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Tamika M. Dickerson of Jacobs and Iris G. Messina of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Join AMAC’s Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, DC (January 25, 2019) – The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is pleased to announce the appointments of Tamika M. Dickerson, Associate Director – Global Aviation Program Development for Jacobs, and Iris G. Messina, Vice President of Leasing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, to its Board of Directors.
From left: Tamika M. Dickerson , Associate Director – Global Aviation Program Development, Jacobs, and Iris G. Messina , Vice President of Leasing, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
“We are pleased to welcome Iris and Tamika to AMAC’s Board”, said John D. Clark III, AMAC’s Board Chairman. “They join AMAC at an exhilarating time as we continue to drive our mission forward and build deeper relationships with members and corporate and strategic partners. The addition of these aviation powerhouses complements our board of directors' skills and experiences, and we are confident that they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, drive profitability and enhance value for all AMAC members. We look forward to their contributions and are excited they chose AMAC.”

AMAC's Board regularly evaluates its composition to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspective necessary to uphold mission alignment and drive growth for all AMAC stakeholders, and with these director additions, 8 new directors have joined AMAC's actively engaged board in the past year.

The newly elected and appointed board members consist of Board Chair – John D. Clark III, SSP America; Second Vice Chair – William Swift, Business Traveler Services, Inc. & Swift Services, Inc.; Eastern Region Director – Deven Judd, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA); Southeast Region Director – Mori Russell, Concessions International; Western Region Director – Ebon Glenn, Aimhigh ESG; At-Large Director – Farad Ali, Raleigh-Durham International Airport; At-Large Director – Heather Barry, SSP America; At-Large Director – Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron, Philadelphia International Airport; At-Large Director – Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports; At-Large Director – Gonzalo A. de la Melena Jr., edmVentures, LLC and At-Large Director – Ricky D. Smith, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.


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About Tamika M. Dickerson
As the Associate Director for Global Aviation Program Development, Tamika Dickerson provides leadership and strategic direction in the aviation practice carrying out Jacobs’ corporate vision for Inclusion and Diversity (I&D). She entered the aviation market approximately twenty years ago, while serving as Senior Manager for a small, woman-owned professional services firm in Atlanta, GA. Through her involvement on a myriad of high-profile infrastructure mega-projects and capital programs with values ranging from $2 billion to $6 billion dollars, Tamika has provided value to a broad client base and earned a reputation in the industry as a solutions-driven project leader with extensive experience in stakeholder management, airline interface, operational readiness and program controls.
  
Over the course of her career, Tamika has been instrumental in promoting small business and creating inclusive business practices. In her current role at Jacobs, where the commitment to I&D is a top priority, she is vested in aligning both internal and external strategic partners to achieve customer I&D requirements and exceed project economic inclusion objectives. Tamika strongly believes that promoting and aligning with small and minority businesses is “smart business,” creating well-balanced strategic partnerships and endless growth opportunities for all parties. She is dedicated to moving the needle forward on cultural change initiatives in the industry by maintaining active engagement in organizations focused on promoting I&D in aviation, including the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC); American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE); Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA); Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and Women Transportation Seminar (WTS).

About Iris G. Messina 
With over 25 years of broad retail experience both in and out of airports, Iris G. Messina is a highly effective leader and communicator with a proven track record in leasing, sales and management. As the Vice President of Leasing for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Iris focuses on business development leasing activity for the airport’s division, including master planning, prospecting, negotiations and relationship management. 

Iris has excelled in each of her positions throughout her career at URW and has consistently maximized commercial value by elevating the customer experience and transforming the travel journey. Prior to joining Westfield in 2002, Iris spent 12 years in sales and management for Dress Barn, where she oversaw the recruitment, professional development and performance of the management team and 70 associates.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com.