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Dennis Nixon

Marina Law and Contract Review
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Professor of Marine Affairs Dennis Nixon has served as the Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program since July 2013.  In that role, he leads a multi-million dollar research and education program devoted to using scientific knowledge to improve the management of Rhode Island’s coastal waters.  Prior to that, he served for four years as the Associate Dean for Research and Administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where he was responsible for the administration of the 200+ acre campus, pier, and the 185’ Research Vessel Endeavor.  He served the previous 8 years as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, also at the University of Rhode Island.   He has been a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island for the past 37 years, teaching courses in the area of marine and coastal law.  He is particularly proud of the thousands of former students now working in marine industries, government, law and science.


            A marine lawyer by training, he is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Rhode Island Bar.  He is the Secretary and General Counsel for the Point Club, a fishing vessel insurance cooperative he helped found over 20 years ago. He is one of the three founders of the International Marina Institute, which provides educational programs and certification for professionals in the marine industry around the world.  Under a grant from the National Science Foundation, he is also the legal advisor and risk manager for the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System, and has been providing advice to all of the US academic research vessel fleet for the past 27 years.  He has lectured on marine law topics in 27 states and 25 countries on 6 continents.  He is the author of over 50 articles and the casebook Marine and Coastal Law, first published in 1994 and released in a second edition in 2010.


            Professor Nixon earned his Bachelor’s degree in history at Xavier University, his law degree at the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, a Certificate on International Institutions at the University of Geneva, and a Certificate in Ocean Law from Harvard Law School.  He is an avid sailor on vessels of all sizes, and races his own boat weekly on Narragansett Bay.

Jim Frye, CMM

Financial Benchmarks
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James L. Frye, CMM is vice president of Westrec Marinas, Encino CA.

As the world's largest owner operator of marinas and marine-related businesses, Westrec Marinas provides professional management services to its properties, affiliates and clients throughout the world. Founded in 1987, Westrec manages marina facilities located both in fresh and salt water environments, handling vessels ranging in size from personal watercraft to mega yachts.  Frye is currently the VP of business development and acquisitions. One can learn more about Westrec at .

A 25+ year professional in the marina industry Frye has directly managed or provided oversight for over 30 marinas across the US, including redevelopment, expansion and significant growth of revenue and profitability.  

Frye also serves as president emeritus and past-chairman of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and was for nearly a decade the executive director of the Association.  AMI was created by the merger of the International Marina Institute (IMI) and the Marina Operators Association of America, AMI is the national and international trade association of the marina industry and represents a diverse membership of marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, and public/private moorage basins across the United States and worldwide.  One can learn more about AMI at

In addition to his duties with AMI, Frye served as the Director of the Marinas & Boating Access Department for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and served on the Board of Directors of NMMA representing AMI. Most recently Frye serves as vice chairman of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council (RBLC), an outgrowth of the Grow Boating Summits bringing industry volunteers together in an action plan to grow participation in recreational boating. One can learn more about NMMA and the RBLC at

Frye is a past chairman of the Marine Environmental Education Foundation (MEEF), a consortium of marine industry associations, environmental groups and government agencies organized around clean water initiatives.  He also served as chairman of the National Clean Boating Campaign.   

Frye served as president for the American League of Anglers and Boaters (ALAB) a Washington, DC based coalition organized for the reauthorization of the Aquatic Resources, Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund.  ALAB members include groups like the American Sport Fishing Association, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Boat US, Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society, NMMA, and others.  ALAB advises Congress on the spending formula for a number of federally funded programs that together total nearly $800 million annually.

He is a Certified Marina Manager (CMM), a distinction created by the International Marina Institute and now perpetuated by AMI. Frye has been a frequent contributor/author to industry trade magazines, a speaker and faculty member for marina management training in advocacy, marketing, operations and business management. He has hosted and acted as master of ceremonies for the International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC) for the past 11years. Owned by the AMI, IMBC is the largest annual conference and trade show in the marina industry bringing together annually nearly 1000 marina operators, vendors, consultants and participants in the marina industry. One can learn more at

A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Frye earned a BS in business and psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Frye makes his home and office in Warrenton, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC.

