Message from the President
Dear AMAC Members and Friends,
I am honored to be chosen as the next President & CEO of AMAC. I look forward to continuing the legacy of this dynamic and essential organization.
As our 2016 Annual Business Diversity Conference draws near, I am eager to meet each of you in person. The members and supporters that I recently met at the reception hosted by the National Urban League showed seasoned expertise, industry insights and generosity of spirit.
I see enormous potential for AMAC to chart a course that will bring even greater prosperity to the next generation of diverse aviation industry professionals and contractors. I believe that member input is invaluable and that our unity is our strength. I am convinced that power rolls up from those who have their boots on the ground. Therefore, I look forward to hearing more from you at our conference and beyond as I travel throughout each region getting to know you.
As we go forward, I promise continued stability for AMAC. I will work to assure that our leadership and reputation are sound. Our actions will always be open and transparent.
I promise relentless advocacy for minority businesses who seek their fair share of contracts in the multi-billion dollar aviation industry.
I promise support and assistance for young people of diverse cultures and backgrounds who are considering careers in this burgeoning field. For this endeavor, your help is truly necessary. I urge you to make a donation to the AMAC Foundation today.
I also pledge strong legislative advocacy on the Hill and solid partnerships in the corridors of bureaucratic power now and in the future.
Ultimately, our industry extends wide and its influence reaches far beyond our immediate needs and concerns to affect a better quality of life for all Americans.
I promise that, as your president, I will foster a vision of expansion and development to further the cause of the organization for the benefit of all.
These are my promises. I hope that you will accept them as true and embrace the growth and opportunities ahead. I look forward to serving you!
AMAC CONFERENCE UPDATE
Airport Directors 20/30 Vision Forum is Highlight of AMAC Conference
In its ninth year, the Airport Directors 20/30 Vision has become a conference highlight. The Forum is designed to provide conference attendees an opportunity to hear the visions of the Airport Directors who lead some of our nation's key airports.
These influential men and women will also talk about the future of airports and the aviation industry. Their topics will include critical issues that are predicted to have long-term effects on the aviation industry, including funding, airport development and DBE and other business diversity programs.
One of the featured panelists for this Forum is Ginger Evans, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). Evans manages one of the world's busiest airport systems comprised of O'Hare and Midway International Airports.
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Spotlight on AMAC Member Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton
Juanita Britton, president of BZB International, a joint venture partner with airport concession powerhouse Paradies Lagadère, started her entrepreneurial career at age 10 when she opened a lemonade stand on the corner of her home in Detroit, MI.
With the same energy and persuasiveness that she is now noted for, she enlisted her friends in the youthful endeavor and ended up with stands on six corners in the neighborhood. She soon earned the affection nickname “Busy Bee.”
Savvy even at that young age, she kept careful track of sales by counting the number of cups she issued to each stand. “I like to have control over my business,” she says with a smile.
But, that’s one part of the wide breadth and depth of Britton’s life experiences.
Her education, work background and extra-curricular activities are fascinating. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Education from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and returned to Detroit, as she had promised her high school principal, to teach for a year. She then moved to Washington, DC, and received a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Howard University. Shortly thereafter she landed a competitive internship in the Office of the US Trade Representative during the Reagan Administration.
Britton has held positions overseas with the US State Department in Dakar, Senegal; a range of management levels jobs in both the Federal and District of Columbia governments and was appointed as Director of Communications at the University of the District of Columbia. She also assisted on several special assignments during the Bush, Sr. and Clinton administrations.
Britton's communication and public relations expertise are focused on building bridges between corporate and community- based entities. A consultant, motivational speaker and trainer, she enjoys working with aspiring entrepreneurs; women in micro-economic development projects; and artists and merchants from around the world and the African Diaspora which have led to many national and international accolades and honors.
For example, In October 2011, Britton was officially bestowed the honor of being Queen Mother Botwe Nana Adobea II of KONKO Village in the Eastern Region of Ghana, West Africa. She is responsible for development projects and educational improvements for a community of over 400 citizens .
