Continuing their tradition of hosting successful annual outreach events that inform businesses about opportunities at the Airport, PHL held its 2018 Business Opportunity Forum on September 24th. Clarence LeJeune presented essential information about concessions opportunities at the airport and fielded questions from an audience of over 400 business and organization representatives. LeJeune and Associates has been proud to participate in this event each year make connections, encourage businesses to take part in the concessions program, and support the airport’s inclusion goals. Read more in PHL’s press release about the event.
LeJeune and Associates honors the service and sacrifices of the members of our armed forces and their families. We have been proud to support United Service Organization’s (USO) mission to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. It has been LeJeune and Associates’ honor to facilitate the opening of the USO’s state-of-the-art facility early this year at the Philadelphia International Airport, and support the Annual USO/PHL Celebrity Golf Outing once again this year. Read more about the USO and PHL’s newest first-class USO lounge.
Ben’s Chili Bowl not only serves delicious, authentic American food, but is also a national treasure and historical legend in its own right. View USA Today’s feature on this renowned DC restaurant and stop by to sample some of their mouthwatering fare at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Reagan National Airport (located at the B/C Terminal Concourse Level, pre-security). If you visit their original location on U Street in DC, be sure to look for Clarence’s picture on the wall.
Sharing insight with Chellie Cameron, CEO of Philadelphia International Airport, and Hezekiah Harris, President of CMTS, Clarence LeJeune participated on the "What's Diversity Got to Do With It?" panel at the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) National Conference on July 31, 2018. The panel explored how airports are economic engines for commerce, regional businesses, and employment and how diversity--from passengers transported to opportunities available--is integral to their success. LeJeune and Associates supports COMTO and its mission to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses, and communities of color,
LeJeune and Associates celebrated 20 years of MarketPlace PHL at the Philadelphia International Airport on June 4. Master of Ceremonies Clarence LeJeune shared the festivities with PHL's Chief Executive Officer Chellie Cameron and Chief Revenue Officer James Tyrrell and Melwood Hannah. In addition to live music, food, and giveaways, PHL, MarketPlace, and merchant employees that had been a part of PHL's success in the concessions program for 20 years or more were honored.
Clarence LeJeune, President of LeJeune and Associates represented the firm at the Airport Minority Advisory Council's (AMAC) March 20-21, 2018 Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. A long-time supporter of AMAC, LeJeune and Associates attends this annual event to network with peers, industry leaders, and government representatives; advocate for more opportunities in aviation; and serve as an information resource for elected officials.
Mel Hannah, Vice President of LeJeune and Associates, led MarketPlace PHL's team to victory in the 10th Annual Ronald McDonald House Plane Pull fundraiser held on May 5, 2018. Under his leadership, Mel's team accelerated against worthy challengers, pulling the plane in the fastest time. This was not only a friendly competitive victory, but a triumph for the Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of seriously ill children while they are undergoing treatment. LeJeune and Associates' efforts helped raise nearly $170,000 for the organization at this event.
Philadelphia isn’t only about the Liberty Bell and other key pieces of U.S. history. It’s also the site of a new and innovative approach to airport design and concessions. In October, Philadelphia International (PHL) cut the ribbon on a completely renovated Terminal B and formally marked the end of its $48 million stem-to-stern overhaul.
Some project officials describe the new concourse as one giant concessions area with boarding gates sprinkled throughout. Passengers use iPads secured to holdroom seating to order food and beverages, which vendor staff deliver to them gateside.
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has developed an award-winning Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program with the assistance of Marketplace PHL, its concessions management business partner.
The Office of Property Management and Business Development has a concessions management contract with Marketplace PHL, a joint venture between Marketplace Development Inc. and LeJeune and Associates, to operate the concessions program at the airport. Marketplace Development is a Boston-based airport concessions development and management firm operating in several U.S. airports, while LeJeune and Associates is a Philadelphia-based DBE firm that specializes in airport concessions operations management. LeJeune and Associates (LeJeune) is a certified DBE firm and has a 30 percent stake in the joint venture relationship.
Much of the day-to-day administration work with ACDBE firms is done by LeJeune, who is responsible for managing the daily operations of the PHL concessions program. "Our role in the Marketplace PHL joint venture is to manage the daily concession operation," said LeJeune president Clarence LeJeune. "Our background is retail operations management and we have moved into airport concessions management with this opportunity." LeJeune manages the leasing operations, design and construction of concessions, merchant compliance, security, outreach and compliance with the ACDBE program.