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Where it Matters

Meet the team behind the most luxurious cruise line for residential life at sea

Our Story

Storylines founders Shannon and Alister started with a vision to give global travelers the ability to live out their deep passion for exploration. They realized that many people have placed their thirst for adventure on hold to build a career, care for children, or pursue other interests that temporarily pause the part of their life story that they dream of most. The result was in creating the most luxurious cruise line for residential life at sea. One that enables global citizens to live a healthy and active life of freedom and adventure while still maintaining their work and family life. One in which they can enjoy unique, memorable and life-changing experiences while traveling the world from the comfort of home.

The Storylines Team 

The Storylines team brings together a wide knowledge of the cruise, real estate, and leisure industries with over 250 years of collective experience. Storylines' advisory board and brand ambassadors also have extensive cruise experience, having spent a total of 25,000 days at sea. They are not just employees, they are a team of residents and neighbors leading a truly global lifestyle.


Alister Punton

Co-CEO and Founder

Alister has two decades of experience in the property, construction and technology sectors, developing businesses and solutions for global markets. He has developed a fully integrated SaaS property product, as well as run an international construction import business in China. Alister is a founding board member for Prepared For Life: a driver and road safety charity for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Shannon Lee

Co-CEO & Founder - Vision, Design, Construction

Shannon has extensive experience in international real estate development and property partnerships, bringing new and bold solutions to traditional business challenges. He has spent several years consulting with distressed and failing enterprises, implementing innovative cross-sector solutions with great success.

Dr Paul Read 

Project Manager - Ship Build

Paul is CEO of Gelen Marine Ltd and has over 25 years of experience in ship building and conversions. He is a chartered Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with comprehensive experience in project management, engineering, design and ship construction. He is managing Storylines new build project and overseeing the engineering, design and construction of the project.

Captain Meinhardt Hansen

Ship Captain and Construction Advisor - Operational

An experienced Captain with a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel and tourism industries. Skilled in GMDSS, Marine Safety, Maritime Safety, International Shipping, and Dynamic Positioning, he is well-versed in operations management and has extensive experience navigating in icy waters. His Master License is from Vinnuhaskulin.

Dick Rosman

Vessel Acquisitions and Itinerary

Dick has 40+ years in the maritime and aviation industries with a keen focus on cruise ship sale and purchase markets. He has financial interests in various vessels throughout Europe, Middle East & Africa. His vessels are responsible for charter and recovery works including the recovery of the famed sunken MS Costa Concordia.

Hampton Bridwell

Corporate Brand Strategy

Hampton is CEO and Managing Partner of the brand innovation and marketing consultancy, Tenet Partners. He oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. His expertise is in advising clients on how to best use their brand as a strategic asset and a powerful leadership tool. He has completed Harvard Business School's Executive Training program.

Irina Strembitsky

Director of Sales

Irina brings over 15 years of Sales and Marketing experience to the Storylines team. She has spent eight of those years in luxury senior living property development and managed multi-million-dollar luxury lease portfolios throughout the United States. Irina’s love for startups stems from her passion of being a part of something revolutionary that changes the industry and offers a unique lifestyle product to the consumer.  

Michal Jackiewicz

Ship Design

Michael is Partner & Executive Project Director of Tillberg Design of Sweden. His point of view on design: Function + form + materials, in that order. His point of view on guest experiences in the future: Added values that can be applied to all levels of the company and relate to multiple experiences from users’ and owners’ perspectives.

Peter Ford

Ports, Strategy and Security

Peter advises innovative businesses on their development strategies. His previous position as Chief Strategy Officer for Ports of America controlled over 80 ports in the USA making him a great fit for this role. He holds an MBA and is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and serves on the advisory board of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy.

Dr Brian Martin

Medical and Health Programs

Dr. Martin has over 25 years of experience and will lead our Optimal Aging programs, aimed to protect and enhance the health and quality of life of our residents. He will also oversee; the compounding pharmacy, bio-identical hormone replacement, nutraceuticals, anti-aging cosmetics, medical and wellness services, and health insurance plans. He is developing Clean Air, Clean Food and Clean Water programs.

B.C. Hunter

Sustainability Ambassador

Ms. Hunter brings 19 years of experience with startups to the Storylines team. Her graduate degree studies at Harvard University in Sustainability and the Environment focus on assisting companies in devising their sustainability strategies. She consults on new venture projects with innovators that are creating the habitats and communities of the future. Partnering with revolutionary brands committed to ambitious environmental solutions, Ms. Hunter strongly believes that responsible business will have a lasting positive impact on societies and the natural world.

Marek Plota

Head of Legal

Marek has gained extensive experience performing in advisory roles in international corporations in the aviation and real estate sectorsHe specializes in corporate law and implementation of foreign investment projects as well as Merger and Acquisition performance and Venture Capital investment processes including due diligence audits and negotiations at all transaction stages.

Katie Drew-Jensen

Director of Global Marketing

Katie brings over thirty years of business ownership, in a diverse set of industries, including launching a chain of medical spas, a private air charter company, and a business consulting firm. Her vast knowledge in marketing and sales stems from being an innovator, with impeccable customer care leading her mission. Her love for luxury travel, coupled with her in-depth experience, aligns perfectly with Storylines' vision.

Alexandra Zodian

Director of International Relationships

Alexandra has 13 years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. She graduated from the University of Westminster in London with a First Degree in Business and Tourism. After graduating, she was approached by a 5-star hotel in London to be their Sales and Marketing Manager. After working for different luxury hotel brands, she then had the opportunity to work for one of the biggest West End Theatre Companies in the UK. Alexandra’s biggest passion is traveling - she has lived in the UK, Spain, Malaysia and the USA.

Lorena Aloe

Special Programs Director

Lorena is a versatile professional who has developed her career over the last 17 years in different positions and roles in a leading shipyard in Spain. During that time, she has gained significant experience in the organization and coordination of the various aspects involved in company management and commercialization.

Dr Krzysztof Kontek

IT Telecom Manager

Krzysztof has almost 40 years of experience in hardware and software design (including at CERN in Geneva) as well as establishing and running a number of IT and Telecom companies. Currently, he is the CEO of Acnet sp. z o. o. and assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. At Storylines, he is responsible for IT and Telecom management, and for the development of Artificial Intelligence systems.

Angela Miclat

Operations Manager

Angela has over a decade of experience in recruiting, HR, and operations. She is also highly skilled in Lean Six Sigma, project management, and data analytics. Angela's passion for recruiting, human resources and operations can be traced back to her pre-professional days. Whether as a member of her school admissions team or part of the campus interview operations team at Kaye-Bassman Inc., she has been on a recruiting and operations path from the start. Angela likes to get people excited about the things she's excited about. Right now, that's Storylines Global Inc.

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