As of June 22, 2022—Schedule Subject to Change

 

NOTICE: Your badge and accompanying tickets/wristbands, which you will receive at onsite registration, are your passport to all events and should always be kept with you. Your badge is required for admission to all conference events. In addition to your badge, your tickets/wristbands are required for admission to all ticketed-conference events. 

*=Ticketed/Wristband Events

Your individual registration includes the below events.

  • General Sessions & Workshops
  • AMAC Gateway (Experience Hall & Breakfast)
  • Welcome & Preview Receptions*
  • Opening Session & Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum Luncheon*
  • Business Matchmaking
  • AMAC Catalyst Awards & AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awards Luncheon*
  • AMAC Emerging Leaders Sessions
  • AMAC Legislative & Policy Updates Closing Session

 

Your individual registration does not include these events. A separate registration is required for each of these events unless you are a sponsor and they are included in your sponsorship benefits.

  • DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training
  • AMAC Foundation Bill Walker Memorial Topgolf Event*
  • AMAC Foundation Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast*
  • AMAC PAC Fly Right & Build Back Together Breakfast*

Day 1 | Monday, June 20

DBE/ACDBE Training Registration & Meals

7:30 am–12:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Michigan

Project LIFT

8:00 am–3:00 pm | Midway Badging Office Parking Lot | 5221 W. 55th Street Chicago, IIL 60638

The AMAC Foundation and Chicago Department of Aviation are excited to present Project LIFT 2022, “Motivate, Educate & Elevator (M.E.E.),” which will expose 100 students to potential aviation/aerospace-related industry careers, educational paths, networking and scholarship opportunities with professional mentors well versed in the aforementioned career paths for the furtherance of student academic development and future involvement.

DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training

8:00 am–4:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Michigan

A comprehensive, content-rich course designed to provide in-depth training to DBE/ACDBE and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) professionals, from beginner through intermediate experience levels.

Focus: The ins and outs of DBE and ACDBE certification.

New This Year: Using Current Tax Forms in Business Size and Personal Net Worth (PNW) Calculation: New North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code Guidance

Instructor: Denise Bailey, Principal-in-Charge, Milligan Consulting, LLC

AMAC Trade Board Meeting

8:30 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | O’Hare

AMAC PAC Board Meeting

10:45 am–12:15 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | O’Hare

Combined AMAC Board Lunch (Invitation Only)

Sponsored by Infrastructure Engineering Incorporated

12:45 pm–2:45 pm | Offsite

Registration Desks Open

Conference Bags Sponsored by Hyde Park Hospitality | Lanyards Sponsored by Areas

2:00 pm–7:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Promenade
2:00 pm–7:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Waveland Foyer

New Member & First Time Attendee Orientation

3:00 pm–4:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Superior 

Are you ready to discover how your AMAC membership can work for you? This orientation is a detailed discussion of AMAC’s goals, objectives and structure. We will explore AMAC membership benefits contributing to your success while navigating the aviation industry. You will also receive tips to maximize your #AMAC2022 conference experience.

Speakers:

  • Anthony Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, AMAC
  • Dawn Hunter, Chair, AMAC Foundation Board of Directors; Director, Aviation Commercial Management, Port of Seattle
  • Tosin Kasali, At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Membership Committee; Vice President, Business Development, HMSHost
  • Taeyun Kim, Senior Director, Business Development, Wow Bao
  • Tonja Pastorelle, Midwest/Great Lakes Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors; President, Pastorelle Marketing Group
  • Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors; CEO Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Nancy West, Chair, AMAC PC Board of Directors; Founder & Managing Member, Exstare Federal Services Group, LLC
  • Eboni Wimbush, President & CEO, AMAC

AMAC Foundation Board Meeting

4:00 pm–5:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | O’Hare

URW Reception (Invitation Only)

5:30 pm–7:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Halstead Foyer

Transportation to the Denim & Diamonds Sneaker Ball

Transportation Sponsored by SP+ Airport Services 

6:00 pm–6:30 pm | Departing from the Sheraton Grand (Second Portico) and Marriott Magnificent Mile (Rush St. Portico)

Denim & Diamonds Sneaker Ball (Ticketed Event)

6:30 pm–9:30 pm | Vertiport Chicago Heliport | 1339 S. Wood Street Chicago, IL 60608

Come kick off #AMAC2022 Chicago-style with music, entertainment, networking, a taste of Chicago, and much, much more!

