Connections – December 20, 2016

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message from the president

Dear AMAC Members and Friends:

This Christmas, I am reflecting on my recent trip to the Holy Land and on the important lessons that I learned there.

Last month I was fortunate to participate in an Educational Seminar in Israel for National African American Leaders, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF).  The trip was held Saturday, November 26, through Sunday morning, December 4, 2016.

Participants included political, business and community leaders who wanted to gain an in-depth understanding of modern Israel and the U.S. - Israel relationship.

AIEF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Established in 1990, AIEF has earned a reputation for producing informative and thought provoking fact-finding seminars in Israel.

My experience there was eye opening.  Not only did I come to understand much about the challenges that the Israeli’s face and overcome day to day, but it brought home to me their extraordinary resiliency in the face of adversity.

Seeing their example, I returned with a renewed commitment to AMAC’s mission of equal opportunity and a level playing friend for all people.  My experiences in the cradle of my personal faith put into stark focus the need for strength, unity and stamina as we prepare for the tasks that will arise in 2017.

Each of us has a part to play in achieving the harmony that must exist in order to assure economic parity for all and ultimately, a peaceful, prosperous community, nation and world.

Let’s identify our roles, lay out a strategy and get started!





NEw Member spotlight

Meet AMAC New Member Terry Speigner of NGEN, LLC

One meeting with AMAC President and CEO Krystal Brumfield was all that was needed to convince Terry Speigner, head of NGEN, LLC, an information technology professional services firm, to join the airport advocacy organization.

In 2016, NGEN-- which is ACDBE certified at MWAA and Maryland MDOT -- was part of the Clear Channel Airports team that won an eight year contract with MWAA for digital signage support at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

“After hearing about the goals and plans for enhanced AMAC advocacy,” says Speigner, “We decided we needed to join in order to support that mission.  We also felt that membership would help us to continue to grow our services in the airport industry.”

   Learn more about NGEN on pages 34-35 of Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine here: 

Catalyst Award Winner

Tampa International Airport Wins AMAC Catalyst Award

This year Tampa International Airport (TPA) was presented with AMAC’s Catalyst Airport Top Flight Award. 

This award honors an airport for significant contributions toward the realization of DBE, ACDBE or EEO goals within an airport (e.g. program implementation, new program initiatives to foster growth and development of DBEs or encourage employment, research, litigation, etc.) in support of diversity inclusion.

 “We are proud to be honored by AMAC,” said Cheryl Hawkins, TPA’s Business Diversity Manager.  She noted that the award reflected the great team effort that was put into assuring diverse inclusion in the implementation of Phase 1 of the Airport’s Master Plan, which included a major redevelopment of the concessions program.

In late 2014, Tampa International Airport (TPA) began implementing Phase 1 of the Airport’s Master Plan, its largest construction program since opening in 1971.  The projects include a 2.6 million-square-foot consolidated rental center, a 1.4-mile automated people mover and an expansion of the main terminal.

The Master Plan projects total $955 million and incorporates construction goals for participation by woman- and minority-owned businesses of $122.8 million.   As of October 2016, more than $79.3 million has been paid to minority subcontractors.  

In addition to the construction projects, the Airport also launched the largest concessions redevelopment plan in the history of the Airport.  TPA’s concessions redevelopment program transitions the airport from a master concessionaire model to a multiple operator model.  The new concessions program creates a “sense of place” by representing local, regional, national and international concepts and brands.  The redevelopment program grows the number of food and beverage and retail operators from one master concessionaire and five Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Enterprise (ACDBE) sub-concessionaires to 11 prime concessions operators with 15 ACDBE partners.

Ensuring participation by woman- and minority-owned companies in the Airport’s expansion is a team effort.  Elita McMillon, Director of Ethics, Diversity and Administration, is responsible for promoting the Airport’s commitment to diversity and policy against discrimination in employment, services to the public, and procurement.  Cheryl Hawkins, Business Diversity Manager, oversees and manages the daily operations of the DBE, WMBE and ACDBE programs and is also an active member of AMAC. Laurie Noyes is the Director of Airport Concessions and is responsible for the management of the airport concessions redevelopment and consolidated rental car center programs, as well as parking revenue optimization.  Irene Pierpont is the Senior Manager of Concessions, responsible for the daily operations of the concessions redevelopment.


Foundation Focus


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 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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aviation news

Building Infrastructure for the Future Can Bring Country Together

By Former Sec. and Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) and former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.),

As President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming Congress turn to the work of governing, we need opportunities to bring the country together. We need to think big.

And what we do next should be about our future, not the past.

Luckily, there is one legislative issue that is well poised for positive action: Rebuilding America's roads, bridges, ports, electric grid, water systems, airports, rails and expanding broadband.

It is time to build the kind of infrastructure that can power our economy through the rest of this century and keep us globally competitive.




Phoenix Sky Harbor Debuts Modernized Terminal 3

America’s Friendliest Airport just became friendlier and more efficient.  On Dec. 5, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and members of the Phoenix City Council rolled back temporary construction walls to officially open the first phase of the newly modernized Terminal 3.  The updated terminal offers spectacular views, an abundance of natural lighting and a more efficient travel experience for visitors to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with the addition of a larger, consolidated security checkpoint and new ticket counters.



