Connections – November 7, 2016

message from the president

Dear AMAC Members and Friends:

November is National Aviation History Month.  At AMAC, we celebrate by remembering the foresight and generous spirit of the men and women who shaped our organization’s beginnings.

AMAC grew from the foundation of the U.S. Department of Transportation's airport Minority Business Enterprise {MBE) program regulation {49 CFR Part 23), created in 1980.  Nine individuals saw the need to begin a national dialogue on how to achieve enhanced opportunities and success for women- and minority-owned businesses.

In 1983 they met and planned the first Minority Business Seminar.  This first event, held in Miami, Florida on May 3 and 4, 1984, would form the base for our annual national conference and spark the growth of our fully realized mission.

The rest is aviation history.  Read more about AMAC history here.

Today there are men and women who continue to make aviation history.  We also recognize new “heroes and sheros” like Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison.  She was recently elected chairwoman for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, the first woman, first African American woman and first non-pilot to head the organization in its 40 year history.  Read more about her here.

This month, too, we encourage our members to celebrate and protect our national freedoms.  We urge all our members, if they have not done so already, to vote tomorrow in the nation’s hotly contested election.

Make a difference!


Krystal Brumfield

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 11: Vanessa Blacknall Jamison poses for a portrait at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado on October 11, 2016. Long time Aurora resident Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison was recently elected the Chairwoman for the "Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals". Vanessa is the first woman, first African American woman and non-pilot to head the organization in its 40 year history. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 11: Vanessa Blacknall Jamison poses for a portrait at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado on October 11, 2016. Long time Aurora resident Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison was recently elected the Chairwoman for the "Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals". Vanessa is the first woman, first African American woman and non-pilot to head the organization in its 40 year history. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Orville Wright took the 1908 Flyer to Fort Myer, Va., in August 1908, and made flights almost daily. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Orville Wright took the 1908 Flyer to Fort Myer, Va., in August 1908, and made flights almost daily. (U.S. Air Force photo)

member spotlight

Janus Holder, president, EJE Travel Retail. (Aaron Houston NJBIZ)
Janus Holder, president, EJE Travel Retail.
(Aaron Houston NJBIZ)

AMAC Catalyst Award Winner Janus Holder

These are exciting and anticipatory times for AMAC Catalyst Winner Janus Holder, owner and CEO of EJE Travel Retail.  His family’s company, a Springfield-based duty-free and specialty retail operator with locations in Newark Liberty International Airport and Raleigh Durham Airport, is on the cusp of further development into airports in the Southeast and Midwest.

“Bids are out and lots of positive things are happening in this one window of time,” Holder says.  “And we are seizing the opportunities as they come.”

That’s a family trait, apparently.  Holder’s uncle Edward started the retail business in 1978 with a small pushcart in Newark.  As opportunities for expansion presented themselves, they were pursued aggressively. In 1993, Holder, then in his thirties with a prospering career as a software engineer, was invited to help his uncle automate the burgeoning business.

“It was clear to me that I could, and wanted to, get much more involved,” Holder recalls. “With my uncle’s approval I jumped in with both feet.”   Continued growth and success followed.

In 1995, Holder attended his first AMAC conference at his uncle encouragement.  “My uncle had been a founding member of the organization so I guess it was in my blood.”

He found significant opportunities to network with airport executives and enhance his company’s chances to expand in the billion dollar airport business.

“But, beyond that,” he adds, “AMAC gave me the chance to be a part of advocating the importance of all small and minority businesses having a share in this industry that had been dominated then by huge national companies and now by global monopolies.”

He is most active in the AMAC Government Affairs committee.  His favorite AMAC program is the legislative “Industry Day”.   Held in the spring, the program gives AMAC members from all over the country an opportunity to meet with their Congressional representatives.

Participants educate Members of Congress and staff on the importance of eliminating the discrimination and barriers that minority and women-owned businesses continue to face in airport employment, contracting and concessions business; and raise awareness regarding the important economic benefits small businesses bring to the airports and to their communities at home.

