Shelby Scales is the former President & CEO of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), an organization established nearly 30 years ago to promote the full participation of minorities and women in the aviation and airport contracting environment. Taking on this important role since August 1, 2011 and serving until February 2016, Scales served as the organization’s first CEO from an airport’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Office. She leveraged her leadership skills among the AMAC board of directors, its staff and members, and airports executives, affiliated organizations, and legislative leaders. Scales worked to improve program policy, legislation and business practices to increase the participation of women and minorities seeking employment and contractual opportunities throughout aviation and all modes of transportation.
Previously, Scales served as the Small Business Program Officer for Raleigh Durham International (RDU) Airport, the nation’s 38th largest airport. She began the airport’s Historically Underutilized Business Program serving minority- and women-owned businesses, and the Small Emerging Business Assistant Loan Program for airport concessionaires
Scales is experienced in the areas of business development, community engagement, diversity inclusion strategic planning and training for professionals and corporate clientele. She is a recognized diversity program professional in the areas of business development, government contracting, supplier diversity and fundraising. Over the years, she has contributed as keynote speaker, panel presenter, and moderator on a board range of topics, including “Doing Business in Airports,” and “How to Increase Minority Participation,” to “Certification Training and Contract Compliance.” Scales has developed and implemented numerous of training courses for all types of businesses of various sizes and industries.
She is the recipient of numerous honors including recognition from the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation for her leadership in promoting improvements for the DBE Program’s. She cherishes being honored by COMTO for “Women Who Move the Nation”.
Scales is part of a diverse family of business professionals, holding active memberships with the American Association of Airport Executives, Airports Council International, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, American Contract Compliance Association, National Minority Supplier Development Council, North Carolina Minority and Women Business Coordinators’ Network.
Scales earned a BA in Communications at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has completed the Women’s Executive Education Leadership Program sponsored by the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development at the Center for Creative Leadership along with many other continuing educational industry courses. Scales was born in Martinsville, Virginia, and supports her homegrown NASCAR racing and fine furniture industries.