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Kenneth Svendsen

Chief Executive OfficerOasis Marinas

Baltimore, MD

Member Since November 2023


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Hospitality Management
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Kenneth Svendsen is the chief executive officer at Oasis Marinas, the nation’s leading marina hospitality and management partner. Kenneth brings 30 years of experience across hospitality, recreation and leisure industries to drive transformation and lead Oasis Marinas in its mission of elevating the boater experience through high-end customer-centric experiences. As CEO, Kenneth’s experience in business and corporate development, branding, marketing, operations and mergers and acquisitions have helped scale Oasis Marina’s properties and expand the company’s footprint. Kenneth leads a team of 700+ team members across more than 55 properties, 8,000 slips, hundreds of RV pads across 15 states and caters to over 13,000 boaters, guests and customers annually. His leadership and past C-Suite experience at large global public companies like The Walt Disney Company, Hilton Worldwide and private equity backed models including Entertainment Cruises and Hornblower Cruise Events, will help him drive Oasis Marinas through its next growth and diversification stage and advance its overall portfolio. As the CEO of Entertainment Cruises and president of Hornblower Cruise Events, Kenneth operated three different portfolios, including 157 ships. During his presidency, Kenneth planned, integrated and led what became the world's largest provider of water based dining, sightseeing, private charter and transportation experiences. He oversaw and led the expansion into Europe with the acquisition of the largest GB operator serving 9.8 million guests each year. At Disney, he operated his first “stand alone” P&L which was responsible for the Walt Disney Travel Company in 2000. For the past two years, Kenneth has served as a global executive advisor, coach and board director for multiple nonprofit and social responsibility organizations. In both business and philanthropy, he has a track record of transforming organizations from decentralized domestic legacy businesses to centralized global enterprises with robust shared services of excellence, elevated brand clarity and operational excellence, never compromising on safety, quality and culture and moving companies further on the trajectory of success.

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Company details

Oasis Marinas

Company bio

Oasis Marinas is a leading marina and hospitality and management partner, operating a portfolio of more than 55 properties, 8,000 slips, and hundreds of RV pads across 15 states and caters to over 13,000 guests annually. Oasis Marinas has been reimagining marina operations since 2014. As experts in marina management, facilities management, hospitality, business development, human resources, food and beverage, corporate finance, and marketing, the Oasis team is dedicated to elevating the boater experience through boater and guest-centric high-touch customer experiences. With over 710 in-season team members who understand the challenges boat owners, marina owners, and boaters face every day, customers can expect remarkable adventures from bow to bye. Today, Oasis Marinas is recognized as a 2023 Great Place to Work and is managed by leadership previously overseeing hospitality and customer experience at Disney, Hilton, and more. For more information, please visit and follow along on social at @OasisMarinas.


Corporate leadership

Area of focus

Marina Facilities Management
Dock Repair and Planning
Hospitality Managment

Company size

501 - 1,000