Porto Montenegro’s Tony Browne becomes chairman

Tony Browne & John Hogan

L-R: New GMI chairman Tony Browne and outgoing John Hogan

At the annual meeting of the Global Marina Institute (GMI) held at last week’s METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam, Tony Browne, marina director at Porto Montenegro, was appointed as the new GMI chairman for the next three years. He succeeds John Hogan, head of Superior Jetties in Australia.

The GMI is responsible for the oversight of marina education, training and certification of marina personnel administered globally through the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and The Yacht Harbours Association (TYHA) arm of British Marine.

For the past three years, Hogan has held the position of independent GMI chairman. At the meeting held on November 18, the position of chairman was formally transferred to Browne. The GMI chairmanship is shared between the UK and Australia and rotated every three years.

Under Hogan’s leadership, much has been achieved including re-establishing cooperation with Association of Marina Associations (AMI) in the USA, a review and upgrade of GMI course content, and cementing the Certified Marina Professional (CMP) as a recognised and valued certification. Hogan said: “GMI has an important role to build our industry professionalism and it has been very rewarding three years.”

As to Browne he has been the most recent chairman of the Britih Marine CMM/CMP’s group and has 10 years’ senior marina industry experience. He is marina director at the 5 Gold Anchor Platinum Porto Montenegro Marina. He gave thanks to the work of John Hogan and said he looked forward to increasing the awareness and perceived value of GMI courses and the CMM and CMP certifications.

The next GMI course will be held this December in Dubai. The Advanced Marina Management course has 10 enrolments with participants coming from five different countries.