Our Approach

One word that defines our commitment to our members: Empowerment. We work tirelessly to seek out top-quality benefits and resources to help our members reduce their expenses, take control of their wellness and financial decisions and learn to succeed in their personal and business endeavors. Through the group buying power of an association, as well as relationships with benefit providers, AWA members receive discounted rates on health care, consumer and business products and services.

AWA strives to be a valued resource for information that is relevant to our members. Through our newsletters, website and social media, we feature topics on business, finance, wellness, lifestyle, nutrition, philanthropy and more. We partnered with a national advocacy group, Small Business Majority, to provide advocacy opportunities, support our members in business growth and provide information to keep them up-to-date on pertinent business topics. Our members can participate on Small Business Majority monthly government conference calls and webinars so they can have a voice on issues that may impact their business. True to our commitment on educating our members, AWA sends email communication to members to help them stay educated on the benefits included in membership.

Who We Serve

Membership is open to entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, small business owners and independent contractors, age 18 and over. Our diversity makes us strong. Our membership represents people from all walks of life and locations across the country, from a web designer in Texas to a shop owner in Florida.

Our Vision

AWA, with its commitment to the success and wellness of its members, will continue to be a valuable resource our members can count on. In line with our vision, we will continue to research benefits and resources that offer money and time saving solutions to help our members manage their busy lifestyle, so they can focus on their family and business. We look forward to growing our association and continuing to be a valued partner in the future.

Leadership Team

The AWA is governed by a Board of Directors with more than 100 years of professional experience in a variety of industries, representing our membership base. The leadership team provides direction on the best benefits and resources that support members' needs, as well as provide insight into the future of the association.

Neil Peterson


Neil Peterson has worked extensively for 30 years in strategic direction and product development for innovative products in defense and technology.

Joey Ray


Joey Ray is an accomplished Certified Public Accountant, with over 16 years of experience. He also is a successful business owner.

Leslie Patterson Moore

Board Member

Leslie Patterson Moore has practiced law for 14 years, including serving as counsel for MADD. She is the General Counsel for the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Small Business Majority

SmallBusinessMajorityAWA is proud to be a strategic partner with national advocacy group, Small Business Majority. Through this partnership, AWA supports its members in their business growth by providing information on pertinent topics including government, health care reform, clean energy and business issues, as well as the opportunity to advocate on issues that may impact their small businesses. Members can also participate with government officials on Chamber Chatter monthly conference calls that discuss current small business issues. During these calls, members can get answers to their questions and voice their opinion on the topic of discussion. AWA newsletters feature SBM current articles, upcoming events and information on how to register for webinars and monthly conference calls. To learn more about Small Business Majority, visit www.smallbusinessmajority.org.

Premier Health Solutions, LLC.

Premier Health Solutions, LLC. has partnered with AWA for benefits administration for its members - including support for its small business, consumer, health insurance and wellness benefits.  As part of AWA's ongoing dedication to providing the best membership benefits to AWA members, Premier Health Solutions' industry expertise as a third party administrator and managing general agency brings unparalleled experience in researching and supporting quality benefits and services.  Since 2012, Premier Health Solutions has been committed to making health care accessible to everyone by marketing and administering insurance products and benefits by well-known carriers and providers, including major medical and supplemental insurance plans.  To learn more about Premier Health Solutions, visit www.premierhsllc.com.