HMS Global Maritime | Executive Team Management
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Executive Team Management

John Waggoner

President & CEO, HMS Global Maritime

Chairman & CEO, American Queen Steamboat Company


WaggonerJohn founded HMS Global Maritime after serving as Director of Marine Operations for Hornblower Dining Yachts, a fleet of 29 dinner cruise vessels.


John has been actively involved in the passenger vessel industry for over 30 years. He began his career in the sport fishing industry, and has since been involved in many and varied segments of the industry including commercial fishing, offshore oil support vessels, dinner cruise and excursion vessels, casino boats, car and passenger ferry operations and overnight passenger vessels.


John’s continuing dedication to safety and furthering the development of marine transportation has placed him at the forefront of the industry. He was awarded a Commendation from the Commandment of the U.S. Coast Guard for his substantial and lasting contribution to promoting passenger vessel safety.


He received a Master of Business Administration in June of 1989 and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in June of 1979 from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He was nominated outstanding MBA of the year, and selected by his peers as the MBA with the highest stress tolerance, a highly appropriate personality trait in the marine industry.


As President and CEO of HMS Global Maritime and Chairman and CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company, John still lives his childhood dream of “playing with boats the rest of his life, so he would never have to grow up and get a real job.”


Bill Annand

President & COO, Seaward Services


As President & COO of Seaward Services, Bill heads up the government services division of HMS Global Maritime. He oversees and manages all contracts that involve the federal government including the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency.


Bill has over 30 years of maritime industry experience. He began his career as a deckhand with a ferry company and received his U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license at the age of 21. Bill has managed marine operations for a fleet of nine vessels and has also owned and operated his own river cruise company. Since joining Hornblower Marine Services in 1995, Bill has managed and overseen many ferry operations and is now leading Seaward Services, Inc.



John Sainsbury

President, HMS Consulting & Technical


As President of HMS Consulting & Technical, John is responsible for the management of all technical, regulatory and business consulting activities. He also provides project management support for internal technical and business development initiatives within HMS Global Maritime operations.


John is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and has completed additional studies in project management. He has over 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, including deep sea, offshore, towing, general cargo and operational management roles in the passenger vessel sector. John joined Hornblower Marine Services in 2006 as the General Manager of HMS-PacNav.



Bob Herre

General Counsel, HMS Global Maritime


Since September of 2011, Bob has served HMS Global Maritime as General Counsel. He is a 35 year veteran of the marine transportation industry with deep experience in the fields of vessel operations, shipbuilding and maritime law. Prior to HMS Global Maritime, Bob served as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for The Vane Brothers Companies, an 85 vessel petroleum transportation company operating on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Bob’s shipbuilding career included 15 years with Jeffboat where he began as an Engineering Manager and ascended to the role of President, and five years as the President of Manitowoc’s (MTW) 1,800 employee shipbuilding division on the Great Lakes where he ultimately took the group through a stock sale to an Italian shipbuilding conglomerate.


Bob began his maritime career with a tug-barge operating company as a Marine Engineer and ultimately ran vessel operations. Bob holds a U.S. Coast Guard license as a Chief Engineer and is admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky and U.S. District Courts. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, MBA from Xavier University and JD from the University of Louisville.


Dax Whitehouse

COO, HMS Global Maritime


As Chief Operating Officer for HMS Global Maritime, Dax oversees the execution of the Company’s strategy and implementation of improvement initiatives across all the Company’s divisions.


Before joining HMS in July of 2018, Dax spent over 25 years in manufacturing serving in various positions, including CEO, where he developed extensive experience in strategy, business improvement, talent development, technology, and mergers and acquisitions.  Dax is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Industrial Engineering and the Wharton Executive Development Program.