Washington, DC (April 8, 2021)—The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is pleased to announce the following appointments to the AMAC Board of Directors: Alicia M. Ivey, President & CEO, Goldbergs Concessions Corporation; Dwight H. Pullen, Jr., National Core Market Leader, DPR Construction; and Michael E. Washington, President & Co-Owner, Palazzo Concessions.
“We are pleased to welcome Alicia, Dwight and Michael to the AMAC Board of Directors”, said Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors. “They join AMAC at a critical time as we continue to drive our mission forward and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The addition of these aviation powerhouses complements AMAC’s leadership, and we are confident that they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to prioritize a more sustainable and connected organization. We look forward to their contributions and are excited they chose AMAC.”
The AMAC Board of Directors regularly evaluates its composition to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspective necessary to uphold mission alignment and drive growth for all AMAC stakeholders. Alicia and Dwight will serve as At-Large Directors. Michael will serve as the Western Region Director.
About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com.
About Alicia M. Ivey, President & CEO, Goldbergs Concessions Corporation
Alicia M. Ivey, trailblazing business woman, strategic innovator and purposeful change agent, has a track record of nearly 30 years of success. She currently serves as President & CEO of Goldbergs Concessions Corporation, an airport concessions and hospitality company and Chairman of Phoenix Drilling Corporation, a full service environmental and geotechnical drilling firm that was established in 1993. Alicia has established a commendable track record as an expert negotiator, tactful collaborator and trusted advisor with domestic and international influence. Her areas of expertise are transportation (bus, rail and air), business development.
Ms. Ivey has played crucial roles with a number of corporate entities and worldwide brands to include– but not limited to–Focus Brands, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Patricia Nash Brand, Heinemann Americas Corporation and Bacardi USA. As the CEO and Co-Founder of Goldbergs Concessions, the company has exclusive rights to the iconic Atlanta Braves All Star Grill, Goldberg’s Bagel and Deli, Subway and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Center Exposition at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
About Dwight H. 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 in the Airport Construction category and Building Design + Construction for Airport Terminals. At CH2MHill (now Jacobs) he was the Vice President and Global Director of Aviation responsible for driving global strategy, growth 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.
About Michael E. Washington, President & Co-Owner, Palazzo Concessions
Michael founded Palazzo Concessions as an airport concession services firm in 2009. His company manages joint venture agreements with several national prime concession entities, including Hudson Group, Norm Nixon, Magic Johnson Enterprises and HMSHost. Palazzo Concessions’ ownership interest is currently located in four airports, Los Angeles International Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Portland International Airport. Combined, they have over 50 concessions in their portfolio: Bulgari; Hugo Boss; Armani; Tumi; Michael Kors; Starbucks; Coach; Fred Segals; Harley Davidson; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; and Panda Express, to name a few.
While building Palazzo Concessions, Michael served as the General Manager of the Le Meridien San Francisco. Before he transitioned to the Bay Area, he was the General Manager of The Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles. Under Michael’s leadership, The Sheraton Gateway earned the coveted distinction as Trip Advisor’s #2 ranked Business Hotel in Los Angeles in 2011 and 2012. Also, in 2011, Corporate Hotels in Meetings Magazine ranked The Sheraton Gateway as one of the Top 50 Hotels for meetings in the United States. In 2011, Starwood Hotels and Resorts nominated the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles for national recognition in three key categories, including Sales and Marketing Team of the Year, Revenue Management Team of the Year, and the best Food & Beverage Hotel. In 2014, Starwood appointed Michael to Sheraton’s General Managers Advisory Council of twenty, representing 433 Sheraton Hotel General Managers Worldwide.
- Identify and implement specific actions to identify and promote best practices in airport development projects;
- Educate their respective members and airports on teaming, procurement, contracting and business best practices in general;
- Identify opportunities to attract more students into airport development careers;
- Promote diversity in the industry; and
- Educate their respective members and airports on best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to increasing aviation industry business and career opportunities for diverse/underrepresented individuals and companies.
We have partnered with the Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA) to urge airports and Congress to quickly pass financial relief for airport restaurateurs and retailers given the unprecedented business impact caused by the spread of the coronavirus and resultant COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release here.