Connections – November 21, 2016

message from the president

krystal-brumfield-head-shotDear AMAC Members and Friends:

As we begin this holiday “season of giving” I invite you to consider a donation to the AMAC Foundation and its scholarship fund.  Your gift will support the education and encouragement of a diverse group of young men and women preparing for jobs in the aviation industry.

Generous contributions from our supporters have enabled the AMAC Foundation to grow both its mission and its programs. Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to more than 150 students. The Foundation also partners with airports, communities, and aviation industry businesses to offer internships and to host high school and college students during Project LIFT (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent), exposing them to career opportunities in the industry.

All donations to the AMAC Foundation and sponsorships of AMAC Foundation events are tax deductible.

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Please have a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!




Krystal Brumfield

Catalyst Award Spotlight

Design Powerhouse Kimley-Horn Earns AMAC Catalyst Award

Leaders at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., one of the country's premier design consulting firms, say that their commitment to diversity is more than just numbers, it’s ingrained in the company’s culture.

As testament to that statement, they can point to recognition from AMAC in the form of the 2016 Airport AEC Innovation and Inclusion Catalyst Award.   This award honors a corporation that has exceeded DBE and MWBE participation goals over a period of not less than two years in an architectural, engineering, or construction project.

Additional proof is provided by the sincere personal assurance expressed by Kimley-Horn Vice President, Arthur (JJ) Morton, who received the award on behalf of the company.  “I love to see small businesses grow and flourish,” he says.  “It gives me great pride to feel that we’ve helped in the overall industry.”

“Kimley-Horn believes that assembling a diverse group to work on client projects sparks new ideas and solutions,” Morton adds.

A recent corporate case study demonstrates the corporation’s commitment.   For eight years, Kimley-Horn partnered with Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull, a minority firm in Michigan, to work on several projects at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. A joint venture named Michigan Aviation Partners was formed between these two firms as part of a formalized Mentor-Protégé program. The Wayne County Airport Authority selected Michigan Aviation Partners to provide planning, environmental, and engineering services for the reconstruction of Runway 4R/22L and associated taxiways at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

This award-winning project had a DBE goal of 17%, and Kimley-Horn exceeded that with a total of 31.09% participation by utilizing five MBE and WBE firms. These firms included: Aviation Alliance, Inc.; Connico, Inc.; Jacobsen/Danielson Associates, LLC; Roy D. McQueen and Associates, Ltd.; and Somat Engineering, Inc.

“It is clear that Kimley-Horn goes above and beyond--they build strong relationships with their minority partners,” says AMAC President and CEO Krystal Brumfield.  “Their goal is to help the businesses gain the experience and expertise needed to stand on their own as prime contractors.”

Krystal Brumfield, Darryl Daniels, JJ Morton of Kimley-Horn and AMAC Catalyst Awards-Committee Chair Bridget Biagas
Krystal Brumfield, Darryl Daniels, JJ Morton of Kimley-Horn and AMAC Catalyst Awards-Committee Chair Bridget Biagas


New Member Feature

brian-joubertBusiness Tax Expert Brian Joubert Joins AMAC

New AMAC member Brian Joubert, founder of fast-growing L&B Tax Service, says that he was hard-wired from birth to be an entrepreneur.  “I don’t think there was ever any doubt that I would work for myself growing a business,” he says.

“I started my first enterprise at age 13,” he adds, with a smile.  “I shined shoes at a major hotel.”

From that auspicious beginning the New Orleans native went on, in his early 20s, to start and run a janitorial service and a courier service.  In 1996, he ultimately settled into his life’s work as a business tax consultant.

L&B Tax Service, Inc. which Joubert started in his home in Mableton, GA is now in its 20th year. He and his wife Lori (the L in L&B) have grown the company to seven locations that include Houston, New Orleans and Washington, DC. .

“I was introduced to the tax business when I had my courier service,” the Joubert recalls.  “I wasn’t pleased with the way my taxes had been done, so I decided to learn more about the occupation.”  With a business management degree from Southern University, it wasn’t a stretch for Joubert to augment his studies, earn his certifications and set up shop.

“In fact I combined my tax service with my courier service,” he says.  “I offered to pick-up materials and come back with completed returns.  It gave me a little edge!”

He says that the tax industry was a perfect fit for his personality.  “I’m a continuous learner, and that’s important in this ever-changing tax climate.”  He also notes that he likes people and loves to help small businesses.

With his eye on continued growth, Joubert has joined AMAC and is eager to pursue clients and business opportunities in the aviation industry.  “I was introduced to the organization by my old friend Krystal Brumfield, AMAC’s new president and CEO” he says.  “I have enormous respect for her.”

He says he shares Brumfield’s commitment to MBEs and wants to help “small businesses become big businesses.”

He offers three quick tips for success to new AMAC entrepreneurs.  “Make sure you incorporate your business correctly—know the differences between a sole proprietorship, an LLC and a Corporation.  The right selection can save you tax money.  Second, keep abreast of the changes in laws and climate in the aviation industry.  AMAC can help you with that.  And third, find an excellent business tax advisor to help you make smart decisions.”

aviation news

States, Counties, Cities approve $200B for Transportation Projects

Transit projects in Los Angeles County and in the Seattle area were among the big winners as voters approved $200 billion worth of ballot initiatives for transportation projects across 22 states, according to a group of contractors and government officials.

