The directors of MMS lead a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced marine professionals ready to take your marina to the next level.
Dennis P. Kissman
President & Chief Executive Officer
Kissman has been in the recreation industry for over thirty-four years and in 1988 began Marina Management Services Inc. (MMS) an internationally recognized management and consulting firm specializing in marinas.
Kissman is a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and has served on their Facilities Development Committee since 1989 until it became part of the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) now called the Association of Marina Industries (AMI). He served on the Board of Directors from 2002—2004 and represents the Association on the International Marinas Committee (IMC) of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). Kissman also has served as the Chairman of MOAA’s Marina Financing Committee. Kissman is a member of the Recreational Navigation Commission (PIANC) Working Group Number 17, “Guidelines for Marina Design”. Kissman is an active member of the Marine Industry Association of South FL and has served on several sub-committees of the association.
Speaking engagements include the National Docks and Marina Conference sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant program as well as several state and regional Marina Trade Associations. The 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008 International Marina Conferences held in Genoa, Italy, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sydney, Australia, San Diego, CA and Oostende, Belgium respectively as well as several International Marina Institute’s educational conferences. He also participated in an advisory capacity at conferences sponsored by the FL Sea Grant program on “Blue Belting”. Kissman served as a member of the International Marina Institute (IMI) where he served as committee chair, authored the “Standardized System of Accounts for Marinas and Boatyards” and currently serves on the Educational Board of the IMI.
Since 1995, Kissman has published a financial/management column in MARINA DOCKAGE a marina trade publication. He has also published numerous articles in related recreational trade publications on the industry and has been quoted in many marina industry related articles published throughout the United States and Europe.
Carl F. Wolf, CMM
Director of Business Services
Carl has been actively involved in the marine industry since 1976. Before joining MMS, Carl was employed by Sandusky Bay Development Company, Sandusky, Ohio (SBDC) for the past 29 years. While at SBDC, Carl served as the Vice President/General Manager of Battery Park Marina, a 684 slip marina on Lake Erie. He also held the position of Vice President of Battery Park Marine Services, a 23 acre boatyard with 140,000 square feet of heated inside storage and a boat brokerage department. Other significant facilities that Carl operated while at SBDC include “Dock of the Bay Marina” and “Cedar Point Yacht Services”.
In 1992, was the 3rd marina manager to receive the industry recognized “Certified Marina Manager” (CMM) title. He then became a primary instructor for the “Advanced Marina Management” course. Carl was actively involved with the International Marina Institute (IMI) as a speaker at numerous conferences and as the Co-author the IMI’s first edition of the “Marina Operations Manual”, considered as an industry standard. During the early 1990’s, Carl participated actively in the transformation of the IMI from a private company to a member driven organization. Carl became the first Chairman of the Board for the new membership driven IMI. Carl remains an active member of the Association of Marina Industries, the successor to the IMI. He has also spoken at the University of Wisconsin’s “Docks and Marinas” annual conference a number of times on Marina Operations.
Briquell Morales grew up in the Bahamas and has spent her life around marinas. Briquell has been an essential part of Marina Management Services Inc. (MMS) for the past seven years. She understands the nuances of the marina business and has the ability to analyze the economics of marina development and operations. Briquell manages the financial reporting and accounting operations of MMS as well as our third party marina management contracts. She ensures the maintenance of our system of accounting records and internal controls to help mitigate risks. Briquell uses her practical experience to review financial projections for future marina development to assure they are reasonable. She also oversees the cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, human resources and payroll functions of MMS’s third party management contracts. Some other responsibilities include bank reconciliations, inventory tracking and analysis, implementing operational best practices, and preparing special reports by collecting, examining, and summarizing data and trends. She coordinates month end and year end closing activities and prepares financial statements, while ensuring that financial information and plans of marina projects are kept confidential.
Briquell graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Briquell is currently a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) through the Institute of Management Accountants. The CMA is a globally recognized, advanced-level credential which demonstrates her professional expertise in financial reporting, planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics. .