Founded in 2012 by Chairman Michael Flynn, The Small Maldives Island Co (TSMIC) is “the soul” of the two exemplary new island resorts it manages.

With Mark Hehir joining TSMIC in 2015 as CEO and Curator their vision was turned into reality with the launch of Amilla Fushi (opened 21st of December 2014) and Finolhu (opened June 17th 2016).

Being a specialist management company that focuses on Resort Management, TSMIC has begun a journey towards becoming one of the most sought after contributors to career development and employment in the hospitality industry in the Maldives. Providing unique island concepts and offering bespoke luxury resort guest and employee experiences that are set in a tropical Island Home for those who appreciate the best.

Coastline Group of companies, with 40-years of experience in Maldivian tourism, chose to partner with The Small Maldives Island Co as their island custodians. With a strong philosophy focused on making small details great, they offer the easy, comfortable and natural style that’s quintessentially Maldivian.

“We wanted people to experience the real Maldivian soul that international brands sometimes struggle to deliver” says Flynn, which is why the team handpicks its locations to create authentic and bespoke experiences for every guest

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BEHIND THE TSMIC BRAND

MICHAEL C. FLYNN

Chairman & Founder / Shareholder – TSMIC

Michael is a seasoned hotel and travel industry professional and has held senior corporate positions with several iconic global hospitality companies. He’s worked for over 20 years in the Asia Pacific region, for strong brands like Accor and Hilton notably as Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales – Accor Asia Pacific and Vice President Sales and Marketing – Hilton International. He also held the position of Senior Vice President and Managing Director for RCI Asia Pacific. Michael has been involved in strategic advisory work in the Maldives and is currently co-founder and Chairman of The Small Maldives Island Co established in 2012. The company’s main focus is on resort management in the Maldives for Coastline Hotels and Resorts.

MARK HEHIR

Chief Executive Officer & Curator / Shareholder – TSMIC

Born and raised in Australia Mark Hehir comes with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in his home country as well as in Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean. Hehir joins The Small Maldives Island Co after four successful years at the One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives where he held the position of General Manager implementing various effective and innovative philosophies. Mark was also part of the opening team at Huvafen Fushi by Per Aquum as well as Maldives Hilton Rangali (now Conrad Maldives) after working for various Anantara properties in Asia. Mark firmly believes that one should always be ready to get their hands dirty to do the job, he inspires his staff with not only words but with action and believes that with hard work and determination anyone can achieve their goals.

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Meet our TSMIC Strategic Leaders

PRIMAL FERNANDO

Group Financial Controller

Born and raised in Sri Lanka. Primal is an accomplished and result-driven, dynamic Chartered Accountant with broad-based exposure in Accounting, Auditing, Financial Management & Controls , ERP Systems, designing of business process for system implementation, Credit Management and Corporate & Strategic Management. Over 23 years post qualifying experience in senior managerial positions in finance.

SUZANNE LORD

HR Strategic Consultant

An Australian experienced HR professional with nearly 30 years of experience having held Executive positions with Global and Independent Hotel Companies  in Australia, Asia Pacific and the Maldives. A pro-active HR professional with extensive Hotel and Resort experience including Pre-openings / Rebranding / Take overs and closures.

HEIDI GEMPEL

Revenue Strategic Consultant

An Australian expert for Revenue Management, Sales & Marketing and Hotel Distribution across Asia Pacific, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa with 15 years experience. Her expertise includes the technical aspects of customising Revenue Management and Hotel Distribution systems, as well as the organisational & cultural set up of Revenue Management within an organisation. Heidi has a deep conviction that understanding & applying the purpose and identity of a person / department / organisation builds and sustains successful companies, its services and financial targets.

BRINDA HORA

Director of Communications

Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Brinda is very passionate about wellness and believes in living each day as a new day. She started her career in India as a Graphic Designer and later moved on to Marketing. In 2006, she went to Dubai to start the next chapter of her career in hospitality industry and has been passionate about this industry and her work since then. During her time in Dubai, she worked with local and international hotel brands including Emaar Hospitality (The Address Hotels + Resorts), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Marriott International. She worked her way from one hotel to cluster positions, with the best exposure covering aspects like designing, marketing, e-commerce, Public Relations and social media, with active participation in strategies and contributing to the vision of the company.

NABEEL ABDULLA

Director of Sales, International

A Maldivian national with over 14 years of experience in Sales & Marketing, Distribution, Revenue Management and Strategic Business Development roles. Known by almost everyone in the wider circle of Maldivian tourism and a friend of all the marketers in the industry, Nabeel is often tipped in the industry as the best sales & marketing professional in the country. At TSMIC, Nabeel is spearheading the sales and distribution division for its Resorts under the guidance of CEO & Curator – TSMIC.

