Connections – July 27, 2017

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message from the president


Dear Members and Friends:

Planning has begun for our 2018 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference, which will be held next summer in Seattle, Washington hosted by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This week while in Seattle I am diligently working to create a program that addresses today's most pressing challenges facing aviation, promotes diversity inclusion in airport contracting, provides ample networking opportunities and more.
We look forward to reuniting nearly 1,000 of the nation's most esteemed aviation leaders, business owners, aviation professionals and government officials. In the mean time, please check out a recap video of The Magic of Flight!





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

Scholar Spotlight: Trevor Nelson

"I have had a blessed life. What keeps me motivated is my pursuit of excellence. Not just being great but being legendary and leaving a memorable mark that provides a legacy for those that come after me. "
Trevor is a student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University pursuing a degree in Accounting.


membership corner

Catalyst Awards and Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

In the early years of federal business diversity regulation in the airport industry, the efforts in many companies were merely "compliance driven," Bob Bouta, Senior Vice President of Properties and Facilities for Avis Budget Group, Inc., recalls.  As a committed member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), Bouta has worked to affirm that inclusion of minorities and women business owners and employees in the industry be recognized as "value driven." For that reason, and many others, Bouta was recently honored by AMAC with their Catalyst Award for Advocate of the Year.

The Port of Seattle, Selects New Senior Manager, Airport Dining and Retail

Dawn Hunter will be the Senior Manager, Airport Dining and Retail for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Ms. Hunter will be maximizing non-aeronautical revenue, providing exceptional customer service, ensuring quality operations and developing jobs through new leasing opportunities.



Rock & Brews at LAX Airport Named Airport "Bar of the Year"

Rock & Brews, the energized restaurant and entertainment brand co-founded by rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, prevailed at the 2017 Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) conference in Toronto recently, winning "Bar of the Year" award.


ACRP Seeks FY 2018 ACRP Legal Studies Program Study Topics

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) seeks study topics for the FY 2018 ACRP Legal Studies Program. This is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators.


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 $169.3 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 85 Airports

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Federal Aviation Administration will award $169.3 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants for 85 airports.


Boeing Forecasts 1.2 Million Pilots and Technicians Needed by 2036

Boeing released its 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and projects a demand for more than 1.2 million pilots and technicians over the next 20 years.


Global Business Flight Activity Continues Growth in 2017

The JSSI Business Aviation Index for Q2 2017 indicates continued growth in business aviation flight activity worldwide, which follows the steady growth reported in the first quarter of 2017.


Delta Launches Biometrics to Board Aircraft at DCA

Delta customers now can use fingerprints instead of their boarding pass to board any Delta aircraft at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). ts.


legislative update

Senate Might Not Act On Must-Pass Aviation Bill Until September

Senate action on a must-pass aviation bill may not take place until September - the same month the legislation faces a deadline. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, told reporters that the timing of a long-term bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hinge on how the upper chamber tackles other legislative priorities, including a defense policy bill.


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