Washington Airport Management Association

A Message from WAMA's President:

Arif Ghouse, WAMA PresidentJanuary 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

I am both honored and humbled to serve as your WAMA President for 2017; thank you for your vote of confidence by electing me to this position.

WAMA Leadership
I would like to extend my gratitude to the Board, Executive Director, and Committee Members for their outstanding leadership during 2016. I look forward to working with the 2017 team.

General Membership
Thank you for supporting WAMA.  At the end of the day it is all about you!  WAMA’s mission is to improve airports and airport management in our state, and that largely comes down to serving your needs.  I would like to recommend and encourage General Members to learn more about the seven (7) Committees and become actively involved.  Serving on a Committee is a great opportunity to be more engaged and allows for professional and personal growth.

2017 Goals
The 2017 Board will be meeting in the near future to adopt an action plan for the year, but some preliminary thoughts I have are:
✈ Review work done by the 2016 Legislative Committee and finalize a Legislative Agenda for the upcoming session in Olympia.
✈ Look at opportunities to increase membership numbers, both from airports and the private sector.
✈ Open up opportunities for General Members (as opposed to just Board Members) to lead Committees as the Chair or Vice Chair.
✈ Explore the possibility of a joint Annual Conference with the Oregon Airport Management Association (OAMA) for 2018.
Upcoming Events
Aviation Awareness Day on January 18th, 2017.  This annual event is an opportunity to speak directly to state lawmakers about airports and aviation. If you have never attended this event I would strongly encourage you to participate. There are opportunities to serve as hosts for the open house portion of the event, time to connect with your legislators one-on-one, and an evening reception to continue those conversations about the important issues facing aviation today.

State Legislature’s Aviation Caucus.   Another opportunity to connect with legislators who are interested in aviation is to attend one of the monthly meetings. The caucus meetings are a great chance to speak with legislators from across the state who have expressed an interest in aviation. The caucus meetings generally focus on current and proposed legislation and its impact on aviation. The meetings, which are held from 7:00am – 8:00am in the A/B/C Conference Rooms of the Cherberg Building, are scheduled for January 26th, February 16th, March 9th, and April 6th, 2017.

WAMA Annual Conference.  This will be held this year at the beautiful Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, May 2-4, 2017. As usual the conference will be packed with sessions and speakers that are directly applicable to the things happening at your airport. During the conference we will recognize the achievements of our members and award scholarships to deserving and eager students of aviation. It is always a special event, full of opportunities to connect with your peers in the airport industry, and to get ideas and information that you can apply back at home. Room reservations are available now, and conference registration and agenda information will be coming soon.

Well, that’s it for now.  Again, thank you for your support.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work for Washington airports!

Arif Ghouse,


Upcoming Events

May 02, 2017 • Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, WA
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