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Sherri Hickman ’85

Captain, Houston Pilots


B.S., Maine Maritime Academy, 1985 (D)

Career Highlights:

U.S. Merchant Marine, 1985 -1994

    • Deck Officer, Marine Transport Lines
    • Deck Officer, Keystone Shipping Company
    • Partner, Houston Pilots Association
      • Houston Bay Pilot
      • Training Master for Houston Pilot deputy, 2015-2019
      • Vice President of the Houston Pilots, 2002
  • First Female
    • voted into Houston Pilot Association, 1994
    • Master for Keystone Shipping, 1994
    • to call on Port of Freeport, Bahamas, 1994
    • named Outstanding Alumna and Wall of Honor Award recipient
  • Featured, “Shipping Out, The Story of American Seafaring Women”, PBS, 2007

Distinguished Service, MMA

  • MMA Texas Chapter President, 2016 – present
  • Contributor, Class of 1985 Regimental Scholarship, TX Alumni events including Casino Night, 2015, Houston Rockets alumni gathering, 2016, Houston Astros alumni gathering, 2018, annual MMA Alumni Golf Classics (TX and ME), multiple MMA athletic rehabilitation projects
  • Sponsor, annual International WorkBoat Show Reception, New Orleans, LA
  • active donor to Annual Fund since 1986,
  • established MMA Hickman Scholarship, a $100,000 endowment, 2016

Distinguished Service, Civic

  • Co-President, TX Chapter, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Assoc., 2017-19
  • Wave Maker Award, Women Offshore UNITE Conference, 2019, acknowledging women for pursuing their career dreams, while supporting others in the industry.
  • Houston Pilots Anchor Watch – nonprofit offering scholarships to maritime students in need and boost opportunities for minorities and women
  • Tampa Bay Frogman, a Navy SEAL Foundation annual fundraiser designed to improve health and welfare and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, and loss.
  • Sawyer Strong Benefit for Cardiac Heart Defect, donor
  • Coordinator and contributor, Houston International Seafarers Center, Port of Houston, gifts to visiting seafarers during Christmas