Connections – July 17, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:

As we move toward a more interconnected society, competitive advantage depends not only on what you can do, but also who you work with. This week we headed to Detroit to participate in our sister organization, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), 2017 National Meeting and Training Conference: SMART Transportation - The Next Frontier.

We attended more than 50 lectures, workshops, technical tours and events that address today's most pressing questions facing transportation: "How Will We Move, How Will We Move Things, and How Will We Move Better?" AMAC was able to gain vital information and tools take on the new rapidly changing challenges of the transportation industry.

It is imperative that we continue to show up to the table, support and encourage equity in all realms of multi-modal transportation, particularly aviation. Congratulations COMTO on a successful annual conference!




Krystal J. Brumfield
President & CEO
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

Upcoming Events


8th Annual FAA National Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports

Government and Industry experts will be providing FREE training, guidance, technical assistance, and regulatory updates in the following airport civil rights program areas: Airport Accessibility, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and Title VI including Limited English Proficiency/Environmental Justice

Holiday Inn Capitol
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - Thursday, August 3, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Supplier Diversity Day

Broward College has partnered with the State of Florida Department of Management Services to bring this special event that will feature panel discussions to address barriers faced by small, minority and women-owned businesses in public contracting and matchmaking; plus networking one-on-one sessions with exhibitors.

Omni Auditorium Broward College North Campus
Friday, August 25, 2017
11 am - 3:15 pm


foundation focus

Catalyst Awards and Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

Reflecting a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion by the airport's leadership, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was recently honored with AMAC's Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award. "This award recognizes an airport or corporation whose concessions program has met or exceeded their ACDBE goal over a period of not less than two years," said AMAC President & CEO Krystal Brumfield. "PHL Airport's CEO Rochelle "Chellie" Cameron has helped to set the standard for this success."

One of a handful of women running major airports in the U.S., Cameron has been in her leadership position at PHL for almost 2 years. A native of Ligonier, PA, Cameron joined ROTC in college to help her schoolteacher parents pay her way through. That decision has led to a 27-year career in the aviation field both as an Air Force officer and as a leader in the airport industry in Philadelphia and earlier in Washington, DC.


membership corner

2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference

If you attended our Annual Conference, please be sure to share your feedback by taking this quick event survey. The final attendee list will be shared with those who complete the survey.

Deputy Director of Aviation - Business & Financial Management

The New Orleans Aviation Board has selected Henrietta Brown as Deputy Director of Aviation - Business & Financial Management for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). In this position, she will be responsible for overseeing the business and finance matters airport-wide, including budgeting and accounting, financial planning and analysis, external audit preparations, coordinating airport financial goals with the City, and working to secure grants and bonds to finance capital improvements, air service development and properties and business development.

MBDA'S 5 Steps to Getting Started as a Contractor

U.S. Federal Government contracts represent a tremendous sales and revenue opportunity for small businesses. Check out these five steps to get started as a contractor.



AMAC Attends #COMTO46

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) 46th National Meeting and Training Conference addressed today's most pressing questions facing transportation: "How Will We Move, How Will We Move Things, and How Will We Move Better?"


Access Your New Prescription Drug Savings Card Today

We're happy to present you with a new member benefit - a WellCardRx prescription drug savings card for each of our members. You can use it by printing the card or simply downloading the app for your smartphone.
Whether you have insurance or not, this prescription discount card can be beneficial, especially if you have a high deductible to pay on your insurance plan. It's not insurance, but it can give you significant savings on your prescriptions and more. Your WellCardRx discount card features:
  • Instant savings on most prescription drugs
  • Access to more than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide
  • All family members can use the card
  • No limits and no expiration date
  • No pre-existing condition exclusions
  • Bonus savings on dental and hearing care
To take advantage of this new benefit, get your card here:

For more information, click here or contact Tom Wyss at or 804.273.9797 x2000.

aviation news

U.S. DOT Announces $1.5B in Funding for INFRA Grants Supporting Infrastructure

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) advances a pre-existing grant program established in the FAST Act of 2015 to leverage additional non-federal funding. The new program will increase the impact of projects by leveraging capital and allowing innovation in the project delivery and permitting processes, including public-private partnerships.


U.S. DOT Announces $290.6 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 105 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Federal Aviation Administration will award $290.6 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants for 105 airports.


Airmall Changes Its Name to Fraport USA

Airmall USA, which manages Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) retail and restaurants, announced it has changed its name to Fraport USA, reflecting its German parent company, Fraport Group. The 25 year old company has a contact with BWI through 2022.



legislative update

FY2018 Transportation Funding Bill Supports NATA Requests for Aviation Businesses

The House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, providing the Federal Aviation Administration with $16.6 billion for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2017.



jobs/BIDS board

The AMAC Job/Bid Board is a nationwide listing of active upcoming job openings and bid opportunities across the country. If you represent a government, public or private organization that would like to post opportunities, click here or contact us at