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 12, 2020 Commerce Club – CANCELED

Event Details

Date: Thursday - March 12, 2020 -CANCELED
Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport
9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas 77017

Guest Speaker: Captain Thompson, presiding officer, Houston Pilots

Captain Thompson

Captain Thompson began his maritime career nearly 46 years ago when he graduated from the National River Academy in Helena, Arkansas with a license for “the Ohio, Mississippi, and Western Rivers.”  Starting out as a steersman for Patton Barge Lines, Captain Thompson quickly advanced to tug Captain and eventually was promoted to Vice President of Operations.

In 1987 at the age of 31, Captain Thompson joined the Houston Pilots and has since logged over 33,000 bridge hours piloting ships carrying bulk cargo, chemicals, and oil on the busiest and most challenging ship channel in the United States.  As a Texas state pilot, Captain Thompson has a gubernatorial commission to “navigate vessels from the Houston Turning Basin to the Galveston sea buoy with safety as the highest priority, and when possible without sacrificing the interest of safety, act in the best interest of a vessel owner.” 

In addition to being an active channel pilot, Captain Thompson also serves as the Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots - one of three pilots on the Association’s leadership team charged with running the day-to-day operations of one of the largest Pilot associations in the United States.  Captain Thompson served as Presiding Officer twice before his current term.  Highlights of Captain Thompson’s pilot career include acting as presiding officer during preparations for and response to HURRICANE IKE, the fourth most costly hurricane in US history, working with key senior industry and government representatives to establish the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee, and piloting the tow transporting one of the space shuttles up the Houston Ship Channel to its final destination at the Johnson Space Center. 


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Early Bird Discount (Ends March 4)

Individual Member $40

Individual Non-Member $45

Table Sponsor Member $750

Table Non-Member Sponsor $800

Regular Ticket (Ends March 9)

Individual Member $45

Individual Non-Member $50

Table Sponsor Member $800

Table Non-Member Sponsor $850

Table Sponsors includes reserved table of 8
Walk-in tickets are available
$5 convenience fee for tickets paid at the door

You must be a GHPB member to receive the member ticket rate. If you are not a member and purchase a member ticket, you will be charged at the door an additional  dollars for non-member late fee. By purchasing a ticket or a table you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Return Policy.

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