Jim Schuman

Human Resource Management
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Jim Schuman is a partner at Fortune, Alsweet, Weiss & Schuman, Inc., a management-consulting firm. Based in Los Angeles since 1954, Jim and his associates represent developers, property owners, private sector employers and general contractors in all facets of human resources and labor relations.  Joining the firm in 1981, Jim has since assisted regional, state, national and international clients resolve personnel issues and administrative claims and charges throughout the United States.  For over 25 years, he has served as the labor consultant to Westrec marinas regarding employment issues and, since 1995, has successfully negotiated the required collective bargaining agreements between Westrec's Chicago Harbors and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Jim was invited to join the IMI Faculty in 2005 and has thoroughly enjoyed the many opportunities to meet and coach committed marina focused individuals who will be the industry leaders in the years ahead.  It is always an exciting and rewarding experience to participate in their mentoring process.

An educator by training, Jim has frequent opportunities to coach leadership teams, mentor high potential candidates and facilitate staff development processes, most recently for a joint venture construction partner at the $1.5 billion LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal expansion project.  Jim holds degrees in psychology from the University of California, and has been privileged to be a guest lecturer in labor relations and construction management at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California for over 25 years.


Pam Lendzion

Personal Development, Time Management and Strategic Planning
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Pam Lendzion – Director of Marina Development, Legendary Marina Mgt.

Prior to joining Legendary, she served as CEO of MarineTec Management Company and provided management, consulting and training services including marine project management, marine services development, marina facility planning and construction, marina resort start-up and operations, plus boat yard operations. Pam brings 15+ years industry experience to Legendary, and also holds a 100-ton USCG Masters License. She previously helped Marinas International develop its third party management division and served as COO of Vinings Marine Group. She has also enjoyed a career in both the hospitality and professional development and training segments. She designed, built, and operated her own executive hotel and two restaurants employing 100+, and owned and operated a professional development training firm with 42 licensed trainers. 

Currently Pam is the President of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), the incoming Chair of the Marine Industry Training and Education Council (MITEC), and is an International Marina Institute (IMI) faculty member, teaching leadership skills to marina and boatyard managers. She is a member of the IMBC Steering Committee and Editorial Board, and a Past President of the Marine Industries Association of Northeast Florida. Pam often speaks at industry conferences regarding best management practices.

Steve Chandler

Customer Service and Marketing
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Steve Chandler is a career marketing man with almost two decades of experience in strategic planning and brand development for local, regional and national brands. His experience emphasis is connected to the hospitality industries and place marketing.

Prior to starting Chandlerthinks, a place marketing and digital strategy company, Steve enjoyed stints at a few of the southern U.S. premiere advertising agencies such as hospitality-focused BOHAN Advertising, and international branding agency BBDO. His “digital make-over” occurred in the role of Director of Business Development for Paramore Online Marketing. Steve’s experience in the branding of communities began when he was assigned to be President of North Star Destination Strategies, where he helped craft and manage the process of community branding for numerous destinations, cities and communities.

Today, Steve applies his classic marketing, place branding and digital savvy backgrounds to Chandlerthinks, an agent-based strategic marketing and branding firm. Chandlerthinks emphasizes place marketing, brand strategy and digital strategy.

Steve also frequently speaks on the topics of place branding, online brand building and digital strategy. He extends his professional passion outside of the office by serving as the professor on “Destination Branding” for the Southeast Tourism Society’s Marketing College. He is also a recent past board member for the Nashville American Marketing Association and past board member and past-President for the American Advertising Federation – Nashville. Steve serves his alma mater and industry by serving as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Western Kentucky University’s Department of Advertising and Journalism.

A devoted husband to his wife Dolly, and proud father of his two boys Jake and Griffin, Steve and his family call Franklin, TN home.

For further information, Steve can be reached at [email protected] 

Kellie Thornelle-Crete

Health and Safety and Environmental Compliance
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After over 20 years of managing her own environmental consulting practice, Ink, Inc., Kellie Crete joined Gowrie Group in 2012.   Kellie, an environmental and health and safety specialist, now heads the new Safety & Loss Control Practice for this organization.  Kellie works with commercial and non-profit organizations throughout New England to help these companies reduce their exposures to risk and improve their safety standards.

