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AMAC Legends & Leapers: October 2020

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

What is AMAC Legends & Leapers?

AMAC’s newest program, 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 October Conversation Event Details

AMAC Legends & Leapers
A Virtual Conversation
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT



Aviation Legend: Rosemarie Andolino
President, Andolino Global Advisors, LLC

Rosemarie S. Andolino is a proven executive in both the private and public sector. Ms. Andolino is the President of Andolino Global Advisors, LLC and currently serves as an Independent Board Member and Advisor to various for profit and not for profit organizations, including the Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, FetchyFox, Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, JDRF Illinois and U.S. Department of Transportation National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure.

Ms. Andolino is the former Chairman of MAG USA and CEO of International Development for the Manchester Airport Group, UK (MAG) where she oversaw the development of MAG’s North American and global airport services business. During her 3.5 years as CEO of MAG USA, she took the company from a US start up, to a formidable leader in the airport services business. Under her leadership she built MAG’s US brand, secured and opened 12 airport lounges, established a partnership with American Express Global Lounges and brought its digital car parking platform to market.

Prior to joining MAG USA, Ms. Andolino served as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) having the good fortune to work with two strong visionary leaders – Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

As Commissioner, she oversaw the management and operation of one of the world’s busiest airport systems comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports, with an operating budget of $1 billion.

In addition, she was charged with implementing the $8 billion O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), which reconfigured the airports complicated intersecting runways to improve efficiency and enhance the travelers’ experience. The OMP was the leading environmentally sustainable infrastructure program in the world.

Ms. Andolino is a proud alumni of DePaul University and resides with her husband in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood.


Aviation Leaper: Cedrick Johnson
President & Co-Founder, Airport Design Consultants, Inc. (ADCI)

Cedrick Johnson is President and Co-Founder Airport Design Consultants, Inc. (ADCI). Cedrick is a licensed Professional Engineer in 17 states and has been involved in airfield design throughout his 25-year career. He has been a significant contributor to major planning, design, program management and construction of airfield, terminal and landside improvement programs at large hub airports.

Cedrick has had a significant role in planning and design of high-priority projects at Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).


Lauryn Mangum
Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee
Director of Innovation and Business Development, Stellar Partners

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.


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.


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