FIRST TAKE!

Season’s greetings MAA members,

I hope that your holiday season has been one of joy, peace and fellowship with family and friends.  I want to take a moment to say thank you to the MAA family for the kindness, generosity and support that you have given me over the years.  During my tenure as Airport Director for the Vicksburg Municipal Airport, I called on several of you at various times for advice and instructions, and you never failed to provide me with what I needed.  I have continued that practice in my current role as the Airport Director for the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport, and again, you have never failed to offer me sound advice and guidance on what it takes to run a commercial service airport.  I am forever indebted to you all.

Moving forward, I plan to bring a proposal to the MAA membership at the 2019 Annual Conference concerning the Mississippi By Air (MBA) program.  I mentioned this at our conference last April, and I intend to bring a draft plan to the membership for consideration.  I believe that the MBA program will be a boost to our airports in general and a great way for us as MAA members to visit each other’s facilities. 

Lastly, I encourage each of us to reach out to other airports in our areas and invite them to become members of the MAA.  We need the inputs of airports of all sizes, so let’s get out there and show them what the MAA has to offer.  We will be a better Association for it!!

Sam Washington
President
Mississippi Airports Association