*As of August 7, 2019 - Subject to Change

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

7:30 am – 10:00 am, Georgia Foyer DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training Registration
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Georgia I-II DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Plaza I Combined Board Lunch (Invitation Only)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Plaza II PAC Board Meeting
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Plaza II Foundation Board Meeting
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Plaza II Trade Board Meeting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Plaza III Golf Pairing Reception
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, WP24 Combined Board Dinner (Invitation Only)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

6:00 am – 6:15 am, Depart from JW Marriott West Road Entrance on the Ground Level Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament Transportation Depart from JW Marriott
7:30 am – 10:00 am, Georgia Foyer DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training Registration
8:00 am – 3:30 pm Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort

1 Industry Hills Pkwy, Industry, CA 91744

6:00 am – 6:15 am, Transportation to Industry Hills Golf Club departs JW Marriott West Road Entrance on the Ground Level
6:30 am – 7:40 am, Registration & Brunch
8:15 am, Tournament begins with a Shotgun Start
2:00 pm, Post-Tournament Lunch
3:30 pm, Transportation to JW Marriott departs Industry Hills Golf Club

8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Georgia Foyer Administering DBE/ACDBE Programs Training
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Diamond Foyer General Registration
11:00 am – 11:30 am, Atrium I New Member and First Time Attendee Orientation
11:45 am – 1:45 pm, Plaza I Airport Concessions Demystified: Your Guide to Success

This detailed session will walk participants through the concessions process from opportunity evaluation, through development planning to day-to-day operational challenges once you’re open. Participants should leave with a complete view of how airport concessions “works.” We’ll also have time for a lively Q&A session.

Speakers: Michael Caro, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield; Tiffany Green, HMSHost; Joya Kizer-Clarke, Casa Unlimited Enterprises; Vince Modica, Wolfgang Puck and Georginnah Navarette, Los Angeles International Airport

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Diamond Foyer Exhibitor Move-In
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Plaza II A Panorama on Partnerships

Airport partnerships come in different shapes and sizes depending upon project delivery methods. This session focuses on opportunities based on new partnership deals from P3, DBFOM, P3 Concessions, progressive design, performance based contracts, to design build.

Speakers: Greg Amparano, Fluor; Robert Chicas, HOK; Dominic Lowe, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield; Cathy Orquialo, PCL Construction; Tina Millan, WSP; Jim Rollings, Parsons and Gina Trombley, Bombadier

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Plaza III Is Everything Okay for Opening Day? 

New innovative technologies have entered the US Market and are contributing to the best operational and passenger experiences on opening day. The benefits of integrating Airport Readiness into all phases of a project will be highlighted in this session.

Speakers: Robert Gilbert, Los Angeles International Airport; Ortez Gude, Citiri; Michel McElvaney, Jacobs;  Geoff Neumayr, San Francisco International Airport; Melvin Price, Jacobs and Paloma Toledo, HOK

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm, Platinum E Ask the Experts (Joint Session for All Tracks) 

Speakers: Chris Anderson, Beecher's Cheese; Damon Barry, Ballard Spahr, LLP; Mike Caro, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield; Jonathan Copley, CFO Care, Inc.; Yvonne Dragon, The Dragon Group; Cesar Hernandez, US Bank; Tosin Kasali, HMSHost;Jonathan Klein, Federal Aviation Administration; Eric Racusin, US Bank; Mara Rosales, Rosales Law Partners; Gene Roth, Federal Aviation Administration; Kate Tragressor, Taft Stettinius & Holllister; Marques Warren, DBE Loans; Kate Webb, Tampa International Airport and Carlos White, Frost Brown Todd


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Gold 2&3 Business Matchmaking: Ready for Takeoff
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, West Road Welcome to LA Reception

