AMAC Board of Directors

Officers

Ricky D. Smith

Chair, AMAC Board of Directors
CEO, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Ricky Dorell Smith as Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) on July 10, 2015. Mr. Smith is responsible for the planning, operation, and management of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), Martin State Airport, and regional aviation activities for the State of Maryland.

Mr. Smith, a 29-year transportation official, returned to Maryland after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Airport System, which includes Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport. In addition, he was responsible for overseeing the development and management of the City’s lakefront properties.

 

Simeon Terry

First Vice Chair, AMAC Board of Directors
Vice President of Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial

Simeon is the Vice President of Diversity Affairs for Austin Commercial and has been in the construction industry for 28 years and managed diversity programs for 20 years. In his current role as Vice President, Mr. Terry oversees the companies Diversity and Inclusion program both internally and externally. This includes overseeing the cultural competency education, diversity compliance, affirmative action, recruiting/hiring, mentoring and business procurement diversity. In addition, developing and implementing strategic strategies that will maximize inclusion in the workforce diversity work space as well as in the supplier diversity work space. The role of diversity affairs is to ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion are considered at the highest levels of all decisions within the company and established as a core organizational value. Previously, Mr. Terry has held the positions of Director of Diversity and Diversity Program Manager for Austin Commercial over his 18 years with the company.

Mr. Terry works hand in hand with many different departments within Austin including; accounting, legal, risk management, marketing & business development, operations and human resources. Prior to his career in construction Simeon worked as a manufacturing engineering for McDonnell Douglas in ST. Louis, MO building F-18 Hornet Airplanes for the Navy and as a Loss Control Regional Manager for Liberty Mutual.

Mr. Terry holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA in Finance. He also holds a Master Compliance Administrator Certification (MCA) from Morgan State University.

 

Randy Hazelton

Second Vice Chair, AMAC Board of Directors
Owner, H&H Hospitality

Randy Hazelton is a founding partner of H&H Hospitality. Launched in 2008 with his first restaurant, Randy has led the business development of H&H Hospitality achieving continuous growth in Food & Beverage and expanding the company’s business portfolio. He has the drive, dedication, and ambition to see projects to completion with enthusiasm.

Under Randy’s leadership, H&H Hospitality has consistently achieved year-over-year growth as a multi-unit operator with a portfolio of local, regional, and nationally recognized brands. As a testament to his devotion to high standards, in 2017, the company received a “Restaurant of the Year” award in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Prior to founding H&H Hospitality, Randy worked for Kimberly Clark Corporation as a Regional Business Manager in its Professional B2B division. He also held various positions at General Mills in Product Category Management, Sales, Business Development and Territory Management.

His leadership extends beyond the private sector, where he has served in numerous capacities with local and national organizations centered around civic and economic empowerment.

 

Bill Swift

Treasurer, AMAC Board of Directors
Owner, Business Traveler Services, Inc. and Swift Services, Inc.

Mr. Swift is an owner and the president of Business Traveler Services, Inc. (BTS), a minority-owned business and entertainment center development company that was founded in 1994. For more than twenty (20) years, BTS has operated at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport offering such brands as Zoom Systems (vending machines offering Apple; Sony; and, other electronic and business products), FedEx and UPS dropboxes; TracPhone vending machines; pre-paid phonecard dispensers; Travelex and, InMotion branded stores. BTS also has operated at LaGuardia International Airport, JFK International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Kansas City International Airport, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, and Augusta Regional Airport.

 

Maria Martinez

Secretary, AMAC Board of Directors
Business Development and Franchising Professional

Maria Martinez is a business development professional and franchising expert with over 15 years of experience. Maria has represented global brands such as UPS, Jack in the Box, Qdoba and most recently IHOP and Applebee’s. As a driven, goal oriented and self-motivated individual, she finds joy in assisting investors with valuable business propositions in concessions through the brands she represents. Prior to working in business development, Maria held positions in Finance and Accounting.

Maria was initially introduced to AMAC and airport concessions in 2016. Since then she has embraced and worked passionately to support AMAC’S mission. Most recently Maria became the Chair of AMAC Governance & Ethics Committee for the 2018-2020 term.

Maria is fluent in English and Spanish and holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from CETYS Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. She has also completed a Finance Certificate at UCSD. Maria immigrated from Mexico to San Diego, CA where she currently lives. She likes to listen to audiobooks in subjects of finance, personal development and business. She also enjoys to travel the world and spend time with friends and family.

 

Regional Directors

Justina Mann

Southwest Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Director of Infrastructure Controls, Houston Airport System

Ms. Justina Mann is the Director of Infrastructure Controls for the Houston Airport System (HAS). Ms. Mann is responsible for ensuring the effective execution of HAS’s Capital Development Program, including operational, renewal and rehabilitation projects at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, and Ellington Airport. Prior to her current role, Ms. Mann served as the Procurement Officer for HAS beginning in2013. Ms. Mann was the Procurement Officer for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport prior to joining HAS.

Ms. Mann has over 10 years of experience in Aviation as a part of her 20years of experience in City, and Authority (quasi-government) environments. A Certified Member of AAAE, Certified Public Procurement Officer, Certified Professional Contracts Manager, Project Management Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt, Ms. Mann’s focus is to ensure HAS standards, procedures and practices are being followed to ensure projects are successful, further enabling the airport and the City to achieve its mission. Ms. Mann received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, obtained her Masters of Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and has completed several leadership development programs.

Ms. Mann currently serves as a Board Member for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) where she also Chairs the Marketing and Branding Committee and is a member of the Conference Planning and Evaluation Committee and the Finance Committee.

