Message from the Board

Dear Members and Friends:

Throughout my career, I have benefited from the mentorship, support and the friendship of the ACDBE community. I have chosen to become active with AMAC, first as a member, and now as a board member, to give back to that community and to seek new opportunities to mentor and be mentored by some of the hardest working people I've met anywhere. My passion as a board member is in education and mentorship; to create a dynamic, highly skilled and capable ACDBE entrepreneur pool, and assist in developing a mentorship program and professional development curriculum for airport executives, ACDBEs, and the AEC community. 

As someone who did not grow up in an entrepreneurial environment, I am so blessed to have found the ACDBE program and AMAC. Both have changed the trajectory of my business and the future of my family. I have met so many people with whom I now do business, or have become part of the network of confidants I turn to when I need to get to the next level or solve a problem. Our new board has such great energy, and I know there are amazing things to come in the next few years with AMAC. 


Great Lakes Regional Director
AMAC Board of Directors
AMAC and COMTO Holiday Party

December 4, 2018 | Washington, DC
Please join AMAC and COMTO for our Holiday Party at our headquarters here in Washington, DC! We look forward to celebrating a successful 2018 with you. Additionally, we are accepting onsite end of year donations for our foundations! RSVP by November 30. Click here to view the event flyer.

Save the Date! AMAC Business Opportunity Summit

April 26 - 28, 2019  | Tampa, FL
The AMAC Business Opportunity Summit: Business by the Bay hosted by Tampa International Airport provides aviation leaders and entities the opportunity to cultivate new relationships and expand hyper-locally through the Southeast region.

Scholar Spotlight: Jourdan Banks

"l attended my first AMAC conference at the tender age of 8 years old in Baltimore, MD. I was so excited there were people everywhere and I thought I want to do this when I grow up too! Receiving the AMAC Foundation scholarship means I have support to reach my goals. Thank you AMAC!"

Russell l. Peaden
Metropolitan Business League's Member of the Month

Russell Peaden has served the Capital Region Airport Commission/ Richmond International Airport since 1998 as a foreign-trade zone program manager, manager of real estate, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) liaison officer, and managing roles in risk management, procurement and human resources. In 2004 he was promoted to Director of Real Estate and in 2009 to Director of Real Estate and Facilities.

Multimodal Facility at ORD Now Complete

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the opening of the new multimodal facility (MMF) at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). The 2.5 million- square-foot facility condenses rental car operations, public parking and other ground transportation into a single location.

Non-Construction Goods & Services Matchmaking Event

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority, in collaboration with GinGer Cunningham & Associates, invites you to a Non-Construction Goods & Services Matchmaking Event to provide exceptional goods and services in 2019 for CRAA airports: John Glenn Columbus International; Rickenbacker International and Bolton Field.

Washington State DOT / FAA Disparity Study

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are conducting a Disparity Study for its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program to ensure that disadvantaged businesses have equal access to contracting and program opportunities.

PHL Airport Among the Best in U.S.

The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)  is among the best in the United States, according to a new report that ranked the busiest U.S. airports on criteria fliers care about like on-time flights and lounges and restaurants.

The Future Is Green

Airports continue to do their bit to reduce aviation's impact on the environment, with Airports Council International (ACI) revealing that a total of 246 airports now use its Airport Carbon Accreditation program to manage and reduce their carbon footprint.

AirAsia Launches Fully Digitalized Ground Handling Control Center

The center will allow AirAsia's Ground Team Red (GTR) to track aircraft handling by having real-time information on passenger boarding, baggage reconciliation and ramp-loading compiled on a digital dashboard at the control center.

2018 Election Guide: A Guide to Changes in Congress

The tumultuous 2018 midterm election, characterized by many as the most consequential in a generation, ended as predicted: the Democrats took control of the House while the Republicans increased their hold in the Senate.