Milestone for Whangamata Marina manager

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Susan Amos.
Susan Amos.

Susan Amos becomes first New Zealand woman to gain CMM status.

Susan Amos from Whangamata Marina in New Zealand has been awarded Certified Marina Manager (CMM) certification from the Global Marina Institute (GMI), becoming the first woman in New Zealand to achieve the status.

GMI president John Hogan CMP said the award was an important milestone for the marina industry.

“The industry needs more women in leadership roles. Women make up just 7% of the certified marina personnel in the Asia, Australian and New Zealand regions. Susan’s certification highlights the pathway for other women to emulate.”

Amos has been involved in the marina industry since 2007 and was appointed marina manager at Whangamata Marina in October 2016. The marina is located on the Coromandel Peninsula and has 209 berths ranging from 10.5m to 20m in length. It is owned by an Incorporated Society (under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908) and is a not-for-profit entity. It gained NZ Clean Marina certification in March 2012.

Amos is also the treasurer for the New Zealand Marina Operators Association. She completed her course work for CMM through the Marina Industries Association (MIA).

“I am really thrilled about this qualification,” said Amos. “I have had tremendous support from the previous manager and from the management committee. I have always admired those who have achieved this qualification.

“Through the MIA I have been fortunate to participate in the intermediate and advanced marina management courses which are pre-requisites to applying for certification.

“I was also very fortunate to have been successful in being awarded the Bellingham scholarship to assist with participating in this education process. The standard of these courses is excellent and the networking invaluable.”

There are 34 CMMs and six Certified Marina Professionals (CMP) across the MIA regions of education course delivery. Globally there are over 250 certified members and the number is steadily growing.

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