SCOTT LE ROI

Director of Sales, Europe

Born and raised in Manchester UK, Scott developed a love for hospitality working as a bellboy in Colorado, USA at 19 years of age. He completed a Business Degree in the UK and then ran Hotel Sales Teams in London, Cairo and Dubai over the last 20 years. In 2014, he oversaw US$ 100M at One&Only Reethi Rah whilst securing Sales Personality of the year with Elegant Resorts Tour Operator.

JERRY TERRON

Director of Revenue

Born and raised in Sri Lanka with over 15 years of experience in the field of revenue and reservations, including 10 years with AccorHotels (Novotel & Ibis) in UAE. His wealth of knowledge and business leadership in the fields of revenue and reservations, combined with international experience is invaluable for TSMIC.

JEMMA CORTIGUIERRA

Executive Office Manager

Born and raised in the Philippines, Jemma is a passionate hospitality professional with over 15 years of hands-on administrative experience in pre-opening and opening resorts across multiple major hotel brands including Le Meridien, One&Only, Jumeirah and Constance. She is managing the Executive Office and provides overall support to the CEO. She plays a key role in the day-to-day operation of TSMIC, as well as company’s future and new phase of growth. Jemma holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration major in Management from University of the East, a private university in Manila, Philippines.

NIKOLAI FABIAN

Aficionado Manager

Raised and educated from the capital of the Philippines, Manila. Imparted by her origin, Nikolai has always been very passionate in giving the best service and utmost hospitality. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Science major in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She has been in the hospitality industry for 7 years focusing on Sales & Marketing role, and now responsible for managing the company’s most innovative and most exciting loyalty programme, Maldives Aficionado.

STÉPHANIE APENZELLER

Senior Sales Manager, Europe

Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Stéphanie is very passionate about Food and Travel in general, exploring something new and discover great places all over the world is what she loves. She could combine her passion with the Job from her very beginning of her carrier. She has a background of 10 years in hospitality and spent 7 years in Sales & Marketing roles in Switzerland, the Netherlands and most recently now in Germany. She has started with an international commercial business degree and further developed her skills with further studying / Certificates during evening sessions.

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TSMIC Property Support Leaders

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE NAGER

General Manager – Huvafen Fushi Resort

A Swiss national with more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. His interests in people business and discovering the world orientated him to the hospitality industry. After graduating from Lausanne Hotel management school he landed his first job at the Hongkong Hilton. After 6 years in business hotels in Asian capitals, he switched for resort properties, large and small where he worked during the last 25 years in Mauritius, Bermuda, Antigua, Maldives, Phuket, before coming back to the Maldives and joining Huvafen Fushi.

JEAN NOËL

Resort Manager – Amilla Fushi Resort

Born and raised in Mauritius. Jean-Noel oversees the day-to-day operations of the intimate, 67-villa resort. He has an impressive over 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, boasting an extensive background in hotel leadership and management. As a Resort Manager, he plays a fundamental role in the resort’s continued growth and success in the luxury market.

MARC READER

Resort Manager – Finolhu Resort

An Australian national with exceptional profession bridging over 30 years. Marc is a seasoned hotelier with varied experience in Australia, the United Kingdom and most recently in a world renowned brand, Per Aquum property in the Maldives. His proven track record allows Finolhu Resort to flourish and to bring brighter prospects that leads us to international success.

IBRAHIM INAZ

Director of Operations / Human Resources

– Huvafen Fushi Resort

A Maldivian national who comes with over 8 years of professional experience throughout the Maldives in the field of Human Resources and Learning and Development. He is also specialised in Quality Assurance in luxury resorts such as One&Only Reethi Rah, Hilton Worldwide and Four Seasons before joining TSMIC in 2014. Prior to joining Huvafen Fushi, Inaz has made substantial contribution to the pre-opening and opening of Finolhu Resort.

TAMARA BRNELIC

Director of Spas

– Amilla Fushi & Finolhu Resorts

Hails from South Africa with extensive experience and skills in Spa. She develops impressive arrays of spa and wellness offerings that will drive inspiration for the Resorts guests to lead a healthier lifestyle and at the same time, offers a unique spa experience. Prior to joining TSMIC, Tamara served as the Director of Spa with Lily Beach Resort & Spa in the Maldives. She has an extensive experience in both resort and spa industry for over 13 years throughout the Maldives and her native South Africa.

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BAA ATOLL

Baa Atoll is one of the 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean and declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Home to some of the richest waters in the Maldives, it provides a peaceful, unspoilt haven for protected marine life.