ACC News

  • 39th ACC Annual Conference a Big Success

    November 20, 2017

    ACC hosted their 39th Annual Conference & Exposition at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California last week. The event boasted over 200 attendees, all of whom enjoyed panel sessions on various topics such as industry disruption, risk management, airport finance, Building Information Model (BIM) and more. Interactive workshops and networking were held over the course of the week, as well as other off-site activities including community service at the local food bank. ACC would like to thank all of the sponsors, exhibitors, and program coordinators for their support and hardwork during the event. A special thank you to the 2017 ACC Annual Conference Committee Chair, Nick Ryan, Arora Engineers, for pulling together a successful conference. We look forward to seeing everyone in Bermuda next year from November 12 - 14, 2018! 

  • 2017 ACC Member Recognition Awardees

    November 16, 2017

    ACC recognized member companies who reached a new membership milestone in the ACC Member Recognition Program at the 39th ACC Annual Conference & Exposition last week in San Diego. This program recognizes loyal and dedicated member companies that have been a part of the organization for 10, 20, and 30 years. Special recognition was given to the following companies that achieves a 30 year year membership milestone: Bechtel Corporation; Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.; Gensler; Leo A Daly; Mead & Hunt; and Walker Consultants. Companies that have reached a new milestone are listed on the website, ACC's Annual Report, and the printed ACC Membership Directory. ACC congratulates all member firms that have reached a new milestone in 2017! 

  • ACC Online Training Program: It's a Matter of Ethics

    November 14, 2017

    The ACC Institute presents the online training program It's a Matter of Ethics on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. this interactive online training program lead by Nicole Mangino, Vice President and Director of Field Operations, XL Catlin, will provide and overview of 10 categories of ethics complaints and issues faced by design professionals, planners and engineers. Learn about the conflict of interest, advertising, employment, expert witness and public safety ethical code of conduct issues and the steps to making the right decision.  Attendees should come prepared to participate, engage, and share their perspectives and experiences that may have "challenged" their ethical code of conduct.

  • Mary Ellen Eagan Named 2018 ACC Board of Directors Chair

    November 07, 2017

    Eagan assumed the position of 2018 ACC Board of Directors Chair at the ACC membership meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, during the 39th ACC Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California. while serving on the ACC board for six years and holding other leadership capacities with the organization, Eagan was also the the Chair of the Transportation Research Board's Aviation Group and involved with Airports Council International, serving as co-chair of the Noise Working Group and a business partner to the ACI World Environment Standing Committee.

  • Save the Date for the 2018 Global Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

    October 30, 2017

    The Global Business Summit will prepare companies to expand their global presence and provide the tools needed to succeed in a global market. It will showcase elite keynote speakers and session topics, both of which will cover the current status of global markets, alternative financing, cultural pitfalls and more.

  • ACC Young Professionals Regional Meet-Up in Washington, D.C.

    October 25, 2017

    The ACC Young Professionals Forum Hosted a Regional Meet-Up in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2017.  Approximately 15 young professionals from various disciplines got together at the Heavy Seas Ale House in Arlington, VA to network and discuss new trends in aviation. A big thank you to our organizer, Brendan Hesselbein, and to our sponsor, Whiting-Turner, for a successful event.  We look forward to the next Regional Meet-Up in Tampa, Florida.

  • Is Your Firm at Risk? How to Identify and Manage Risk in Airport Contracts

    October 20, 2017

    Join Nicole L. Mangino, Esq., Vice President and Director of Field Operations with XL Catlin, in an informative, interactive workshop on Monday, November 6, from 1:30 - 2:30 pm at the 39th Annual Conference & Exposition. The workshop will cover recent trends in airport contracting, how to identify indemnification provision, and strategies to negotiate and mitigate problematic clauses with airport clients. Please click here to express your interest in this exciting session!

  • Successful 2017 ACC Airfield Pavement Design, Evaluation & Analysis Workshop Yielded High Attendance

    October 12, 2017

    ACC hosted the 2017 Airfield Pavement Design, Evaluation & Analysis Workshop from October 4-6 in Kansas City, MO.  Registrations sold out prior to the workshop, setting the basis for a very successful event.  Participants not only learned the basics on topics such as airfield pavement types, pavement performance, and aircraft traffic, but many of the presentations featured recent updates to FAA guidance.  A key benefit of this course is the five workshops that attendees run through, which allows them the opportunity to work real-world problems under the guidance of the instructors.  Our appreciation goes out to our course instructors with both Applied Pavement Technologies, Inc. and the FAA!  Stay tuned for information about the east coast ACC Airfield Pavement Design, Evaluation & Analysis Workshop early next year! 