Britton's communication and public relations expertise are focused on building bridges between corporate and community- based entities. A consultant, motivational speaker and trainer, she enjoys working with aspiring entrepreneurs; women in micro-economic development projects; and artists and merchants from around the world and the African Diaspora. Many under her tutelage have ventured into very successful enterprises. Her professional and volunteer undertakings have led to national and international accolades
Today she shares control of 15+ food and retail concessions at DCA and Dulles Airports. The airport concession business is a major part of her life now, she says. She works closely with over 200 employees on publication and merchandise mix, customer service, team-building and community outreach projects.
She credits her 20-year membership in AMAC with helping her learn much about the opportunities and challenges that concessionaires and other minority business in the airport industry encounter.
“I’ve found AMAC’s educational forums and the networking opportunities with others in my field to be extremely valuable,” she says.
Minnesota Metropolitan Airports Commission Seeks Intern
The Minnesota Metropolitan Airports Commission is inviting applications for the position of Human Resource Intern.
This internship opportunity is a 10-week long assignment beginning mid to late August and will assist with the recruiting and hiring activities and key projects for the Human Resources and Labor Relations team.
The HR Intern will be exposed to a variety of HR functions, at times working directly with an HR team member and also working on projects independently. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical.
In this position the intern will learn how to take the skills he or she may have acquired in school and apply them in a professional setting.
Applications may be obtained and filed online at:
HUMAN RESOURCE INTERN
Questions regarding this position can be directed to Nicole Kiefer at Nicole.Kiefer@mspmac.org or 612.726.8166. Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016.
Senate Clears FAA Authorization Bill
The Senate on Wednesday cleared a short-term Federal Aviation Administration extension, sending the bill to the president’s desk just two days before the agency’s legal authority expires. In a 90-4 vote, lawmakers easily passed legislation to authorize FAA programs at current funding levels through September 2017. The measure also contains a number of permanent policy add-ons to beef up airport security, ease long checkpoint lines and improve drone use.READ MORE
Take That, Long TSA Lines
The Fourth of July has come and gone and TSA lines were actually pretty short for most travelers. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said this week that his department is "not declaring victory." But the statement did indeed seem like a victory lap - albeit a cautious one.
TSA screened 10.7 million travelers from June 30 to July 4, fielding the highest traveler volume since 2007 on some of those days. Still, the average checkpoint wait time was less than 10 minutes, while those in TSA PreCheck lines waited less than five minutes on average, according to DHS.
More than 100 TSA screeners and volunteers transferred to busier airports over the weekend to ramp up staffing at the nation's seven busiest airports. "TSA's success this weekend is a testament to the hard work of the men and women of the agency - both its leadership and, more importantly, those on the front lines at the airports," Johnson said. "We plan to do more. The summer travel season continues, followed by holiday travel in the fall and winter."
Secretary Foxx Announces Grants for Local Air Service Development
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that $5.15 million in grants will go to nine small communities to help them improve local air service.
The grants will be provided through the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP), which began in 2002 to help small communities address the economic challenges of maintaining local air service. Receiving grants this year are: Bullhead City, Ariz. ($750,000); Inyokern, Calif. ($450,000); Stockton, Calif. ($650,000); Hailey, Idaho ($500,000); Billings, Mont. ($750,000); Missoula, Mont. ($600,000); Santa Fe, N.M. ($500,000); Amarillo, Texas ($750,000); and Port Angeles, Wash. ($200,000).READ MORE
San Francisco Airport Terminal 1 Renovation Begun
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has embarked on a major renovation project to transform the old Terminal 1 into a world-class, environment-friendly passenger facility by 2024.
The renovation project will provide an exceptional passenger experience by meeting passenger needs and help SFO to maintain its position as a world-class airport. It is anticipated to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminals 1 and 2 at the airport.
Ground for the multiphase renovation project was broken in June 2016, with the completion scheduled for 2024.READ MORE
Memphis International Airport DBE Stakeholder Input Meeting Planned
Over the next 3-years, hundreds of millions in federal funds may be spent at Memphis International Airport, all with goals for minority and women business participation.
Interested parties are invited to attend a meeting is to receive input regarding the Airport's new three-year DBE Goal development process for the Airport.
The event will be held Thursday July 21, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the MSCAA Project Center, 4225 Airways Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
For questions or additional information, please contact Joe Claiborne - Senior Manager of Business Diversity Development at JClaiborne@flymemphis.com or (901) 922-2556
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