Thursday, August 22, 2019

7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Diamond Foyer General Registration
7:00 am – 8:30 am, Diamond 8-10 HMSHost Partner Breakfast (Invite Only)
7:00 am – 8:30 am, Plaza III Delaware North Partner Breakfast (Invite Only)
7:00 am – 8:30 am, Diamond 6-7 Hudson Partner Breakfast (Invite Only)
7:00 am – 8:45 am, Plaza I-II Paradies Lagardere Partner Breakfast (Invite Only)
7:15 am – 8:45 am, Georgia I ACDBELO/DBELO Breakfast (Invite Only)
7:30 am – 8:30 am, Atrium II AEC Breakfast High Road to Infrastructure

Speakers: Samantha Bricker; Los Angeles World Airports; Jason Green, Skillsmart; Michael Matichich, Jacobs; Amber Meshack, Los Angeles World Airports and Simeon Terry, Austin Commercial

7:30 am – 8:45 am, Georgia II AMAC PAC Breakfast - Click here to register for this session.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Diamond Pre-Function Exhibit Hall
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Booths #18 & #27 Silent Auction
9:30 am – 11:00 am, Platinum D&E Opening Session & Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum

Speakers: Chellie Cameron, Philadelphia International Airport; Cristal DeHerrera, Denver International Airport; Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports; Doug Kreulen, Nashville International Airport; Lance Lyttle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; Jamie Rhee, Chicago Department of Aviation; Jorge Roberts, AvPorts; John Selden, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Ricky Smith, BWI Marshall Airport

11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Gold Pre-Function Exhibit Hall Networking Break
11:15 am – 11:45 am, Georgia II Airport Director's Roundtable (Invitation Only)
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Diamond 1-5 Catalyst Awards & Scholarship Luncheon
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Diamond 8-10 Striving, Sweating and Succeeding:  How We Did It and You Can Too 

It’s time to get real – a panel of industry professionals speak candidly about their mistakes, their biggest challenges and how they overcame them to be the successes they are today. Past topics have included hiring the right accountant and attorney, choosing a business partner, keeping your family happy and resolving conflict. Through interactive discussion, participants will have a welcoming environment to ask questions, share challenges and learn from others in a positive way. Come ready to learn, ask questions and take-home concrete advise on your career, your business and your life.

Speakers: Clarence Daniels, CMS Inc.; Ramon Lo, Airport Experience News; Nailah Ellis Brown, Ellis Infinity LLC; Roz Mallet, Phase Next Hospitality and John Reeb, San Francisco International Airport

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Diamond 6-7 What’s the BIG DEAL?- Opportunity and Inclusion in Airport MEGA-DEALS

Airports are building-- and they are increasingly turning to Public-Private Partnerships (P3’s) and other mega-deals to deliver infrastructure. These deals allow airports to tap into private investment and manage project risk. Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is at the forefront of using P3’S to maximize economic inclusion. This workshop gives an overview of opportunities and challenges presented by the mega-deals driving airport development. Presenters include LAWA, mega-deal project primes, and small/DBE firms who have successfully tapped into opportunity on this new frontier.

Speakers: Denise Bailey, Milligan & Company; Darryl Daniels, Jacobsen|Daniels; Peter Davoren, Turner; Cedrick Johnson, Airport Design Consultants, Inc.; Amber Meshack, Los Angeles World Airports and Eric Stenman, Balfour Beatty

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Georgia II Realities & Revelations of Resiliency  

Aging infrastructure and eventualities are the reality for many airports across the nation. This session will look at what airports are doing to ensure a resiliency of operations and a swift recovery action plan if something goes sideways.

Speakers: Anna Burton, Los Angeles World Airports; Angelique Bartholomew; MPact Strategic Consulting; John Carver, Los Angeles World Airports; Carlos Maeda, Kimley-Horn; Aura Moore, Los Angeles World Airports and Sprugeon Robinson; MPact Strategic Consulting

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm, Plaza I-III Ground Transportation Roundtable: Urban Mobility

Los Angeles is a ushering a new era of urban mobility for passengers transiting through LAX. This panel of industry leaders will share their perspectives on this evolving campus and give a glimpse of what the future holds for new connectivity options for the traveling public.

