Catalyst Awards

Catalyst—A person or thing whose talk, enthusiasm or energy causes a change.

The AMAC Catalyst Awards honors AMAC members who have made outstanding contributions to further AMAC’s goals and mission. AMAC members are invited in advance to nominate individuals or organizations—award recipients are honored at the live event.

Award Categories

Airport Design Innovation and Inclusion Award: This award honors an airport or corporation that has demonstrated creativity and originality in its project design; met or exceeded DBE and MWBE participation goals for the last three to four years in an architectural, engineering, or construction project; and is an active member who acknowledges the value and purpose of AMAC participates in AMAC’s programs, webinars, and events.

Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award: This award honors an airport or corporation whose concessions program has shown commitment, creativity and/or originality in its efforts to achieve and exceed its ACDBE goal for the last three to four years and is an active member who acknowledges the value and purpose of AMAC participate in AMAC’s programs, webinars, and events.

AMAC Advocate of the Year Award: This award recognizes an individual within the industry who has been a diversity inclusion advocate and active AMAC member.

Small Business Partner Award: This award honors a certified and/or designated small business that has demonstrated support of AMAC’s mission and goals and has made a significant impact on its community and workforce. The recipient should also be an active member.

Airport of the Year Award: This award honors an airport for significant contributions toward the realization of DBE, ACDBE or EEO goals within an airport (e.g., program implementation, new program initiatives to foster growth and development of DBEs or encourage employment, research, litigation, etc.) in support of diversity inclusion.

Hall of Fame Award: This award honors an individual(s) who has demonstrated sustainable and profound contributions to the aviation industry and positively impacted diversity inclusion within the industry. This individual(s) has provided continuous support of AMAC’s mission and goals and the growth and development of aviation diversity.

Inclusive Leadership Award: This award honors a business or corporation that has demonstrated diversity inclusion within its corporate structure of procurement and employment. Nominees are aviation industry leaders for supplier diversity, best practices and fostering business capacity with diverse partners.

Local Small Business Champion: This award honors an individual within the region of the annual conference who exemplifies AMAC’s mission of diversity inclusion through their local or regional advocacy efforts on behalf of women and minorities. Nominees are viewed locally as champions for small business growth and inclusion.

2022 Winners

AMAC Design Innovation and Inclusion Award: BOWA Construction
AMAC Airport Concessions Innovation Award: Hudson
AMAC Advocate of the Year Award: Tamela Lee​, Vice President, Business Diversity and Development; Dallas Fort Worth International Airport​
AMAC Small Business Partner Award: Greg “GP” Plummer​, Director, AMAC Foundation Board of Directors​; CEO & Managing Partner, Concord Collective​
AMAC Inclusive Leader Award: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
AMAC Airport of the Year Award: O’Hare & Midway International Airports
AMAC President’s Award: Keiva Rodriques​, Deputy Chief Engineer, Division of Planning and Engineering,​ Maryland Aviation Administration ​
AMAC Chairman’s Award: Andrella Kenner​, Director, AMAC Foundation Board of Directors​; Founder & President, CI2 Aviation​
AMAC Local Small Business Champion Award: Dee M. Robinson​, CEO, Robinson Hill​
AMAC Leaper Award: Jose Cuevas​, Senior Manager, Commercial, JFK International Air Terminal ​
AMAC Hall of Fame Award: Corliss Stone-Littles​, Director, AMAC PAC Board of Directors​, Managing Member, Corliss Stone-Littles, LLC​
AMAC Charles “CJ” Johnson Award: John Clark​, Senior Vice President of Development, Airports and Airlines, SSP America​

2021 Winners

AMAC Advocate of the Year Award – Courtney Thornton, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Hudson Group
AMAC Airport of the Year Award – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
AMAC Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award – Jackmont Hospitality
AMAC Airport Design Innovation and Inclusion Award – Los Angeles World Airports
AMAC Chairman’s Award – Angela Gittens, (Retired) Former Director General, Airports Council International
AMAC Hall of Fame Award – Derryl Benton, Executive Vice President, Business Development, HMSHost
AMAC Inclusive Leadership Award – SP Plus Airport Services
AMAC Local Small Business Champion Award – William “Bill” Swift, Treasurer, AMAC Board of Directors / Owner, Business Traveler Services, Inc. and Swift Services, Inc.
AMAC Small Business Partner Award – CI2 Aviation

2019 Winners

Airport Design Innovation and Inclusion Award – Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Small Business Partner – Newburns Management Group LLC
Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award – Orlando International Airport
AMAC Advocate of the Year Award – Lauryn Mangum, Stellar Partners Inc.
AMAC Airport of the Year – Tampa International Airport
AMAC Hall of Fame Award – Joe Lyons, DFS Group
AMAC Hall of Fame Award – Bettye Dixon, Concourse Concessions
AMAC Hall of Fame Award – Clarence Daniels, CMS Hospitality
AMAC Inclusive Leader Award – The Hudson Group
Local Small Business Champion Award – Michael Lawson
President’s Award – Brison Hardin, Concourse Concessions
Chairman’s Award – Ann McNeill, MCO Construction & Services, Inc.
AMAC Conference Founding Member Award – Leon Watkins, Posthumously Awarded
AMAC Conference Founding Member Award – Audrey Simmons, Retired
AMAC Conference Founding Member Award – Esterlene Lewis, Retired
AMAC Conference Founding Member Award – Clark Sharpe, Shellis Management Services

2018 Winners

Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award – Fraport USA
Airport Design and Inclusion Award – Austin Commercial
Small Business Partner Award – Barbara Oliver, MBE Magazine
Advocate of the Year – Raymond Christy, Salt Lake City International Airport
Inclusive Leader Award – Stellar Partners
Airport of the Year Award – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Hall of Fame Award – Jon Mathiasen, Richmond International Airport
President’s Award – Jack Thomas, St. Louis County Government
Local Small Business Champion – Eddie Rye
Chairman’s Awards – Lance Lyttle and The Port of Seattle

2017 Winners

Chairman’s Award—SSP America
President’s Award—Mamie Mallory, Federal Aviation Administration
Hall of Fame Award—Robin McCullum Diaz, Hudson Group
Airport AEC (Architectural, Engineering and Construction), Innovation and Inclusion Award—Frank Wengler, AECOM
Airport Top Flight Award—Indianapolis International Airport
Advocate of the Year Award—Bob Bouta, Avis Budget Group
Airport Concessions Award—Philadelphia International Airport
Small Business Award—VoltAir Consulting Engineers

2016 Winners

Airport Architectural, Engineering, Construction (AEC) Innovation and Conclusion Award—Arthur Morton, Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.
Airport Concessions and Inclusion Award—Tanya Allen, Hojeij Branded Foods/APU JV, LLC
Advocate of the Year Award—Janus C. Holder, EJE Travel Retailer
AMAC Strategic Partner Award—Eric Zwiercan, Philadelphia International Airport
Airport Top Flight Award—Cheryl Hawkins, Tampa International Airport
Hall of Fame Award—William Kirk, K & L Gates, LLP
President’s Award—Ajay Ravulapalli, MaMa Organic Herbs
Chairman’s Award—Courtney C. Thornton, The Hudson Group