HMSA’s new CEO shares his vision for health care at Annual Meeting

Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) President and Chief Executive Officer Michael B. Stollar shared his vision for HMSA at the 80th Annual Meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center today, where about 225 members were in attendance.

“Leading HMSA is an honor and privilege that comes with profound responsibilities,” said Stollar. “My job is to ensure that we continue working with every stakeholder to build a community system of health that’s safe, affordable, and accessible, and delivers the kinds of health and well-being outcomes that Hawaii’s people deserve.”

Stollar described how HMSA will continue to improve the health of its members and the state of Hawaii.

“It takes everyone to improve the health of Hawaii. Through our partnerships and working with our stakeholders, we’re creating a sustainable community system that advances the health and well-being goals of people and their families,” said Stollar.

Robert S. Harrison, president and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank and chair of HMSA’s Board of Directors, facilitated the meeting. HMSA Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Gina L. Marting presented the company’s financial report, including more than $3 billion paid for member benefits last year and a 1.7 percent net gain.

Six people were elected to three-year terms on HMSA’s Board of Directors. New to the Board this year is Ronald Williams, president and chief executive officer of Atlantis Adventures. Williams also served as interim president and chief executive officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and as the authority’s chair and board member.

Williams joined Atlantis Submarines in 1995 as the general manager of the Maui operations. In November 1995, he was promoted to regional general manager of Atlantis Submarines for Maui and Oahu. The following August, Williams was again promoted, to chief operating officer for the entire company, overseeing all of the Hawaii Submarine locations as well as Atlantis Cruises, Sea Life Park Hawaii, and Waimea Falls Park. In June 2001, Williams became president and chief executive officer of Atlantis Adventures, LLC.

At a Board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting, Carla J. Nip-Sakamoto, M.D., was re-elected secretary of the Board, joining Chair Robert S. Harrison, who is president and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank, and Vice Chair John T. Komeiji, who is senior vice president and general counsel at Hawaiian Telcom, as Board officers.

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote well-being; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

Headquartered on Oahu with centers and offices statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.