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AMAC Legends & Leapers: June 2022

June 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The AMAC Legends & Leapers speaker series 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.



Legend: 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 $2 billion master plan for the Cleveland Airport System, which included new cargo facilities, expanded corporate hangars, improved parking, airport hotel, passenger terminal building, airport service station, fast food plaza and an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower.

Before 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 worldwide, and created a new food and retail program. Before returning to the MAA after a two-year departure, Ricky served as the Deputy Administrator for the Maryland State Highway Administration. 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.



Legend: Mack Wilbourn
Owner & President, Mack II, Inc.

Mack Wilbourn has been the Owner and President of Mack II, Inc., a quick-service restaurant management company since 1971. His current franchises include Atlanta Bread & Bar, Baja Fresh Mexican, Famiglia Pizza, Phillips Seafood, Popeyes and We Juice It, which all are located in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Mr. Wilbourn is also the Managing Partner of MWJ, LLC, a vending company in Atlanta, Georgia. He has managed the Coca Cola Vending Locations throughout the Atlanta Airport since 2004. Mr. Wilbourn has also started a small angel investment firm where he focuses on startup businesses that could potentially compete on the next level with the proper strategic resources and guidance. This firm also serves as an outlet for vetting potential business deals whether small or large.

A native of Magnolia, Arkansas, he attended Tucson High School and the University of Arizona where he majored in Accounting. Mr. Wilbourn’s invaluable experience in the restaurant industry started at one of his first jobs as a youth, Jack in the Box. On June 15, 1971, he along with his partner, Brad Hubbert became one of the first minority McDonald’s franchisees in the Atlanta area. Four McDonald’s restaurants, over 150 employees, and 21 years later, they sold their McDonald’s operation in 1992.

After which Mr. Wilbourn pursued joint business opportunities as a Managing Consultant with Paradies Midfield Corporation, The Rouse Corporation (Underground Atlanta) and Service America Corporation (Fulton County Jail Foodservice).

While working on the startup of the first Popeye’s Chicken in an airport and his Edy’s Ice Cream location at the airport in 1996, he became an Olympic Licensee as a unique color-changing glass and mug wholesaler for the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

He has earned numerous awards and recognition throughout his career including magazine articles, such as the Minority Business Entrepreneur, Franchise Update, Area Developer, and Automatic Merchandiser. He was awarded “2011 Corporation of the Year” by The Atlanta Business League. In 2016, he was inducted into the Atlanta Business League Hall of Fame, received the “2016 Corporation of the Year” by The City of College Park, and was nominated for the Franchisee of the Year award by the Georgia Restaurant Association. He has recently been inducted to his alma mater, Tucson High School, Hall of Fame.

Mr. Wilbourn, a longtime political supporter, has hosted 4 Democratic Presidents, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. He has also hosted VP Harris and President Biden when he was in the office of VP at his home. In addition, he has hosted key leaders in Atlanta’s Government dating back to Mayor Maynard H. Jackson & Ambassador Andrew Young.

Mr. Wilbourn with his where-with-all has been a catalyst in helping others through serving in community and business organizations. He has served the Atlanta Business League, Butler Street YMCA, The Urban League, The NAACP, Zoo Atlanta, The Martin Luther King Jr. Center, The National Black Arts Festival, The Adopt a Street Program, The Atlanta Tip-Off Club, Brain Injury Association of Georgia, The High Museum and Center for Puppetry Arts, the Local Advisory Board of Branch Banking and Trust in Atlanta, numerous youth organizations, local schools, etc. He is currently a Board member of Georgia Primary Bank, The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc. (CHOICES), The Piedmont Foundation, The Smithsonian National Portrait Museum, and The Atlanta Business League. He is a member of Salem Bible Church. He has two sons, McKenzie and Marquis, two grandsons Mason and Mckenzie, Jr., and one granddaughter Madison.



Leaper: Lauryn Mangum Reed
Secretary, AMAC Board of Directors
Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee
Vice President of Business Development, Servy

Lauryn Mangum Reed’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, Mangum Reed joined Stellar Partners as Business Development Coordinator and was later named Director of Innovation and Business Development. Lauryn supported the department in many facets, from coordinating RFPs to working closely with ACDBE partners, with a strong emphasis on innovation, technology and strategy.

Lauryn recently transitioned from retail concessions to the Vice President of Business Development for the global, omnichannel enterprise, self-service platform for hospitality Servy (Grab). Through the suite of contactless order and pay solutions, Servy enables partners to drive operational efficiencies and enhance the guest experience while improving profitability. Lauryn is responsible for business development and strategic partnership activities for the Servy (Grab) Airport Marketplace with airport authorities, developers and restaurant and retail partners throughout the Americas.

Although considered an emerging leader, Lauryn’s industry involvement is vast. Mangum Reed serves as the Co-Chair for AMAC’s Emerging Leaders Committee, Secretary of the AMAC Board of Directors and Member of the ACI-NA Business Diversity Steering Committee.

Lauryn has an affinity for people, representation and diversity in her day-to-day life, the aviation industry is no exception. Lauryn is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As a new mom and wife, Lauryn is a strong advocate for work/life balance and empowering women to do everything they desire!


Leaper: Mori Russell
Southeast Regional Director, AMAC Board of Directors
Vice Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee
Business Development, Concessions International

Mori Russell is an entrepreneur and leads Business Development at Concession International, an airport food and beverage company. Mori is a third-generation leader of her family business, Concessions International, which was started more than 40 years ago by her grandfather Herman Jerome Russell. She is the Owner of Olle Fit, a wellness company focused on mind, body and spirit. Mori also owns a consulting firm, MCR Services LLC, where she provides development and community outreach work.

Mori graduated in 2015, with her Master of International Business from Florida International University. While in school, she founded and operated her first company, an accessory boutique, O’Amor, in Miami, Florida and online.

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



June 22
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