Attire: Classy Denim & Diamonds & Your Fav Comfortable Kicks

Day 2 | Tuesday, June 21

DBE/ACDBE Training Registration & Meals

7:30 am–12:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | State Foyer

AMAC Gateway (Experience Hall & Breakfast)

Exhibit Hall Breakfast Sponsored by B2GNow

7:30 am–5:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Riverwalk B

The AMAC Gateway offers attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of airport concessions, construction companies, products, services, tools and technologies available in today’s airports.

Registration Desks Open

Conference Bags Sponsored by Hyde Park Hospitality | Lanyards Sponsored by Areas

7:30 am–7:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | 5th Floor Registration
7:30 am–7:30 pm | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Promenade

DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training

8:00 am–4:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Michigan

A comprehensive, content-rich course designed to provide in-depth training to DBE/ACDBE and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer (DBELO) professionals, from beginner through intermediate experience levels.

Focus: DBE/ACDBE Program Administrators and Procurement Professionals Training, covers all of the detailed essentials of 49 CFR Part 26 and Part 23 needed by hands-on program administrators.

New this Year: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Impact on Goal-Setting and Reporting

Instructor: Denise Bailey, Principal-in-Charge, Milligan Consulting, LLC

Concessions 101: From Streetside to Concourse

Track 1: Concessions | Presented by Lendistry

8:00 am–9:15 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Clark

This session will introduce business owners to the process of operating a concession. From initial concept development, bidding process, ABCs on certification, lease negotiations, proforma development, operating in the airport, etc.

Moderator:

  • Tonja Pastorelle, Midwest/Great Lakes Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors; President, Pastorelle Marketing Group

Panel:

  • Ziad El Assad, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Marshall Retail Group
  • Alice Cheung, Director, Brand Portfolio – Dining Division, Paradies Lagardère
  • Sarah Imberman, Owner & Operator, S. Levy Foods
  • Glen Ryniewski, Assistant Commissioner, Concessions, Chicago Department of Aviation

State of Airport Development – AEC Market

Track 2: Architecture, Engineering & Construction | Presented by Jacobs

8:00 am–9:15 am | Sheraton Grand | Superior AB

The recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will significantly impact airport infrastructure projects in 2022. This session will discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law implementation and considerations for successfully delivering projects and programs.

Moderator:

  • T.J. Schulz, President, Airport Consultants Council

Panel:

  • Sheri Ernico, Director, Jacobs
  • Brandon Fair, Managing Director, Planning and Development, Corporate Real Estate, United Airlines
  • Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Susan Schalk, Director, Airports Division, Great Lakes Region, Federal Aviation Administration

The Great Reshuffling

Track 3: Professional Development

8:00 am–9:15 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Avenue Ballroom

A conversation on creative engagement methods to attract and retain talent in the aviation industry during this time of change. We will highlight perspectives from primes ACDBEs/DBEs and construction firms.

Moderator:

  • Nedra Swift, Senior Human Resources Consultant, ADK Consulting

Panel:

  • Donna Stevenson, President & CEO, Early Morning Software, Inc./PRiSM Compliance Management
  • Delischa Wilds, Chief Administrative Officer, Philadelphia International Airport

U.S. Department of Transportation Bonding Education Program, Regional Technical Assistance and Access to Capital Panel

Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration

8:00 am–9:15 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Addison

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will lead this panel by sharing the OSDBU mission and methods to provide technical assistance to small and minority-owned businesses in the transportation-related industry.

Panel:

  • Tafara Jhamba, Chief Operating Officer, Founder’s Impact, Inc.
  • Stephen Konkle, Economic Development Specialist, Illinois District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Lisa Leone, Bonding Education Program Manager, Regional Assistance Division, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Jacob Perez, Project Director, Great Lakes Small Business Transportation Resource Center, U.S. Department of Transportation

AMAC Business Meeting & Election Ratification

9:45 am–10:45 am | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Ballroom

  • Jovan Goldstein, Chief Financial Officer, AMAC
  • Marci Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
  • Justina Mann, Southwest Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Chapters Development Committee; Director, Infrastructure Controls Terminal Development, Houston Airport System
  • Nick Ryan, Chair, AMAC Elections & Nominations Committee; Vice President – Aviation Market Leader, RS&H
  • Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors; CEO Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • William (Bill) Swift, Treasurer, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Finance Committee; Owner, Business Traveler Services, Inc. and Swift Services, Inc.
  • Simeon Terry, Second Vice Chair, AMAC Board of Directors; Vice President of Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial
  • Eboni Wimbush, President & CEO, AMAC