Robin Gibson

Eastern Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Director of Quality Assurance (DQA), Fraport USA, Inc.

Robin Gibson is Director of Quality Assurance for Fraport USA, Inc., a division of FraportAG, which is one of the world’s largest airport operators with revenues exceeding $3.5 billion. Widely recognized as the creator of modern American airport concession development, Fraport USA hired Ms. Gibson to oversee various aspects of retail and concession operations compliance throughout the United States after her exemplary 15-year career at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Tonja Pastorelle

Great Lakes Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
President, Pastorelle Marketing Group

Tonja has spent her entire career in airport concessions. Her company, Pastorelle Marketing Group, has been in business for more than 10 years, focusing on business development consulting for concessions. She also has an extensive client list for which she and her team prepare RFP responses in the retail, food and service sectors, using her wide range of experience in the industry to create winning proposals.

Early in her career, she spent years at O’Hare and Midway Airports in operations, marketing, specialty leasing, construction oversight and customer service. She also spent nearly five years working for a direct food operator in marketing and product development.

Pastorelle Marketing Group is a joint venture partner to InMotion Entertainment in Chicago’s O’Hare, Denver International and coming soon to Newark International Airports, and has signed deals for shops that will open in 2018 for Potbelly Sandwich Shops in Boston, and a Garrett Popcorn Shop in Chicago’s O’Hare. She is the Great Lakes Regional Director for the Airport Minority Advisory Council.

Milan Patel

Central Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
President, OHM Concession Group

As the owner/operator of OHM, Mr. Patel has led the company’s strategic growth. What was founded as a single unit company at St Louis Lambert International Airport, OHM has become one of the fastest growing and most respected ACDBE company in the Airport concessions industry. Mr. Patel is committed to the success of each concept in OHM’s portfolio. A firm believer in guest service excellence, Milan is certified in all branded concepts he represents. Mr. Patel has experience in every aspect of concession operation including vendor relations, logistics, and customer service and staffing. Mr. Patel is ACDBE certified by the United States Department of Transportation in 23 states. He is also a member of AMAC, ARN, St. Louis RCGA, and the Northwest Chamber of Commerce.

Mori Russell

Southeast Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Business Development Manager, Concessions International

Mori Russell is the Business Development Manager at Concessions International & the Southeast Region Director for The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). She represents the third generation of the Russell family involvement in Concessions International. Mori is a key member of the Business Development team and has begun developing and maintaining crucial business relationships while helping to elevate the level of innovation at the company.

Mori graduated in 2015, with her Master of International Business from Florida International University. While in school, she founded and operated her own accessory boutique, O’Amor, in Miami, Florida and online. She also has 6 years of experience in the airport industry. She held management positions at both the Duty Free America store in Atlanta, Georgia and the Coffee Beanery in the Miami International Airport.

Joining the Concessions International family has not only allowed Mori to learn from some of the best industry leaders, but also has given her the opportunity to work with CI partners. Having been a young entrepreneur herself, she understands the importance of having organizations available to support and promote small business owners.

Aside from her daily business-oriented goals and operations, she leads Concessions International’s corporate Social Responsibility Arm, CI Cares and serves on the Metro Atlanta Ambassador Board. Mori shares her late grandfather, Herman Jerome Russell’s, passion for entrepreneurship and supporting causes that are impactful to communities.

Monir Saji

Northeast Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Founder, President & CEO, Bangel Groups Inc.

Monir Saji has over 25 years of diverse management experience. His background is in operations and marketing experience at all levels. Additionally, he has hands-on owner/operator with ability to operate multiple units in high traffic environments including expertise in financial planning, capital investment budgeting and pricing, strategic planning, business development and marketing analysis, recruiting, training and management of interdisciplinary work teams.

Marques Warren

Northwest Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
CEO, DBE Loans

Marques Warren is a 2nd generation ACDBE business owner at Warren’s News & Gift, a Seattle concessions firm with a history dating back to 1994 when they commenced operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Over the last several years Marques has transformed his retail company into a niche concessions lender, DBE Loans, which finances ACDBE firms across the United States.

Marques grew up in Seattle, WA and then attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a degree in Finance and Management. Marques has served on the AMAC Board as a Regional Director since 2013, and has identified capital limitations for ACDBEs as a key barrier to entry that he is committed to overcoming for the industry.

Michael E. Washington, MBA

Western Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
President & Co-Owner, Palazzo Concessions

Michael founded Palazzo Concessions as an airport concession services firm in 2009. His company manages joint venture agreements with several national prime concession entities, including The Hudson Group, Norm Nixon, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and HMSHost International. Palazzo Concessions’ ownership interest is currently located in four airports, Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and Portland International Airport. Combined, they have over 50 concessions in their portfolio, including the following brands: Bulgari, Hugo Boss, Armani, Tumi, Michael Kors, Starbucks, Coach, Fred Segals, Harley Davidson, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Panda Express, to name a few.

At-Large Directors

Farad Ali

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
President & CEO, Asociar

Bridget Biagas

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Director of Business Development, SP+

Cassandra Bozeman

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Founder, ONE Enterprise Group

Gonzalo de la Melena, Jr.

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Founder & CEO, Emerging Airport Ventures

Shannetta Griffin, P.E.

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Founder, Griffin Engineering Design

Alicia M. Ivey

Alicia M. Ivey

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
President & CEO, Goldbergs Concessions Corporation

Tosin Kasali

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Senior Director, Business Development, HMSHost

Steve Pelham

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Vice President, Jacobs Aviation—Americas

Dwight H. Pullen, Jr.

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
National Core Market Leader, DPR Construction

Marshall J. Taggart, Jr.

At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Executive Airport Director, Montgomery Airport Authority