CEO | MJM Marine
Gary Annett has been with MJM Marine, a world leading global marine outfitter, since 1998. Gary has hands-on experience of the refit industry, having started his career as an apprentice with another company before moving up the ranks and joining MJM Group. During that period, he held a number of Directorship roles including Commercial Director and Projects Director. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2016. His strong customer focus, precision planning, and attention to detail are at the heart of Gary’s approach to business which has led to MJM Marine securing substantial contracts with the world’s leading cruise companies.
Ann Bada Crema
CEO | Launch By Design
Ann was born creative and loved building even at the age of four. One of her favorite and earliest memories was spending time walking with her father on his construction sites. In this environment, she grew and developed a passion for the way art meets structure and the experience it imprints in our everyday lives. Through her love of art, design, and construction, Ann recognized the need to channel her passion into a creative outlet and entered the Design Industry after graduating from Ryerson University. She went on to establish her company Launch by Design Inc. in 2002. Through her enthusiastic, creative, innovative and strategic approach to design, Ann has built an internationally acclaimed design studio in Toronto.
President | BG Studio International
Born in Rome, Francesca Bucci has an M.A. in Architecture from the University of Rome. This along with work at leading firms, Perkins + Will, Peter Marino, Polshek & Partners, solidified her expertise in architecture, interiors, and project management. Additionally, she became fluent in designing high-end retail, residential and hospitality properties and managing teams. In 2002, she and a partner established BG Studio International in New York. The practice specializes in upscale hospitality, cruise ship, restaurant, multi-unit interiors, architecture and planning. Working with luxury developers, hotels and cruise brands, firm projects are located in New York, Miami and Europe. She counts Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises as clients.
Founding Partner | Studio DADO
Javier Calle, USGBC LEED, is a recently reincarnated design professional. After 24 years in the retail design world, Javier followed his instincts, "cut the cord," and took the plunge into the entrepreneurial world, as a founding partner of Studio DADO, a Miami-based design firm that specializes in creating memorable interior spaces on cruise lines and in the hospitality industry. In his previous life, Javier worked as a senior associate at RTKL Associates, Washington, D.C., during which time he traveled the world, practicing and perfecting his craft.
CEO | Trimline
Senior Vice President of Design | Virgin Voyages
After serving in a consulting role for three years, Dee Cooper officially joined Virgin Voyages in 2015. As a founding member of the Virgin Voyages team, Dee’s creative vision has helped guide the brand since its inception. As Senior Vice President of Design, Dee is helping curate an Epic Sea Change by leading the brand’s Design Creative Collective, a team of some of the world’s most noteworthy modern interior designers-- none of whom have ever designed for the cruise industry before. Dee carefully handpicked each designer and tasked them with reimagining how a holiday at sea could look and feel. The Virgin Voyages Design Creative Collective, as well as Dee’s internal design management team, is responsible for the interior design of the ship’s 48 public spaces as well as a multitude of cabin categories. With Dee’s expertize in delivering superior customer experience, the brand also looks to her to guide the design and approach of many on board and land-based touch points of the sailor
Founder & Creative Director | ArtLink
Tal founded ArtLink in 1996 following a morning dream. In 1997, ArtLink partnered with Sotheby’s auction house to form ArtLink@Sotheby’s International Young Art, introducing a new segment of young and emerging art to the global art market. In 1999, CNN called it "the most exciting art business in decades". In 2002, Danai introduced ArtLink’s group of expert art curators, consultants, art project managers and logistics professionals to the hospitality industry. Since 2002, ArtLink curated and provided art collections to over 120 hotels and cruise ships in 32 countries. Among those cruise ship brands are Seabourn, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises and the Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection.
Marketing Manager | Dansk Wilton
Lone Ditmer is the Marketing Manager at Dansk Wilton A/S. Lone has worked with international sales and marketing in the interior design industry since 2001, joining Dansk Wilton at the beginning of 2014. Since 2015, Lone has worked with sustainable business development at a strategic and operational level. She has been the Project Manager at Dansk Wilton on the Cradle to Cradle certification of their Colortec RE:THINK carpet solution.
