The Business Diversity Committee (BDC) is committed to developing proactive outreach and educational programs that provide a forum to discuss diversity issues and promoting best practices.  The Committee monitors changes in legislation, regulatory requirements, and business practices affecting disadvantaged business enterprises (“DBE”), airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprises (“ACDBE”) and female, minority and small (F/M/S) businesses at airports.  It contributes to ACI-NA policy recommendations on DBE/ACDBE/F/M/S business issues, as well as, promotes successful airport DBE/ACDBE/F/M/S/ business programs. The BDC is further committed to demonstrating that diversity is a good business practice in that it promotes supplier competition and helps develop an airport business environment and workforce that is reflective of the community in which it operates.

Leadership

Chair
Thiané Carter

Director of Small Business Programs
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Committee Secretaries
Deborah McElroy
(202) 293-8090

Leila Lahbabi
(202) 861-8093

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Press Releases

Airports Council Welcomes Mike Whitaker Nomination to Lead FAA

ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke today welcomed President Biden’s nomination of former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker as the next FAA Administrator.

Airports Council Announces Winners of 2023 Airport Concessions Awards

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the winners of the 2023 […]

Airports Council Awards 2023 Leon C. Watkins Guardian Award for Excellence in Business Diversity to HMSHost’s Ron Gomes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced Ron Gomes, Vice President of Strategic Alliances […]

Events

ACI-NA Commentary on Business Diversity

‘Reclaiming the Sky’ Resiliency Project Winners Announced on Sept. 11 Anniversary

Even 22 years later, the stories of esteemed aviation leaders and their response to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks continue to provide learning opportunities for the benefit of future […]

’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Scott Pelley: Aviation is a Miracle

During the 2022 ACI-NA Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Alessio Olivetti caught up with Scott Pelley, the 60 Minutes correspondent and 2022 annual conference keynote, who shared his experience as tireless […]

Airports Council Establishes DEI Working Group to Drive Association Efforts

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, today announced the formation of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion […]

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