First ever female Certified Marina Professional awarded

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, which was held on the 17th to 19th November 2016 in Amsterdam, provided the ideal backdrop for the presentation of the latest two Global Marina Institute (GMI) certificates.

Michelle Hitchcock, head of business development at MDL Marinas Ltd, was awarded the Certified Marina Professional (CMP) certificate. Michelle is the first woman in the world to be accredited as a CMP, since its inception in 2012.

Designed to recognise the skills and experience of those working in the marina sector, but not directly managing marinas, Michelle is considered by the GMI as a perfect candidate to receive this accolade. She has worked at MDL Marinas Ltd since 1999 in a variety of roles but is now Head of Business Development.

Upon receiving her certification, Micelle Hitchcock commented, “I am honoured and proud to be awarded my CMP accreditation by the GMI. This is a major highlight of my career, made more special as the presentation was in front of an audience of my peers at the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference.”

Can Akaltan was also presented with his Certified Marina Manager (CMM) certificate during the Conference. Can is General Manager at Cesme Marina in Izmir, Turkey. Building on his career as a yacht captain, he joined Cesme Marina as the Marina Manager and has since been promoted to the position of General Manager.

Can Akaltan also commented, “I feel privileged to be awarded the only internationally recognised certificate in the marina industry for marina professionals. It is also a great pleasure to become part of a very special group of industry pioneers.”

John Hogan, chairman of the GMI added, “It is good to have our first female CMP, particularly as she is from Europe, to add to those marina professionals already certified in Australia and Asia. I am hopeful that Michelle will pave the way for others who work in the industry to look to CMP as a way of developing and recognising their talents. It is also good to see another CMM recognised in Turkey.”

Today, the GMI has awarded 130 active CMMs and CMPs across the globe and looks to continue this growth into 2017. British Marine contributes to this by running a series of GMI marina management courses in locations across the UK and Europe.

For further information, visit British Marine.  


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