The natural progression for any professional training organization is the creation of a professional certification to recognize those who meet a set of professional standards. In 1992, a group of marina managers, who had completed IMI's rigorous training courses, met to develop a marina management professional recognition, the Certification Marina Manager (CMM) certificate. Today over 341 marina managers have been awarded this highly coveted certificate and the numbers keep growing, as does the training and certification programs themselves.
As the industry has evolved over the last 30 years, so has IMI. In 2009, IMI created a new certification program, the Certified Marina Operator (CMO) certificate. This is an exciting time for IMI as it heads into the next 25 years, with a renewed vision and strategic direction for growing its reach to the industry, with a concerted focus on delivering its training and certification programs to the US, Latin American, Canadian and Caribbean regions. The ever-changing world of technology has provided IMI the opportunity to deliver training in a whole new way. The next generation IMI will deliver webinars, online training programs, and partner with regional Marine trade associations to grow the reach of its valuable training offerings, with the ultimate goal of providing professional marina training to all who seek it.
IMI has created an advisory committee to assist AMI staff with successfully completing its strategic mission. This committee oversees such areas as the certification programs, new training opportunities, marketing, and most importantly seeing that IMI continues to be relevant and serve the training and professional needs of marina industry.
IMI Advisory Committee Members
Gary Groenwold, CMM Westrec Marinas, FL
Keith Knowlton, CMM Riverside Yacht Club, CT
Brad Gross, CMM, Dana Point, CA
Jason Johnson, Marine Travelift, WI
Ronaldo Souza, CMM Westrec, Brazil
Joe Riley, CMM Riley Marine Group, Lakeland, MN
Austin Cameron, VIP Marina on Lake Travis
David Bluestone, Morningstar Properties
Bob Evans, CMM Vencore Marina Group, Greenwood Village, CO
Michael Short, CMM Vancouver Marina, Richmond BC
Sal Gugliara, CMM City of New Rochelle Municipal Marina, New Rochelle, NY
Marieke van Peer, CMM Suntex Marinas, Fl