A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Paul Hite is a senior surveyor and auditor and has been with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for four years. Since joining ABS in 2013, Hite has conducted various survey and audit types and has served as a panelist at a number of key marine towing industry informational events. Prior to ABS, Hite sailed as a deck officer for seven years, five of which were spent on towing vessels. Hite’s experience in the towing industry includes vessel navigation, crew management, crew mentorship, client relations and regulatory compliance. Hite graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in logistics and intermodal transportation. Hite is currently pursuing a master’s degree in project management from Georgetown University.