“It is said time and again that small business is the engine of the economy,” Holder notes.  “It is imperative that we keep that engine running and our advocacy on the Hill makes that clear.”

It is fitting then, that Holder would win the 2016 Catalyst Advocate of the Year Award.  This award recognizes an individual within the aviation industry who has been an outstanding spokesperson, educator, innovator and advocate for diversity inclusion in the workforce or small business participation in contracting.

fouNdation focus

AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awardees Announced

The AMAC Foundation is proud to announce the names of outstanding young men and women who have been awarded scholarships in 2016.

Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships to college students.

These scholarships are presented to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the aviation/airport industry and who are seeking a BS or BA in Aviation, Business Administration, Accounting, Architecture, Engineering, or Finance and to outstanding students who are a current AMAC member or a family member or mentee of an AMAC member.

The AMAC Foundation Scholarship awardees this year are Kaleb Phillips, a student at University of Central Missouri, an FAA Part 141 training facility, he will graduate in December with an Aviation Management: Flight Operations degree with a minor in Business Administration; Destry Jacobs, a student at Arizona State University – Polytechnic pursuing a degree in Aeronautical Management Technologies; Nicholas Hodges, a student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in Air Traffic Management and a Cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps; and Richard Martin who recently graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School and will be attending Drexel University in the fall.

Scholarships in Memoriam were established by the Charlotte Trade Foundation to honor loved ones and business partners at the Charlotte Airport.  The PJ & Dietra Benton and Bernie Johnson Memorial Scholarships recognize these longtime AMAC members who were dedicated to scholarship, business leadership, and encouraging the success of fellow DBEs. The recipients of the Charlotte Trade Foundation Scholarships are Alison Bushman who will be attending Arizona State University - Polytechnic in the fall and Breanna Lee, who is a student at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in chemical engineering.

Scholarships were presented at the AMAC Business Diversity conference held in Cleveland, Ohio.  They included the Next Generation: Cleveland Airport System, Emerging Business Enterprise Development Woman of High Achievement Scholarship.  Receiving that award was Judelka St. Fort, who will be a freshman at Florida Memorial University this fall, pursuing a degree in Aeronautical Science and Engineering.

aviation news

$1B Renovation In Store for Reagan National Airport

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, across the Potomac River from the nation's capital, will undergo a $1 billion renovation, its managers said Wednesday.

The airport in Arlington, Va. turned 75 years old this month. Despite its being in better condition than other major airports the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority plans to add 1.1 million square feet to the airport. The added space would shorten security lines and improve customers' experiences while traveling, the authority said.


Miami International Airport: Cargo Gateway to the World

A massive program to expand and renovate Miami International Airport’s passenger facilities, airport leaders concurrently are modernizing MIA to welcome more cargo traffic than ever before.

Recent and future cargo initiatives will streamline operations, upgrade facilities, increase the capacity of existing cargo infrastructure and improve roadway arteries serving the airport and surrounding shipping, warehousing and logistics partners.

Additionally, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has approved an application to the U.S. Department of Commerce that would designate Miami International Airport as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) magnet site.

Upon approval by the Commerce Department’s FTZ Board, the new magnet site will allow manufacturers to lease available airport property and have their tariffs deferred, reduced or eliminated.



A Look at the L.A.-Themed Makeover at LAX's Terminal 6


Los Angeles International Airport officials and their design partners have put the L.A. back into LAX with the recent unveiling Oct. 19 of the massive renovation of Terminal 6.


AMAC news



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:

Indianapolis Airport Authority Announces New Opportunities

The Indianapolis Airport Authority is pleased to announce a series

of business opportunities including the following:

  • A Request For Information (RFI) for On-Call Services for Air Service Marketing Consultant.
  • A Request for a Quote (RFQ) for Professional Services for Baggage Handling System Consultant
  • Indy Regional Airport Invitation to Bid – T-Hangar Rehabilitation (C-17-057)
  • Metropolitan Airport Invitation to Bid – T-Hangar Rehabilitation (M-17-062)
  • Indianapolis Intl. Airport Invitation to Bid – CEP Replacement of Stack Economizers (I-16-062)

The timeline and requirements for submitting questions, submissions, and other details for these opportunities are specified in the documents at the link below.

