October 2018 – Welcome to Northwest Wireless Association (NWWA), where we gather together on our journey as wireless network infrastructure leaders in a vibrant Pacific Northwest community. I am extremely honored to be serving as your President for the upcoming year.
The NWWA is one of 29 State Wireless Associations representing 40 states, with seven associations that are members under the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA’s) State Wireless Association Program (SWAP), and their goal is to “promote the wireless industry and raise technology awareness at the state and local level.” In the PNW, we are fortunate to have a tremendously broad and diverse wireless community. This is reflected in our membership at NWWA, which comprises the full spectrum of wireless carriers, turnkey companies, tower crews, equipment manufacturers, law firms, and others. Membership ranges from Presidents/CEOs to Early Careerists and everything in between. As a result, our NWWA members learn from the industry’s top leaders as well as share experiences and gain knowledge from numerous perspectives.
NWWA focuses on helping you and everyone in our community to develop as leaders in wireless. Our programming offers a variety of networking events, educational seminars, and sponsorship opportunities. While the NWWA was quiet for a few years, we are back with a fresh committee and board which we are continuing to develop. We will have a holiday party at a new venue for 2018, an education session in the first quarter of 2019, and a new networking tournament in the summer of 2019. We will continue to create networking events in the Puget Sound and Portland areas at least once a quarter as well. We also are collaborating with the WWLF and plan on continuing to build our partnership.
Our all-encompassing wireless community in the PNW is uniquely positioned to be truly collaborative and drive the evolution of wireless. We are fortunate to have many wireless companies headquartered in our Association territory. Together with the anticipated growth in business, our ability to tackle difficult siting issues, and our strong membership I believe we are an Association to turn to for advice and collaboration.
I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities of being in the PNW and that of NWWA have to offer: network and encourage others to join NWWA; join an NWWA committee and attend events; present on an NWWA panel or host a networking event. NWWA is here to be a resource, engage and inspire you on your journey as a wireless leader in this vibrant PNW community. Take full advantage, in 2018, 2019 and beyond!