Capt. Ashemeyer announces retirement after 45 years in industry

(SAN PEDRO, CA — October 11, 2007) After 45 years in the maritime industry, Captain Manny Aschemeyer has announced that he will retire as executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California. On March 31st, 2008, at the age of 67, he will be succeeded by Capt. Dick McKenna, currently deputy executive director of MX-SoCal.
Aschemeyer and McKenna worked closely together for 15 years. Until the end of March, Aschemeyer intends to continue to fulfil his duties with his “ongoing best efforts, energy, and involvement.” To help make the transition a smooth one, he will then serve for one more season as advisor and consultant to the board and to McKenna.  

In announcing his retirement, Aschemeyer acknowledged his love for his job, and the mixed emotions that accompanied his decision. 

“I’m proud of the team we’ve put together over the past 15 years,” he said.  “Indeed, all the committed folks on our board of directors, and all of our dedicated staff, have played important roles in making the Marine Exchange what it is today – a viable, trusted, and respected ‘maritime information clearinghouse’ for all of Southern California, and points beyond.”

Aschemeyer said he intends to spend time with his family and friends, as well as possibly pursue opportunities for consulting, advising or teaching.

By Professional Mariner Staff