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Welcome Pete Hames

Welcome aboard to Peter Hames our newest volunteer. Pete recently retired from management consulting with over 54 years’ experience in the maritime industry. In January he enrolled in an online master’s degree program in Maritime and Naval Studies offered by SUNY Maritime College. One of his classes has been Introduction to the Issues and Challenges Particular to Maritime Museums. Pete visited HMM, got a VIP tour, met the staff, and interviewed Leslie. Pete has chosen to write his master’s thesis on the history of HMM including a biography of our founder James Manzolillo. While researching HMM’s records he is digitizing them so that they can be included in our Past Perfect museum collection and contact management software.

Pete was recently awarded the Kings Point Outstanding Achievement Award for a lifetime of outstanding work in the Maritime Industry. The following is an excerpt from the Kings Point Alumni Awards Program – 2020:

Pete H. Hames ’65 exemplifies what it means to be a quality individual, an honor earned through experiences and accomplishments over an outstanding career in maritime management, including safety, quality, and environmental protection systems.

Following graduation, he spent 30 years with Texaco Marine Department, sailing for three years as an Engineer on their tankers, and 27 years in various management positions from Superintendent of Maintenance and Repair to General Manager of Administration & Employee Relations, and Director of Quality and Training. He obtained an MBA from Adelphi University in 1976.

Along the way, Peter became a skilled Quality Systems practitioner establishing Texaco’s Total Quality Improvement Process, as a leader and mentor in their efforts to achieve improved internal performance and customer satisfaction.

Having developed a passion for fostering improvements in quality and safety, following his retirement from Texaco, Peter founded Maritime Quality Consultants, Inc. His firm was devoted to helping ship owners and managers and other companies in the maritime industry achieve compliance with the ISM CODE, ISO 9000, and ISO 14000 quality and environmental management system standards. His clients included Classification Societies, Flag State Authorities, and Coast Guards. By his individual efforts, Pete has brought a higher standard of safety, quality, and environmental protection to ships worldwide.

But Peter’s quality performance did not stop there. Over the years he and his wife Suzann had been active in their faith and civic communities. Most recently the have been recognized by Concordia University Texas for 20 years of support of Concordia’s Christian Education and Nursing programs. Peter has been a member of Concordia’s Board of Regents for the last four years. As a US Power Squadrons member for 37 years, he held leadership positions at the local, district, and national levels. Pete is currently Treasurer of Living Savior Lutheran Church in Montgomery, Texas.

Pete Hames is well-deserving of the AAF’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for a lifetime of outstanding work in and out of the maritime field and is a credit to himself and Kings Point where his professional journey began.

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