Connections – April 11, 2016

MESSAGE FROM the Board Treasurer

Karen Hardy (2700x4050)Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As AMAC’s Board Treasurer, I am responsible for guiding the organization’s fiscal accountability and assisting in financial policies, financial plans, fundraising and budgets in support of our mission.  At AMAC, we accomplish our financial stability in part from our membership dues and largely through our Annual Conference which will be held in Cleveland, August 19-23, 2016.  

Our Regional Forums, such as last month’s very successful Economic Opportunity and Policy Forum held in Washington, DC, and the upcoming Great Lakes Regional Forum, planned for April 20th and 21st  in Detroit, also add to our financial goals.

Additionally, I am chair of the Annual Conference Host City Selection Committee.  We are currently soliciting host cities for 2018, 2019 and 2020.  While we have secured some commitments for host cities, there are still opportunities available.  Please contact me at 602-370-2952 or if your city is interested in being considered.

Professionally, I am a CPA with 33 years of experience including 11 years in public accounting with Deloitte, and 22 years in the aviation industry.  I am a proud Veteran, having served four years in the United States Navy. 

My last 15 years of experience has been with airport concessionaires.   Having been the CFO for an ACDBE company for 10 years and in my current position with Paradies Lagardere travel retail, I have gained a keen understanding of the challenges women and minorities may encounter when trying to compete in the airport business arena. This experience informs my work for AMAC on a number of levels.

I look forward to seeing you at upcoming AMAC events.

Karen Hardy

Treasurer, AMAC Board of Directors

Spotlight on AMAC Member ron evans

Ron Evans

As Chair of AMAC’s upcoming Great Lakes Regional Forum,  hosted by the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) on April 20th and 21st, Ron M. Evans is laser-focused on providing participants with “opportunities to learn about contracting prospects in the aviation industry; to develop business relationships with airports, prime contractors, and each other; to hear about long term airport plans; and to interact with subject matter experts on subjects such as access to financing, bonding, certification and more,” he says.

The Great Lakes Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Evans is the Deputy Procurement Director, as well as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO), for the WCAA, which operates Detroit Metro Airport (Detroit) and Willow Run Airport (Ypsilanti), Michigan.

He has more than 30 years of experience in managing public procurement operations and developing business diversity programs.  He also owned and operated Bright Ideas Consulting for five years.  His company provided consulting services to small business owners in the areas of business development, market analysis, new market identification, procurement assistance, and DBE/MBE/WBE/SBE certification.

“At our Forum, I would like to see prime contractors and airport representatives interact with small business participants in meaningful ways that will result in small businesses being better positioned to compete for contracts. And I would like all participants to appreciate the value that AMAC brings to the aviation industry,” Evans says. 

“To borrow from the theme of the Forum, AMAC strives to ‘Create a Culture of Inclusion’,” he adds.

The prospects are bright for all of his hopes for the event experience.  Evans says that the Forum schedule is packed full of exciting and pertinent information that will be presented by leaders from many facets of aviation. “This would not be possible without a dedicated planning team to which I am very grateful for their commitment to advancing the promotion and participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises in airport contracting and employment.”

“It's not often that business owners have access to airport CEOs, corporate CEOs, procurement professionals, project managers, and numerous subject matter experts at one venue,” he says. “Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the concourse in the McNamara Terminal, mingle with current concessionaires that operate some of the finest concessions globally, and enjoy some great food and beverages while networking.”

Evans is also eager to show off the City of Detroit.  “Simply put, Detroit is the Great Comeback City,” he says enthusiastically.  “The area has lots to offer from sports to great dining to a variety of cultural venues to enjoy. We hope the time spent here whets our visitors’ appetite to return again and again.”

aviation news


Number of airline passengers hit all-time high in 2015Airline Passengers Hit High

More passengers flew on airlines in the United States last year than ever before, according to the latest statistics from the Department of Transportation (DOT).

U.S. and foreign airlines that service the U.S. carried an all-time high of 895.5 million domestic and international passengers in 2015, up 5 percent from the previous year, according to DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The previous all-time high was 853.1 million passengers in 2014.


The overall uptick was attributed to a 5 percent increase in the number of passengers taking domestic flights on U.S. airlines and a 2.3 percent increase in passengers on international flights. Foreign airlines carried 7.4 percent more people to and from the U.S.

