Connections – December 5, 2016

message from the president

AMAC CEO Krystal Brumfield with BWI Airport Director Ricky Smith

Dear AMAC Members and Friends:

Just in time for the rush of holiday travelers, AMAC member Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) has opened a $125 million Concourse D/E Connector. 

This major airport construction project will improve customer service for BWI Airport travelers, providing additional international airline capacity and new passenger services, including a new security checkpoint to serve domestic and international passengers. The connector will also add new food and retail concessions, a children’s play area and an outdoor patio space with airfield views.

I attended the opening celebration not only to applaud the timely completion, but to congratulate Airport Manager Ricky Smith on helping to exceed the DBE participation goal of 22 percent for construction of the multi-million dollar project. 

Ricky inherited a robust DBE program with a long history of success when he took the position of BWI Airport Manager in June of 2015.  He recently told DBE Magazine that his involvement in this project has been “to make sure that our office of minority business development has the capacity and the resources to make sure DBE businesses are getting access to the opportunities they were promised and that they are able to perform in a way that is favorable to the project.”

It is clear that Ricky has achieved his goals for involvement and AMAC is proud of the success of our member airport.


Krystal Brumfield

Legislative Update

elaine-chaoPresident-Elect Trump Taps Former Labor Secretary to Head US DOT

Secretary-Designate Elaine Chao Will Execute Trump Infrastructure Plan

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary and wife to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to lead the government’s transportation policy and his plans to rebuild infrastructure in a program reportedly valued at as much as $1 trillion. Trump's transition team said, “Secretary Chao's extensive record of strong leadership and her expertise are invaluable assets in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner.”

Chao served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush from 2001-2009, the only cabinet level official who served the entirety of both terms of the administration. Chao was the first woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a cabinet position when she was tapped to be Labor secretary in 2001. Chao’s experience in the transportation sector was established when she held the office of Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1989-1991. She would also serve as Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and Deputy Maritime Administrator.

Before her time as Secretary of Labor, Chao served as the director of United Way. She was also the director of the Peace Corps, where she established the first Peace Corps programs in the Baltic nations and the former Soviet Union. Before her government service, Chao was an international banker for Citicorp, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Institute and the Hudson Institute.

She currently resides as a member on the Board of Directors of many companies/organizations, such as Wells Fargo, Newscorp, Vulcan Materials, Ingersoll-Rand PLC, Crowley Petroleum Services, and Protective Life Insurance Company. In the past, Chao was also involved with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Clorox Company, and Northwest Airlines.

Secretary-Designate Chao is a known commodity within DOT and throughout Washington.  Reaction from the transportation stakeholder community regarding the selection has been overall positive and Chao’s nomination is expected to receive Senate confirmation early in 2017.  Secretary-designate Chao is on record in support of small and medium sized businesses and AMAC looks forward to engaging with her on DBE matters of importance pre and post-confirmation.   

Elaine Chao on Small Businesses

White House Forum

April 7, 2006

“Actually, small and medium sized businesses are the engines of job growth in our economy today. Between 1992-2005 firms with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 65% of average employment growth in our country. And firms with fewer than 100 employees accounted for 46% of average employment growth. That’s why the President has made small business growth one on his highest priorities, i.e., putting in place policies that encourage a climate of growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. He also supports policies that would expand access to quality, affordable health care for small businesses, such as Association Health Plans. These plans allow small and medium sized employers to band together, pool their risk, and purchase health insurance for their employees at more affordable rates.”

Department of Labor: Small Business Week

May 15, 2002

After praising the efforts and contributions of small businesses to the economy, Chao stated that she was “mindful” of the fact that, “sometimes the government does things that are well-intentioned but put an enormous burden on your businesses”. She continued by saying, “That’s why we are increasing our emphasis at the Department of Labor on compliance assistance. We want to get helpful information out to you to make it easier for you to comply with these regulations. We want to make sure the Department of Labor staff is there to help you, not just to fine and punish you, should you make an inadvertent mistake.”

