Each member of the executive team at CMI Leisure and the niche segment has excelled in leadership roles at major cruise lines, hotels, and hospitality brands. We have touched virtually every area of the concessions and management business. We’ve spent time in the trenches and at the head of boardrooms. Together, we bring an unmatched spectrum of experience and expertise to guide the operations of our valued clients.

Dietmar R. Wertanzl

President & CEO

Dietmar is a true international executive with a broad range of experience extending to operations, sales, marketing, HR, customer service, finance, F&B, and beyond. Prior to taking the helm at CMI Leisure, he served as the Executive Vice President for FleetPro Ocean Leisure, the Miami-based ship management company that would eventually evolve into CMI Leisure.

Past achievements include serving as the President and CEO of the largest American-owned cruise line, Cruise West, boasting 9 small expedition ships and garnering some $100 million in revenue. He was also the Senior Vice…

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Tayfun Aybar

Vice President Hotel Operations

Tayfun has more than 30 years of accomplishments in hospitality and in the cruise industry. He has developed a high level of customer service, cultural awareness, and operational knowledge during his career working for international luxury hotels and cruise lines alike.

 

Tayfun’s responsibilities as the Vice President of Hotel Operations, will include: Ensuring operational performance is maintained in accordance with charter client contract specifications; Develop & implement…

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Shahbaz Kazi

Vice President Finance

Shahbaz is a results-driven and performance-focused financial expert with more than 17 years of experience. His skillset extends to strategic financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, process optimization, staff and operations management, and team leadership.

His vast experience includes effectively managing the shipboard finance operations for the entire Carnival Cruise Lines Fleet – 24 vessels around the world. In fact, during 16 years with Carnival, Shahbaz rose from a Shipboard Accountant to become the Manager of Fleet Finance Operations. He supervised more…

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Anne Marie Tompkins

Director of Human Resources

Anne Marie enjoys vast experience implementing and managing the shipboard and corporate HR operations for major cruise line and ship management corporations. Her role at CMI Leisure is vital to the performance of our company and the teams we deliver to our clients.

Anne Marie's responsibilities include: International Recruitment; Crew Scheduling and Succession Planning; International Regulatory Compliance (ISM, STCW, MLC 2006); HR Policy and Procedure Implementation; Employee Relations; Payroll Administration; and much more.  She has overseen these vital HR functions for up to 14…

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Annabelle Alvarez

Director, Operations Support

Annabelle is an accomplished professional who has vast experience in the cruise industry and directed complex supply chain and logistics functions servicing multiple vessels worldwide, including systems & warehousing operations.

Annabelle’s responsibilities include: Seasonal Agreements & Commitments with suppliers; New Products & Improvements; Setting up Logistics & Purchasing Plans; Manage the Fleetwide System Strategy & Improvement plan; and over all create a culture of lessons learned, &…

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Stefan Heuser

Director of Hotel Operations

 

Stefan is an accomplished professional in the hospitality and cruise industry, who possesses a strong food and beverage background and extensive administration skills.

He was instrumental in the establishment of V.Ships Catering as its first general manager. Later, he became VP and managing director for Ship Supply Group’s catering division. Stefan joined CMI-Leisure in Summer 2018 and is excited to be a part of the team.

Stefan is driven by the…

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Elenita Delgado

Purchasing Manager

Elenita is a logistics and supply chain mastermind. She possesses invaluable expertise in administrative systems, operational requirements, vendor management, purchasing protocol, expediting projects, facility operations and much more.

She exemplifies professionalism and has the unique ability to manage multiple major projects simultaneously. Additionally, her background in hospitality is extensive. Elenita began her career as a Wine Steward for Premier Cruise Line. She would later enjoy customer-facing positions at other lines before moving on to assume Operations Supervisor…

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Peter Hofler

Corporate Executive Chef

Peter has dedicated his professional life to providing enchanting culinary experiences working with many of the most revered names in travel.  From New York’s legendary Plaza Hotel, to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, to his days as the Executive Chef aboard “The World” by ResidenSea, Peter has always been driven by a desire to create sumptuous dishes delivered with artful presentation.

His experience extends to menu creation, recipe formulation, galley operations, culinary team training, budgeting, wellness and dietary offerings, and much more.

Prior to joining CMI Leisure as…

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JC Segui

IT Specialist

The importance of commanding today’s fluid information systems cannot be understood. Particularly, when that technology is aboard a vessel navigating the Arctic reaches or any other demanding expedition cruise destination.

JC leads this charge by managing multiple CMI Leisure networks, both on shore and at sea. His team researches, configures, upgrades and maintains the information systems for various cruise ships while facilitating communications between our main office and vessel operations.

Prior to joining CMI Leisure, JC served as a Senior Networking Engineer for…

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