Smithfield native Hank Whitley has earned the Certified Marina Manager designation from the International Marina Institute. He is marina manager and waterfront-operations manager for Southport Marina in Southport.
The CMM designation recognizes marina professionals who have completed an extensive training and certification process.
“We congratulate Hank on obtaining this coveted designation,” said Thad Moore, Southport Marina general manager. “He has been a valued member of our management team for the past six years. The education Hank received to obtain this designation, combined with his extensive experience, will contribute greatly to the continued success of Southport Marina.”
Whitley is a graduate of N.C. State University, where he earned a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. He manages the operations, administration and financial performance of Southport Marina while supervising anywhere from eight to 10 year-round employees. Whitley also oversees the ongoing maintenance of Southport Marina’s N.C. Clean Marina certification.
Southport Marina is located at 606 W. West St., near the entrance of the Cape Fear River on the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s about halfway between Wrightsville and Myrtle Beach.