AMAC Board Directors


John Clark

Vice President of Business Development
SSP America

An executive leader with more than 28 years in the aviation industry, and more than 19 years in airport CEO positions, including the Indianapolis Airport Authority system, and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority in Florida. An accredited airport executive, former chair of the 2009 Airports Council International-NA Board of Directors, and a member of the ACI World Governing Board, the ENO Transportation Foundation Board, and the American Association of Airport Executives. Successful management of airport operations for two Super Bowl events (Indianapolis and Jacksonville).

William "Bill" Swift

First Vice Chair
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.

Mr. Swift is also owner and president of Swift Services, Inc. a concessionaire and management consulting company in retail, food, beverages and for such brands as Apple, Pepsi, Grey Goose Vodka, T. G. I. Friday’s, Café Intermezzo, Savannah Candy Kitchen and BlackBerry. Bill is also an ACDBE partner of XpresSpa and Landau in several locations.

From 2008 - 2014, Mr. Swift was a Managing Partner of Airport Retail Management, LLC (ARM). ARM independently operates 14 locations, including Café Intermezzo (the largest café at Hartsfield-Jackson; 4 newsstands; Apple retailer iTravel; B-iconic; Buckhead Market Place; Panda Veranda; and, Savannah Candy Kitchen – operating with a team of 215 employees.

Prior to founding BTS and Swift Services, Inc., Mr. Swift successfully operated an 18-unit group of Jack-in-the-Box franchise quick-serve restaurants in San Antonio, Texas. When Mr. Swift returned to Atlanta he served as the Executive Director of Dobbs-Paschal Midfield Corporation (DPMC) from 1990 to 1993. He was responsible for the management of DPMC that administered the Principal Concessionaire Agreement for 110 concessions locations generating more than $90 million in sales at Atlanta’s airport.

During the Mayor Maynard Jackson administration, Mr. Swift served as Director of Procurement for the City of Atlanta. As Director, he established and implemented innovative programs and policies that resulted in significant minority and female participation in all procurement, contracting and services agreements.

Mr. Swift served two terms (four years) as Chair of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). AMAC is a national trade association focused on primarily the inclusion of women and minorities in all aspects of the airport industry. Prior to serving as Chair of AMAC, he served as 2nd and 1st Vice Chair (respectively), while simultaneously serving as the AMAC/FAA Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference Chair for four (4) of its 30+ national conferences.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting (Cum Laude) from Central State University; and, an MBA degree, with a concentration in accounting, starting new business ventures and management of service operations from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Simeon Terry

Second Vice Chair
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.

Lynn Boccio

Vice President
Strategic Business & Diversity Relations, Avis Budget Group, Inc.

In 1996, Lynn A. Boccio, Esq., joined what is now Avis Budget Group after a career as a trial lawyer. She developed, organized and implemented the company’s supplier diversity team at Avis Budget Group and oversees the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Compliance Program as well as the Corporate Supplier Diversity Program for Avis, Budget, Payless and Zipcar’s two hundred and forty corporate airport locations, in addition to the company’s corporate world headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey. Lynn is also a mentor for the Avis Budget Group’s Women in Leadership Group as well as Avis Budget Group’s diversity sales team which targets women and minority markets. Lynn is involved in several outreach activities designed to increase supplier diversity and community relations both nationally and in the New York Metropolitan Area. She is presently First Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Airport Minority Advisory Council and the Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization. In addition, Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of The Billion Dollar Roundtable, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and the Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board for The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In July 2015, Lynn was selected by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce as a distinguished recipient of a 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame award. This national award honors individuals, companies, and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership and support in the success of women’s business enterprise initiatives.

Lynn is an alumni of the Hofstra University School of Law Class of 1978.

Randy Hazelton

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.

Regional Directors

Tamika Dickerson

Southwest Regional Director
Assistant Vice President - Sr. Program Manager

Ms. Dickerson continues to earn a reputation as a solutions-driven, full cycle, program leader with an inherent ability to utilize a pragmatic approach in successfully delivering a high-caliber work product, both on time and on budget. She has more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience in client facing roles executing both start-up and established Transportation Infrastructure mega-projects and capital programs with values ranging from $2 million to $7 billion dollars. With nearly two decades of experience serving as the owner’s representative on high-profile aviation facilities, support and roadways projects, she provides tremendous value from “cradle to grave” to a broad client-base. Further, she has a proven ability to not only establish and forge, but maintain and cultivate, long-standing key stakeholder relationships while effectively balancing competing priorities of multifaceted concurrent projects and operations in a PM/CM environment.