ACRP Issues RFPs for Two Program Projects

Two Requests for Proposals for the following Airport Cooperative Research Program projects are now available.  They are:

ACRP Project 11-01/Topic 08-01:  Legal Issues Related to the Implementation and Operation of Safety Management Systems for Airports and;

ACRP Project 11-01/Topic 09-03: Permitted Airport Involvement in Economic Development Efforts 

AMAC Conference Visuals Now Available on Website

Photos and videos taken at the 2016 AMAC Business Diversity Conference have been uploaded to our website.  Please click here  to take a look.

Upcoming Events

Billion Dollar Network Provides New Opportunity for Small Business Owners

The Maynard Group joins Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority for Unique Opportunity

The Maynard Group (TMG) is partnering with the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) to host an inaugural Billion Dollar Network event, which will take place Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Waller Lansden. (511 Union St. #2700, Nashville, TN 37219)

This first-of-its-kind event will provide networking and training opportunities to actively seek qualified vendors for MNAA certification. This is a direct effort to engage businesses in the BNA Vision, which includes a 1.5 billion dollar expansion. Program attendees will have the opportunity to hear more about the BNA Vision and to learn exactly how they may get involved.

“The Airport is proactively launching this initiative to search for SMWBE/MBE businesses who might gain business from the upcoming expansion of Nashville’s airport,” said Davita Taylor, MNAA’s Director of Business Diversity. “The event will explain how to do business with the airport and will prepare attendees for this extraordinary opportunity.”

The event is open to the public. For more information and to RSVP please visit or contact via email

Holiday Networking Event Planned

Prince George's Community College Center for Entrepreneurial Development Will hold a “B-2-B Networking Event” on December 1, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend, network and get growth strategy tips from the experts.  The event will be held at the:

University Town Center
6505 Belcrest Road, 1st Floor
Hyattsville, MD 20782

To RSVP or learn more email , visit  or call 301-546-8233

Maryland DOT and Aviation Administration Hold Outreach Workshop

The Maryland Department of Transportation, (MDOT) and the Maryland Aviation Administration, (MAA) Office of Fair Practices, (OFP) will hold an Outreach Workshop on “Doing Business with BWI /Marshall Airport.”

Small business owners are invited to attend on December 7th, from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the MAC Building, Potomac Conference Room (7001 Aviation Boulevard, Glen Burnie, MD 21061)

Workshop guests will meet with MAA Procurement Officers and OFP Compliance Staff; gain an Understanding of the MBE/DBE Programs and learn more about their role as a Prime or Subcontractor.  They will also learn about the strategic importance of bonding.

To register please call: 410-859-7009 or Email:

membership corner

Needs Assessment Survey for All AMAC Members

We value input from our members and use the feedback as a tool to manage and improve AMAC's membership services program. Please take 10 minutes to answer a brief membership needs assessment survey, which will help us serve you better and enhance your AMAC experience. The survey will close on Friday, November 18th at 5 pm EDT.


To show our appreciation for your time, you will have the option at the end of the survey to enter our drawing for one of the following:

$25 credit toward your 2017 Individual membership

$50 credit toward your 2017 Business membership

$75 credit toward your 2017 Airport membership

$100 credit toward your 2017 Corporate membership

Thank you in advance for your participation.

For more information, please contact

Anthony Barnes
Business Development & Membership Services Director
Phone:  703-414-2622, ext. 2
Fax:  703-414-2686


AMAC Closed Veterans Day, Nov. 11

The AMAC offices will be closed on November 11 in observation of Veterans Day. We salute our veterans and the brave men and women who protect our country and way of life every day.

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

For job postings click here.

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

For bid opportunities click here.