The leadership of the chapter includes WAI Past President Giulio Properzi of Continuus-Properzi as the first President. Serving with Properzi are Vice President Andrea Camparada of SAMP SpA SAMPSISTEMI Division, Treasurer Giovanni Lippolis of ACIMAF, Secretary Paola D'Oria of Continuus-Properzi and Director Ferruccio Bellina of TKT Group. The chapter works closely with the Associazione Costruttori Italiani Macchine Per Filo (ACIMAF) to offer educational programs as the chapter increases membership and volunteer involvement.
"The WAI is very pleased to add Italy to our list of chapter affiliates," said WAI President Brian Bouvier of Lloyd & Bouvier Inc. "The involvement of ACIMAF in the formation stages of the chapter really helped the process go quickly, and we look forward to the chapter being able to enjoy their cooperation as educational and networking programs are developed."
The WAI Chapter program started in 1994 with the chartering of the WAI New England Chapter. Over the past decade, five more chapters were begun in the United States covering the Mid-South (chartered in 1998), Western (1999), Midwest (2001), Southeast (2001) and Ohio Valley (2003) regions of the country. The Poland Chapter was the first international chapter, having been chartered in 1999, followed in 2002 India Chapter and the newly chartered Italy Chapter becomes the third and second in Europe.
WAI Chapters provide the opportunity for regional programming for WAI members in a defined geographic area, thus making it easier for members and guests to attend. Chapters usually conduct two or three educational programs each year, and all of the US chapters conduct a golf tournament as a fun means of getting their members together for informal networking.