Construction on Nashville Mixed Use Development to Begin in 2017

To accommodate increased traffic, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority officials have announced a five-to-seven-year, $1.2 billion overhaul of Nashville International Airport. The facility is in line for a new lobby, parking, concourse and screening lanes and could also see construction of a new hotel. Airport officials said Nashville taxpayers will not foot the bill. Instead, federal and state grants, passenger user fees, bonds and other sources will pay for the project.



AMAC news

ACRP Announces New Project RFPs

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

  ACRP Project 02-77:  Revolving Funds for Sustainability Projects at Airports

  ACRP Project 03-45:  Collecting and Sharing of Operational and Safety Data

  ACRP Project 02-78: Climate Resilience and Benefit Cost Analysis--A Handbook for Airports

  ACRP Project 02-79: Improving AEDT Modeling for Aircraft Noise Reflection and Diffraction from Terrain and Manmade Structures

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.

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

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

AMAC Offices Closed Dec. 26 and Jan.2

In observance of Christmas and New Year's, the AMAC offices will be closed on December 26th and January 2nd.

Upcoming Events



The Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 33rd Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference will take place on June 16 – 20, 2017 in Houston, TX.  Hosted by the Houston Airport System, our annual conference, themed The Magic of Flight, will examine trends and best practices for new and veteran attendees alike. Pre-conference training will be held on June 16 and 17, 2017 and the main conference will be held June 18 through 20, 2017

AMAC’s Annual Conference offers several innovative stage formats as well as customized options for interested speakers.  Our goal is to provide a balanced program that addresses the diverse needs of attendees and the variety of interest levels of the conference audience, presented by speakers of the highest quality who represent the organizational goals of AMAC. 

  • General Session & Roundtable Discussions With seating for 1,000 plus, General Sessions and Roundtable Discussions are a true highlight for each AMAC Conference. This is where the Who's Who of the industry and political circles give high-powered and pointed presentations and engage in lively talks and panel discussions.
  • Workshops and Breakout Sessions - Trends, Ideas & Steps for Success What are the trends that are emerging and ultimately shaping airport contracting? You tell us! If you are an airport director or commissioner, concessionaire, architect/engineering/construction firm, consultant or a game-changing entrepreneur, this is your chance to present your fascinating and topical ideas and projects in an informative address. Workshops and breakout sessions typically include up to 100 knowledge-hungry attendees.

Stay tuned for further information!

Sea-Tac Airport Concessions Opportunities Summit Planned


The Port of Seattle will host a half-day opportunity workshop for local, small and disadvantaged business owners on January 13, 2017, focusing on dining and retail business opportunities at Sea-Tac Airport. For more information about the Summit and to register, please visit Events page here.

membership corner


Dear AMAC Members:

As 2016 comes to a close, the staff and leadership of AMAC would like to thank each and every one of our members, new and old, for their support.  AMAC members are active, engaged and committed to our mission to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation industry.  With your continued involvement, we look forward to a stellar year of achievement in 2017.

Happy Holidays!

AMAC’s Brumfield Attends Google’s Next Gen Policy Leaders Summit

AMAC President and CEO Krystal Brumfield joined the Inaugural class of Google Next Gen (NG) Policy Leaders at a Summit held at Google offices in New York recently.

According to Google, NG Leaders are “a carefully selected group of leaders in civil rights and racial justice, policy and advocacy, entrepreneurship and media.”

Google’s NG Leaders “represent cutting-edge and innovative thinking in (their) respective fields, says Chanelle Hardy, head of Google’s Strategic Outreach and Public Policy program. The group can “help Google to be stronger community partners, as well as to ensure that we continue to effectively advance our mission: to organize the world’s information and make it useful for everyone.”

With a vision to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the airport industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color, AMAC’s Brumfield is ideally positioned to assist Google with their mission.

“I am proud to have been selected to be a part of this distinguished group,” Brumfield says.  “I congratulate Google for their forward thinking commitment to support organizations like AMAC and help strengthen the development of social justice movements.”

Brumfield, along with the other NG Leaders, will be asked to engage as a partner with Google in 2017 by “joining a Working Group which will provide a shared space for advancing initiatives around informing and engaging communities of color around Tech and Telecom Policy issues,” says Hardy.

Perfection Events wins AMAC Special Event Contract

mazda-milesPhiladelphia-based Perfection Events, Inc. has won the bid to provide special event design and production services to AMAC.

Perfection Events is a 20 year old company with a portfolio of creatively designed and flawlessly executed private events and large-scale public events.  Their client list includes corporations, associations, and nonprofit organizations.

The organization’s founder and president is Mazda Miles who holds a Certification in Meeting Management (CMM), the most senior credential obtainable from the meeting industry’s premier certifying association. She is President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)—Greater Philadelphia.

Miles is a respected voice in the conversation on diversity, inclusion and equity both regionally and nationally.  Her recent work includes diversity and inclusion training for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau staff, and a presenting with PHLDiversity during the Campus Philly Diversity and Inclusion Conference. 

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:

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