AAAE Webinar

DBE/ACDBE: How To Run Successful Compliant Programs


May 11, 2021 | 2-3 p.m. ET | Virtual

Many airport management professionals do not fully understand the regulations with regard to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Programs, and as the pandemic continues, minority communities and minority-owned businesses continue to be disproportionately affected, underscoring the need for strong programs. Don’t wait until there is a complaint to focus your attention on these programs. Please join us as we discuss the responsibilities along with the challenges and opportunities in running successful compliant programs. 


This webinar is $65 for AAAE members and $95 for non-members. Register Now.

Questions? Contact Natalie Fleet



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Brian Bell

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Washington, DC, DC

Brian Bell is Counsel for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, where he is responsible for advising T&I Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen on a wide-ranging set of issues regarding civil aviation, including airport infrastructure and operations, disadvantaged business enterprises, environmental issues, consumer issues, and aviation workforce issues, among other things. Previously, he was the Director of Federal Relations/Legislative Analyst for Jacobs, formerly CH2M, an engineering, design and architecture firm. In this role, he was responsible for tracking Federal legislative and regulatory initiatives related to transportation, infrastructure, energy and environmental sustainability issues and advising the company’s senior leadership of how these initiatives affected the firm’s policy priorities. Prior to his work for CH2M, Brian served nearly four years on Capitol Hill, where he worked on an array of legislative issues including transportation, water, energy and appropriations for multiple Members of Congress. This included serving as Senior Legislative Counsel for Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-CA), where he managed the Congresswoman’s legislative priorities on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and advised her on several major infrastructure initiatives, including MAP-21 and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA) of 2014. Brian received his bachelor’s degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and his law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law. He has been admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland.


Jacqwendlyn M. Coleman

Concessions Director
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Atlanta, GA

Marlene Coleman is the director of Concessions Management at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). In her role, she directs the overall Concessions and Car Rental operations including strategic and business plans development, contracts and lease administration, and service delivery. An accredited airport executive, Ms. Coleman has over 20 years of extensive city government and aviation concessions management experience at ATL. She manages a staff of professionals to facilitate program development, brand/concept mix analysis, lease management and maintaining strong tenant relations for over 332 concessions locations that include retail, duty free, food and beverage and business services. She joined the Department of Aviation’s Concessions team in 1998 and moved up the ranks to serve as concessions business development manager in 2007. In 2011, she was promoted to director for the City of Atlanta’s Watershed Department, where she was responsible for developing the strategic plan for the department’s small, minority, female business program as well as overseeing the Small Business Development 15-week construction management training program. In December 2019, the Fayetteville, North Carolina native returned to ATL to serve as director of Concessions Management to oversee and develop all Airport concessions businesses. Ms. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management and economics from North Carolina State University. She is a member of the Women in Construction, Engineering Related Services Conference (WICERS) Executive Planning Committee, American Association of Airport Executives, Airport Minority Advisory Council, and the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Eric T. Smith

Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP
Washington, DC

Eric Smith is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell which is the largest law firm in the U.S. that represents airports. Mr. Smith represents airport owners and operators of all sizes across the United States, providing legal and practical counsel on a full spectrum of issues that range from drafting large-scale operating agreements, to acquiring federal assistance for obtaining and maintaining air carrier service, to securing federal grants for physical improvements to the airport. Eric has extensive experience structuring and negotiating complex business arrangements, both in the distressed and non-distressed business contexts. He has acted as lead counsel for U.S. airports on many large-scale concession agreements. Eric’s bankruptcy experience is extensive, having represented debtors, and a wide-array of creditors (including large banks, landlords, and airports), in Chapter 11 proceedings all across the United States. He has particular expertise in representing airport operators and aircraft owners and lessees in airline bankruptcies having been deeply involved in all post-9/11 airline bankruptcy cases and has served as counsel to airports of all sizes in those cases. Most recently, he has represented several large consortia of airports in the Advantage/EZ Rental Car and Hertz bankruptcies. Eric as an experienced litigator, he is also well equipped to handle airport-based litigation, whether it is suits brought by airlines, tenants, or property owners. His practice covers regulatory and litigation matters proceedings before the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and in cases filed in both the state and federal courts. Additionally, he is also experienced in labor and employment matters and assists airports in navigating the myriad of issues involving on-airport employment matters, including labor peace agreements, prevailing wage ordinances, and how those issues may impact concessions programs, such as ACDBE programs.