Rethinking Airport Concessions: Creating Win-Win Outcomes for Successful Concessions Contracts

Track 1: Concessions | Presented by Lendistry

11:15 am–12:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Clark

Airports were forced to review their concessions business models due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most airports have MAG. Does it still make sense? If we don’t have MAG, what does the model look like? SEA and ATL are doing deals differently. We will also discuss what factors should go into the financial model and how success is measured.

Moderator:

  • Dawn Hunter, Chair, AMAC Foundation Board of Directors; Director, Aviation Commercial Management, Port of Seattle

Panel:

  • Derryl Benton, Executive Vice President, Business Development, HMSHost
  • Thiané Carter Director, Small Business Programs, Raleigh Durham International Airport
  • Penny May, Chief Commercial Officer, Denver International Airport
  • Michael Svagdis, Chief Executive Officer, SSP America

Lessons Learned: The Challenges and Opportunities of Competing in the Airport Industry

Track 2: Architecture, Engineering & Construction | Presented by Jacobs

11:15 am–12:30 pm | Sheraton Grand | Superior AB

AEC companies engaged in airport development face many opportunities and challenges. This session will feature a diverse panel of company leaders who will discuss the day-to-day challenges they face in competing for projects and highlight best practices that companies and airports can take to foster engagement and opportunities for AEC MWBEs.

Moderator:

  • Mae Whiteside, President & CEO, CKL Engineers

Panel:

  • Cyle Cantrell, Aviation Business Development Manager, Burns & McDonnell
  • Gustavo Giraldo, Contracts Administrator, Small Business, Jacobs Engineering S.A.
  • Daniel Kebede, AIA LEED AP, President, Abstract Consulting
  • Phillip Washington, CEO, Denver International Airport

Creating the 5 Star Airport Experience

Track 3: Professional Development

11:15 am–12:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Avenue Ballroom

Innovation used to mean launching an app. Today, innovation encompasses everything physical and digital that shapes the airport customer experience. We’re just getting started from virtual brands and ghost kitchens to Amazon walk-out technology and omnichannel commercial platforms to flexible spaces, brand partnerships and order, payment, fulfillment and delivery.

Moderator:

  • Mike Salzman, Executive Vice President & Group Director, Airports, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Panel:

  • Mario C. Diaz, Director of Aviation, Houston Airports
  • Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Jeff Livney, Chief Experience Officer, Servy
  • Ed Midgley, Vice President, Customer Experience and Commercial, John F. Kennedy International Air Terminal

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Update by FAA’s Offices of Airports, Acquisitions and Air Traffic

Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration

11:15 am–12:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Addison

FAA representatives will provide a status update and answer questions related to Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for airport terminals, air traffic facilities and airport infrastructure.

Panel:

  • Randall Burke, Director, Technical Operations ATC Facilities and Engineering Services, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Steve Engebrecht, Assistant Manager, Helena Airports District Office, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Marvin Poindexter, Director, Acquisition Policy and Oversight, Federal Aviation Administration

Luncheon: Opening Session & Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum (Ticketed Event)

1:00 pm–2:45 pm | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Ballroom

The Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum has become a conference highlight. This forum provides attendees an opportunity to hear about the future of airports and the aviation industry from Airport Directors who lead some of our nation’s key airports. As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that we rethink how airport directors exert more influence over the ecosystem we call “airports” to benefit minorities.

Remarks:

  • Karen W. Ellis, At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Conference Planning Committee; Chief Customer Experience Officer, San Antonio International Airport
  • Lori Lightfoot, Mayor, Chicago
  • Tracey Payne Henry, Local Chair, 2022 AMAC Annual Conference; Chief Administrative Officer/Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Eboni Wimbush, President & CEO, AMAC

Keynote Speaker:

  • Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & Chief Executive Officer, TIAA

Moderator:

  • Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors; CEO Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Panel:

  • Balram “B” Bheodari, Airport General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • John Clark, Senior Vice President of Development, Airports and Airlines, SSP America; Former Executive Director, Indianapolis International Airport
  • Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Aviation Division, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Charlene Reynolds, Airport Director, John Wayne Airport
  • Jamie Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
  • Phillip Washington, CEO, Denver International Airport

The Art of Making Your Flight Connections—Business Matchmaking

Sponsored by Airport Dimensions

3:00 pm–5:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Riverwalk A

AMAC helps your organization grow by connecting you with contacts that can lead to contracts! This event matches Airports/Primes/Government/Companies/ to M/W/S/DBE/ACDBEs, fostering a network environment with real opportunities.

