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AMAC Legends & Leapers December Conversation Event Details
AMAC Legends & Leapers
A Virtual Conversation
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time
With over 40 years of experience in various facets of the aviation industry, Dolliole applies advanced, innovative approaches to air service development, customer service initiatives and construction project management. He is involved in many organizations that are dedicated to the advancement of aviation and related industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and American Association of Airport Executives’ (AAAE) Policy Review Committee, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Airports Consultants Council.
As a New Orleans native, he began his aviation career at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport before going on to lead and transform the San Antonio and St. Louis Airports. During his tenure at San Antonio International Airport, he managed the makeover of the airport’s concession program and facility renovations that resulted in prestigious awards from Airport Revenue News for the best concession program for a small airport and a first place tie in J.D. Power and Associates Global Airport Satisfaction Index Study. While in St. Louis, Dolliole lured new air service to the city and oversaw a substantial $1.1 billion airfield improvement and runway construction project.
Once again back at the helm of Armstrong International, he continues to effectively manage operational, organizational and development initiatives like the new $1 billion airport terminal that opened in fall 2019. Dolliole was recently named Airport Experience News’ 2020 Director of the Year in the Medium Airports Category as well as Biz New Orleans Magazine’s 2019 CEO of the Year.
Cynthia Guidry is the Director of the Long Beach Airport (LGB). Nicely nestled in Southern California as an award-winning airport with a unique open-air concourse, LGB is served by a handful of commercial carriers and is also one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country. LGB prides itself on providing fresh, new facilities and amenities, bringing the ease of travel to its customers. Ms. Guidry and her team will lead the next phase of improvements, adding to the respected legacy of LGB.
Formerly the Deputy Executive Director of the Planning and Development Group (PDG) for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), for several years Ms. Guidry was responsible for managing LAWA’s multibillion-dollar capital program, delivering airfield, terminal and landside improvements.
Ms. Guidry is a Professional Engineer licensed from the State of California and has 28 years of planning, engineering, and professional experience working for the City of Los Angeles, 18 years with LAWA. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). Ms. Guidry holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Irvine.
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.
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.