Chair and Associate Professor | Department of Interior Architecture, College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts, Florida International University
Giacomo Erasmo Mortola
Founder | GEM
Architect Giacomo Erasmo Mortola established his own firm, “GEM – Design for Cruise Ship” in 1985 when Sitmar appointed him as head architect for the two new superliners to be built in Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard (the future Crown Princess and Regal Princess). The role was maintained when Sitmar merged with Princess and he was engaged by Princess Cruises for architectural consultancies and for the coordination of the fleet refurbishment. Between 1993 and 2014 GEM was head architect and interior designer for twenty Princess Cruises’ new building vessels, among which the record-breaking Grand Princess (1998) and Royal Princess (2013). In 2006 GEM became the head architect and designer for Queen Victoria (Cunard) and Ventura (P&O) and for the respective sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Azura. During the same year, Silversea Cruises appointed GEM as architect and designer for the luxury cruise Silver Spirit. In 2015 GEM was engaged by the newly born Virgin Voyages to coordinate their new building projects and to lead the various designers involved in the project. In 2017 GEM celebrated the launch the Silver Muse, his latest design for Silversea, and he is now completing the design for her two sister ships to be launched in 2020 and 2021. In conjunction with these new buildings, GEM has also been involved in over thirty multi-million dollars refurbishment projects, among which the conversion into ice class vessel of the Silver Cloud in 2017 and the lengthening of the Silver Spirit, completed in May 2018.
Vice President Vessel Refurbishment | Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Colin currently holds the position of Vice President Vessel Refurbishment at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), where he is responsible for all refurbishment activities within Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Oceania Cruises. During his 4 years at NCLH, he has been responsible for more than 20 vessel refits, totaling over $500M in project costs. Previously, Colin held leadership roles within Carnival Cruise Lines as Director of Newbuilds, Fleet Director of Technical Operations, and Ship Manager. He was responsible for the conversion of the Carnival Sunshine, which, at that time, was the largest cruise ship refurbishment in the history of the industry ($150M). Colin served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, where he did Division Officer tours within both Engine and Deck Departments. He also did a Joint Operations Tour at U.S. Southern Command. Colin received a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, where he was commissioned through the U.S. Navy ROTC Program. He holds an MBA from the University of Miami and is a graduate of the Wharton School’s general management program at the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO | Garroni Design
Business Development Manager | Lloyd's Register Marine & Offshore
On Completing a career as a Chief Engineer, Graeme joined Lloyd’s Register (LR) in 1996 as a Ship Surveyor, working on almost all types of existing ocean-going vessels in New York were the activities also included undertaking surveys on Equipment and components for new and existing vessels. Graeme Transferred to Philadelphia where, after becoming a Senior Surveyor, he began working on the classification of equipment and components, materials; also undertaking Quality Schemes for Equipment and Components and Materials. Subsequently, Graeme became senior Surveyor in charge of the port of Philadelphia and Baltimore as well as Regional Coordinator of the Quality Assurance for Engineering Systems operated within the Americas. Graeme in December 2015 changed roles to become the Americas Type Approval – Business Development Manager as Lloyd’s Register recognized the importance of having a dedicated Technical matter expert who could undertake supporting role for the Equipment and component manufacturers and the steel mills, foundry’s, forging companies, etc. who support the shipbuilding and existing shipping industry. Focus today is the continual improvement of the Type Approval process, Certification and Alternative methods such as the Quality Assurance for Engineering Systems QAES which allows companies flexibility for Certification, supply chain management and also certification of unique innovative products for Marine and Offshore use. Graeme holds a B. Eng. in Mechanical System and Design Engineering from the University of Liverpool in Liverpool United Kingdom. He has also qualified as a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Engineering Council within the UK and a Member of Institution of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEst).
Renee Hytry Derrington
Group Vice President Design | Formica Group
With almost thirty years designing hard surfacing products for the world’s largest laminate brand, Renee leads an international design team representing Asia, Australia, Europe, India, North America, and New Zealand. These surfaces have shaped interiors in homes, business, healthcare, education, hotels, hospitality venues and the marine industry in four continents. A brand zealot, she has collaborated with Pentagram on the “Formica Forever” book for the company’s 100th-year history. Always challenging conventions of classic material, Renee collaborated with Abbott Miller, Jonathan Adler and Laurinda Spear for unique laminate collections; and worked with Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Massimo Vignelli to name a few, on a bespoke furniture exhibition. Taking sustainability into the design process, Renee developed award-winning Reclaimed Denim Fiber and Paper Terrazzo which incorporates waste from blue jeans and Formica’s own paper to create laminates with a new purpose. In 2018, Renee was awarded Interior Design Magazine’s ‘Designer: Lifetime of HiPness Award’ for her service to the design industry.
President | Global Marine & Hotel Interiors GmbH
Owner & Executive Project Director | Tillberg Design of Sweden
Part Owner of Tillberg Design of Sweden. During Fredrik's 25 years in the business, he has managed some of the world’s most creative and prestigious marine projects, including on private yachts, explorer ships and ocean liners, like Cunard's Queen Mary 2.