Ebon Glenn

Western Regional Director
Aimhigh ESG

Ebon Sean Glenn is the founder of Aimhigh ESG LLC. Aimhigh ESG is a minority owned business that specializes in airport concessions. Glenn currently owns four San Francisco International Airport leases and one San Jose International Airport (SJC) lease. Glenn has executed a joint venture partnership with Stellar Partners and VM Works. The JV includes an innovative concept called The Newsstand. The Newstand has two locations under Glenn’s portfolio in SFO’s International Airport terminal.

Glenn is also a joint venture partner with Elevate Gourmet Brands. Aimhigh ESG and Elevate co own an airport cafe concession called Green Beans Coffee SFO, and SF Mac + Cheese Kitchen located in SFO’s domestic terminal. This joint venture partnership also has a lease at SJC where they will be building a San Jose Mac + Cheese Kitchen in Q1 of 2021.

Glenn is currently the Western Regional Director of the Aviation Minority Advisory Council also known as AMAC. AMAC’s mission is to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in contracting opportunities and professional development throughout the aviation and aerospace industries.

Over the past decade Glenn has developed a unique experience in understanding the ACDBE certification process. As the current AMAC Western Director, in 2018 Glenn decided to join his fellow board members in Washington DC to lobby on Capitol Hill. During that time Glenn meet with high level staff for the SBA and the FAA civil right department. The focus was to insure that inclusionary language for women and minority business is present in Airport contracts across the country.

Deven Judd

Eastern Regional Director
Director Customer & Concessions Development
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Deven Judd gravitated towards airport management because it combined business and aviation. Deven began his career in 1998 with the goal of becoming an airport executive director. He is currently the Director of Customer & Concessions Development at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority which operates both Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. His business unit generates over $160M in revenue for MWAA, focusing on improving the passenger experience throughout their journey in the airport.

Deven majored in Aviation Management at Hampton University and earned an MBA from the University of North Florida. Deven is also a graduate of the Airport Executive Leadership Program presented by Airports Council International and Concordia University, John Molson School of Business. He holds A.A.E., IAP, and PMP accreditations.

Tonja Pastorelle

Great Lakes Regional Director
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
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
Business Development Manager
Concessions International

Mori Russell is the Business Development Manager at Concession 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
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
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.

At-Large Directors

Farad Ali

Vice President
National Minority Supplier Development Council

Farad Ali is the Vice President at the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The mission of the NMSDC is to advance business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.

Previously, Farad was the President and Chief Executive Officer at the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development (The Institute). The Institute is a nonprofit management consulting and services firm focused on business diversity and inclusion.

Farad is a trusted advisor to businesses large and small, government agencies, policymakers and organizations that understand the key roles diversity and inclusion play in ensuring business and economic success. He is an advocate for public policies and business practices that promote marketplace diversity and inclusion.

Rhonda Arnold

Chief Community Relations and Business Affairs Officer
Houston Airport System

Rhonda C. Arnold is the Chief Community Relations and Business Affairs Officer for the Houston Airport System in the 4th largest city in the United States of America. Ms. Arnold promotes Houston Airports and their economic importance to the region by maintaining positive, collaborative relationships with the business community with emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. Arnold is a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional and a dedicated and compassionate civic leader.

Her devotion to the community extends to the underserved youth, children and families. Arnold was recently elected to the DePelchin Children's Center Board of Directors. Arnold is also a fellow for the Center for Houston's Future Civic Leadership class, an advisory board member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce and of Makers@. As Diversity Liaison, Arnold has addressed Aviation Business Strategies in Aberdeen, Scotland; London, England and Barcelona and Madrid Spain. She was recently a delegate on the Mayor’s Trade Mission to South Africa and the recipient of the International Outreach Award from the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Arnold is an Airport Council International/NA Business Diversity Steering Committee Member. On this committee, she monitors changes in legislation, regulatory requirements, and business practices affecting disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBE”), airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprises for the large hubs in the United States. She also serves as an At-Large Director of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). She has devoted many years of advocating on behalf of AMAC and is a former recipient of their Chairman’s Award. Recently, Arnold was awarded the 2019 Success in Business Minority/Women Business Warriors Award (Houston).

Arnold works to provide opportunities for women as a board member of the Women in Transportation - Houston Chapter and a former recipient of their Woman of the Year Award. Ms. Arnold was a 2019 Distinguished panelist for Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference Brain Trust regarding Transportation and Transportation Technologies. Prior to this year, Ms. Arnold was a 2018 and 2016 Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference Distinguished Panelist Advocate for Minority business participation in Aviation and beyond.

Arnold earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Texas and Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Heather Barry

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
SSP America

Heather Barry is a problem solver and bridge builder serving as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for SSP America—a publically traded company and global leader in the business of restaurants in airports, rail stations and motorways, serving more than one million passengers daily in more than 30 countries.

Barry is a member of SSP America’s Business Development team and is responsible for strategic airport business diversity plans and compliance in SSP’s North American operations. The goal is to develop operational and performance initiatives that enhance and advance the company’s efforts within the FAA’s Airport Concessions Disadvantage Business Enterprise programs.

