” on March 31, 2016 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Airport Project Center located at 4225 Airways Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38118.  Lunch will be provided.

Participants will learn about:

1. MEM Forecasted Projects for 2016 – 2017
2. Minority/Disadvantage Requirements
3. Financial Responsibility
4. Insurance and Bonding
5. The Contract from Pre-Bid to Close-Out and Prime/Sub-Contractor Agreements

Please RSVP by phone (901) 922-0255 or email –

DOT 2016 Civil Rights Virtual Symposium Available Online

All information shared at the 2016 DOT Civil Rights Virtual Symposium: “Speaking with One Voice: Accelerating Access to Opportunity”  which was held on March 8 -10th has been archived for wide distribution.  It is now available to view online.

All session presentations, recordings, and speaker biographies can now be found at our website:

Join AMAC Now, Get Three Months for Free

If you join AMAC now, you will receive three months free membership!  This irresistible deal is offered through April 30th.
Membership has many significant benefits.  Through our annual conferences, you will be able to further develop your professional expertise and business network. Three times a year we will bring to you educational programs covering a range of subjects from how to do business at airports to important issues affecting the DBE Program to regional opportunities and policies. Our conferences attract airport executives, concessionaires, professional service providers, and government.

And, that’s not all.  Visit our Members Benefits section to learn more about the many advantages and privileges that AMAC membership offers.


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