Speakers: Samantha Bricker, Los Angeles International Airport; Korin Crawford, Griffin Structures; Brian Kramer, LYFT; Michael Tucker, Avis Budget Group and Phil Washington, LA Metro

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Diamond 8-10 Beyond Concessions: Opening Your Mind to the Greater Airport Ecosystem 

Airports are truly a rich ecosystem and traditional concessions are only one part. How can you target new opportunities to diversify your business within the airport ecosystem? Hear from entrepreneurs who have found new paths to success in passenger services, airport lounges, concierge services, rental cars, sustainability, new technology, baggage wrap, uniforms and more.

Speakers: Stacey Ferris Kodak, JC Decaux; Chris Gwilliam, Airport Lounge Development; Anita Leopold, Flying Leap, Inc. and Partner, Business Traveler Services, Inc. (BTS) ; Jonathan Song, Plaza Premium; Daniel Valdespino, Secure Wrap and Barbara Yamamoto, Los Angeles International Airport

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Diamond 6-7 Capacity Building “What Does It Mean to Me?”

Capacity building clarified. General contractors, construction manager, owners and trade partners provide practical strategies to help clarify the meaning of true capacity building – Financial growth-Experience or Expansion into new trades or scopes of work. These industry leaders will share practical tips for evaluating opportunities that support your business growth as you consider opportunities.

Speakers: Brad Brown, Austin Commercial; Nosa Ehimwenman, Bowa Construction; Linda Graves, Gilbane; Sandra Ichiho, Hensel Phelps; Davita Taylor, Metro Nashville Airport Authority; Latda Vaughan, Majestic Solutions and Robert Walker, Gilbane

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Plaza I-III The Airport as the New Digital Marketplace

Digital technology is the future of Airports. If airports are to handle increasingly larger numbers of passengers, then they are going to have to be more efficient and more adaptable. This session will identify how Digital technology can be utilized as a valuable tool in ensuring that Airports can meet these rising customer demands.

Speakers: Chris Baccus, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield; Justin Erbacci, Los Angeles International Airport; Stuart McKee, Microsoft; Marcus Session, Tampa International Airport and Phil Silver, Amazon Web Services

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Diamond 1-5 2020 Atlanta Preview Reception

Friday, August 23, 2019

8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Diamond Pre-Function General Registration
8:00 am – 10:00 am, Diamond 1-5 Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Diamond Pre-Function Exhibit Hall
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Booths #18 & #27 Silent Auction
10:15 am – 11:30 am, Diamond 8-10 Building Your Business Plan to Prepare for Financing 

Lenders who have, or plan to provide, financing to concessionaires offer concrete, actionable advice on how to prepare your business plan to improve your chance of success with other lenders. Attendees will leave with a template they can use to create their plan as well as a checklist of items you will need or actions you should take prior to approaching a lending institution.

Speakers: Randy Hazelton, H&H Hospitality; Boltran Hu, U.S. Bank; Ben Raju, U.S. Small Business Administration and Everett Sands, Lendistry

10:15 am – 11:30 am, Diamond 6-7 Raising the Bar – Race to the Top 

This session will illustrate how various airports are positioning themselves to be the best. This panel of Airport Executives will share what they are doing at their airports to deliver projects that raise the bar in terms of efficiency, sustainability, and overall guest experience.

Speakers: Suzette Bather-Taylor, Port Authority of NY and NJ; Ken Greene, Triunity; Jamie Rhee, Chicago Department of Aviation and Barbara Yamamoto, Los Angeles World Airports

10:15 am – 11:30 am, Plaza I-III Prompt Payment Requirements for Airports/FAA Civil Rights Connect DBE Goal Setting Tool

This session will provide an overview of the Prompt Payment provisions as defined by 49 CFR Part 26 and related guidance and the new complaint reporting requirements resulting from the 2018 FAA Reauthorization. In addition, the session will include an overview of the new DBE Goal-Setting Tool that includes features to assist with calculating the triennial goal and writing the goal methodology.

