THE APPOINTMENT of Atlantis Adventures Chief Operating Officer Ronald Williams to take over day-to-day leadership of the company was the final march in an ongoing parade of company patriarchs.
In January, Hilo Hattie President Chris Resich announced he was leaving to become president and partner at travel destination company MC&A Inc.
The vacancy at Hilo Hattie was filled earlier this month when former Persis Corp. and ASA Properties Inc. President and CEO Paul de Ville was named CEO of Pomare Ltd., Hilo Hattie's parent company.
In conjunction, Atlantis Adventures President and CEO Darrell Metzger was named president and CEO of Hilo Hattie. Jim Romig remains chairman of Pomare.
But Metzger's departure from Atlantis Adventures left the company without its top executive.
Now Williams has Metzger's former responsibilities for Atlantis. His title hasn't changed, though, remaining chief operating officer.
"I hope it's going to stay a permanent appointment," Williams said.
Williams been with Atlantis six years. He now oversees department heads in Atlantis' operational, finance and marketing departments.
The company operates Atlantis tour submarines on Oahu, Maui and the Big island; owns and operates Navatek Cruises in Waikiki, and manages Sea Life Park Hawaii and Waimea Valley Adventure Park.
The company also provides sales and marketing management services to the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.
Williams said the city is still interested in purchasing Waimea Valley Adventure Park.
"As far as we're concerned it's a business we have to keep operating, we have to keep moving forward -- we can't be in a holding position because of (the city's possible purchase)," Williams said.
Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
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