Washington Airport Management Association 

WAMA's Executive Director's Report:

January, 2020

The year 2020 is the start of my fifth year with WAMA, and as Executive Director, I’ve seen the organization grow as a more encompassing and professional organization over these past few years.

Much of the growth of WAMA is due to the strong leadership of our president, Tim Mensonides, who has done an outstanding job of bringing forth new suggestions and keeping the organization on track.  Along with that, are the committee chairmen, who have pushed to move the organization forward.  Although each has responsibilities for their own airport jobs, each of our committee chairmen are dedicated, serious, and always come through with a quality product at the end.  We thank those who have served on the Board this past year and welcome the newly elected membersAdam Phelps as president, Rich Mueller as vice president and Brandon Rakes as director. A special thanks goes to John Haakenson and Kelly Thompson who have led the Conference Committee for many years and will be leaving the Board.

The conferences have become bigger and better with a boost in attendance, quality speakers, and greater sponsorship.  The 2020 conference will be at Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop, Washington, and I urge you all to attend.  Registration information is available here.

The airport tours have been popular, giving members a chance to tour other airports, ask questions, and pick up ideas that can be applied to their own field. We thank Walla Walla, Arlington, Moses Lake, and Paine Field for welcoming WAMA members to their facilities this past year.  If you would like to host an airport tour, please contact us and we will work with you to schedule a time to visit.

The bi-weekly WAMA Waypoints news bulletin, started in 2018, is a platform for you to post announcements, requests, or items for sale.  It also keeps you abreast with the latest news happenings at WAMA.  Please contact me at director@wama.us if you have news you would like to share.

If you have an airport-related question, there are many knowledgeable WAMA members who will eagerly share their experiences, suggestions, and solutions.  Take advantage of this wealth of knowledge network and send your questions to me.  I will forward your request to the membership and can guarantee you will receive a number of suggestions to help with your situation.

In the fall of 2019, the Board of Directors approved the updated mission statement and goals for WAMA.  The revised mission statement is aimed at strengthening airports and airport management by fostering professionalism among airport operators, so if we can help you or if you have an idea that can help others, please share.  As your Executive Director, I am always glad to help you in any way I can, so please reach out. 

To all of you, a happy, healthy year in 2020!



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