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.
Founded in 2012 by Chairman Michael Flynn, The Small Maldives Island Co (TSMIC) is “the soul” of the exemplary island resort 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
BEHIND THE TSMIC BRAND
MICHAEL C. FLYNN
Chairman & Founder / Shareholder – TSMIC
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.
Meet our TSMIC Strategic Leaders
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.
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.
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.
Group Director of International Sales & Distribution
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.
Strategic Advisor – Sales
Claudia Majunke decided to found Majunke International Sales after more than 25 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. She started her career in 1984 with an apprenticeship in a travel agency, followed by some years with a tour operator based in Stuttgart which included many stays abroad. In 1994 Claudia successfully opened an office for representing A&K before joining SAA. In 1999 she joined Kerzner International as head of Sales for DACH & NL & Russia. In January 2007 she was promoted to Vice President International Sales for One&Only Resorts. Majunke International Sales was founded in 2010.
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.
Sales Executive, Europe
Desiree gained her first experience in sales and marketing during her tourism studies. 2013 she spent two semesters abroad in San Francisco and Mallorca, where her enthusiasm for tourism and travel grew. She loves to discover new cultures and countries and is happy to combine her passion with her job. Since June 2017 Desiree is working for Majunke International Sales.
Rushdhan was born and brought up in Addu, Maldives. His passion is playing with numbers and is an expert in inventory management and what drives him is the intricacies of the revenue and inventory management. He comes with an experience of over 7 years in Hospitality with global brands like Coco Collection, Jumeirah group and Anantara properties. His love for revenue and Inventory management started in the early days of the field, when he was 18 years old. Even then, it intrigued him how all hotel processes and commercial decisions interlink through revenue and Inventory management. His philosophy is life is to “Live Bold and Bloom”.
TSMIC Property Support Leaders
General Manager – Amilla Fushi Resort
Resort Manager – Amilla Fushi Resort
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.