The approval represented 69% of 280 measures largely to raise gas, sales, income or property taxes for construction projects, according to the analysis by the advocacy group American Road and Transportation Builders Association.


mia-half-moon-empanadasMIA Celebrates Completion Of Multicultural Marketplace

The MIA Marketplace, consisting of 10 culturally diverse dining and retail concepts, is now completed and open in Miami International Airport (MIA).

Located between Gates D26 and 29, the marketplace is meant give a taste of the cultural diversity of the Miami area. Many of the tenants are local small-business owners who hadn’t operated in an airport before.

“We created this concept, and this does two things: It gives the small business, local business an opportunity to gain airport experience and it also gives them an opportunity to say to say in the future if we have a procurement, … ‘Hey, I have airport experience,’” said Greg Owens, assistant director of business retention and development.


MWAA Unveils Latest Offerings in Concessions Overhaul

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has revealed the latest concession offerings at Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD). The new locations are part of the airports’ comprehensive concessions overhaul.


AMAC news

ACRP Issues New RFPs for Program Projects

A Request for Proposals for the following Airport Cooperative Research Program projects are now available:
ACRP Project 09-17: Collecting, Applying, and Maintaining Pavement Condition Data at Airports
ACRP Project 03-43: Integrating Airport Ground Access and Metropolitan Surface Transportation Planning Efforts
ACRP Project 04-21: Emergency Communication Models for Persons with Disabilities and Non-English Speakers

Nominate a Small Business for 2017 Small Business Awards

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy. The U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington Metropolitan District Office has announced that they are accepting nominee applications for the 2017 National Small Business Week Award categories.

Nominees can be submitted for the following award categories: 

Award Selections:

  • Small Business Person of the Year Awards – anyone/self- nomination
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year  - anyone/self- nomination
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award  - may only be nominated by a   Federal agency
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award  - may only be nominated by a Federal prime contractor
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award  - anyone/self-nomination
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award - anyone/self- nomination
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award - anyone/self- nomination

Nomination Deadline: Monday, January 10, 2017 by 3:00 p.m.

Nomination Submissions and Guidelines:  Award nominations may be submitted in hard copy or hand delivered to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Washington Metropolitan Area District Office
Attn: Shuraie L. Mackin
409 3rd Street, SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20416
Phone: (202) 205-6392

No matter which method is chosen, nomination deadline is January 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET.  SBA will no longer be using the Small Business Week online portal. All nomination packages may only be hand delivered or mailed to an SBA Office. Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). 

For More Information:  If you have questions about SBA’s award nominations or award criteria, please contact Shuraie Mackin at (202) 205-6392 or

comto_logo-slanted-final-transparentCOMTO Seeks New CEO

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead the nation’s leading multimodal advocacy organization for minority professionals and businesses in the transportation industry.

“The next leader of COMTO will be an experienced executive with the vision, commitment and leadership qualities to oversee all aspects of the organization and represent COMTO to all constituencies,” says COMTO Board Chairman Warren Montague.

Candidates may email a cover letter, resume and salary history by January 20, 2017 to:

Mr. Warren S. Montague, Chairman
COMTO Board of Directors

Complete CEO position description can be found at:

City of Madison, WI Seeks Affirmative Action Manager

City of Madison, WI is currently are looking for an Affirmative Action Division Manager within the Department of Civil Rights.  The announcement will close on Monday, November 28th, 2016.

For more information and to apply online, please click on the following link:

Upcoming Events

Support “Small Business Saturday” While Travelling for the Holidays

Each year Americans across the nation approach the holiday season primed and ready to spend time with their families and take part in the time honored tradition of purchasing gifts for loved ones.

While you are travelling, support the seventh annual “Small Business Saturday,", November 26 by visiting one of the many small retailers at airports around the country.

Small Business Saturday is a highly successful partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and AMEX.  It plays a key role in driving customer traffic and revenue during the holiday season to our nation’s 29.6 million independent businesses. Those who run these small businesses comprise the greatest job-creating engine in the American economy.

We also encourage you to not only "Shop Small," but also “Dine Small” at an airport restaurant.

To learn more visit SBA’s official Small Business Saturday web page.

Save January 17, 2017 for Mississippi Aviation Industry Day

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority invites interested individuals and businesses to their 2017 Aviation Industry Day on January 17.

The Authority will kick off the new year with a day of establishing business connections, information sharing, meeting representatives from the commercial airports in the State of Mississippi and hearing first-hand about potential business opportunities for 2017 and beyond.

For additional information visit

membership corner

Paradies Lagardère Airport Restaurants Feed Troops for Thanksgiving

More than 40 restaurants in 11 U.S. airports will participate

AMAC member Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, will once again offer a special thanks to the country’s military personnel.  Paradies Lagardère invites active or retired military to enjoy a free meal through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program the week of Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 20, through Sunday, November 27, in participating airport restaurants.  For a list of restaurants visit

Insurance Coverage Programs Exclusively for AMAC Members

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:

jobs board

The AMAC Job Board is a nationwide listing of active and upcoming job openings at governments and contractors across the country. If you represent a public or private organization that would like to post an open position, please contact us at

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bid board

The AMAC Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active and upcoming bid opportunities at governments across the country. If you represent a government organization that would like to post opportunities, please contact us at

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