Commerce Club Luncheon Series

The Commerce Club is an educational networking event for maritime and transportation professionals. On the 2nd Thursday of every month, meet at Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport to network with other leaders in the Port Community. As industry leaders, elected officials, and the heads of governmental agencies, the Commerce Club's speakers know that you live and work in the Port Region every day, and speak to issues that directly affect your bottom line.


March 14th Commerce Club

Event Details

Date: Thursday March 14, 2019
Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77017

Captain Mark Mitchem, Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots

About Captain Mark Mitchem

Captain Mark Mitchem, Houston Pilots

Captain Mark Mitchem, Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots, is the featured speaker at the March 14, 2019 Commerce Club Luncheon. Mitchem will present a brief overview of the Houston Pilots’ navigation of the Houston Ship Channel and offer a pilot’s perspective of trends and the future outlook of the Ship Channel.

After 14 years at sea, Mitchem joined the Houston Pilots in 1996. Initially working for Marine Transport Lines, he served on both tankers and RoRo vessels and sailed as Master on three different ships engaged in coastwise and worldwide trade. Later, Mitchem worked for the Del Monte Banana Company, serving on their Panamanian flagged vessels. He is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.

The Houston Pilots, a group of 94 master mariners, have serviced the Houston Ship Channel for the 100 years. Their mission is to “bring the ships in and take the ships out” in the tricky waters of the largest landlocked port in America. The Houston Pilots skillfully perform their job 24/7, rain or shine, with a commitment to safety first.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Annual Sponsors:






March Sponsors:

         Houston Mooring Co. Inc.