AMAC Gateway (Experience Hall)

3:00 pm–5:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Riverwalk B

The AMAC Gateway offers attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of airport concessions, construction companies, products, services, tools and technologies available in today’s airports.

Paradies Lagardère Happy Hour (Invite Only)

4:30 pm–6:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Halstead Foyer

Paradies Lagardère staff is invited to decompress together and catch up with one another over libations!

Transportation to AMAC Foundation Bill Walker Memorial Topgolf

5:15 pm–6:15 pm | Departing from the Sheraton Grand (Second Portico) and Marriott Magnificent Mile (Rush St. Portico)

AMAC Foundation Bill Walker Memorial Topgolf (Ticketed Event)

Title Sponsors | AECOM and North American Concessions

6:30 pm–9:30 pm | Topgolf Schaumburg | 2050 Progress Pkwy, Schaumburg, IL 60196

This annual event benefits the AMAC Foundation Scholarship program. It also honors one of AMAC’s tireless servants, Bill Walker. Mr. Walker’s affiliation with the AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference began in Los Angeles, CA, in 1988 while he was Vice President at Pacific State Airlines. He began planning the golf tournament shortly after and continued to organize it until illness prevented him from doing so. This event continues to b a perennial favorite and a way for attendees to provide scholarships to students who are rising aviation professionals.

AMAC Emerging Leaders & ACC Young Professionals Mixer

6:30 pm–8:00 pm |  Upstairs at The Gwen | 521 N Rush St 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611

AMAC After Dark

Sponsored by Unison Consulting

10:00 pm–12:00 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Chicago Ballroom Foyer

Experience a late night in Chicago with Unison. Live music, drinks, cards and more!

Day 3 | Wednesday, June 22

AMAC Foundation Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast (Ticketed Event)

Title Sponsor | Enterprise Holdings

7:30 am–9:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Chicago Ballroom

This event fosters, promotes and applauds the career achievements of women in aviation and aerospace-related businesses. Participants hear about personal and professional experiences from dynamic women who have made great contributions to the aviation industry.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Mae C. Jemison, Physician, Engineer, Former NASA Astronaut, Leader of 100 Year Starship Non-profit for Space Exploration

Special Guest

  • Miracle Izuchukwu, Youngest Black Female Pilot for Commercial Airlines

Facilitator:

  • Lauryn Mangum Reed, Secretary, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee; Vice President, Business Development, Servy

AMAC Gateway (Experience Hall & Breakfast)

7:30 am–5:00 pm |  Sheraton Grand | Riverwalk B

The AMAC Gateway offers attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of airport concessions, construction companies, products, services, tools and technologies available in today’s airports.

AMAC Foundation Silent Auction

7:30 am–5:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Riverwalk B

Generous AMAC members and supporters donate exclusive items and packages that drive the excitement behind fundraising at our annual events.

Registration Desks Open

Conference Bags Sponsored by Hyde Park Hospitality | Lanyards Sponsored by Areas

7:00 am–7:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Promenade
7:00 am–7:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | 5th Floor Registration

Future of the ACDBE Program and Reimagining of What the Future Holds: Reimagining Possibilities for ACDBE Success

Track 1: Concessions | Presented by Lendistry

9:45 am–11:00 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Clark

Explore how we can go beyond the federal requirements to reimagine ACDBE engagement for wealth creation for minority communities, create jobs and add to our cities’ economic growth. ACDBE operators will speak about their path to ACDBE participation and their successes and challenges related to various partnership structures, business support, and innovation. They will address the change and evolution they want to see and how future and existing ACDBEs can be a part of that change. Airport leadership will share their perspectives on the ACDBE structure, successful and innovative business practices, challenges and how airports create initiatives and programs to support ACDBEs.

