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AMAC Legends & Leapers: October 2021

October 27 @ 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, October 27, 2021
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Eastern Time


Aviation Legend: Mario Trevino
Member, AMAC PAC Board of Directors
President, Innovative Strategies

Innovative Strategies is a San Antonio, Texas-based management consulting firm established in September 2001 as a sole proprietorship, with satellite offices in Fort Worth, Texas, specializing in business diversity/inclusion services and economic-related studies, analysis, and initiatives, such as with availability/disparity studies and Empowerment and Enterprise Zone programs.

Founder and President, Mario Treviño, is recognized as a local, small, minority/women, and disadvantaged business development expert, having testified as a subject matter expert in a court of law, and has served as a public-sector and federal executive and consultant to many public and private organizations, providing technical expertise in minority/women business, HUB, DBE, etc., policy and program development, implementation, monitoring, and compliance processes, procedures, and programs.

Since its inception, Innovative Strategies has been engaged in providing professional consulting services specializing in the small, local, minority/women, and disadvantaged business economic development field, primarily in the public sector arena. Innovative Strategies’ President, Mr. Mario Trevino has an exemplary and extensive background in the public contracting arena with direct experience in conceptualizing, implementing, and managing local, small, minority/women, and disadvantaged business enterprise programs. Innovative Strategies has built its professional reputation and experience principally through almost an exclusive public sector engagement clientele and Mr. Trevino’s tenure and high-level professional experiences in public sector environments specifically. As a testament to Mr. Trevino’s competence in consensus building skill, while directing the Dallas/Fort

Worth International Airport’s minority/women business program, he conceived and persuaded a majority of the public-sector entities in the DFW Metroplex to establish a centralized certification center, which became the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency. The center became the model used by the City of San Antonio and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 49 CFR Part 26 to establish regional certification centers or Unified Certification Programs (UCPs). DFW Airport is the world’s third busiest airport enplaning approximately 70 million passengers per year, and contracts approximately $400 million in construction, $150 million in procurement, and $100 million in professional services and grosses approximately $500 million in concessions per year. These experiences, which principally include municipalities, airport entities, as well as private sector entities as clients have provided Innovative Strategies with a keen understanding and ability to better direct and assist public and private sector entities in their business diversity and inclusion efforts.

Mr. Trevino has also served and directed various boards and commissions and is an early member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), the premier airport advocacy organization for minority and women-owned businesses seeking to do business in our nation’s airports and comprised of most major U.S. airports and approximately 1,000 members nation-wide and later became its second Chairman for a two year period.

Innovative Strategies is also a leading specialized public-sector airport concession management firm representing the well-known and respected national and international quick-service restaurant and retail brand leaders. We offer competitive concession market review, assessment, and development in the non-traditional business development market specifically – airports, military bases, hospital districts, universities, etc. utilizing broad executive-level experience and emphasizing realistic concession strategies, effective concession recommendations and solutions, and success methodologies. In 2016 Innovative Strategies was selected as a joint venture partner in two (2) DFW Airport concessions – duty-free and Estee Lauder MAC retail stores in Terminal D. Thus, Innovative Strategies is now fully engaged and has created a “concession division” to pursue and acquire airport concession awards in the food and beverage and retail areas, particularly the specialized airport duty-free concession arena.

While Innovative Strategies was created in September 2001, the firm’s principal and President, Mario Trevino has over twenty-three (24) years of public sector contract administration, affirmative action/equal employment opportunity and small business/disadvantaged business development experience with a solid record of accomplishment in senior-level management. This includes 15 years as a Director/Principal public sector official and other major leadership positions. Prior to creating Innovative Strategies, Mr. Trevino served in a career capacity as the Assistant and Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, DC. On a national scope, Mr. Trevino developed and implemented the federal government’s initial Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) program, which continues today. This program was developed in response to the post- Adarand ruling which called for narrow-tailoring minority business programs and implementing them in the most “race-neutral” fashion. Before joining the SBA, Mr. Trevino had a highly successful career with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as Director of the Minority and Economic Affairs Department having conceived the program and overseeing the development, implementation, and monitoring of all aspects of the small, disadvantaged and minority/women-owned business enterprise program.



Aviation Leaper: Jose Cuevas
Vice Chair, AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee
Manager, Commercial Operations, LaGuardia Gateway Partners/Vantage Airport Group

Jose is the Manager for Commercial Operations at LaGuardia Gateway Partners a member of Vantage Airport Group, the developer and operator of LaGuardia Airport Terminal B, the largest public-private partnership in history of aviation. Jose oversees the day-to-day operation of all the shops and restaurants at the terminal as well as handles various strategic commercial development-related efforts. Jose has a background in retail operations as well as logistics in major transportation and retail hubs such as JFK Airport, 34th Street/Heard Square and others. Jose has a Master’s in Urban Affairs and a Bachelor’s in Aviation Management.




Moderator: 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 the Refuge Coffee Food and Wine Café in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 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 request for proposals 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, omni-channel 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 the AMAC Emerging Leaders Committee, and she was recently appointed as the Secretary of the AMAC Board of Directors and a member of the ACI-NA Business Diversity Steering Committee.

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 with a minor in Communications. With a background in fashion, sales, branding 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.


October 27
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