House and Senate Leadership for the 115th Congress (2017-2018)

With Election Day in the rearview mirror, Congress must now embark upon the selection of its leaders for governance in the New Year.  To date, House and Senate Republicans and Democrats have announced the following leaders for the 115th Congress:

115th Congressional Leadership

House Republicans

  • Paul Ryan (WI), Speaker of the House
  • Kevin McCarthy (CA), Majority Leader
  • Steve Scalise (LA), Majority Whip
  • Luke Messer (IN), Republican Policy Committee, Chair
  • Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA), Republican Conference, Chair
  • Steve Stivers (OH), National Republican Campaign Committee, Chair
  • Doug Collins (GA), Republican Conference, Vice Chair
  • Jason Smith (MO), Republican Conference, Secretary

House Democrats

  • Nancy Pelosi (CA), Minority Leader
  • Steny Hoyer (MD), Minority Whip
  • Jim Clyburn (SC), Assistant Democratic Leader
  • Joe Crowley (NY) (probable), Democratic Caucus, Chair
  • Linda Sánchez (CA), Democratic Caucus, Vice Chair
  • Cedric Richmond (LA) - Congressional Black Caucus, Chair

Senate Republicans

  • Mitch McConnell (KY), Majority Leader
  • John Cornyn (TX), Majority Whip
  • John Thune (SD), Republican Conference, Chair
  • Roy Blunt (MO), Republican Conference, Vice Chair
  • John Barrasso (WY), Republican Policy Committee, Chair
  • Cory Gardner (CO), Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, Chair

Senate Democrats

  • Chuck Schumer (NY), Minority Leader
  • Dick Durbin (IL), Minority Whip
  • Patty Murray (WA), Assistant Minority Leader
  • Debbie Stabenow (MI), Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Chair
  • Amy Klobuchar (MN), Steering and Outreach Committee, Chair
  • Elizabeth Warren (MA), Strategic Policy Advisor to the Democratic Policy Committee
  • Mark Warner (VA), Policy Development Adviser to the Democratic Policy Committee
  • Bernie Sanders (VT), Chairman of Outreach
  • Tammy Baldwin (WI), Conference Secretary
  • Joe Manchin (WV), Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Vice Chair
  • Chris Van Hollen (MD), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Chair

New Member Feature

antwanye-fordFaith and Commitment at the Root of Business Owner’s Success

As small child, Antwanye Ford, President and CEO of Enlightened Inc., an information technology (IT) and management consulting firm, was fascinated by how things work.  “I remember particular interest in a tape recorder,” he recalls with a smile.  “I took it apart to examine and then tried – unsuccessfully -- to put it back together.”  His father, he says, “was not happy.”

But that boundless curiosity has led him to mega-success in the IT field with a company that today employs more than 200.  Enlightened, Inc. specializes in cyber security, systems integration services, and management consulting.  The company serves federal, state, and local clients as well as transportation organizations across the country.

“I always knew I was going to be an entrepreneur,” Ford says.  At George Washington University he met his current business partner, Andre Rogers, and they shared enthusiasm for eventually starting an enterprise in the field of technology.  Ford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Information Systems with honors.

After college, Ford put aside his plans to go into business for himself and focused on gaining significant IT and marketing experience in corporate America.  For 20 years, he worked for MCI and INTELSAT in positions of increasing responsibility, but his lifelong dream of entrepreneurship never died.

Enlightened was ultimately founded in 1999, the company name and philosophy rooted in Ford’s strong Christian faith.  “I knew that I wanted to build something, to create technology that people would find useful,” Ford says.  “I wanted to provide services that people need.”

Over the years, Enlightened and its founder have been honored with a multitude of awards and accolades for dedication, hard work, and innovative solutions.  In 2005, Ford was selected by the editorial board of Inside the Minds™ as an author for the book, CEO Best Practices: Skills, Values & Strategies for Successful CEOs. The work features top CEO’s representing the nation's leading companies.  Ford contributed a chapter to the book entitled, "The Spiritual Side of Leadership".

Ford’s faith has led him to an active role in community service and a commitment to supporting and mentoring other businesses owners.   he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the DC Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and is currently an active Board Member.  He also currently serves as the Chair of the Board for On-Ramps to Careers, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce. 

His commitment to small business advocacy led him to AMAC. “This is an organization that helps small businesses achieve growth and -- most important to me -- build relationships with others in the airport industry,” he says.  “I felt I could both bring value and gain value from membership.”

Additionally, he notes, “I’ve known Krystal Brumfield (President and CEO of AMAC) for many years.  She is a great visionary and leader, committed to service and outreach. There is significant synergy with my personal community service and business goals.”