Director of Interior Design & Architecture | Carnival Cruise Line
Ever since he was a young child, Petu has loved the sea and ships, and been fascinated by designing and customizing objects, from artwork, to helmets, to cell phone covers to vehicles and anything in-between. “As long as I can remember, I’ve been attracted to creating things and to taking what already exists and improving it,” Kummala says. As an adult, that led him to Kone-Plan OY/Deltamarin Group, a firm that specializes in ship design and engineering, where one of his clients was Carnival Cruise Line. That is where he met Joe Farcus, the legendary designer who was involved in creating the interiors of all Carnival’s ships from 1975 until his retirement in 2013. When Farcus offered Kummala the opportunity to join his firm, Kummala says that it took less than 10 seconds for him to make his decision. After working on 17 Carnival, nine Costa and few other brands’ ships, Kummala launched 358 Design, which he still operates. But in 2015, Carnival asked him to join its staff, where he is now director of interior design & architecture. As he continues to combine creative inspiration with technical innovations, Kummala is guided by a very personal philosophy. “If I can give passengers something new to discover every day, I’ve created a successful design.”
Vice President Revitalisation and Hotel Refurbishment Refurbishment | Carnival Cruise Line
A 30-year veteran of the maritime industry, Lisa McCabe joined Carnival Corporation in 2009 and came over to Carnival Cruise Line to build the refurbishment department in 2012. She leads a team of project managers responsible for the majority of the cruise line’s large scale dry dock projects throughout the fleet that include the addition of new branded food and beverage venues, stateroom renovations and additions, waterparks, and recent upgrades to many crew spaces. During her time at CCL, McCabe has been responsible for over 250 refurbishment projects in shipyards throughout the U.S., The Bahamas, and Singapore.
Director, Marine Projects & Communications | AD Associates
David has 25 years’ experience in the hospitality and maritime industry at Executive level, both operationally and in vessel newbuild/refurbishment design and delivery. Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management, a 14-year sea-going career with P&O Cruises, (a Carnival Corporation brand) was followed by various land-based roles at Carnival UK, Southampton. Responsible for several refurbishments and newbuild projects, notably the P&O Cruises flagship, Britannia, where he is proud to have been presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Now at AD Associates, an award-winning, multidisciplinary design agency based in the heart of London, David oversees all marine projects as well as Sales & Marketing activity. Throughout its lifespan, his extensive managerial experience across complex projects and service delivery looks to add value, nurture relationships and build trust and credibility with clients and partners worldwide.
Deputy Director Of Interior Design & Operations | Seabourn & Holland America Line
My Nguyen was born in Vietnam and has resided in Seattle since the age of 2. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Fine Arts. My has earned accolades for award-winning and nationally recognized projects in marine, high-end residential, and hospitality design. She joined Holland America Group in a newly created leadership role to form an in-house design team that oversees the interior refurbishments and maintenance of Holland America Line and Seabourn’s fleet. My is also the head designer of staterooms on Holland America Line newbuild vessels.
Principal Consultant, Cruise Line Newbuilding and Operations | Seawise Consulting Group LLC
Lawrence first went to sea as a junior hotel officer on board the West Coast’s premier liner, the SS LURLINE, moving to shoreside management 6 years later.
Over the years he worked for several industry leaders, including Royal Viking Line and Cunard.
He joined Seabourn in 1986 as part of the start-up management team and retired from Seabourn in 2011 as Vice President – Fleet Operations.
During his career he was involved in the construction of 9 ships and the refurbishment of many more.
Now he manages Seawise Consulting Group, with a mission to provide newbuilding and project management services to the cruise industry. His most recent projects were the conversion of the Azamara Pursuit in 2018, which he project managed for RCCL; and assistance in the specification and contracting of a soon to be announced luxury/expedition newbuild for Norwegian owners.
CEO | MRD
Michael is a lighting designer and director who has worked in various industries ranging from theatre and entertainment to architecture and hospitality for the last two decades. He initially honed his craft and expertize as a technical and production designer for the circus having developed specialized lighting systems for varied clients, such as Cirque Eloize, Les 7 doigts de la main, and Cirque du Soleil. Since creating MRD in 2005 he has solidified its reputation as the “go-to” source for product development and innovation, lighting even the most challenging environments—cruise ships, restaurants, exteriors, national historic landmarks and interiors needing specialized care. Riotto constantly strives to develop lighting solutions that push the boundaries of innovation and propels lighting to new heights. Michael is passionate about staying at the forefront of current technologies and repurposing existing materials that help reduce carbon footprint and minimize disruption to the environment.
Senior Director of Vessel Refurbishment | Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Boris Ruskovsky is Senior Director of Vessel Refurbishment with Norwegian Cruise Line Holding. Over the last 20 years he was involved with operations, construction, and startups of numerous vessels for leading cruise lines. Most recently his role is focused on refurbishment initiatives for Norwegian, Oceania, and Regent fleet. Boris is a hospitality professional with twenty years of experience within the cruise industry, including operations management, startups, shipbuilding and refurbishment. His portfolio includes food and beverage, housekeeping, and overall hotel management. Successful opening and startup of more than a dozen cruise ships and a number of large-scale hotel refurbishment projects.