Prior to joining SSP America, Barry served as Director of Business Affairs for Denver International Airport (DEN) the nation’s sixth-busiest airport. She was a member of the airport leadership team and responsible for creating the DEN Commerce Hub—a first of its kind office in the aviation industry. The office served as a central point for businesses, large and small alike, to tap into and become part of future business opportunities at DEN. During her tenure, Barry made it her mission to grow business inclusion and in 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Barry with the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advocate and Partner Award for her work with the Commerce Hub.

Barry has served as an appointee to Denver Mayors Michael B. Hancock, Guillermo “Bill” Vidal and John Hickenlooper where she held the positions of Director of Government Affairs, Director of Legislative Services, Director of Neighborhood Relations and City Council Liaison, respectively.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College and a professional certificate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Her board involvement includes serving as a Trustee for the University of Nebraska, Chair of the Airport Minority Advisory Foundation and Vice Chair of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.

Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron

Philadelphia International Airport

Rochelle (“Chellie”) L. Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport, a large hub airport system serving over 31.4 million passengers annually. She oversees the planning, development and administration of all activities for the City’s Division of Aviation – which through a $469 million and $765 million operating and capital budgets, respectively, generates more than $14.4 billion in annual spending to the regional economy and accounts for more than 141,000 jobs within the region. Cameron has made enhancing customer service, improving current airport facilities and expanding the airport her top priorities.

She came to Philadelphia in 2011 as Deputy Director of Aviation, Finance and Administration; in 2014, she was named Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations. Previously, she spent 13 years with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which is responsible for operating and maintaining Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, the Dulles Toll Road, and the Washington, D.C., Metrorail System. She also served for seven years as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and one year as an Air Force civilian employee; she completed her service in 1998 as an active duty Captain.

Cameron holds a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA in business administration with a concentration in finance from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Deborah Flint

Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Deborah Flint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015, with oversight of Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. Flint leads the team responsible for returning LAX to iconic status, creating a world class, modern airport for the modern traveler and building a transportation system that will give passengers a first-class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access the airport. Flint’s responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and investing more than $8.5-billion to innovate retail, food and beverage, terminal redevelopment and create an airport wide hospitality mindset. As well, Flint oversees the development and advancement of security policies and strategies that comply with federal security regulations and provide world-class law enforcement for the protection of the public and property.

She leads the procurement and delivery of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP,) the $5.5 billion solution to the crowded roadways and curbsides at and around LAX. Elements include an Automated People Mover (APM), Consolidated Rent-a-Car Center (ConRAC), Intermodal Transportation Facilities (ITFs) and comprehensive Roadway Improvements. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the system will provide travelers with a seamless connection to public transit. Flint is committed to building the complex structures with leading edge innovation and design, while creating new jobs and opportunities for small, local and diverse business. Flint managed the transition of Ontario International Airport to its new local authority. She continues to position VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, as a vital community partner which contributes more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy.

Flint came to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible management, business development and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK). While there, she delivered the $480-milliion BART Airport Rail project after years of effort and challenges; executed strategies to stabilize and reverse passenger traffic decline in a difficult market environment; redesigned OAK’s customer experience to make the airport more competitive; and marketed, developed and negotiated numerous development and investment transactions in terminal renovation and hangar development.

Prior to serving as aviation director at the Port of Oakland, Flint held the position of assistant aviation director. Other professional experience includes leading OAK’s Capital Program in which she coordinated the design, financing and implementation of major airport projects, and participated in the issuance of more than a half billion dollars in revenue bonds. She also served as acting port executive director of the Port of Oakland (maritime). She began her career with the port in 1992 in port finance and advanced through the port’s Finance and Aviation divisions.

Flint serves on the Board of the Airports Council International World Board, is on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program; and is the Chair of the California Airports Council.

Gonzalo de la Melena Jr.

Founder & CEO
Emerging Airport Ventures

Gonzalo is the Founder of Emerging Airport Ventures, LLC an ACDBE certified, Airport Concessions company with Food, Beverage & Retail holdings in Phoenix (PHX), Mesa Gateway (AZA) and Salt Lake City Airports (SLC).

Gonzalo previously served the community for ten years as the President of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) & Operator of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the Regions leading advocate representing more than 200,000+ Minority Business Enterprises. In this capacity Gonzalo worked directly with National and Regional economic development organizations and elected officials on minority supplier development, diversity & inclusion, access to contracts and capital for women & minority-owned firms.

Gonzalo has more than 20 years of management experience in consumer package goods (CPG), retail and restaurants. He began his career in “back of the house” restaurant operations before joining consumer products companies Coca-Cola and The Dial Corporation where he conducted business in more than thirty countries before the age of thirty. As a frequent global traveler, he began studying airport concessions experiences throughout the world.

