BERNHARD "BERNI" BLAHA, CEO
from Vienna, Austria
since 1986 in Yachting Industry
A - Segelschein FB II, RYA - Yachtmaster Commercial, Sailing Instructor
As I turned my beloved hobby, sailing into my profession in 1986, it was unusual to see it from the other side. However, I realized very fast all the possibilities for creativity in this branch. Addition to that, living by the sea and having sun shining every day made my choice very easy.
from Vienna, Austria
As I was growing up in the sailing business due to my parents it was always a big part of my life. From an early stage on my parents took me on the sailing trips and more and more I experienced all different stages of yachting. Being able to work and live beside the beautiful Mediterranean sea side is a great pleasure and combined with the open and friendly attitude of the Turkish people it is what I have chosen for my family and me.
Polytechnical University, Departmen of Economics
I love this business not only because I love sea, boats and feeling of freedom that sailing gives, but also because it brings me very interesting people connections. And, of course, it is a pure luxury, to love what you do for living.
JUDITH HÖFLER, Vienna Office
from Linz, Austria
since 1990 in Charter Business
A - Segelschein FB II
For me it was from the beginning a challenge to deal with the forces of nature, which you have to when sailing. My very first trips took me across half the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Since then, sailing became a part of my life. I feel very lucky and fortunate being involved in the sailing industry and even after 20 years in this business I start my every working day with the smile and enthusiasm.
ELENA STAHL, Vienna Office
From Vologda, Russian Federation
State Pedagogical University, Foreign Languages (English, German) (2004)
HAK Ungargasse, Vienna, Office Management (2006)
I enjoy it working for PHOENIX due to its family atmosphere and the diversity of the daily duties.The advantage of speaking Russian, German and English fluently allows me to answer the inquiries and questions of our most clients in their native languages. I am a passionate sea and sailing admirer.
MAHMUT TEKINEL, Base Manager Fethiye
from Zonguldak, Black Sea, Turkey
Gymansium, College (turner)
Sailing License (limit 50T), International Yacht Master, VHF operator
I grew up on the Black Sea, where my grandfather worked at the small shipyard. After completing my training I start working in shipbuilding immediately. Initially I worked in a small shipyard on gulets and wooden boats. The love for the yachts remained, and when I came in 1996 to Marmaris, I discovered new joy of sailing. I have been working 18 years in the charter industry.
SULEYMAN "TARKAN" ÇIÇEK, Technical Manager Marmaris
From Söğüt, Aegean Coast, Turkey
I was born in Marmaris and spent my childhood in Söğüt, a village on the Aegean coast. Having grown up on the coast, I know the area very well and have always felt a strong bond to the sea and boating. I have worked in the charter business for the past ten years, and enjoy dealing with people and the responsibility of the boats