HMS Global Maritime Recognized for Growth of American Queen Steamboat Company
HMS Global Maritime was named a 2018 Business of the Year in the “Very Large Company” category by Louisville Business First at its annual awards gala on Monday, Dec 3. A full-service marine management company, HMS Global Maritime was recognized for its significant growth in its overnight cruise division, specially within American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC).
Since AQSC’s acquisition in 2011, HMS President and CEO John Waggoner, who also serves as Chairman and CEO of AQSC, has added two more ships to its fleet, the American Empress in 2014, and the American Duchess in 2017, with plans to launch its fourth ship, the American Countess, in 2020. This November, AQSC also announced a definitive agreement to acquire Victory I and sister ship Victory II from Sunstone Ships, Inc., as well as the Victory brand.
“On behalf of the entire HMS Global Maritime team, we are extremely humbled and grateful to be recognized as a 2018 Business of the Year by Louisville Business First,” Waggoner said. “We are proud of all the growth that occurred in 2018 and look forward to 2019 with continued plans to expand and become the dominant player in U.S. overnight cruise vessels in the United States.”
In addition to adding cruise boats, HMS is looking to grow in other divisions such as HMS Ferries, Seaward Services and HMS Consulting. HMS was one of 21 businesses and nonprofits recognized as a 2018 Business of the Year by Louisville Business First. More information about all the award winners and finalists can be found here, in addition to the Dec. 7 weekly edition of Louisville Business First.
Readers began by nominating companies they believed achieved excellence this year, followed by a panel of Louisville Business First staff members who narrowed down finalists by annual revenue in each of the five categories – very large companies; large companies; medium companies; small companies; and nonprofits (which were not ranked by revenue). Finally, an independent panel of judges selected winners from each group of finalists.
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HMS Global Maritime is a family of international transport, travel, hospitality and support companies that serve government, private industry and direct consumers. Whether the goal is to expand or optimize existing operations, or start a new venture, HMS Global Maritime can provide the precise level of support required – from project consulting to turnkey management.