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.


Thiané Carter

Director of Small Business Programs
Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority

Committee Secretary
Deborah McElroy
(202) 293-8090

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Airports Council Awards 2022 Leon C. Watkins Guardian Award for Excellence in Business Diversity to DFW’s Tamela Lee

ACI-NA last night announced Tamela Lee, Vice President of Business Diversity and Development at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as the recipient of the 2022 ACI-NA Leon C. Watkins Guardian Award for Excellence in Business Diversity.

Airports Council Announces Winners of 2022 Inclusion Champion Awards

ACI-NA last night announced the recipients of the 2022 Inclusion Champion Awards during an awards gala dinner at the ACI-NA Business of Airports Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s Inclusion Champion Award recipients are San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Nashville International Airport (BNA), and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Airports Council Announces Winners of 2022 Airport Concessions Awards

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) was announced as the winner of the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence, and the 2022 ACI-NA Concessions Person of the Year was awarded to Dawn Hunter of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).


ACI-NA Commentary on Business Diversity

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 […]

Celebrating April as U.S. Airport Professional Appreciation Month

  As U.S. Airport Professional Appreciation Month comes to a close, we have been so excited to celebrate the airport industry professionals who are demonstrating their commitment to industry excellence […]

Looking Forward One Year In

By Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO, ACI-NA Now at the one-year milestone of widespread travel and local restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are reminded that […]

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