Former Marine Josh Gracin Is Making It On The Country Music Scene

Josh Gracin is a military man making it on the country music scene. As a United States Marine Corps veteran, Gracin uses the mental toughness instilled in him during his military career on his journey through country music. Gracin joined the army in 2000 and was serving as a Lance Corporal near Los Angeles when American Idol hosted local tryouts. Even though he’d never participated in a talent show, he knew he’d regret not giving it a chance, saying, “something inside was just tugging at me to do it. I’m glad I did!” His strong voice paired with great performance skills gained worldwide attention on the second season of American Idol as he stole the judges’ hearts and quickly became a fan favorite.  He finished fourth-runner up in the competition and the seeds for a country music career were planted. However, Gracin still had a responsibility to his country. He quickly returned to his duties as a full-time soldier until he was honorably discharged. Continue reading Former Marine Josh Gracin Is Making It On The Country Music Scene


The Importance of Capturing Veterans’ Stories

This Memorial Day Weekend, it’s important to reflect upon and celebrate the true meaning of this national holiday by honoring those who have served our country. Many Americans do so by attending parades or visiting the gravesites of those who valiantly have served. Another way to recognize the veterans in your life is by simply spending time and having a conversation with them to learn more about their lives, hear their compelling stories and understand their experiences serving our nation.
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Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Houston Airport System present AMAC’s 2017 Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference: The Magic of Flight at the Marriott Marquis Houston from June 16 – 20, 2017. The highly acclaimed conference is AMAC’s flagship event – serving as a hub for education, advocacy and networking opportunities that promote diversity and inclusion in airports. As host the Houston Airport System is a model for reaching that standard; and a concentrated focus on business diversity makes both Houston and its airports a prime example of why doing so is valuable and important.

When: Friday, June 16 – Tuesday, June 20

Where: Marriott Marquis Houston

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This year’s key events include: the Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament – benefitting the AMAC Foundation’s Scholarship program and honoring one of AMAC’s own tireless servants, Bill Walker; Airport Directors 20/20 Vision Forum – providing attendees an opportunity to hear about the future of airports and the aviation industry from key Airport Directors; Hidden Figures Jazz Brunch – celebrating AMAC Founders and paying tribute to the trailblazers portrayed in the award-winning film Hidden Figures; New Member’s Reception – highlighting AMAC membership benefits; Business Matchmaking – connecting small businesses with Airports, Agencies and Primes to fulfill their procurement needs; Catalyst Awards and Scholarship Foundation Luncheon – honoring members who have made outstanding contributions to further the goals of

AMAC and Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast – benefitting the AMAC Foundation and celebrating the successes of women in aviation-related enterprises.

“We are proud to partner with Houston Airport Systems on our annual Airport Business Diversity Conference and look forward to helping small businesses prosper in the ever expanding and technologically advancing aviation industry” said AMAC President & CEO, Krystal Brumfield.

AMAC’s Project Lift program to educate and mentor students interested in careers in the aviation industry will also be offered at the conference. Every year airport officials, professional service firms, suppliers, concessionaires, contractors and government agencies applaud how the Airport Business Diversity Conference provides a valuable service to them.


About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)

AMAC’s mission is to promote the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation industry. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For information on events, legislative updates and current aviation industry news visit or call 703-414-2622.

About the Houston Airport System

Houston Airports served more than 54.5 million passengers in 2016. Houston’s three airports — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD)

— contribute more than $27.5 billion to the regional economy. IAH and HOU collectively provide nonstop flights to nearly 200 destinations worldwide. For more information, visit Get social with Houston Airports by following us on Twitter @IAH and @HobbyAirport.