Concession and terminal developer/operators will offer specific project examples of partnerships with ACDBEs, how to support local, small, and minority businesses in qualifying for ACDBE certification, mentoring frameworks to help with airport operations and customer experience, and how to assist ACDBEs to overcome one of the single most significant barriers to entry—financing.

Moderator:

  • Folasade Olanipekun-Lewis, Vice President, Operating & Community Partnerships, Vantage Airports

Panel:

  • Ezekiel “Zeke” Flores, Founder & CEO, Flying Concessions
  • Greg Plummer, Director, AMAC Foundation Board of Directors; CEO & Managing Partner, Concord Collective
  • Courtney Thornton, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Hudson
  • Erin Zwiercan, Owner, Jack Duggan’s

Advancing the Capital Program: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future

Track 2: Architecture, Engineering & Construction | Presented by Jacobs

9:45 am–11:00 am | Sheraton Grand | Superior AB

Most airports have various options and methods to deliver their capital development programs and projects. This session will review airport project delivery systems trends and their implications for AEC MWBEs.

Moderator:

  • Keiva Rodriques, Deputy Chief Engineer, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall

Panel:

  • Amanda Rogers, Chief of Aviation Construction-Deputy Chief of Construction, Port Authority NY/NJ
  • Frank Rucker, Airport Deputy General Manager, Infrastructure, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Jarrett Simmons, Chief Development Officer, Houston Airport System

Creating a Competitive Advantage Through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Track 3: Professional Development

9:45 am–11:00 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Avenue Ballroom

An interactive discussion about operationalizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and addressing future priorities and perspectives.

Moderator:

  • Andrea Albo, Deputy Chief of Staff, Denver International Airport

Panel:

  • Tamela Lee, Vice President, Business Diversity & Development Department, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
  • Yen Ling Shek, Ph.D., DEI Advisory Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Jeanette Saunders, Vice President, Management Services & Strategy, Jacobsen|Daniels

Draft Joint Venture Guidance Overview and Discussion (Part 1)

Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration

9:45 am–11:00 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Addison

During this interactive session, FAA representatives will preview revisions under consideration for the ACDBE Joint Venture Guidance and solicit your input on a more straightforward approach for the evaluation of commercially useful functions for counting ACDBE participation in joint ventures.

Panel:

  • Nicholas Giles, Specialist, National Policy and Compliance Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Alexander Horton, National Team Lead, DBE/ACDBE Program Compliance Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Elizabeth Newman, Senior Attorney, Airports and Environmental Law Division, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Gene Roth, Director, National External Operations and Policy Program, Federal Aviation Administration

Luncheon: AMAC Catalyst Awards & AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awards (Ticketed Event)

11:30 am–1:30 pm | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Ballroom

The AMAC Catalyst Awards honor 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. The AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awards honors its student scholarship recipients and donors. This event also celebrates the students’ academic achievements and highlights their career aspirations.

AMAC Gateway (Experience Hall & Networking Break)

Networking Break Sponsored by Burrito Beach Mexican Grill and Richmond International Airport

1:30 pm–2:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Riverwalk B

The AMAC Gateway offers attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of airport concessions, construction companies, products, services, tools and technologies available in today’s airports.

Financing and Partnerships with Traditional and Non-Traditional Sources

Track 1: Concessions | Presented by Lendistry

2:30 pm–3:45 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Clark Room

This session will discuss the state of financing concessions, including banks, non-banks and airports considering providing financing options for ACDBEs.

Moderator:

  • Shelby Scales, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Transportation

Panel:

  • Samuel J. Boyd, Jr., Chief Investment Officer & Director of Program Development, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry
  • Tony Thomas, Managing Director, Harbor Bankshares Capital Corporation

Taking Your Company to the Next Level: Strategies for Company Growth

Track 2: Architecture, Engineering & Construction | Presented by Jacobs

2:30 pm–3:45 pm | Sheraton Grand | Superior AB

How can you take your company from good to great? Hear from seasoned business leaders on the lessons learned and strategies they undertook to grow their companies within the competitive airport development industry.

