Connections – March 6, 2017

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message from the president


Get Involved. Be Present. Be Heard. It’s my favorite time of year - AMAC's Annual Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill.  With less than three weeks away, I want to take a moment to share this video with the AMAC community:



Krystal J. Brumfield


thella-bowens-picThella F. Bowens

THELLA F. BOWENS has served as the President and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority since March 2003. Bowens was the first and only person to hold the top executive position at the Airport Authority, owner and operator of the airport. The industry veteran, who has more than 30 years of experience in public administration, is responsible for management oversight of the Authority, its $145 million annual operating budget, an approximately $335 million capital budget and about 380 employees. She also oversees the Authority's $1.2 billion Terminal Development Program. Before her post in San Diego, she was San Diego Unified Port District's Senior Director of Aviation and also served as the Deputy Executive Director of Kansas City's Aviation Department which included Kansas City International Airport and the city's two general aviation airports.

Bowens will be retiring in March 2017


new member spotlight

Quinten J Washington - HeadshotA Career in Engineering Led To a World of Opportunities 
for New AMAC Member, Quinten Washington

New AMAC member Quinten J. Washington CCM, President of Quintessential Construction Managers & Consultants, LLC , began his career in engineering as a teenager.  Back in highschool, he was asked by his counselor to consider a career in engineering, he hesitated.

“I excel in math and science and the counselor considered engineering a logical next step for me,” said Washington.  “But I told her that the only engineers I was aware of drove trains.”

“Lucky for me,” he continued with a grin, “She just rolled her eyes and told me I was silly.”

Washington’s high school guidance counselor went on to encourage Washington to enter a minority engineering program at California State University at Northridge where he did very well. He became president of one of the first undergraduate chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, and interned for powerhouse global engineering and construction corporation Bechtel.  

Also in college, he developed a life-long love for the elegant sport of fencing.  “I took the course on a dare and discovered I was good at it,” he recalls.  “I became captain of the fencing team!”

The first in his family to graduate from college, Washington’s first job out of college was with renowned international construction firm Fluor-Daniels. His profession has led him to extraordinary success and the opportunity to work world-wide.  He has lived in Paris and in Saudi Arabia and managed a variety of major projects.  They included building an oil refinery from “sand to completion,”  working on the construction of  a nuclear power plant, managing the installation of the first fiber optic cables on the original Sprint network, working on the renovation team for the Pentagon, and building large scale transit facilities, among many others.  

He was also deputy business manager for magnet systems at the ill-fated Superconducting Super Collider Lab project in Texas, a venture that was never completed. “It was a great learning experience for me,” he says, with a sad shake of the head.

In 2006, he started his own business in construction management in Washington, D.C. and signed his first major contract the same day that he registered with the Secretary of State.  “But, he notes, “two years later the economy tanked and I had to hold on for survival.”

It was a tough few years, but he refused to give up.  “I don’t know how to give up,” he says.  “I believe that nothing is impossible, it just hasn’t been done yet.”  He made it through the recession and the company, which is now based in Woodbridge, VA., is on solid footing again.  

A man who naturally gravitates toward leadership, Washington is Past-President of the Construction Management Association of America’s National Capital Chapter Board of Directors and was recently named a member of the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Council.

Recently he has turned his eye toward the burgeoning opportunities for construction in the airport industry.

“At the behest of my good friend Krystal Brumfield (AMAC President and CEO), I joined the organization and attended their national conference this past summer.  I was amazed at all the things they are involved in,” he says.  And, he added he was delighted to notice that many of his construction colleagues are also members of AMAC.

With AMAC and his other memberships, he looks forward to the chance to pursue one of his passions – involvement in legislative activities to encourage growth for small and minority businesses.  

“I’m dedicated to the economic health of my community and my country, and the financial success of our businesses is key to that good health,” he says.


aviation news

Charleston International Airport Grows In Popularity With Local Travellers in 2016

The airport also wants to add more flights — including international routes — and enhance the passenger experience from inside the airport.

The recently completed, $200 million terminal makeover has given the airport a big boost in terms of overall appearance and traveler comfort and experience. The previously dark, outdated terminal from the 1980s, which had an inefficient layout, has been made over with white tile, floor-to-ceiling windows, new furniture with USB chargers and more restaurants and shops.

The airport now wants to boost cell phone service in the terminal, improve signage to help travelers find their way and design a more welcoming entrance.

“It is imperative that we dedicate and concentrate our efforts on the passenger experience,” Pena said.


Innovation Lab Unveiled At San Diego International Airport  

San Diego International Airport (SAN) will collaborate with industry innovators and local enterprises to develop solutions that can be deployed at SAN and/or marketed to other airports.

The new Innovation Lab also affords SAN the opportunity to create groundbreaking partnerships with organizations dedicated to helping early-stage technology companies succeed.”


Airmall USA Appoints Zandi as Its New President and CEO

“He joins Airmall following his role as executive vice president of operations of PGHC Inc, a privately owned restaurant company based in Dedham, Mass, with annual revenue of $250 million.

AIRMALL USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Pittsburgh International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport (terminals B and E), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in the United States.”


Upcoming Events

6726035777_fa35c37342_bAMAC Leadership Summit on Capitol Hill

AMAC’s Leadership Summit is one of the best conferences to voice your opinions to decision makers who can affect real change and to help policymakers understand the challenges and opportunities of operating in the airport environment. Reserve your place for LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON CAPITOL HILL!


AMAC announces, "The Magic of Flight" the 2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference


AMAC is excited to announce that you may now begin registering for the2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference! Hosted by Houston Airport System this annual event, appropriately themed, “The Magic ofFlight” will examine trends and best practices for new entrants and veteran attendees alike. We look forward to seeing you in Houston on June 16-20, 2017 – Click HERE for more information, and to register now!    



AMAC is extending an invitation to all members who may be interested in serving on the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference Planning Committee.  If interested, please contact Mazda Miles with Perfection Events at   There are opportunities to serve on numerous sub-committees, Professional Development, Catalyst Awards, Foundation Events (Golf Tournament, Celebrating Women in Aviation, Project LIFT), and many more.



The Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference offers several innovative stage formats as well as customized options for interested speakers. When developing the conference curriculum, our goal is to provide a balanced program that meets the diversity of attendees and variety of interest levels of the conference audience, all presented by speakers of the highest quality who represent the organizational goals of AMAC. If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the AMAC Annual Business Diversity Conference, please download Call for Speakers Document here.

The deadline for packet submission is March 3, 2017.    



The AMAC Catalyst Awards honor members who have made outstanding contributions to furthering the goals of AMAC. All AMAC members are invited to nominate individuals or organizations in one or more categories. Please download the application here. Applications must be submitted by March 24, 2017.

Winners will be honored at the AMAC Business Diversity Conference in Houston, Texas.


legislative update

Report calls for air traffic control reform ahead of FAA reauthorization

One of the chief arguments behind the spin-off plan is that air traffic control operations, which are subject to the annual appropriations process, face constant political and funding uncertainty. Eno points out that “many other developed countries have already departed from this model.”

“Only an entity outside the direct control of government will have the necessary independence to implement modern technologies at the pace needed to meet demand,” said Rui Neiva, the report’s co-author.

The report found that the government has struggled with modernization efforts, including establishing a precise satellite-based surveillance system and implementing digital data communications for air traffic controllers and pilots.


jobs board

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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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