Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013 - (Page 48)

I From the CEO Introducing... 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 tireless worker. 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. 48 * Fourth Quarter 2013 BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO 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.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013

FROM THE PRESIDENT
STANDING IN THE GAP
RETIREMENT READINESS
LOVING LOUISVILLE: THE 2013 H2O-XPO IS A HIT
WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING
GO PAPERLESS!
BEAT THE CHILL
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2013

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