Message from the Board Chairman

Dear Members and Friends:

Thank you for your support and confidence in allowing me to lead the AMAC Board of Directors for the next two years. Please know I do not take this charge lightly and commit to you as your Chair to provide leadership that will always bear in mind the needs of AMAC first and foremost. My goals for the Board and AMAC for the next two years are to:
  1. Grow the AMAC membership;
  2. Provide a financial model that will create an economic path of long term financial sustainability; and
  3. Deliver timely, accurate and continuous communication between the members and the organization's leadership.
I am looking forward to working with all of our membership to accomplish these goals by challenging you to engage in committees, programming and the various events AMAC provides. AMAC is a historically significant trade association that needs its members' active involvement. As we move this organization forward, I will count on you to find an opportunity to actively get involved in the present and future success of AMAC.

Please accept my invitation to hear from you at any time. Do not hesitate to let me know your interests and concerns as we move forward. 
Again, thank you for your confidence and support in allowing me to be your Chair. I am excited to lead this organization for the next two years.

Sincerely,

John D. Clark, III
Board Chairman
Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
EVENTS
#AMAC2018 Was A Success

Our 34th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: Inspiring Possibilities was hosted by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from August 21-24, 2018 in the great city of Seattle! We welcomed over 1,000 industry professionals and hosted more than 40 workshops, educational sessions, tours and networking events that addressed today's most pressing questions facing the aviation industry.

Catalyst Award Winners
 
The AMAC Catalyst Awards honor members who have made outstanding contributions to further the goals of AMAC. This year Angela Rye - Empowermenteur, Advocate, Political Strategist keynoted the event in her hometown with an impactful and lasting message. Congratulations to all of the phenomenal winners!

FOUNDATION FOCUS
2018 AMAC Foundation Scholars

The AMAC Foundation works alongside AMAC and is dedicated to advancing minorities and women pursuing careers in the aviation industry. We are pleased to welcome 25 scholars and proud to have provided more than $25,000 in scholarships this year!

Celebrating Women In Aviation

This year we highlighted how African-American cuisine has played a significant role in the American restaurant landscape and honored  Elizabeth Leavitt (Port of Seattle), Judith Byrd (Byrd Retail Group, LLC) and Deborah Ale Flint (Los Angeles World Airports) while enjoying breakfast designed by Chef Nikki Shaw and a panel discussion led by Chef David Lawrence.

MEMBERSHIP CORNER
AMAC Welcomes New Board Directors

We are pleased to announce and welcome our newly elected 2018 - 2020 Board of Directors. The announcement was made at our Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference in Seattle, WA Please join us in welcoming our new board members.

Mamie W. Mallory Joins Jacobsen|Daniels 

Jacobsen|Daniels (J|D) is pleased to have Mamie W. Mallory join the team as Associate Vice President, Government Affairs. As J|D's government affairs advisor, she will develop strategies to leverage current relationships and provide strategic direction for its business development and operational leadership.

AMAC and UMES Partner

AMAC Member and General Counsel, Mareco Edwards, has been named as a member of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) Aviation Science Program Advisory Council (ASPAC).  The UMES Aviation Sciences program is Maryland's only four-year, bachelor's degree program in aviation and has a mission of preparing students for challenging and rewarding careers in the aviation industry.

AVIATION NEWS
Boise Airport 3 Year ACDBE Goals

In accordance with Federal regulations and its Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Program, Boise Airport sets overall goals for participation of ACDBEs in the Airport's concessions every three years. Click here to view their program.

Nashville Airport Authority to Transform Concessions Experience at BNA

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) Board of Commissioners awarded a 10-year concessions contract to Fraport USA that will  allow Nashville restaurateurs and retailers to independently operate and fully control their restaurants and shops at BNA. 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
NATA Urges Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Legislation

The  National Air Transportation (NATA), along with a strong coalition of associations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) urging consideration of legislation providing long-term reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

Flight Training Caps Will Save GI Bill $504 Million Over 10 Years

New legislation, establishing a maximum tuition and fee structure for all VA-funded flight programs, will save the GI Bill $504.4 million over the next ten years, according to estimates from the Veterans Administration. 


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