  • ACC Young Professionals Forum Holds #LAXontheMoveWebinar

    October 5, 2017

    Over 50 attendees tuned into the ACC Young Professionals Forum webinar on October 3, 2017, to learn about the largest terminal re-shuffle in U.S. history.  The #LAXontheMove webinar provided a high-level look inside airport operations during the move, the airline's perspective, and technologies and methods utilized to run the project smoothly.  The ACC Young Professionals Forum would like to thank Grant Gray, Faith Group; Katia Mayhew, Delta Airlines; Viji Prasad, LAWA; and David Arredondo, LAWA, for their participation as panelists.  The YP Forum would also like to commend Kaly Queiroz for an excellent job organizing the webinar.  If you are interested in joining the YP Forum or participating in YP leadership, please contact Pinar Maurice at 

  • Have You Seen the Latest Agenda for the 39th ACC Annual conference & Exposition?

    October 3, 2017

    Plan now to join your colleagues at ACC's 39th Annual Conference & Exposition from November 6-8 in San Diego, California to learn the latest business trends in the aviation industry.  This event will also provide a great opportunity to renew and broaden your professional industry contacts.  The latest agenda include details on all the great sessions that will be available at this year's conference, including a Keynote Address from Robert Poole, Director of Transportation and Co-Found of the Reason Foundation.  Register and book your hotel rooms now - reduced rates end on October 16!

  • Help Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

    September 28, 2017

    Major hurricanes over the past few weeks have had catastrophic impacts on communities and families in Texas, parts of Florida, and Puerto Rico.  We are asking our members to consider providing a contribution to support the relief efforts for those impacted in these areas.  Please consider donating to our fellow citizens and those in the airport community impacted by the storms by visiting the AAAE/ACI-NA Hurricane Relief Fund webpage. Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of the funds will be distributed to those affected.  If would like to donate to a local organization, please visit for a full list of hurricane relief campaigns. 

  • ACC Participates in Future Travel Experience Global Conference

    September 12, 2017

    ACC had a prominent role at the Future Travel Experience (FTE) Conference in Las Vegas last week.  ACC was a sponsoring partner of the event, which featured a number of sessions exploring new technologies and their impact on the future of travel.  ACC President T.J. Schulz provided opening remarks on the second day and discussed trends in improving security checkpoints.  Security was also a key focus during a co-creation lab that Schulz and AAAE's Chris Runde facilitated on the last day.  ACC's Director of Marketing, Membership and Meeting Services, Colleen Flood, hosted the ACC booth on the exhibit floor and interfaced with numerous members and other aviation experts.

  • ACC Represented Coast to Coast! 

    July 27, 2017

    It was a busy week for ACC as staff participated in high-level airport development events across the country. ACC President T.J. Schulz moderated a panel discussion on procurement practices at the Airports P3 Summit in San Diego. ACC Board Chair Roddy Boggus with Suffolk participated in the P3 procurement panel and joined Schulz and Matt Griffin in welcoming a number of guests at the ACC booth. Over 900 delegates attended the conference. In Miami, Colleen Flood and Daniel Jagdmann joined hundreds of colleagues at the Florida Airports Council Annual Conference, where they met up with a number of ACC members and other industry officials. 

  • ACC and TSA Host Record-Setting Security Capabilities Workshop

    July 20, 2017

    A record-setting number of 250 participants joined the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the ninth annual Security Capabilities Workshop last week in Washington, D.C. Industry experts and representatives from the TSA and Department of Homeland Security shared upcoming initiatives, global security trends, and insight into the TSA’s recent reorganization and future security initiatives. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage face-to-face with the TSA in smaller, interactive roundtable sessions. 

    ACC would like to extend a special thank you to Michael Saunders of General Dynamics Missions Systems, ACC Security Committee Chair and Robin Baughman, VTC, ACC Security Committee Vice Chair, for their hard work in organizing the event. ACC would also like to thank Robyn Peters and Melissa Conley of the TSA for assisting in the event’s organization. We look forward to seeing everyone the 2018 Security Capabilities Workshop.  To reference presentations and other materials from the 2017 ACC/TSA Security Capabilities workshop, please visit the resource page

  • Mario Wilson of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Named Recipient of the 2017 ACC Agency Best Practices Award

    July 19, 2017

    The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to announce the selection of Mario Wilson of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  for the 2017 ACC Agency Best Practices Award. 

  • ACC Young Professionals Meet in Downtown Chicago for Regional Meet-Up 

    July 18, 2017

    The ACC Young Professionals Forum held the most recent Regional Meet-Up in Downtown Chicago on July 18, 2017.  The event, organized by Sarah Contreras, Chris Groh, Adam Hardy and Connor Maldonato, hosted over 30 participants interested in networking and learning from their airport development peers.  The ACC YPs would like to extend a thank you to Kimley-Horn and Landrum & Brown for sponsoring the Chicago Meet-Up. The next ACC YP Forum Regional Meet-Up will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area on August 3, 2017.  