American Airlines, which includes passengers who traveled on US Airways for the first six months of the year, carried the most passengers overall in 2015 compared to other U.S. airlines. British Airways carried the most passengers on international flights of any foreign airline.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was the busiest U.S. airport overall last year, but more passengers boarded international flights at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport than at any other in the U.S.

FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports Planned

Save the date now for the FAA Office of Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports planned for September 13-15, 2016.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024.

Free sessions by Government and Industry experts will provide updates and hands-on training in:
•    Disability and Accessibility Requirements
•    Race/Color/National Origin Non-Discrimination
•    Environmental Justice
•    Limited English Proficiency
•    Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Concessions

More detailed information will be forthcoming.  The current point of contact is Lori Pierce,
phone (202) 267-0224 or email


Free Webinar Offers Guidance for Aviation Facility Planning

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will offer a free webinar on Monday, April 25, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET on a project conducted by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).

The project provided updated guidance on General Aviation (GA) facility planning in order to help airport practitioners plan GA facilities that are responsive to industry needs.

Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is no fee associated with this webinar. This webinar will provide 1.5 Continuing Education Units for Accredited Airport Executives. This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits.

Read more here: TRB Webinar: Guidance for General Aviation Facility Planning


amac news

AMAC_conference_logoAMAC Issues Call for
Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference Speakers

AMAC is inviting presenters to submit proposals to speak at the 32nd Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference.

The annual conference, which will take place August 19-23, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted by Cleveland Airport System, is themed "Rocking & Rolling Together: Promoting Diversity Inclusion in Airports."   The event program will examine trends and best practices for new entrants and veteran attendees alike.

The conference, which draws up to 1,000 participants, offers several innovative stage formats as well as customized options for interested speakers. When developing the conference curriculum, the goal is to provide a balanced program that meets the diversity of attendees and variety of interest levels of the conference audience, all presented by speakers of the highest quality who represent the organizational goals of AMAC.


Prepare for Business at Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is hosting a series of workshops that will:
•    Provide businesses with information about PHL's Capital Programs
•    Help increase business capacity to compete for work on PHL capital projects

The next workshop, offered in collaboration with Philly Tech Week 2016, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Widener University Small Business Development Center, will be held Wednesday, May 4th from 8 am to 11 am at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
1001 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064

It will cover topics including: an overview of upcoming and ongoing Airport opportunities;  contract acquisition strategies: online solicitation resources (free vs. paid); best practices and online tools for finding and hiring talent, and understanding your online presence.

Small Business Solutions Series to be Held in Baltimore

Small businesses are invited to find solutions to their business challenges at a
free event, sponsored by the United States Black Chambers, Inc., designed to connect entrepreneurs with new information, tools and resources needed to spur business growth. The upcoming Solutions Series features two panel sessions focusing on:  Access to Capital, and Contracting.

The event will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT) at Reginald F. Lewis Museum - 830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to speak directly with national and local representatives of some of America’s top companies seeking to do more business with African American and minority firms. Past panel participants have been Wells Fargo, Google, American Express, Native American Contractors Association (NACA), IBM and more.

To reserve your seat, click below to register. RSVP required.


15017151230_0b2cff342bFederal Government Celebrates Reaching 5% Goal
for Women Owned Small Businesses

American Express OPEN, U.S. Small Business Administration, and Women Impacting Public Policy will hold a reception honoring the Women Owned Small Business Procurement Program.

For the first time ever, the Federal Government awarded 5% of its contracts to women owned small businesses.  The public is invited to celebrate this achievement, and to renew a federal commitment to make sure 5% is a floor, not a ceiling!

The Reception will be held at Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

membership corner


New Member Benefits Program

AMAC has engaged Affinity Group Underwriters (AGU), a leading national association benefits consultant and administrator, to create and manage a portfolio of group and individual insurance coverages exclusively for our members.

Benefit programs offered:
●  AffinityChoice - voluntary employee benefits (life, dental, vision & disability)
●  Gap Insurance – supplementary coverage for high deductible health plans
●  Government Contractor health & welfare group benefit plans
●  MEC Plus – low cost solution for compliance with the Affordable Care Act
●  Individual & Family Dental & Vision insurance
●  Healthcare Discount Program – savings on dental, vision, telemedicine, lab tests,
chiropractic care and more

for all AMAC members, families and employees of members
WellCardRx pharmacy savings card.  Save up to 65% on prescriptions.

Download to your smart phone.

For more information, visit our program website:

Join AMAC Now, Get The Reminder of April Free (FINAL DAYS!!)

If you join AMAC now, you will receive the remainder of April free!  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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