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AMAC Legends & Leapers: April 2021

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What is AMAC Legends & Leapers?

AMAC Legends & Leapers, is a monthly conversation between an aviation industry legend and an emerging leader designed to showcase the commonalities and differences in perspective on the aviation industry. 

AMAC Legends & Leapers
A Virtual Conversation
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Eastern Time


Aviation Legend: Miguel Southwell
President & CEO Brakkam Aviation Management

Miguel Southwell is President of Brakkam Aviation Management, a global air transportation management consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, with current or recent clients in the U.S., Caribbean, South America and Africa. Mr. Southwell’s aviation career spans over 40 years, starting with the Caribbean’s regional airline LIAT in 1973 and rising to become the head of Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Along the way he also served as a regional bank executive and an adjunct professor at Georgia State University where he taught airport and airline management courses for 5 years. He has also taught at airport management seminars in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Southwell was named “CEO of the Year” in 2016 by both the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Business Journal. He served 6 years on the World Governing Board of ACI, is a past-president of ACI’s Latin America and Caribbean Region, a past-president of the ACI-Fund that provides training for airport professionals in developing countries, is a former Board Member of ACI North America and has been an active member of AMAC for over two decades. Mr. Southwell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Portland State University in Oregon; has a Master’s degree in International Business from City University of New York – Baruch College, and holds a “Driving Government Performance” Certificate from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education.



Aviation Leaper: Dorine Litman
Property Manager, Unison Retail Management

Dorine is a strong, results-oriented leader with over 23 years of experience representing Globetrotters International, a MBE partner in the Unison Consulting’s retail concessions planning and management practice working directly with the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation Concessions Department managing the concession programs at O’Hare and Midway International Airports, ensuring the successful operation of 250+ locations, occupying over 115K square feet of retail space, with more than $389M in annual sales.

Dorine has built a diverse professional background as an experienced Property Manager with a demonstrated history of providing oversight to a cross-functional team of professionals including program management, airport facility management, quality assurance and response contingency planning. This foundation of information and capabilities is a critical component in achieving a safe, successful, and profitable concessions program for O’Hare International Airport.

Dorine’s team goals are to partner with concessionaires to manage, promote and drive success in an environment which is characterized by many unique and extreme complexities. Although enforcement of operational CDA lease compliance is the stated requirement of the role, a balanced measure of empathy and practicality for the business owner remains a high priority on its own. The idea and narrative of partnership is favored over tenancy or management, allowing O’Hare’s business community to plan, operate and prosper together.



Moderator: Lauryn Mangum Reed
Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee
Director of Innovation & Business Development, Stellar Partners, Inc.

Lauryn’s industry experience started in 2012 when her family opened a café in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (The Refuge Coffee Food and Wine) as a subtenant of HMSHost. She played an integral role in the framework, opening, operations and staff training and became the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2017, she was recruited and relocated by Stellar Partners, Inc. a leading prime airport retailer based out of Tampa, Florida, Stellar has an extensive portfolio of retail concepts, driven by a passion for innovation, beautifully designed stores and providing an exceptional shopping experience for travelers.

Lauryn has been with Stellar Partners for 3 years working within the Business Development Department. Previously, as the Business Development Coordinator, she supported the department in many facets, from coordinating RFPs to working closely with ACDBE partners during the RFP process and also assisting with ACDBE reporting to airports.

Lauryn just recently transitioned to the Director of Innovation and Business Development. In addition to business development, Lauryn has an emphasis on innovation, technology and strategy to position Stellar to becoming an even larger retail powerhouse, leading the industry in customer experience, relationship building and brand development.

In addition, Lauryn has utilized her role and Stellar’s desire to create a local/small business incubator to assist with connecting ACDBE’s and SBE’s with various departments within the company to promote diversity and representation in RFPs and the Stellar Stores across the country.

In 2018, Lauryn was appointed the Chair for AMAC’s Emerging Leaders Committee, with her Co-Chair Mori Russell, AMAC’s COO Anthony Barnes and a talented committee, AMAC’s Emerging Leaders has quickly grown from a conceptualized initiative to a full force committee with highly anticipated and well attended events by young professionals, emerging leaders and industry legends.

Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lauryn left the Midwest to attend Arizona State University where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and obtained her degree in Business and Communications. With a background in fashion, sales, branding and planning and an affinity for people Lauryn has applied her experiences and skills to the aviation industry and is excited to be a part of its succession. She also owns her own business consulting company and a financial literacy company, helping individuals qualify for personal and business credit needs.


Moderator: Ricky 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.

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.



April 28
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