Gonzalo currently serves on the National Board of Directors for Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), the leading organization advancing the full participation of minorities and women in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Gonzalo previously served on the National board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce representing the Western Region.

Gonzalo received his MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management and earned his undergraduate degree in business from Arizona State University.

Specialties: global brand management (CPG), food & beverage, retail operations, supplier diversity, Hispanic marketing, mergers & acquisition, consumer marketing, financial analysis, strategy, site selection, economic development, market intelligence, non-profit management, governance.

Iris Messina

Vice President of Business Development

Iris Messina is Vice President, Business Development for HMSHost, is responsible for leading development activities that drive program growth and profitability. With more than 25 years of experience, Iris’ expertise includes developing major airport concession programs throughout North America. Prior to joining HMSHost, Iris worked for Unibail – Rodamco – Westfield where she most recently held the role of Vice President of Leasing and sharpened her skills in transforming the traveler experience. In addition to serving on the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Board of Directors, she also contributes to AMAC’s Governess & Ethics Committee and the National Conference Planning Committee.

Iris holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Massachusetts with a major in marketing and minor in psychology. She and her husband reside in Tarzana, California.

Jamie L. Rhee

Chicago Department of Aviation

Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Jamie Rhee manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems, comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports, which serves more than 100 million passengers each year and propels Chicago as a global leader for air cargo activity. Chicago’s airports are also among the most connected in the world, serving more than 260 locations via 50 different commercial carriers to 46 countries worldwide.

Rhee has a long history of mastering complex issues in aviation as well as municipal government. Rhee began her career with the City of Chicago, and has worked for nearly 24 years in various roles, most recently as the Chief Procurement Officer. In this role, Rhee oversaw purchasing of $2 billion in goods and services for dozens of user departments of the City of Chicago, including the CDA; and the certification of thousands of minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises, including the Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program. Under Rhee’s leadership, Chicago’s procurement reform efforts have received national and international recognition, and Rhee has been recognized with a dozen awards from industry organizations for her contributions to public service.

Rhee previously served in various roles at the CDA. From 2004-2008, she served as the General Counsel for the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), where she handled all legal matters for the multi-billion dollar program, including all federal and state litigation as well as legal strategy with the Chicago Corporation Counsel, Department of Justice and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); oversaw the successful completion of the FAA’s Environmental Impact Statement process and managed the legal process and procurement for all contracts, including commissioning the OMP’s first runway project ahead of schedule and under budget.

She also played key roles in previous administrations, having served as a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor; and in various roles at the Departments of Law and Planning and Development.

Rhee has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University School of Law.

Ricky D. Smith

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.

Mr. Smith worked to establish and execute a strategic direction for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport that included expanding airport revenue sources, strengthening the airport’s brand recognition, improving airfield safety, and enhancing the passenger experience. During Mr. Smith’s leadership in Ohio, Cleveland Hopkins was recognized as the most-improved airport in North America by the international aviation industry organization, Airports Council International-North America. He led the development of a new $2 billion master plan for the Cleveland Airport System that is developing new cargo facilities and expanded corporate hangars, improved parking facilities, a new on-airport hotel, an improved passenger terminal building, a new on-airport service station/fast food plaza, and a new state-of-the-art FAA Air Traffic Control Tower.

Prior to his service in Cleveland, Mr. Smith served as the Chief Operating Officer for the MAA. Mr. Smith helped lead BWI Marshall Airport through a $2 billion expansion program, increased air service throughout the world, and the creation of a new food and retail program. Prior to returning to the MAA after a two-year departure, Ricky served as the Deputy Administrator for the Maryland State Highway Administration. There, he oversaw an approximate $1 billion annual budget and co-developed the financing strategy for the largest capital project in Maryland history – the Inter-County Connector. In addition, he served in the private sector for several years with International Business Machines, H&R Block Business Services, The May Company, and others.

Ricky holds an Accounting degree from Howard University and an Executive MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. He is a graduate of several leadership programs, including Leadership Cleveland, the Greater Baltimore Committee, and the University of Maryland Government Executive Institute. He is active on several national and local boards and industry associations including the American Association of Airport Executives, the Washington Board of Trade, the BWI Business Partnership, the World Trade Center Institute, AERO Club of Washington, the Greater Baltimore Urban League, and the U.S. Department of Transportation National Freight Advisory Council.

He has been recognized as the ‘National Executive of the Year’ (2010) by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, ‘Most Influential CEO in Northeast Ohio (2013 and 2014) by Crain’s Magazine, ‘Influential Marylander’ (2017) by The Daily Record, and ‘CEO Power 10’ by the Baltimore Business Journal (2018).

He and his family reside in Howard County, Maryland.