Moderator:

  • Andres Garcia, Vice President/Program Manager, AECOM

Panel:

  • Patricia Bonilla, President & CEO, Lunacon Construction Group
  • Nosa Ehimwenman, President & CEO, BOWA Construction
  • Cedrick Johnson, President & Owner, ADCI
  • Deryl McKissack, President & CEO, McKissack & McKissack

ALC Fireside Chat: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Track 3: Professional Development

2:30 pm–3:45 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile Avenue | Ballroom

Back by popular demand, the AMAC Airport Leadership Collective (ALC) presents the 2nd quarter series of conversations entitled Bridging the Cultural Divide. This session is a follow-up to the March 2022 kickoff virtual event. The discussion will be centered around navigating careers and problem-solving, plus offering advice for those pursuing senior-level opportunities. Come prepared to hear from these dynamic aviation leaders and participate in the interactive Q&A.

Moderator:

  • Karen W. Ellis, At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Conference Planning Committee; Chief Customer Experience Officer, San Antonio International Airport

Panel:

  • Cynthia Guidry, Vice Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective; Director, Long Beach Airport
  • Jan Lennon, Deputy General Manager, Operations, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Charlene Reynolds, Airport Director, John Wayne Airport

#AMAC2022 Black Box Confessionals

2:00 pm–4:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Erie Room

We sure hope you’re having a wonderful #AMAC2022 conference! We’re inviting you to share your story by recording a quick video through our #AMAC2022 Black Box Confessionals.

What to Say?

  • Share your name, title and company.
  • What has been most inspirational to you about this industry over the last 2+ years?
  • What’s your top reason for attending this conference?

Draft Joint Venture Guidance Overview and Discussion (Part 2)

Track 4: Federal Aviation Administration

2:30 pm–3:45 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Addison

During this interactive session, FAA representatives will preview revisions under consideration for the ACDBE Joint Venture Guidance and solicit your input on a more straightforward approach for the evaluation of commercially useful functions for counting ACDBE participation in joint ventures.

Panel:

  • Nicholas Giles, Specialist, National Policy and Compliance Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Alexander Horton, National Team Lead, DBE/ACDBE Program Compliance Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Elizabeth Newman, Senior Attorney, Airports and Environmental Law Division, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Gene Roth, Director, National External Operations and Policy Program, Federal Aviation Administration

AMAC Chapters Development Update Meeting

3:00 pm–4:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | O’Hare

Please join this informative session to learn about the development of AMAC Chapters. Find out what has been done, what to expect, how to join and how you can help support AMAC Chapters!

Speakers:

  • Justina Mann, AMAC Southwest Region Director; Chair, AMAC Chapters Development; Director INF Terminal Development, Houston Airport System
  • Kimberly Sutton, AMAC Northwest Region Director, Vice Chair, AMAC Chapters Development; Small Business Development Program Manager, Port of Portland
  • Michael Washington, AMAC Western Region Director, Vice Chair, AMAC Chapters Development; President, Palazzo Concessions

AMAC Legends & Leapers

Sponsored by ReachTV and Wow Bao

4:15 pm–5:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Avenue Ballroom

The AMAC Legends & Leapers speaker series is a monthly conversation between an aviation industry legend and an emerging leader designed to showcase the commonalities and differences in perspective on the aviation industry. This series is typically held virtually, join us for our first in-person program!

Legends:

  • Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors; CEO, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Mack Wilbourn, Owner & President, Mack II, Inc.

Leapers:

  • Lauryn Mangum Reed, Secretary, AMAC Board of Directors; Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee; Vice President of Business Development, Servy
  • Mori Russell, Southeast Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors; Vice Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee; Business Development Manager, Concessions International

AMAC Emerging Leaders Cocktails & Conversations

Sponsored by Concord Group

5:30 pm–6:30 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Halstead Foyer

After months of being hosted virtually, AMAC Cocktails and Conversations makes its first in-person debut. Take advantage of the opportunity to connect with young professionals across the industry as we discuss the topic of “Upgrade!” Upgrade your work, leadership, self-care and life, personally and professionally.

We will have thought-provoking conversations, and attendees will leave the event with implementable ideas to apply in their journey while acknowledging the progress, desires and lessons learned during this post-pandemic world.

Moderators:

  • Chelsie Tamms, Designer & Owner, Lettering Works, LLC
  • Shawnta Young, Commercial and Marketing Manager, Midway Partnership, Chicago Midway International Airport

2023 AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference Preview Reception (Ticketed Event)

6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Chicago Ballroom

Conference attendees will gain exclusive access to preview the 2023 AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference and learn about the upcoming host airport and city.

