D.R. Stollmeyer Elected President Of American Hawaii Cruises

David R. Stollmeyer has been elected president of American Hawaii Cruises, San Francisco. He joined the company in 1979 as executive vice president, charged with the r e d e c o r a t i o n of the American-built Independence and returning her to service under the American flag. Rechristened by Mrs. Paul Lyet, wife of the chairman of Sperry Rand Company, the 750-passenger luxury liner Oceanic Independence began yearround seven-day c r u i s e s f r om Honolulu to four other Hawaiian ports of call on June 21.

Mr. Stollmeyer first went to sea aboard icebreakers which served the Arctic Dewline Radar Defense sites. In 1968, he joined March Shipping, Ltd. as assistant to the president, with responsibility for diversifying the company's functions, which encompassed passenger shipping agencies, terminal o p e r a t i o n s , chartering, security guard services and freight forwarding.

Elected vice president and director of the March Shipping Group, now the largest such consortium in Canada, Mr. Stollmeyer, in 1975, additionally was appointed president of the Bulk Terminal Operating Co. In 1976, he moved to New York to become associated more directly with the operation and marketing of the Group's greatly expanded passenger activities in the U.S.

Mr. Stollmeyer left the March Shipping Group in 1977 to accept the position of North American vice president of Costa Cruises, directing the marketing of the Costa family's rapidly expanding passenger fleet in the U.S.

This experience brought the offer f r om American Hawaii Cruises in 1979, an offer he couldn't refuse because of his enthusiasm for recommissioning a great passenger liner and pioneering a new cruise market.

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