Washington Airport Management Association

A Message from WAMA's President:

I would like to offer my most sincere appreciation to every-one who participated in the 2016 Annual Conference. We had great sponsors, interesting and informative speakers, a dedicated Conference Committee team, and outstanding attendees. One highlight of the conference for me was the tour of Pearson Field, which included stops at the Pearson Field Education Center and the Pearson Air Museum. Both facilities had remarkable exhibits, and are a credit to the history and mystery of aviation. The educational outreach being conducted at Pearson Field is an example to all of us of the importance of ensuring the next generation of airport and aviation enthusiasts gets off the ground successfully.

We took the opportunity at the conference to recognize some of our members and their accomplishments. Ron Foraker, Director of Airports for Tri-Cities Airport (PSC), was recognized as Management Member of the Year. Deb Wallace received an award for Project of the Year for the Runway 17/35 Rehabilitation project at Tacoma Narrows Airport (TIW). And I was pleased to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Kandace Harvey, President & CEO of Harvey Field (S43) and Immediate Past President of WAMA, with the President’s Award. We also recognized Jamelle Garcia for his years of service as a Board Member.

As the excitement of the conference fades behind us, and we return to our daily work, I want to encourage each of you to carefully consider making a contribution of time and effort to the organization. Your involvement is key to WAMA’s continued success. I have encouraged the Board Committee Chairs to reach out to members, and to engage them in the committee process.

Several of you have stepped forward and expressed an interest in serving on a committee, and I appreciate your contribution. If you are considering serving on a committee, but aren’t sure which one, or where to begin, please contact WAMA Executive Director, Marjy Leggett at director@wama.us, and she can point you in the right direction. If your interest is in passing along the aviation bug to the next generation, then perhaps the Scholarship Committee is a good fit. Or if you are federal affairs guru, who loves digging into the latest Advisory Circular or FAA policy, then the Airport Committee is the place for you. There’s room for everyone, from every corner of the organization, to get involved and help achieve the mission to “improve airports and airport management in Washington State.”

So with that, on to summer! For many of us this season brings more passengers, more planes, airshows, fly-ins, and of course construction. It’s a busy season, full of opportunities to serve our communities, and to connect with our neighbors. In the midst of it all, I hope each of you is able to take time with friends and family, and to enjoy this wonderful corner of the world we live in.

Ryan Sheehan


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