Head of Design | P&O Australia
Petra began her career by studying interior design in Sweden from 2010-2012. During her studies, Petra was awarded her first internship at Wilson Associates, Dallas, before being transferred to New York, where she assisted on hospitality projects for large hotels and restaurants. Immediately after finishing her degree in interior design, Petra landed a job with Hirsch Bedner Associates in London, where she spent most of her time working on a project for Ritz Carlton in Tunisia. After her time in London, Petra returned to Sweden, where she joined Tillberg Design of Sweden and started designing cruise ships for a variety of brands. From 2016, Petra has worked as Head of Design at P&O Australia, taking care of all designs for the P&O fleet in Australia.
Partner, Senior Interior Designer & Project Director | Tillberg Design of Sweden
Director, Interior Design | Princess Cruises
George Scammell is Director of Interior Design & Operations for Holland America Group, serving Princess Cruises. He is responsible for leading the in-house design team in managing all interior design initiatives, supporting interior revitalization, refurbishment, and maintenance for Princess’ fleet of 17 International ships. A global hospitality design leader, George has extensive experience in the hospitality, cruise, and leisure entertainment industry. Leadership positions include VP of Global Design for Wyndham Worldwide, Principal for CORE architects, VP of Design for ForrestPerkins, and Design Management for Walt Disney World Resorts. George earned his bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Florida State University, is a licensed Interior Designer, and a Professional Member of both the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Interior Design Association.
Project Manager & People Flow Consultant | KONE Corporation
SVP Sales & Marketing | Richloom Contract
Glenda Spangler is a Senior Executive Vice President at Richloom Contract Fabrics. Glenda has over 30+ years’ experience in the textile industry. Glenda Spangler has a proven track record of combining business savvy and design sensibility to create success. Her various roles at Richloom Fabrics Group started with creating a residential upholstery division. In 2007, Glenda and her husband moved to Shanghai China to streamline sourcing and develop a global hospitality business. Returning to the USA in 2012, Glenda has been spearheading the company's design and marketing efforts for the Cruise industry. Glenda travels extensively to work with interior design firms, cruise lines, shipyards and fabric suppliers around the world to create a quality product for this exciting industry. When not on the job, Glenda enjoys living and walking on the beaches in Charleston, SC.
Partner | YSA Design
Bjørn Storbraaten is a Partner at YSA Design, based in Oslo. He develops concepts for interiors and works on the overall General Arrangements (the GA) for the outside design (funnel, mast, the aft and forward profile of the ship). Bjørn has worked on a wide variety of cruise ships; some highlights include, Disney Magic & Disney Wonder in the 1990s, Seaborn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest in 2006, and more recently Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam, Koeningsdam and Nieuw Statendam. Bjørn has also worked on refurbishment projects, such as for Windstar and Holland America Line from 2004-2006.
Stephen T. Fryers
Consultant | Royal Caribbean Cruises
Born in Ireland, Stephen departed the country shortly after university, (where he studied Architecture and, later, completed a post-graduate in Project Management), to move to England, after which he lived and worked in Hong Kong, Australia, and Italy. Stephen has now worked in the cruise industry for more than 20 years, during which time he has been fortunate to have worked on new-build, refurbishment, and major conversion projects for some of the world’s leading cruise lines. Stephen’s main area of expertize lies in interior fit-out works; over the years he has gained vast experience and knowledge in Project Management of cruise ship construction projects.
Founding Partner | Studio DADO
Greg Walton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP is founding partner of Studio DADO, a Miami-based design studio specializing in cruise ship and hospitality interiors, which has established itself as an integral part of the cruise design industry. Greg has designed projects such as Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis class ships and the “Seven
Seas Explorer” for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. With a Masters in Architecture from Georgia Tech, and an MS in International Business from Johns Hopkins, Greg has mentored cruise ship design students at Florida International University since 2007 and sits on the 2019 Cruise Ship Interiors Expo advisory board. Greg watches trends: he sees technology as a key driver of industry change and reminds emerging designers to consider the continual advancements in how we interface with and control our built environment. In his free time, Greg is a tireless world traveler who is rarely seen without his Italian greyhound, Enzo.
Managing Director | SMC Design
Andy has over 25 years' experience in design and has worked internationally on many large-scale leisure developments. His continued drive and enthusiasm for innovative relevant design keeps SMC fresh, dynamic, and relevant. Passionate about good design, he is adept at combining years of experience with innovative and new thinking to produce unique and challenging creative solutions for clients. Andy believes that SMC’s success is down to its people and their approach to design, both of which continue to strengthen the company and benefit clients around the world.
CEO | FZ Collection