Cathryn Stephens, A.A.E.

Acting Airport Director
Eugene Airport
Eugene, OR

Cathryn Stephens came to the Eugene Airport in January 2007 where she now holds the position of Acting Airport Director overseeing the day-to-day operation of EUG including Operations, Maintenance and Security; Project Management; and Airport Services. She was previously Deputy Director over Airport Services. An Accredited Airport Executive, Cathryn serves on the AAAE Airline Economics and Air Service Committee, has chaired the AAAE Digital Media Summit conference committee, and has served on many AAE final interview panels. She is a past president of the Oregon Airport Management Association. Cathryn serves on the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council. She also served on planning committees for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Prior to her work in the aviation industry, Cathryn worked for 16-years in television news as a reporter, anchor, producer, and photographer, in addition to some work in radio and newspaper. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon. She enjoys travel, both business and pleasure, and has absolutely no fear of flying. She lives in Eugene with her husband and two children.


William H. Swift

Business Traveler Services, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Entrepreneur, Civil Servant, College Professor, Executive, Management Consultant, Concessionaire and Advertising Agent – Mr. Swift has been a significant contributor to the success of what long has been known as the center of black wealth, political power and culture – Atlanta. During one of the city’s most historic administrations, under Mayor Maynard Jackson, Mr. Swift served as a Special Assistant to the Mayor, advanced to the position of Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and was later appointed as the Director of Procurement, where he implemented programs that led to record setting participation of women and minority-owned businesses, creating a generation of inclusion and business ownership. In 1990, as executive director of Dobbs-Paschal Midfield Corporation, Mr. Swift was responsible for managing over a hundred concessions locations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, generating millions in revenue annually. In 1994, he co-founded Business Traveler Services, Inc. (BTS), a minority-owned entertainment and business center development company. The company has had a presence in some of the country’s most traveled airports including LaGuardia, JFK and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Mr. Swift’s Hartsfield-Jackson experience also includes serving as a Managing Partner of Airport Retail Management, LLC (ARM), ARM independently operated 14 locations that included Café Intermezzo (the largest café at Hartsfield-Jackson); several newsstands; BlackBerry (Licensed/branded retailer); Apple retailer iTravel; B-iconic; Buckhead Market Place; Panda Veranda; and Savannah Candy Kitchen. In 1994, Mr. Swift also formed Swift Services, Inc. that introduced and operated all the automated retail stores at Hartsfield-Jackson, consulted or provided advertising agency services for Pepsi, XpresSpa, Savannah Candy Kitchen, Grey Goose, Empire Distributors, and Florida Space Coast. Mr. Swift has received a number of awards including the “Best Airport Business Services Company” by the World Airport Retail Association and the “Best New Retail Concept” – BlackBerry store by Airport Revenue News (Now known as AXN). Mr. Swift served two terms (four years) as Chair of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), a national trade association focused on the inclusion of women and minorities in all aspects of the airport industry. Mr. Swift received a Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) in Accounting from Central State University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.


Malindia M. Westbrook

Procurement Deputy Director, Supplier Diversity & DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer
Wayne County Airport Authority
Detroit, MI

Malindia Westbrook serves as Deputy Director of Supplier Diversity at the Wayne County Airport Authority. The Airport Authority includes the Detroit Metropolitan Airport as well as the Willow Run Airport both of which are located in Detroit Michigan. Malindia is the DBE/ACDBE Liaison Officer and as such is responsible for all aspects of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program for the Airport Authority including the Authority’s Small Business Enterprise program. Malindia has more than 30 years of experience in Procurement and has worked throughout her career as a small business advocate. Malindia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Detroit and a Master of Arts Organization Management from the University of Phoenix.