Connections – January 3, 2017

message from the president

Dear AMAC Members and Friends:

As we reflect on the exciting and sometimes tumultuous events of 2016, we would like to provide the readers of Connections with a look at the ten most popular articles from the year.

We are happy to note that AMAC’s 2016 accomplishments have been significant.  Our members have made new strides in growth and development, we continue to provide scholarships and support for young people interested in careers in aviation and the industry promises more opportunities for minority and small business in 2017.

1. President Obama Signs FAA Reauthorization Act. – August 1, 2016

2. President-Elect Trump Taps Former Labor Secretary to Head US DOT – December 5

3. AMAC’s Thompson Hospitality Opens Café at NMAAHC, - October 11

4. Senators Urge House to Move on Aviation Security Bill - June 6

5. AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awardees Announced - November 7

6. AMAC Convention Matchmaking Event Aims to Create Prospects for Businesses --August 1

7. Lawmakers Grill TSA Over Longer Wait Times -- March 14

8. Atlanta Airport Eyes Techniques to Speed Security Screening -- April 25

9. Building Infrastructure for the Future Can Bring Country Together – December 19

10. Faith and Commitment at the Root of Business Owner’s Success – December 5



Krystal Brumfield


Foundation Focus

The Airport Minority Advisory Council Is Now Accepting
2017 Scholarship Applications


The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Foundation's Education and Scholarship Program has released its 2017 call for scholarships!

The AMAC Foundation works alongside AMAC and is dedicated to advancing minorities and women pursuing careers in the aviation industry. The foundation develops educational programs, scholarship and mentorship opportunities, and shares information to support aviation and airport industry professionals, from college students beginning their careers to seasoned professionals.

Since its establishment in 1997, the AMAC Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships for students around the country, supporting a broad range of careers in airports, airlines, the federal government and private sector.

Please share these scholarship opportunities with students you know who are interested in pursuing a career in the aviation industry!
Students can apply for the AMAC Legacy Award, with a referral from a member of AMAC, or the Aviation and Professional Development Scholarship.  There are several awards of $2,000 for each of these scholarships.  Please see the attached scholarship application for more details.  The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017.   

If you have any questions about the scholarships, application process, or the AMAC Foundation, feel free to contact Terri Frierson, Program Manager, of the AMAC Foundation, at or (703) 414-2622 or visit our website at


aviation news

MIA Program for Special Needs Travelers Takes Flight

(WSVN) - An airport can be a stressful place for anyone … but for someone with special needs, the crowds and chaos can be too much to handle. Now, one local airport is offering passengers with disabilities the courage to “Take Flight.” Learn more in the following special report.




carl-newman-portraitPresident Obama Appoints JMAA’s Carl D. Newman to National Infrastructure Advisory Council

President Barack H. Obama has announced his intention to appoint AMAC member Carl D. Newman, A.A.E., to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).

Newman is Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and Chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives.  He has more than thirty years of experience in airport management and leadership to include General Manager of George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Assistant Aviation Director of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The NIAC, was established on October 16, 2001, by Executive Order 13231 of October 16, 2001 for the purpose of providing the President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, with advice on the security and resilience of the critical infrastructure sectors and their functional systems, physical assets, and cyber networks.

NIAC Members are appointed by the President from the private sector’s senior executive leadership with responsibilities for the availability and reliability, including security and resilience, of critical infrastructure sectors.

Logan International Airport Breaks Passenger Record

Logan International Airport welcomed a record 36 million passengers in 2016, the sixth year in a row that a new high was reached thanks to added international flights and more passengers being crammed into planes.



AMAC news

Airport Planning Firm, Jacobsen|Daniels Associates,
Announces Job Openings

Jacobsen|Daniels Associates is seeking individuals with excellent organizational, technical, written and verbal communication skills interested in design, planning and consulting for airports and the aviation industry.   For more information,  click here

ACRP Announces New Project RFPs

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

  ACRP Project 02-76:  Optimizing the Use of Electric Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) and Ground Power Systems at Airports

  ACRP Project 02-81:  Commercial Space Operations Noise and Sonic Boom Measurements

New Position Open at USDOT Office of Civil Rights

The Departmental Office of Civil Rights at USDOT has announced a new open training position.  For more information, click here:

Program Analyst (Training) GS-343-11 (Open to US Citizens)

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

Upcoming Events

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.



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!

JMAA Hosts Aviation Industry Day January 17th

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority will host a free informational event for small businesses on Tuesday, January 17th.

Attendees will learn what’s on the Mississippi airports’ capital development and business opportunity calendars for 2017-2019.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus, 515 Country Place Parkway, Pearl, MS, 39208.

RSVP to Jack Thomas, 


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.