The Spring Conference and Print Competition are nearly upon on us. I encourage all members to enter the Print Competition, as it’s one of the few opportunities to get professional level feedback and to compete for industry recognition. The Spring Conference also means a time for new elections and a new Board. If you’d like to serve on the Board, then I encourage you to reach out to Faye, so we can get your name on the Ballot. Do you know someone who might be interested in serving on the Board and would do a great job, then please nominate them for the Spring elections
This is my last message as President and I’d like to thank everyone who’s made this job rather easy and productive. Our Executive Board has met once every two weeks, and they’ve addressed every issue that has arisen. Our Marketing Committee has met once a week and they have become a driving force for recruiting new members while visibly celebrating all our members on social media. I’d like to thank all the District Reps, as they are putting together a ton of local meetings and get togethers. Finally, I’d like to thank all the chairs for doing a ton of the work that needs to get done, and then all the volunteers who have given up their time to make the organization shine.
The last two years have been about looking to the future. We’ve made changes allowing potential new members to find us on the web. We’ve increased the number of quality events and training sessions. We successfully implemented the new Speaker’s Circle and gave members a platform to begin their instruction.
It’s been a good two years, and it’s been a good five years serving on the Board. I thank all of you for the opportunity. As we move forward, I ask all members to reach out and become more active through creating events, instructing, writing, working on the Board or just volunteering to help. Our organization is thriving and keeping that momentum will move us into the future.
Again, thank you for letting me serve as the President for PPW and representing your organization.
Mike Busby, M.Photog, CPP, FP
Leadership of PPW
The governing body of the Professional Photographers of Washington, Inc. is a Board. The Board shall consist of an Executive Board composed of the elected Officers of the Association, the Immediate Past President, plus an elected District Representative from each District of the PPW as set forth in the PPW Bylaws.
The President, with the help and approval of the Board, shall appoint all Committee Chairs of this Association and committees are for advisory purposes only, but are always available for additional help or further questions.
Citations & Merits Chair
Julie Fitzpatrick (2018- current)
Life Member Chair
2023 Conference Chair
Social Media Chair
Districts and district Representatives
Washington is divided into four districts which are made up of the following counties, except where noted otherwise:
Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark Skamania & Wahkiakum, Clahham, Jefferson & Kitsap
Johnny Walker (2020-current)
Joni Atkinson (2019-current)
Whatcom, San Juan & Island & Snohomish & King & Pierce
Elena Scott (2020-current)
Lara Grauer (2021-current)
Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant, Yakima, Kittitas, & Klickitat
Lance Johnson (2021 - Current)
Stephen Wolfe (2022 - Current)
Whitman, Franklin, Benton, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield & Asotin, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane & Adams
Chris Wood (2022 - current)
Jeff Schindler (2020 - current)
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA COUNCILORS IN WASHINGTON STATE
PPW is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America and the councilors represent them and can answer any questions about PPA.
PPA is truly a member-owned and member-run organization. PPA members govern the organization through representatives in the PPA Council. Council members are:
• Prepared to handle Association business, which may include Bylaws and Adopted Procedure changes and the election of the PPA Board of Directors and/or its nominating Committee.
Elected Councilor Position #1
Rich Breshears, M. Photog.Cr, CPP, FP
Elected Councilor Position #2
Chris Wooley, M. Photog.Cr, CPP, FP
Elected Councilor Position #3
Faye Johnson, M. Photog., CPP, FP
Non-Elected Councilor for Life
Rob Behm, M. Photog., Hon. M.Photog., Cr, CPP, FP