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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.

Mary Kuhn

West Coast Associate  |  San Diego, CA

Mary Kuhn began her waterfront career as Operations Manager for Seaport Cruises in 1981. Mary also served as a volunteer for the Sail America Foundation and the San Diego America’s Cup Syndicate. She launched  her customer service/hospitality career at Meridian Condominiums where she co-founded the Concierge Association of San Diego.

Ms Kuhn joined the Marriott Corporation and enjoyed a successful 19-year career with the San Diego Marriott Marina. As Marina Manager, Mary helped guide the marina through the Republican National Convention, 3 Super Bowls and several America’s Cup Races. Mary took the lead on high-profile conventions and major marina upgrade projects including the refurbishment of the marina seawall. She also led the marina through such challenges as the marina fire of 2006, and she wrote the training manual for all Marriott Marinas.

Mary was responsible for preparing the Marriott Marina for the California Clean Marina certification process, she sat on the California Clean Marina Planning Committee and has been elected President of the Clean Marina Program for 2018.

As a member of the ICOMIA planning committee Mary was responsible for winning the bid to host the International Marina Conference in San Diego at the Marriott Marina in 2005. 

As General Manager of the California Recreation Company in Newport Beach, CA, Mary was responsible for the operation of their 5 marinas and was highly involved in the revitalization of Balboa Marina. She worked on the permit process, design and selection process of all vendors, and was responsible for the relocation of all marina guests.

Ms Kuhn served as Marina Manager for California Yacht Marina and Glorietta Bay Marina as well as Operations Manager for Driscoll Mission Bay and Driscoll Wharf.

Mary served as a Board Member, Vice President and President of the Marine Recreation Association. She has also chaired the San Diego Dockmasters Group for several terms over her 30-year career.