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REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!  Your WAMA conference committee is preparing for our spring conference.  Please mark your calendars for May 2- 4, 2017 (and note this year we will begin on Tuesday and end on Thursday). We are pleased to announce the venue for this event will be the Semiahmoo Resort, located in beautiful Blaine, Washington. We have confirmed some very timely topics and speakers we believe to be beneficial to all attendees. This meeting will begin on Tuesday with a conference planning meeting, golf scramble and reception.

We will also be inviting the OAMA board members to attend and possibly plan a joint conference for 2018 in Eastern Washington.

In addition to offering current and valuable information, the conference will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with airport counterparts and aviation colleagues throughout the state.  Our schedule includes opportunities for informal discussions to learn firsthand what is new and exciting at Washington's airports, as well as get advice or feedback on current aviation issues.

We look forward to seeing you at the Semiahmoo Resort in May!


John Haakenson,
Director of Airports, Port of Benton
WAMA Conference Committee
Laura Holthus
Director, Ricondo & Associates
WAMA Conference Committee

A Message from WAMA's President:

Arif Ghouse, WAMA PresidentUpcoming Events

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, as well as our conference registration. Agenda information will be coming soon.

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. Upcoming meetings, which are held from 7:00am – 8:00am in the A/B/C Conference Rooms of the Cherberg Building, are scheduled for March 9th, and April 6th, 2017.

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.
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,


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May 02, 2017 • Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, WA

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