Kellie has deep industry and segment expertise.  Her background compliments Gowrie’s mission, which allows them to now bring an expanded array of insurance and safety resources to organizations throughout New England and beyond.

Kellie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and resides in Marion, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.  Kellie can be reached at [email protected].

Larry Halgren

Marina Design and Construction
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Larry has over 35 years of experience in sales and management within the marine industry.  Larry created his own international marina and waterfront consulting firm, Halgren and Associates LLC.
Larry has notable expertise in the marine industry.  He has extensive knowledge of marina and waterfront development, operations, infrastructures and marina components.  Larry has been credited with new product research, development and licensing of marine designs and details.  Included in his experience are locating existing marina properties for sale, performing cost analysis of refurbishment, reconfiguring or remodeling of a marina property.  Larry’s portfolio incorporates market research for sites, marina plans and site selection as well as marina financing and feasibility studies.  Larry also oversees the coordination of engineering, construction planning and scheduling, marina inspection and safety reviews of marina and waterfront facilities.

Before starting Halgren and Associates LLC, Larry held a variety of positions in the marine field.  He worked for Bellingham Marine Industries for 22 years; the Washington State Ferry System; a fuel dock manager and assistant captain for a salvage boat; for Uniflite Inc. in customer service and international boat sales; and he owned a Uniflite dealership and marine accessory store.  Larry’s broad knowledge of marina operations and waterfront developments greatly enhance his ability to provide marina systems best suited to each client’s needs.   Larry was also a consultant to Vertical Yachts a new technology used to store very large boats in dry stack storage buildings.

Larry is an accomplished speaker at many industry forums, including the University of Wisconsin Docks & Marinas Conference, the International Marina Institute, International Boat Builder Expo & Conference, National Marina Conference, The Marina Recreation Association of California and the boating industry of Australia to name a few.  He is Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Marina Institute having served for six years.  Larry is still an active member of the teaching facility for the Advanced Marina Management Classes and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Bellingham.

Larry R. Halgren, Post Office Box 4098, Bellingham, WA   98227 Telephone 961-3344, E-mail:   [email protected]

Carl Wolf, CMM

Emergency Management
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          A Certified Marina Manager, with wide-ranging experience in the marina and boatyard industry; offering successful background in profitable marina and boatyard operations management; consulting; and facility development. Carl is the Director of Business Services for Marina Management Services, Inc. which specializes in marina operations, site assessments, and facility development.


Working with the International Marina Institute (IMI, an arm of the Association of Marina Industries) and the Docks and Marinas (a class offered by the University of Wisconsin), Carl has been an instructor and a speaker on numerous occasions on marina operations. Not only is Carl a charter member Certified Marina Manager (CMM), but Carl has also taught a number of times at the IMI’s Advance Marina Management program, which is a prerequisite for the CMM certification. Carl is one of the Co-Authors of the IMI’s first edition of the Marina Operations Manual, a standard in the marina industry. Most recently, Carl has authored the new Marina Policy Manual.

Mark Amaral

Marketing your Marina and Strategic Planning Course Facilitation
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Mark Amaral is on the executive team of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of its staff.  AMI is a non-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the marina industry worldwide.  Mark oversees all of AMI’s offerings, including membership services, global training and certification, and its legislative activities. Mark also coordinates with the board of directors to develop and guide the strategic long-term direction for the association and ensures this vision translates into action.

Mark’s extensive experience in the marina industry has focused on providing assistance and outreach to the industry to develop and implement clean marina practices.  Previous work includes creating and managing the Sea Grant MarinaNet professional network, writing Rhode Island’s pollution reduction program for marinas and contributed to the creation of the national Clean Vessel Act.

Mark is the author of over 90 technical articles, peer-reviewed journal papers, reports and publications.  He has lectured and facilitated extensively on topics that include pollution reduction at marinas, reducing risk and hazards in coastal communities, managing coastal resources through participatory processes, and organizational design, work planning and management.  Mark has a Masters Degree in Community Planning and Environmental Management from the University of Rhode Island.