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Friday, December 9, 2016

First Ever Female Certified Marina Professional Awarded

Posted by November 23, 2016

L-R Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, John Hogen, Chairman of the GMI, and Can Akaltan, General Manager at Cesme Marina (Photo: ICOMIA)

L-R Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, John Hogen, Chairman of the GMI, and Can Akaltan, General Manager at Cesme Marina (Photo: ICOMIA)

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Amsterdam (17-19 November 2016) 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. Hitchcock is the first woman in the world to be accredited as a CMP, since its inception in 2012.


Designed to recognize the skills and experience of those working in the marina sector, but not directly managing marinas, Hitchcock  is the 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.


Working at one of Europe’s leading marina groups, she is responsible for the company’s training development and delivery, the monitoring of customer service and quality and overseeing all operational aspects of business systems throughout the group’s 100+ marinas located across the UK, France, Italy and Spain.


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


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 recognizing their talents. It is also good to see another CMM recognized in Turkey.”


Today the GMI has awarded 130 active CMMs and CMPs across the globe and looks to continue this growth into 2017.

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