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San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Hosts “Meet the Primes”

Free Event Connects Small, Local, and Disadvantaged Businesses to Opportunities with San Diego International Airport and Prime Contractors

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) will host “Meet the Primes” on September 7, 2023, from 5-7 p.m., at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom, 2150 Pan American West Road in San Diego.

Hosted by the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development Program, “Meet the Primes” is a free annual networking event uniquely designed to connect the business community with San Diego International Airport (SAN), prime contractors and concessionaires, public agencies, banks, businesses and financial support services, and regional partners.

Attendees will learn about construction, concession, and professional service opportunities and regional teaming, partnership, contracting opportunities, and valuable resources through networking at exhibitor booths with prime contractors and Airport Authority departments.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to form business relationships and obtain valuable information on doing business at SAN from the Airport Authority and its partners and stakeholders, San Diego’s small business support service centers, and other public agencies.

“Meet the Primes is a great opportunity to learn how to do business with the Airport Authority and our partners,” said Kimberly Becker, Airport Authority President and CEO. “This event provides useful information to small, local, veteran, and underrepresented businesses looking to grow their operation in an airport environment. We hope business owners will join us for this valuable networking event.”

First introduced in 2015, “Meet the Primes” has grown to be the Airport Authority’s largest annual business networking event, drawing more than 300 participants each year. This year’s “Meet the Primes” is the first in-person presentation since before the pandemic. It is among the Airport Authority’s efforts to maximize small, local, veteran, and underrepresented businesses’ participation in contracts with the Airport Authority and its partners.

Registration is now open at; here you can view more details about exhibitors in attendance. For more information on the Airport Authority’s Small Business Development Program, please visit

Exhibitors include:

San Diego International Airport Departments: Small Business Development, Airport Design & Construction, Airport Planning, Facilities Management, Quieter Home Program, Human Resources, I&TS, Labor Compliance, Marketing, Arts, & Air Service Development, and Procurement.

Prime Contractors & Professional Services: ARRIVE New T1 San Diego Aviation Alliance Turner Flatiron Gensler, Clark Construction, C&S Companies, Jacobs, Jacobsen-Daniels Associates, LLC, Landrum & Brown, Ricondo & Associates, PCL Construction Inc., Prava Construction Services, Sundt Construction, Swinerton, Turner Construction, Webcor, and more.

San Diego International Airport Prime Concessionaires: Areas, High Flying Foods, HMSHost Corp., Hudson Group, The Marshall Retail Group, LLC/MRG San Diego/Soundbalance SAN, OTG, Paradies-Lagardere, SFS Investors, SSP America, and more.

Public Agencies and Business and Financial Support Services, and Banks: California State Department of General Services, California Department of Transportation District 11, City of San Diego Purchasing and Contracting EOC, County of San Diego, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, North County Transit District, Port of San Diego, SANDAG, San Diego/Orange/Imperial APEX Accelerator (PTAC), San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego Unified School District Facilities Planning & Construction, and more.


Owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority), San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third-busiest airport in California. SAN contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity for the region by connecting the world to San Diego and San Diego to the world. In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction on the New T1 which includes the replacement of the current Terminal 1, improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new administration building. The New T1 program’s total project budget is $3.4 billion and is estimated to create between 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. For more information about the New T1 please visit For more information about SAN please visit



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