(WASHINGTON, DC – September 1, 2019) – Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall Airport) will host the Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) Economic Opportunity and Policy Forum from September 11 – 12, 2019 during Congressional Black Caucus Week.  The forum will be held at the Washington Marriott Metro Center in downtown Washington, DC. To register or become a sponsor, please visit WWW.AMACFORUM.COM.

*As of August 29, 2019 – Subject to Change

DAY 1 – Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7:30 am – 5:30 pm General Registration
8:30 am – 8:40 am Opening SessionSpeakers: Anthony Barnes, AMAC; John Clark, AMAC and Ricky Smith, BWI Marshall Airport
8:40 am – 10:00 am General Session: Where Do I Fit?We will explore airport opportunities through parking, car rental, food, beverage and retail concessions and the various ways companies can be engaged through ownership, goods and services.

Speaker: Angela Martin, BWI Marshall Airport

10:00 am – 10:45 am Keynote AddressSpeaker: Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Analyst
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Track 1: Concessions Financing – Show Me the MoneySpeakers: Mareco Edwards, AMAC; Sue Malone, Strategies for Small Business; Louis Motley, First National Bank; Kevin Slaughter, Liberty Bank and Marques Warren, DBE Loans
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Track 2: How We Did It – Success Factors in Planning, Designing and Constructing Large Airport ProjectsLarge construction projects often present unique challenges for small and DBE firms. This panel will discuss strategies and success stories for overcoming these challenges.

Speakers: Cedrick Johnson, ADCI; Tia Rattini, Maryland Aviation Administration Office of Fair Practices; Dean Robateau, McKissack & McKissack and Simeon Terry, Austin Commercial

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Luncheon & Emerging Leaders PanelSpeakers: Anthony Barnes, AMAC; John Clark, AMAC; Randy Hazelton, H&H Hospitality; Brett Kelly, Fraport USA; Lauryn Mangum, Stellar Partners; Mori Russell, Concessions International and Ricky Smith, BWI Marshall Airport
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Track 1: Exploring Airport Concessions Opportunities in the Eastern RegionAirports representatives will discuss upcoming opportunities in concessions and other revenue-generating areas.

Speakers: Jaimini Erskine, BWI and Devin Judd, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Track 2: Exploring Airport Construction and Construction-Related Opportunities in the Eastern RegionAirport representatives will discuss upcoming projects to expand, remodel and rethink their facilities.

Speakers: Suzette Bather-Taylor, The Port Authority NY/NJ; Liz Bryan, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Wande Lientu, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; Jenee Oliver, Pittsburgh International Airport and Keiva Rodriquez, BWI Marshall Airport

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Track 1: What Does Your Proposal Really Say?Executives who participate in the review of concessions proposals provide insight on the process and steps companies should consider when preparing for an opportunity.

Speakers: Derryl Benton, HMSHost; Jaimini Erskine, BWI Marshall Airport; Robin Gibson, Philadelphia International Airport; Garry Gilliard, Fraport USA and Don Laffert, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Track 2: Contractors and Subcontractors Experiences, Real-Life ExamplesReal talk on what it takes to win and complete profitable work at an airport. Key strategies to network, market, brand and produce quality work while growing a thriving construction business. Successes and pitfalls will be discussed.

Speakers: Joanne Brooks, JSSB Consulting, LLC; Carolyn Ellison, Turner Construction; David Fisher, Hensel Phelps; Jeff Hargrave, Mahogany Inc.; Beverly Thomas, Regional Contracting Services and Lisa Williams, Cap8 Doors & Hardware

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Closing SessionSpeaker: Jeff Johnson, BET Award Winning Journalist
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception

DAY 2 – Thursday, September 12, 2019

Legislative Summit to be held in conjunction with CBC.

8:00 am – 9:30 am AMAC PAC Fundraising Breakfast
10:00 am – 10:50 am Legislative Update 
Hear from key congressional staffers on updates regarding the disadvantaged business enterprise program.
11:00 am – 11:50 am Agency Panel
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Capitol Hill Visits