  • ACC Young Professionals Forum Hosts Second Regional Meet-Up in Washington, D.C. 

    June 29, 2017

    The ACC YP Forum held their second Regional Meet-Up in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area in conjunction with the 2017 ACC Airports Technical Workshop.  Over 30 attendees participated, including a number of mentors and associates that engaged and networked with the YPs.  An overall success, the YP Forum looks forward to holding Regional Meet-Ups across the nation on a consistent basis.  The next event will be located in Chicago on July 18, 2017.  A special thank you to YP Forum Lead Sri Kumar and Connico, Inc. for planning and hosting the event. 

  • FAA and Industry Share Best Practices at the 2017 ACC Airports Technical Workshop 

    June 29, 2017

    Up to 20 FAA officials joined ACC members at the 2017 Airports Technical Workshop last week in Arlington, Virginia.   The event was well-attended across two days, and included a number of technical sessions that featured FAA decision makers and industry subject matter experts.  Participants engaged in roundtable discussions on new and pending Advisory Circulars, guidelines, regulations and legislation that might affect airport planning, environmental permitting and engineering.  Thank you to our sponsors, Mead & Hunt, HMMH, and Airport Improvement for assisting ACC to throw a successful workshop.  We look forward to next year! 

  • Karen Miles of the FAA Seattle Airports District Office Named Recipient of 2017 ACC Agency Best Practices Award

    June 21, 2017

    The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is excited to announce the selection of Karen Miles, Civil Engineering Project Manager in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Seattle Airports District Office for the 2017 ACC Agency Best Practices Award. 

  • Forrest Swonsen Named to the 2017 ACC Board of Directors

    June 16, 2017

    The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is pleased to welcome Forrest Swonsen, Associate Vice President, Airport Systems and Services at TransCore, as a new member of the ACC Board of Directors.

  • ACC welcomes new member Secure Insights

    June 6, 2017

    Secure Insights propels innovations and solutions from concept to implementation.  Whether you are in the early stages of development and looking for funding and mission alignment, or going to market with innovative solutions, looking for strategic partners, or to capture market sure, Secure Insights can help. 

  • ACC Hosts Successful Construction Summit

    June 1, 2017

    ACC, the Airports Council International – North America and the Associated General Contractors of America wrapped up the third annual Airport Construction Strategy Summit last week in Los Angeles, CA. The ongoing work at LAX was prominently discussed given the location of the event, along with other airport projects and best practices across the country. Sessions discussed DBE/MBE/WBE involvement, project leadership, and the ongoing infrastructure debate taking place in Washington, D.C. Airport sponsors, consultants, and contractors explored their collective roles in the successful outcome of large projects. The open discussion the event provides was welcome, and the event organizers are planning on holding this event again next year in the late spring. 

  • ACC welcomes new members AG&E Structural Engenuity and Webcor Builders

    AG&E Structural Engenuity (AG&E) specializes in structural engineering services and its capabilities in structural design extend to projects for both private and public clients across the United States. Services provided include Structural Engineering Design, Laser Scanning LiDAR) + BIM, Vibrations Consulting, and Facilities Structural Assessment.

    Founded in 1971 and headquartered in San Francisco, Webcor is a full-service GC known for innovative, collaborative, and high performance construction.

  • ACC Young Professionals Forum Holds First Regional Meet-Up in the Greater L.A. Area

    May 23, 2017

    The ACC Young Professionals Forum held their first regional meet-up last week, thanks to the sponsorship of HNTB. Almost 20 members in the greater Los Angeles area gathered to network. A goal this year of the YP Forum leadership is to grow these types of events around the country and offer members an opportunity to meet peers in their region. The next event will be held later in June as part of the ACC Airports Technical Workshop on June 21-22 in Arlington, VA. Special thanks to Jennie Santoro and HNTB for planning and hosting the event. 

  • ACC Discusses Partnering on Airport Projects

    May 20, 2017

    ACC President T.J. Schulz moderated a panel discussion of industry experts that explored the use of facilitated partnering for airport projects.  The session was held on May 19 at the International Partnering Institute (IPI) Collaboration 2017 Conference in San Francisco, and included panelists Roddy Boggus, Executive Vice President of Aviation, Suffolk, and ACC Board Chair; Duane Boreham, Vice President, Aviation Group, Q&D Construction; Kevin Bumen, Director of Airports, San Luis Obispo County; and Judy Ross, Deputy Director, Planning & Development, Mineta San Jose International Airport.  The panelists discussed the benefits of using facilitated partnering for airport projects, how to gain support and integrate partnering into projects, and future prospects for partnering in aviation. 

  • U.S. Rep. John Mica Named 2017 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence Recipient

    May 04, 2017

    ACC is excited to announce the selection of former Florida Congressman and Chair of the House Transportation Committee John Mica as the recipient of the 2017 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence.