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Terry Macrae
Terry MacRae
Chairman & CEO of Hornblower, Inc

Terry MacRae is the CEO of Hornblower Cruises & Events, Alcatraz Cruises, Statue Cruises, Hornblower Niagara Cruises and the co-founder of HMS Global Maritime. As CEO, he leads one of the fastest growing charter yacht, dining cruise and maritime hospitality companies in the nation. He is an expert in the design, renovation, construction and operation of luxury yachts, and a highly-regarded leader in the fine dining, entertainment and tourism industries.
Terry began his career as an environmental engineer with Industrial Clean Air, Inc. Quickly climbing the corporate ladder, Terry was named senior vice president and vice president of sales following the acquisition of Industrial Clean Air by Ecolaire Systems, Inc. During his time with Ecolaire, Terry looked for exciting and memorable venues for entertaining clients and soon began frequenting Hornblower Tours. When the company was offered for sale in 1980, Terry purchased it, seeing the potential to expand the business beyond the current offerings. By placing a great deal of importance on customer service, safety and teamwork, he grew the two-boat, ­114-passenger operation to a 50-boat, multi-million company, hosting over 6,000,000 in 2011.

Terry is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He is a past president of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) and a current member of the joint U.S. Coast Guard/PVA Partnership Action Team. Terry serves as a Commissioner for the California Travel & Tourism Commission, which promotes travel to and within the state. He has also served as a board member of the San Francisco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and is a member of the Society of Naval Architects. Terry has received numerous awards for his leadership and dedication to the tourism industry from the California Travel Industry Association, the San Francisco Business Times, and others.

Annabella Stagner
Annabella Stagner
Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Annabella Stagner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. She began working with Hornblower as an undergraduate in 1995, and continued working full time throughout her college career. During her career at Hornblower, Annabella led the reservation center and was the General Manager of the Northern California port. As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing,  Annabella leads Hornblower Sales Strategy and CRM, Customer Service and Corporate Marketing departments. 

Cindee Beechwood
Cindee Beechwood
Vice President of Finance & Corporate Group Controller

Graduating from Colorado State University with an MBA in Finance, Cindee Beechwood has more than 20 years of financial management experience and is currently Hornblower’s Vice President of Finance, as well as our Corporate Group Controller.

Cameron Clark
Cameron Clark
Vice President & General Manager of New York

As the Vice President and General Manager of our New York port, Cameron Clark oversees the operations of the newest Hornblower location. Cameron has worked with Hornblower for more than 8 years, starting his career off as a Special Projects/Facilities Manager after graduating from the California Maritime Academy. He received his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Jim Unger
Jim Unger
Vice President & General Manager of San Diego

Jim Unger joined the Hornblower team in 1984, successfully establishing the company’s second port. He grew the business, developing new products and enlarging the fleet before departing in 1995. Ten years later Jim returned to Hornblower as Vice President. In this position he is responsible for management of the San Diego fleet and historic event facilities in Balboa Park, and strategic guidance of sales and marketing. Jim graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo where he studied business, and has held several senior positions in various companies, including PGI and D.E. Cook Construction.

Kevin Lorton
Kevin Lorton
Vice President & General Manager of Greater Los Angeles

Kevin Lorton began his career with Hornblower in 1993, holding several management titles before being named Director of Sales in 2000. Now, as the Vice President and General Manager of the greater Los Angeles area, he is responsible for port relations, financial oversight and management of a fleet of twelve modern and historic yachts and a crew of 100 – 150 employees.

He provides strategic guidance on sales & marketing and the growth of the port’s charter yacht and public cruise sales. Kevin received his BA in Business Management from Bethel College in South Bend, IN.

Michael Burke
Michael Burke
COO & Vice President of Statue Cruises

Mike joined Statue Cruises at the start of 2008. Statue Cruises carries over four million passengers annually to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, on harbor cruises, charters and sightseeing excursions. He directs all operations and fiscal affairs of Statue Cruises. The commitment of Mike and his Team to guest service, safety, innovation, and environmental initiatives has driven Statue Cruises to achieve results far exceeding industry standards. Mike is the key Company liaison with the National Park Service, U. S. Coast Guard, NYC Parks & Recreation, and other government agencies and non-profit partners.

Prior to his current position, Mike served as CFO at BillyBey Ferry Company from 2005 to 2008. Mike was President and CEO at Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry in 2000 and 2001, where he served as its first non-owner chief executive. He was also advisor and consultant to Circle Line from 1982 to 2000.

Mike is an active Board and Committee Member of the Governors Island Alliance, the Propeller Club of New York / New Jersey and various other organizations. He is an active community and church volunteer as well.

Mike is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in New York and New Jersey. A native New Yorker, he graduated magna cum laude from Manhattan College and earned a graduate degree from Pace University.

Jill Benson
General Manager of Northern California

Jill Benson began her career with Hornblower in 1999 as the Director of Sales & Marketing, a position she held for 12 years. Now as the General Manager for all of Northern California, she manages the San Francisco, Berkeley, and Sacramento ports and leads the sales and marketing teams in all 3 locations. Jill graduated from St. Mary’s College of California.

Scott Thornton
General Manager & Vice President of Operations of Alcatraz Cruises

Scott Thornton started working for Hornblower 24 years ago as a bartender in San Pedro. He worked as a Hornblower captain for many years, officiating 700 weddings. When Hornblower’s subsidiary Alcatraz Cruises opened in 2006 he was promoted to General Manager, and in 2008 he became the Vice President, as well. In these positions, Scott provides financial oversight, guidance for the growth of the company, and manages a large fleet of ferries, including the ultra-green Hornblower Hybrid. In his role he works closely with the National Park Service and promotes visitation to Alcatraz Island.