Anthony Newman President

Anthony Newman brings a certain international savvy to his leadership role at Metro Cruise Services. Educated in the United Kingdom, Anthony is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with a B.S. in Economics. Over the past ten years he has served in general management, finance, strategy and business development positions at cruise line suppliers including Medov Logistics Group in Florida and Intercruises Shoreside and Port Services in the U.S. and Spain. Previously Anthony worked in the M&A departments of TUI Travel PLC and KPMG in the UK where he executed a number of domestic and international transactions.

With a strong understanding of business drivers and commercial, financial and operational experience as a cruise line supplier, Anthony is a great fit for his position at the helm of Metro Cruise Services.

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John Oldefendt Vice President of Shore Operations & Business Development

In his role as Vice President of Shore Operations & Business Development, John oversees guest ground services and agency. John joined Metro Cruise in 2006 shortly after its inception. He was instrumental in successfully starting ground services operations in the ports of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Galveston, Miami and New York, where he developed a reputation for excellence among all cruise line partners.

In addition to his extensive experience with ground services, John spent six years working onboard cruise ships as a passenger service manager. His shipboard service has provided an excellent understanding of the needs of cruise line clients, as well as a passion and dedication to providing the best guest experience possible.

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Mike Lee Division President, Security Services

Mike Lee is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a former Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mike started his civilian career in 2005 with Maritime Protective Services, Inc. as an ISPS/MTSA instructor and consultant. In 2006, Mike joined McRoberts Maritime Security, Inc. as Assistant Vice President, responsible for all cruise and cargo security contracts in the Port of Miami and Port Everglades. In 2011 Mike was promoted to Vice President and made responsible for all cruise and cargo security contracts in New Orleans, Galveston, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Seattle.

In the summer of 2014, Mike joined Metro Cruise Services to lead Terminal Security Solutions, Inc., a maritime security firm specializing in terminal security, MTSA & ISPS consulting and education. Terminal Security Solutions introduced much needed innovation to security services in complete alignment with the high standards of customer service that the cruise industry requires.

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Lorenzo Looper Director, Cruise Services

As Director of Cruise Operations, Lorenzo is responsible for nationwide stevedore services and plays key roles in customer and government relations, labor relations and business development for Metro Cruise. Lorenzo Looper is a 38-year veteran of the maritime industry and is a retired U.S. Naval officer with over 24 years of honorable service.

Lorenzo began his career with Metropolitan Stevedore Company in 2003 as a Security Supervisor and Stevedore Superintendent for bulk, automobile and cruise operations. He went on to become the company’s Facility Security Officer, Senior Superintendent, Terminal Manager, and Regional Manager, West Coast Operations. His strong experience and knowledge of the cruise and maritime industries, as well as his “can-do” attitude epitomizes the quality of service that Metro Cruise provides its customers.

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