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AMAC Legends & Leapers: February 2021

February 24 @ 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, February 24, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time


Aviation Legend: A. Bradley Mims
Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

In February 2021, A. Bradley Mims assumed his current position as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator. Mims has served as a transportation professional in government and the private sector for over 40 years. As a government relations specialist with a multi-modal transportation background, Mims holds a special affinity for the aviation industry.

In addition, to working for a number of firms and organizations related to transportation/aviation, Mims served as the head of government relations for the FAA during the Clinton Administration. He served as transportation staff for members of Congress in his early career (representing the late congressman John Lewis – GA and Julian Dixon – CA). Mims served as a congressional liaison for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. At the conclusion of the Clinton Administration, 2001-2005 Mims served as the Transportation Specialist on the IT and Transportation Teams at Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2005, Mims joined Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. in serving as the Aviation Markets Vice President until 2010.

An appointee of the governor of Maryland, Mims joined the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority Board of Directors in 2014 and has served as the co-chair of the Dulles Corridor and Finance Committees, as well as chair of the Nominations Committee. Mims also sat on the Business Administration, Executive and Governance, Human Resources, Strategic Development AD Hoc Labor Committee and Sustainability committees. In addition, Mims served as the transportation subject matter expert with Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) from 2014-2016. Prior to his appointment at the FAA, Mims served as the President/CEO of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) from 2016-2021. He graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor’s degree in political science.


Aviation Leaper: Jai Ferrell
Assistant General Manager, Commercial Development, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Jai Ferrell is the Assistant General Manager and Head of Marketing for the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Her responsibilities include oversight of the Airport’s commercial development division comprised of properties/airline affairs, concessions, parking, marketing & brand strategy, commercial real estate development and air service development. As head of marketing, she leads global marketing & brand strategy and social media engagement for all public-facing programs at ATL.

While her professional impact is global in reach, her passion is granular serving her community. She lends her marketing expertise as a board member for the Andrew & Walter Young YMCA. Her love for youth is vividly illustrated as she is a multiyear principal partner with M.D. Roberts Fine Arts & Magnet Middle School (Clayton County) and Langston Hughes High School (Fulton County). Ferrell also serves as the marketing lead for ATL’s human trafficking initiative, bringing awareness to the millions of passengers that travel to and through ATL.

Ferrell’s award-winning career includes experience in entertainment and sports television and consumer products for WarnerMedia, CNN, Major League Baseball and Viacom Networks. She has been acknowledged as Spelman College’s Distinguished Alumna of the Year (Atlanta Chapter / 2019); Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 class (2019); Atlanta Tribune Magazine’s Woman of Excellence (2019) and Airport Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 class (2017). Ms. Ferrell is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College (2005) and has a master’s degree in communication from Georgia State University (2008). She is an esteemed 2017 Lead Atlanta alumni; graduate of the KPMG Executive Women in Leadership program; member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and a life member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.


Moderator: Lauryn Mangum Reed
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: Dwight Pullen, Jr.
National Core Market Leader, DPR Construction

Dwight H. Pullen, Jr. is a National Core Market Leader for DPR Construction focusing on Customer Experience, Account Management and the Aviation Market.  In this role at DPR, Dwight focuses on strategic growth in the airport sector, profitability, operational excellence, growing talent and maximizing customer engagement. 

Dwight previously led the Aviation Center of Excellence for Skanska USA Building overseeing aviation construction in the U.S. advising clients on building strategies to plan, design and build efficient, forward-looking airport facilities.  Under his leadership and guidance, Skanska ranked #2 in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) in the Airport Construction category and Building Design + Construction (BD+C) for Airport Terminals.  At CH2MHill (now Jacobs) he was the Vice President and Global Director of Aviation responsible for driving global strategygrowth and profitability.  He also served as a Vice President and Principal Program Manager for Parsons Corporation, where he led the Denver International Airport’s South Terminal Redevelopment Program ($500 million), and the Abu Dhabi International Airport Expansion Program ($7.6 billion) in the United Arab Emirates.  At H. J. Russell, he directed the successful delivery of the 5th Runway expansion ($1.2 billion) at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.     

Dwight currently serves on the Board for the Airports Consultants Council (ACC), the global trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities.  Dwight is a leading voice in the airport infrastructure sector, and has written several articles on airport infrastructure, minimizing impacts to operations at airports during construction and alternative project delivery at airports.  Dwight speaks at conferences around the country focused on airport infrastructure and development. 

Dwight received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh; he is also an alum of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He has a passion for Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and ensuring that inner city communities are exposed to the STEM fields.  Dwight volunteers for STEM related initiatives, development and education.   

His civic engagement began in Atlanta, GA with Board leadership at Caring For Others (Homeless Prevention Center) and New Beginnings Training & Education (NBTE).  While living in Denver, he has served on several community non-profits Civic Boards (Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Denver Partnership, Junior Achievement of Rocky Mountains and Metro Denver YMCA Trustee Board).  Dwight is a member of the Colorado Christian Fellowship Church.  

In 2015, Dwight published and co-authored the book, “The Spider Web Philosophy, which promotes the concept of connectedness through authentic relationship.  The Spider Web Philosophy has three key attributes: The Web (Identifying the Network, Your Authentic Relationships at Work), Self-Awareness (Personal Mastery, Understanding Purpose and Passion), and The Master Mind (Accountability and Support, Your Personal Board of Directors).  

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Dwight is the husband of Eleanore and the father of four sons, Dwight III (DPR Construction young professional), Blake (U.S. Army candidate), Grant (Prairie View A&M University sophomore) and Devon (New Mexico Junior College).  Dwight and his family live in Denver, CO.    


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