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

15_lax683aLAX's Makeover Inspires Airport Changes Around the Country

Los Angeles is spending billions to revamp its airport. The move is spurring other cities to make similar investments.



 Orlando Airport is to Undergo $1.8B Expansion Project

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Board has received an update on the progress of the new South Terminal Complex. Curtis Fentress, President and CEO of Fentress Architects, in collaboration with General Consultant Schenkel Shultz and Architect of Record HNTB, has presented the board with his proposed vision and 30 percent design for the $1.8 billion Terminal C, Phase 1 project.


PA Airport Authority Sets $57M Airport Renewal Plan

No longer cash-strapped and buried in debt, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is ready to embark on a $57 million airfield renewal that will start where the rubber meets the road -- literally.


AMAC news


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!

Three New RFPs from ACRP Announced

Three Requests for Proposals from Airport Cooperative Research Program are now available.

They are:
ACRP Project 03-44: Building and Maintaining Air Service Through Incentive Programs

ACRP Project 02-80: Quantifying Emissions Reductions at Airports from the Use of Alternative Jet Fuels

ACRP Project 09-15: Building Information Modeling (BIM) Beyond Design

New RFI from Indianapolis Airport Authority Announced

The Indianapolis Airport Authority is pleased to announce a Request For Information (RFI) for Interactive Mapping of the IND Terminal. The timeline and requirements for submitting questions, submissions, and other details for this RFI are specified in the documents at the link below.  Detailed information regarding this RFI may be found on our website at:

Upcoming Events

Broward County DBE “Meet and Greet” Event Held Today

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) invites interested DBE certified firms to attend a DBE Meet & Greet today for the  Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Terminal 4 Apron Expansion - Lift Station.

The event is hosted by Tutor-Perini Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Venture (TPFLHV) and the Broward County Aviation Department.

TPFLHV is seeking DBE firms to subcontract portions of the project specific to the lift station installation, as part of the Terminal 4 Apron Expansion at FLL. The Probable Services are listed herein. Potential future opportunities on this or other projects may also be made available. The Meet & Greet will include an informational presentation on the project followed by a networking session with the prime contractor.

The event will be held today  from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Broward County Governmental Center, GC Room 302, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Maryland Aviation Administration Plans Outreach Workshop

The Maryland Department of Transportation, (MDOT); Maryland Aviation Administration, (MAA) Office of Fair Practices (OFP), will hold an Outreach Workshop on Wednesday, December 7th from 8 am to 1 pm.

Interested business representatives are invited to meet with MAA Procurement Officers and OFP Compliance Staff.  They will learn more about MBE/DBE Programs and about the role of businesses as Prime or Subcontractor.

The event will be held at the Maryland Aviation Administration, 7001 Aviation Boulevard, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

To register, call: 410-859-7009 or email:

Federal Reserve Board Holds Industry Day Event for Small Businesses

Interested businesses are cordially invited to attend the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Martin Renovation Project Industry Day.  The free event provides small business owners an opportunity to market their services to general construction prime contractor candidates and the Federal Reserve Board.

The event will be held Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Renaissance DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Industry Day will:

  1. Provide a general overview of the Martin Renovation Project
  2. Provide potential sub-contractors an opportunity to speak with general construction prime contractor candidates to learn about the primes’ subcontractor qualification process
  3. Allow general construction prime contractor candidates the opportunity to meet potential subcontractors.

Click the link below to register for the Martin Renovation Project Industry Day
REGISTER NOW.  Questions should be addressed to:

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LA Airports Hosts LAMP Business Outreach Forum

Los Angeles World Airports will be hosting a Business Outreach Forum for LAWA’s Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The event will take place on December 14, 2016, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at LAX, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. 


membership corner

Paradies Lagardère Opens Big Bowl Restaurant at DCA

Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, opened Big Bowl restaurant in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s (DCA) Terminal B/C, adjacent to Gate 23. The seventh restaurant Paradies Lagardère has opened at DCA.

This restaurant joins Washington Pour Bar, U Street Pub, Magic Pan, Wow Bao and two Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market locations. Paradies Lagardère is one of the leading restaurateurs in DCA, serving the D.C., Virginia and Maryland markets.

Big Bowl, a Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises brand, offers traditional dishes such as Mongolian Beef and create-your-own-stir-fry items.

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.
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For more information, visit our program website:

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bid board

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