Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013 - (Page 48)
From the CEO
Your New Leader
IT IS MY pleasure to introduce you to the next CEO
of National Rural Water Association. At our fall
Board Meeting, the Board of Directors voted to select
Sam Wade as the CEO.
Sam grew up in Short Pump, Virginia. He spent a little time in the
jungles of Southeast Asia courtesy of our government and afterwards
found himself working for a small town in Minnesota. From there, he
became the Executive Director of the Minnesota Rural Water Association.
After I became the CEO in 1985 and began looking for a deputy,
I found Sam Wade to be one of the best Executive Directors. He had
taken an association with meager membership and a poor relationship
with the State Health Department and dramatically turned it around.
Sam has excelled at NRWA. If you know our association well, you
know that Sam is first person in our office every morning. He is a
Building and maintaining relationships are an admirable attribute
of Sam. He consistently meets with EPA, RUS, FSA, DOE and VA as well
as ASDWA and the GWPC. You will find no one with
such contacts and who is as well liked and respected
As I leave NRWA, I
by those groups as he. The relationships that he has
are a great asset for our association.
feel confident that it
Sam is not only the Deputy CEO but also the Chief
will continue to excel
Operating Officer. He is responsible for all non-financial operations. This includes our federal programs,
knowing that Sam Wade
asset management, information technology, marketis the CEO.
ing, public relations, conference, membership and
professional training. He has literally been involved
in every aspect of every activity that NRWA has done
for the last three decades.
Our legislative efforts are the foundation of our assistance for our
state associations. Sam has participated in every Legislative Committee
meeting and helped plan every Rally. In the earlier years when states
required more help, Sam went on Hill visits with states. He wrote the
initial version of our Legislative Handbook.
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Sam also writes and oversees our
grant applications for the RUS, EPA and
FSA programs. This is a time-consuming,
meticulous, technical and political task
that requires experience. Sam's knowledge on these grant applications is something that no one else has.
In simpler times, NRWA might have
the luxury of allowing its chief staff
person to learn his or her job gradually.
In this period of political uncertainty,
stability and predictability are needed.
Sam is excellent at his job, tireless, well
respected by the agencies and other associations important to us, knowledgeable,
a problem solver and our grant writer. He
is been a loyal and trusted employee and
friend for over 30 years.
As I leave NRWA, I feel confident that
it will continue to excel knowing that
Sam Wade is the CEO. My last request is
that you show him the same respect and
kindnesses that you have me.
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
STANDING IN THE GAP
LOVING LOUISVILLE: THE 2013 H2O-XPO IS A HIT
WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING
BEAT THE CHILL
THROWING MY LOOP
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FROM THE CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013