SSP America “SSPLive!” Reception

8:00 pm–12:00 am | The Ivy Room | 12 E Ohio St # 100, Chicago, IL 60611

Building on the phenomenal success of its Los Angeles event, the SSP America events team presents SSPLive! This curated event experience hits all the high notes—renowned local band and DJ, regionally inspired food and the sparkling personalities of the SSP America team. If you have been to an SSP America event, you know this is one you don’t want to miss.

Day 4 | Thursday, June 23

AMAC PAC “Fly Right & Build Back Together” Fundraising Breakfast (Ticketed Event)

7:30 am–9:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Avenue Ballroom

The AMAC PAC works to further AMAC’s direct advocacy and educational initiatives on Capitol Hill by making monetary contributions to federal candidates, political action committees and caucuses that understand and support equity in airport contracting and employment. The AMAC PAC “Fly Right & Build Back Together” Fundraising Breakfast will feature local and national leaders who will share their insights on how we move forward with AMAC’s priorities in support of minority and women-owned businesses and the importance of your engagement to impact shaping the future of aviation funding and contracts.

Register or Sponsor: https://amacpacjune2022fundraiser.eventbrite.com

Construction Manager At Risk: Delivering More Than Construction

9:00 am–10:30 am | Sheraton Grand | Colorado

A discussion on the advantages of the Construction Manager At Risk (CMR) construction delivery method for airports and DBEs. This session will explain how this delivery method affords unique opportunities for DBEs to provide construction services at airports and, most importantly, the ability to offer prime contracting opportunities for DBEs. The CMRs will detail each step of the process such that DBEs can be successful as prime contractors and/or a subcontractor.

Panel:

  • Jimmy Akintonde, Austin Power Partners, JV
  • Pamyla Brown, Senior Director, Community & Citizenship, Turner Construction Company |Turner Paschen Aviation Partners
  • Otto Nichols III, Executive Vice President & Shareholder, AECOM Hunt Clayco BOWA, JV
  • Mary Person, Senior Vice President, Public-Private Initiatives, AECOM Hunt Clayco BOWA, JV
  • Simeon Terry, Second Vice Chair, AMAC Board of Directors; Vice President of Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial/Austin Power Partners, JV

Breakfast and Q&A with the FAA for Airport Personnel

9:00 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Watertower

FAA leadership will provide brief remarks on relevant topics impacting airport sponsors and answer your questions related to airport civil rights programs in an open Q&A format.

Welcome Remarks:

  • John Benison, Assistant Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Anthony Cummings, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Shannetta Griffin, Associate Administrator of Airports, Federal Aviation Administration
  • A. Bradley Mims, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Panel:

  • Nicholas Giles, Specialist, National Policy and Compliance Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Alexander Horton, National Team Lead, DBE/ACDBE Program Compliance Team, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Jonathan Klein, National Team Lead, National Team Lead, Airport Disability and Airport Nondiscrimination Program Compliance Teams, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Elizabeth Newman, Senior Attorney, Airports and Environmental Law Division, Federal Aviation Administration
  • Gene Roth, Director, National External Operations and Policy Program, Federal Aviation Administration

Airport Commissioners Roundtable (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Sheraton Grand | Erie | Level 2

Paradies Lagardère Partner Breakfast (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Chicago FGH

Delaware North Partner Breakfast (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | O’Hare

Hudson Partner Breakfast (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Marriott Ballroom

HMSHost Partner Breakfast (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Loews Hotel

URW Partner Breakfast (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Sheraton Grand | Huron

Airport Leadership Collective (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Huron

Ground Transportation Roundtable (Invitation Only)

9:00 am–10:30 am | Marriott Magnificent Mile | Lakeview | Level 2

AMAC Legislative & Policy Updates Closing Session with Grab & Go Snacks

11:00 am–12:15 pm | Sheraton Grand | Chicago Ballroom

The AMAC Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs along with an esteemed panel will discuss why diversity and inclusion are critical to public policy and the aviation economy and the importance of political and business engagement. The AMAC Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs will also highlight AMAC’s commitment to corporate, aviation and aerospace ACDBE/DB/MBE/SBE/WBE businesses.

Transportation to ORD or MDW for Airport Tours

1:00 pm | Sheraton Grand | Staging Area

Chicago Airport Tours (ORD & MDW)

2:00 pm–4:00 pm | Offsite

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