Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Navatek gets new skipper

By Russ Lynch

Terry O'Halloran this week became operating head of Navatek Cruises.

O'Halloran joined Navatek Cruises parent Atlantis Adventures 11 years ago.

The company runs Navatek I, the 400-passenger, 140-foot twin-hull tour boat that operates out of Honolulu Harbor.

The job is an interim appointment and he doesn't have the title of president of Navatek, but in effect that is his job, the company said. O'Halloran replaces Valerie King, Navatek president and also an 11-year veteran of Atlantis, who joins Tickets Plus Inc. later this month as president and chief operating officer.

O'Halloran's appointment is the latest in a string of management shifts in local companies that began with the January departure of Chris Resich from the presidency of Hilo Hattie to become president of destination-management company MC&A Inc. That led to Darrell Metzger leaving the post of president and CEO at Atlantis Adventures to become president and CEO of Hilo Hattie.

Ronald Williams, chief operating officer of Atlantis Adventures, was given Metzger's responsibilities, as yet without the title. The company said its board is still trying to finalize all the management titles.

O'Halloran is seen as the logical person to run Navatek, which was purchased by Atlantis Adventures in April of last year. He owned and managed Fathom Five Divers on Kauai until he was recruited in 1990 to create and manage Atlantis Reef Divers.

In 1996, he was given his current title of vice president of business development at Atlantis Adventures.

Meanwhile Valerie King will handle the day-to-day operations at Honolulu-based entertainment ticket vendor Tickets Plus.

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