Milton L. Collins, Associate Director of Minority Affairs for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, is responsible for assuring that women- and minority-owned and local small businesses are provided every opportunity available to participate in contracting opportunities at Miami International Airport and the County’s four general aviation airports.
Collins joined the Aviation Department in September 2007 and currently has more than 28 years of experience with Miami-Dade County, spending 16 years with the Miami-Dade Elections Department as Deputy Supervisor of Elections. He has also held positions within Miami-Dade County such as Contracts Officer with the Department of Human Services and Productivity Analyst with the Office of Productivity Management.
In his current position, he is responsible for increasing public awareness of minority participation opportunities with the Aviation Department through Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Community Business Enterprise (CBE), Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE), Local Developing Business (LDB) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs. He is also responsible for monitoring compliance of minority programs between prime and sub-prime contractors.
Through his leadership of the Minority Affairs Division, MIA was the only U.S. airport to receive the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 2012 DBE Advocate and Partner Award and the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) 2012 Airport Concessions Award during the 2012 Airport Business Diversity Conference. MIA was recognized for significantly increasing Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) participation at MIA and for overall support of the FAA’s DBE program.
The Minority Affairs Division helped increase DBE concession participation at MIA to 33.3 percent of the airport’s gross revenue in fiscal year 2013, which far exceeds the FAA’s three-year goal of 20 percent for fiscal years 2011 to 2013. Gross revenues in fiscal year 2013 by concessions at MIA totaled more than $401.1 million, with $133.4 million generated by 68 ACDBE firms.
Since Collins joined the Department in 2007 through fiscal year 2013, the Minority Affairs Division has also conducted 217 outreach activities, which are 26 more than its business plan target of 191. The monthly outreach meetings have attracted the attendance of other Miami-Dade County departments and institutions as an effective way to communicate with DBE and ACDBE firms.
Mr. Collins has a Master of Science degree in management from St. Thomas University and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and public management from Florida A & M University.
Deputy Director / CFO
- Facilities Management
- Governmental Affairs
- Minority Affairs
- Public Safety, Security and Communications
- Airside Operations, Noise Abatement and Wildlife, Aviation Enforcement and General Aviation Airpors (GAA)
- Aviation Planning, Land Use and Grants
- Capital Finance Manager
- Cash Management
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Commodities Management
- Contracts Administration
- Facilities Management and Project Administration
- Financial Planning and Performance Analysis
- Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs
- Human Resources
- Information Systems
- Landside Operations
- Professional Compliance
- Protocol and International Affairs
- Real Estate Management
- Terminal Maintenance
- Terminal Operations & Customer Service
- Utilities Maintenance