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WAMA's Executive Director's Report:

As we wind up the year of 2018, I would like to welcome our new Board of Directors and thank them for so generously volunteering their time and energy to the Washington Airport Management Association operations.   As you will note, most of our board has served previously.  We are indebted to their commitment and service and greatly appreciate them accepting another term.  We thank Laura Holthus for her service as she leaves the board and welcome Lorene Robinson who will be taking her place as secretary.

Reflecting back on this past year, below are a few of WAMA’s accomplishments as the organization continues to grow and improve:
  • Active participation in Airport Awareness Day in Olympia
  • Holding a booth at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup
  • An extraordinary joint conference with WAMA and the Oregon Airport Management Association at Skamania Lodge.
  • Participation in the Washington State Community Airport Association
  • An active role in the Washington Airport Alliance Association
  • Close monitoring and support of Washington legislation affecting aviation
  • Four newsletters providing news and celebrating airports and airport businesses
  • The biweekly bulletin, WAMA Waypoints
  • Continued progress toward implementing the Fly Washington Passport Program set to launch in February of 2019
  • Employed a part time lobbyist who is working on our part in Olympia for the benefit of airports
  • Initiated airport tours for better collaboration and understanding of issues faced by airport managers
One of WAMA’s greatest assets is the network which provides immediate answers to your questions.  If ever you have a question, no matter how trivial, send it on to me and I will pose it to our members.  Our members are great at giving quick responses sharing their own experiences and recommendations. 

Looking forward toward 2019, we start off the year with participation in Airport Awareness Day in Olympia on January 22nd and then move right into a retreat hosted by Kandace Harvey on January 23 for board and committee members.  This is a much needed time to review the Operations Manual, Action Plans, look over some of our policies and have a face-to-face meeting with our fellow members.

The first Aviation Caucus will take place January 24 at the Cherberg Building in Olympia at 7:00 a.m.  The caucus always welcomes visitors and it is a good way to hear the latest on aviation-related themes and issues.  Mark your calendars for the following Aviation Caucus meetings:  February 14, March 14, and April 4.

On February 23 and 24, we will once again be hosting a booth at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup.  If you are interested in helping in the booth, please contact me at director@wama.us .

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and safe year in 2019!



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