Washington Airport Management Association 

A Message from WAMA's President:

Fellow members:

I am honored and humbled to be the newest President of WAMA. As I approach my third year on the WAMA board, I am continually amazed by the talented individuals involved in the organization who selflessly give their time and knowledge to benefit airports throughout the state.

I am grateful to those who serve on the WAMA Board and on committees. We all have busy schedules, so I thank you for the time commitment it takes to be involved in the organization. I do encourage members to be involved - whether on committees or support to the board. The membership’s experience truly enriches and improves the Association.

As I step into this new role, I would like to thank the previous three presidents who set the bar high leading the organization. I consider each of them mentors as well as friends: Kandace Harvey, Arif Ghouse and Ryan Sheehan. I appreciate Kandace’s drive to make a person better and become involved. She continues to do much of the heavy lifting for the organization and is an incredible source of knowledge. Arif has always provided great support to each committee and I appreciate his mentorship, humble attitude and one-on-one approach. Ryan’s insight on current events and airport issues is invaluable; he is truly an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to WAMA and its processes and bylaws. 2017 was Ryan’s last year on the board I thank him for his service to the Association. I would also like to welcome Adam Phelps to the board. Adam works at the Spokane airports and is a fantastic addition to the team. Thank you all!

2018 Events

To start off the New Year, here are three dates to mark on your calendar for 2018:

•    Airport Awareness day: Olympia (John Cherberg building on the Capitol Campus), January 25. Attendance was down in 2017 and I believe this was due to lack of individual invitations to legislators from airports. Please personally contact your respective senators and representatives and invite them to attend. This event will educate attendees on the funding gap and airport needs throughout the state.

•    Northwest Aviation Conference and Tradeshow: Puyallup, February 24 & 25. WAMA will have a booth at this extremely popular and growing aviation event; I hope to see you there!

•    WAMA Conference: Skamania Lodge, May 21-23. This joint conference with OAMA is not to be missed, please make reservations now as last year’s conference was over booked. For more conference/event information, click here.  Registration is Open!

If you have specific airport questions or issues please feel free to contact myself or WAMA Executive Director, Marjy Leggett. I have often observed this amazing network of members assisting members facing challenges.  It is a fantastic resource and I encourage you to use it.  Remember WAMA is here for you!

Tim Mensonides,


Upcoming Events

March 23, 2018 10:00 AM • 8850 SW State Hwy 3, Bremerton, WA 98312
April 20, 2018 10:00 AM • Skagit Regional Airport, 15400 Airport Drive, Burlington, WA
May 21, 2018 • Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA

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