PHUKET: Wicky Sundram, executive director of operations at the Phuket Boat Lagoon, was yesterday awarded ‘Certified Marina Professional (CMP)’ status by the Global Marina Institute (GMI).
He joins the ranks of six other CMPs across the Asia/Pacific region and is the first to receive the certification in Thailand.
Mr Sundram was presented with his CMP by Andrew Chapman, President of the Marina Industries Association (MIA) at the Intermediate Marina Management Course held in Phuket from July 25-28.
Mr Sundram has spent the last 18 years in the recreational boating industry and is very passionate about developing and promoting marina and yachting related activities in Southeast Asia.
He has been actively involved with the development of sailing events in Malaysia, including the annual Royal Langkawi International Regatta. He also played a lead role in developing the international standard Royal Langkawi Yacht Club marina.
Prior to his time in the marine industry, he worked in international franchise restaurant and club management.
GMI Chairman Mick Bettesworth said he is very pleased the industry has another CMP in Asia.
“As Asia develops its boating infrastructure, it is vital that there be corresponding development of the personnel, or human capital, to ensure the sustainability of the industry. Wicky has already demonstrated excellent industry leadership in the region,” said Mr Bettesworth.
“Awarding him CMP status will further assist the growth of the marine and marina industries across SE Asia as well as bestow on Wicky a thoroughly deserved and globally recognized industry certification.”
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