Mike Busby, M.Photog, CPP, FP
Happy 70th Anniversary Professional Photographers of Washington!!! Wow, 70 years of PPW. 70 years of camaraderie and fellowship. 70 years of education and helping each other out. And 70 years of representing and moving the industry forward.
I’d like to send a special recognition to all of our life members. Being the President gives unique views into the organization. Not only to all of our big events, but also to the day to day business of the organization and to all of the benefits it provides to the members. We are organizationally and financially strong and we owe all of it to those who came before us. It is our life members that laid the foundation for all of our successes. Your contributions are remembered and appreciated every time we get together and every time we look to the future.
We just had our Winter Board meeting on January 24th and it was fantastic. We’ve made good use of the last two years to adapt and change to this crazy environment and this year we’re taking active steps to move forward into the future.
The Professional Photographers of Washington is the best kept secret in the State of Washington. However, it’s time for that to change. The Marketing Committee is ramping up and developing advertising campaigns to gain new members. The Education Chair is planning another year of classes. The New Membership Chair has been greeting new members and providing active pathways to engagement with the membership. As a whole, we’ve got all the right pieces in place to actively draw in and engage potential new members.
The plan is to celebrate 70 years of PPW throughout this year and to see the return of physical meetings. Getting the membership together and exchanging stories and providing help is our strength and no one else does it like PPW. Our crystal ball, looking into the future, is a bit muddy with the Pandemic, but the plan is to move forward, get more engaged, and get everyone together again.
Our annual education conference is in Spokane this year and we’ve got a fantastic line up at a truly unique place. It would be helpful for you to register as soon as you can. This will be an unpredictable year in an unpredictable environment and early registrations will help us out.
I’d like to thank everyone who is helping to make PPW the great organization it is, and I’m looking forward to everything that is going to happen in 2022.
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.
Districts and district Representatives
Washington is divided into four districts which are made up of the following counties, except where noted otherwise:
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
Marie Martineau-Sandberg, M. Photog.Cr, CPP, FP
CPP Liaisons for Washington
Certification Liaisons know the PPA certification program inside and out. The liaison acts as a spokesperson for certification, assisting candidates and existing certified photographers as an expert and source of information. Liaisons must maintain their certification and PPA Membership and are entrusted with responsibilities to the committee to maintain the integrity of the program