Lieutenant Frank Hawthorne was raised on Long Island, NY and worked the decks of commercial fishing vessels from an early age. He enlisted into the USCG at 17, served over 22 years on active duty, with six tours of duty at Marine Safety units (oil/HazMat and emergency management/incident response/management duties). After transitioning from the US Coast Guard, he was employed with O’Brien’s Oil Pollution Services serving as a Qualified Individual/Spill Response Manager/Incident Response Manager. He became an “independent” consultant, working for several different QI firms conducting oil/HazMat, emergency management/incident response/management, and exercise support duties. In November 2000, relocated to Houston, Texas and continued to perform incident/crisis management team augmentation, general marine consulting (regulatory and safety, and marine surveying).
He accepted a Port Security Specialist Position (GS-12 civilian employee) with the Coast Guard/Department of Homeland Security in July 2004, working in and around the Port of Houston, and served in that capacity until June 2013. His main duties included serving as the Executive Administrator for the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee that encompassed oil/HazMat spill response, marine firefighting, and salvage contingency planning and port security planning and response support duties. During the latter part of his tenure as a civilian employee, he was served as the Zone 1 Leader for Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA), a unique honor for a non-industry member at that time. He assisted with the Hot Zone and Clean Gulf Conferences in both support and presenter roles. He also Qualified as a NIMS Incident Command System Instructor for the US Coast Guard. He is currently a member of Houston Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and is board certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).
In July of 2013, he accepted a position with SBM Offshore serving until December 2015 as a Project Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Manager for a $2B project for Shell(FPSO Turritella). Following SBM, he accepted a position with Texas Mutual Insurance as a Safety Adviser for Workers Compensation Policy Holders, where he improved their safety and emergency management programs.
Lieutenant Hawthorne holds an Associates Degree in Physical Sciences and a Bachelors in Business Administration and has completed a myriad of technical training courses on emergency/incident management, oil spill and hazardous materials response, exercise design and development, marine surveying, and security. He has been designated as a Certified Protection Professional, Certified Safety Professional, and Master Exercise Practitioner.