Washington Airport Management Association 

WAMA's Executive Director's Report:

July, 2019

A high point of the year is WAMA’s Annual Conference.  Thanks to the work of the Conference Committee, the host, and the quality of our speakers, the conferences just keep getting better and better each year.  We thank the Port of Walla Walla and Airport Manager Jennifer Skoglund for making this a memorable and enjoyable affair.  Next year’s conference is already scheduled for Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop, WA.  With ever increasing attendance, we encourage you to mark your calendars and make your reservations early.

The WAMA Board used the time during the conference to reflect on our goals and do some strategic planning.  Looking down the road, we discussed where we want to be in five or 10 years.  We looked at financial planning, as well as goals for the organization.  Considerations for increased costs were discussed.  Unfortunately, nothing stays the same.  The cost of the Wild Apricot Management System we use as a data base is increasing.  Cost of the webmaster, lobbyist, and increased hours for the Executive Director, and a future financial director are all considerations that must be dealt with. 

Goals included how to bring the most benefit to our members.  Benefits now include the bi-weekly Waypoints, semi-yearly newsletter, ability to ask any question with immediate responses by experienced members, legislation promotion, an informative conference with networking opportunities, and airport tours, to name just some of the benefits.  A survey was recently sent to members to gather more information on what it is you would like to see from this organization.  We hope the results will provide additional information to steer this organization in a direction that will most benefit you.

As we enter the second half of the year, the focus begins to center on board elections and committee appointments.  Consider volunteering for a committee position.  It only takes a small amount of your time, but gives you insight into the inner workings of the organization and a chance to work closely with some of our best talented aviation supporters.  There are seven committees:  Scholarship, Conference, Human Resources, Membership, Airports, Legislation, and Financial.  Contact me at director@wama.us or our president at president@wama.us to volunteer for a committee.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or information to share with others.  Have a great summer!



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