Thursday, April 25, 2019

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AMAC Directors Lunch (Invite Only)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm AMAC Board Meeting
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm AMAC Executive Committee Meeting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm AMAC Board Dinner (Invite Only)

Friday, April 26, 2019

6:45 am ** Golf Tournament Transportation Depart from Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay **

As you exit the main hotel entrance take the covered sidewalk immediately to your right by the parking garage and transportation will be at the end of the sidewalk.

8:00 am – 1:30 pm Business on the Green Golf Tournament at TPC Tampa Bay

7:00 am –7:50 am: Registration & Breakfast
7:50 am: Tournament Rules & Information
8:00 am: Shotgun Start
Lunch and Awards *begins after the golf round*


2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Audubon Foyer

General Registration
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Sandhill Crane

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5:30 pm – 6:00 pm **Transportation to Welcome to Tampa Reception**

As you exit the main hotel entrance take the covered sidewalk immediately to your right by the parking garage and transportation will be at the end of the sidewalk.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Tampa International Airport, Main Terminal, Level 3: Transfer Level

Welcome to Tampa Reception at the TPA Hard Rock Café Patio
Sponsored by SSP America 


Networking takes center stage at this reception on one of the nation’s few outdoor dining patios located at an airport.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Audubon Foyer

General Registration
9:00 am – 9:15 am

Location: Audubon Ballroom

Opening Session


Krystal Brumfield, President & CEO, AMAC; John Clark III, Chair, Vice President, Business Development, SSP America & Chairman, AMAC Board of Directors and Joseph Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport

9:15 am – 9:50 am

Location: Audubon Ballroom

Coffee with Coke: How to Make Bold Business Moves Pay Off


Featuring Troy Taylor, Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida



Advice and insight about building relationships, structuring deals, winning business and other lessons from the launch of one of the largest startups in the world into a $1.2B company. Moderator: Michael Stephens, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Tampa International Airport

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Location: Sandhill Crane

Track 1: Concessions Financing 101 – Show Me the Money

Practical approaches to the challenges of getting concessions financing.

Moderator: James Wilson, Vice President of New Business Development, THS a Delaware North CompanySpeakers: Bemetra Simmons, Managing Director, Mutual of Omaha; Tosin Kasali, Director Business Development, HMSHost; Simeon Stewart, CEO, Palazzo Concessions and Marques Warren, CEO, DBE Loans

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Location: Snowy Egret

Track 2: How We Did It: Success Factors in Planning, Designing and Constructing Large Airport Project


Case studies of large construction projects presented to generate discussion around how project delivery, program/project management, diversity and inclusion, community engagement, management of sustainability expectations and project controls can play a key part to successfully delivering a project.


Moderator: Steve Pelham, Principal, JacobsSpeakers: Randall Dragon, LEED AP BD + C, Founder and Partner, The Dragon Group (TDG); John Mallory, CGC, LEED AP, Director of Construction, Tampa International Airport and Richard Moss, Director of Transportation Development, Florida Department of Transportation, District 7

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Audubon Ballroom

Economic Forecast & Legislative Update


Speaker: Katus Watson, Vice President/Geographic Operations Manager – Florida & Puerto Rico, Jacobs


Legislative Update: FAA/TSA Reauthorization Implementation Update


AMAC lobbyist provides an update on activity on Capitol Hill of particular interest to airports and explores an insider perspective on how national politics will affect prospects for doing business with airports.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Audubon Ballroom

Luncheon & Networking
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Sandhill Crane

Track 1: Exploring Concessions Airport Opportunities in the Southeast

Airports representatives will discuss upcoming opportunities in concessions and other revenue-generating areas. Participating airports include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Miami International Airport and Orlando International Airport.

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: Snowy Egret

Track 2: Exploring Airport Opportunities in the Southeast


o Airport representatives will discuss upcoming projects to expand, remodel and rethink their facilities. Participating airports include Birmingham Airport Authority, Florida Department of Transportation – District 7, Jacksonville International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport and Tampa International Airport.

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Sandhill Crane

Track 1: How to Conquer a Concessions Redevelopment and Win

Real talk from new and long-term ACDBE concessionaires about the challenges and rewards of participating in a concession redevelopment program and how airports can make the process easier through planning, setting program goals and innovative outreach.


Moderator: Irene Pierpont, Senior Manager of Airport Concessions, Tampa International Airport


Speakers: MaryAnn Ferenc, President, Mise en Place; Ruben Perez, President, Perez of Florida, Inc. and George Tinsley, CEO, Tinsley Family Concessions

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Snowy Egret

Track 2: Avoiding Design and Construction Contract Pitfalls

Construction attorneys provide practical strategies to both contractors and owners for navigating critical construction project issues and avoiding contract pitfalls associated with change order disputes, project delays and project management. The panel of attorneys also will break down special legal and contract considerations when delivering a design-build project.


Moderator: Michael Russell, CEO, H.J. Russell & Company


Speakers: Meredith A. Freeman, Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP; Michael Kamprath, Assistant General Counsel, Tampa International Airport and Scott P. Pence, Partner, Carlton Fields

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Oyster Catchers Beach

Salsa, Sand and Soul Party (Attire: Resort Casual)

As the sun sets, kick off your heels and experience all the sights, sounds and flavors of Tampa on the waterfront deck, pool and beach area.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

8:45 am – 10:00 am

Location: Sandhill Crane

Breakout Session: Outreach Reimagined

Hear about innovative efforts to advance contracting opportunities for diverse businesses through strategic partnerships, meaningful mentorship protégé program and transformative outreach.


Moderator: Thomas Huggins, III, President, ARIEL Business Group, Inc.


Speakers: Vasti Amaro, President & CEO, Vasti Transport, Inc.; Al Burns, Director of Procurement, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Allen Green Sr., Co-Founder & Managing Director, Envision; Allen Greene II, Envision Development Enterprises Inc.; LaKendria Robinson, Director, Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Ryan Toth, Regional Director, The Beck Group

8:45 am – 10:00 am

Location: Snowy Egret

Breakout Session: Top Airport Technology Trends Demystified

Breakdown of the top new and emerging technologies reshaping airports.


Moderator: Marcus Session, Vice President of Information Technology, Tampa International Airport


Speakers: John Jennings, RCDD, Director of Technology Systems, VoltAir Consulting Engineers, Inc.; Leighton Kyler, EA, MBA, PMP, Chief Revenue & Technology Officer, ARIEL Business Group, Inc.; Giovanni Ruiz, Project Manager, The BECK Group and Oliver D. Smith – Assoc. AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Director of Innovation and VDC, Skanska USA Building

8:45 am – 10:00 am

Location: Audubon Ballroom

Breakout Session: DBE Program Update


Representatives from FAA and FHWA share regulatory updates on the DBE program.


Speakers: Keturah Pristell, Regional DBE/ACDBE Program Compliance Team Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration and Carey Shepherd, Civil Rights Coordinator, Federal Highway Administration

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Location: Audubon Ballroom

Closing Session - Business Beyond Bias


Featuring Gerry A. Fernandez, President & Founder, The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MHFA)


Our backgrounds, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context play a considerable role in how we perceive and relate to others. The President and Founder of Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance invites you to interrupt your unconscious biases, provide solutions for serving the modern diverse customer and show you how to build a culturally intelligent brand. 


Moderator: Mori Russell, Southeast Regional Director, AMAC and Business Development Manager, Concessions International

11:15 am – 1:00 pm Networking Jazz Brunch at Armani’s

Make final connections with colleagues while enjoying brunch and stunning views of Old Tampa Bay.

Workshop Tracks

  • Track 1: Concessions
  • Track 2: Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)