Speakers: Gene Roth, Federal Aviation Administration and Justin Talbot-Stern, Chief Executive Officer, B2Gnow

10:15 am – 11:30 am, Atrium I Commissioners Only Roundtable
11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Diamond 6-7 Come Fly with Me 

Airports aren't the only ones looking for partners. This session will feature a panel of airline Corporate Real Estate Executives discussing their plans for updating their facilities and to elevate the passenger experience. This panel will share opportunities for inclusivity-based partnerships.

Speakers: Keith Browning, Delta Air Lines; Andrea Goodpasture, Southwest Airlines; Katherine Goudreau, American Airlines; James Harper, Hensel Phelps and Somer Shindler, United Airlines

11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Diamond 8-10 Building with Sustainability in Mind 

Construction strategies for saving time and materials can lead to higher profitability and an opportunity to avoid waste all in the spirit of sustainability. This panel will discuss how proactive partnering can lead to a streamlined and focuses approach to sustainability.

Speakers: Doug Davis, AE3 Partners, Inc.; Randall Dragon, The Dragon Group; Tammy McCrossen-Orr, Los Angeles International Airport; Dwight Pullen, Skanska USA Building, Inc. and Nick Roxborough, Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani, LLP

11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Atrium 1 Best Practices and Obligations for Ensuring Nondiscrimination in Airport Programs 

This session will offer an overview and discussion of best practices in achieving compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act, Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and related civil rights requirements, as they apply to airport programs. Taken together, the requirements prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, including limited English proficiency, and ensure environmental justice.

Speaker: Jonathan Klein, Federal Aviation Administration

1:15 pm – 3:30 pm, Diamond 1-4 AMAC Business Meeting & Mayors Forum Luncheon 

Speakers: J. Anthony BrownKate Gallego, Phoenix, AZ; Frank Scott, Little Rock, AR; Wellington Webb, Denver, CO and Randall Woodfin, Birmingham, AL

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Diamond 8-10 Emerging Leaders Panel and Mixer - Click here to register for this session.


Saturday, August 24, 2019

8:30 am – 3:30 pm Project LIFT at Flight Path Learning Center & Museum

6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90045

9:00 am, Depart from JW Marriott West Road Entrance on the Ground Level Transportation Departs for LAX Tour
10:00 am - 11:30 am Tour of LAX


Workshops Key

We are thrilled to provide informative and inspirational workshops, featuring presentations from leading industry and subject matter experts. This rich programming is designed to help you hone your leadership skills, get coveted insights, learn about new industry trends and challenges, gather best practices and provide you with actionable resources and tools to help improve your business.

Track 1: Concessions: Planning for Growth & Profitability 

Organized by: Tonja Pastorelle, Pastorelle Marketing Group and Iris Messina, HMSHost

Join our exciting group of seasoned professionals as they share their experiences in the airport food, beverage, retail and service sectors. This year’s topics are designed to engage conversations, provoke the imagination and promote interaction between speakers and attendees. Don’t miss the roundtables where we will take a deep dive into the subject of joint ventures from every angle.

Track 2: Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC): Building Opportunities

Organized by: Linda Graves, Gilbane Construction and Tamika Dickerson, Jacobs

The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) track will focus on construction-related services. Featured topics are designed to promote awareness and dialogue of key issues pertinent to owners, primes and DBEs involved in build out of aviation infrastructure and programs.

Track 3: Innovation & Technology: The Future of Airports

Organized by: Steven Jones, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Tamika Dickerson, Jacobs

The Future of Airports will rely heavily upon innovation and technology. This track will focus on new opportunities that are being leveraged in the industry to enhance efficiency, passenger experience and resiliency in some of the busiest and most complex airports.

Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Organized by: Gene Roth, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Civil Rights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) track will focus on the implementation of the DBE/ACDBE, ADA/504 and Title VI programs. The workshop topics are designed to introduce these programs, their requirements and the latest guidance to help participants better implement the programs and answer questions.

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