After 33 years of outstanding and dedicated service to CAI and its members, George Ports is preparing to put away his Desk Manual and answer his last member call as a Senior Advice & Resolution Advisor. George is retiring Friday, March 31, 2017!
George’s HR journey began shortly after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill. He started his professional HR career in April 1974 as a Division Personnel Officer for the NCDOT and was promoted after only one year to Personnel Officer for NCDOT's HQ office. He also held Labor and Employee Relations leadership roles at Tipper Tie Capital Mfg. Company and Data General Corporation. At Data General, George also played an integral role in the start-up of the Apex, NC facility.
In October 1983 George began what has become an extraordinary 33-year career at CAI. His investment of time and talent is a remarkable testament to his dedication to our company and our members.
George has been the trusted advisor and confidant to so many of our 1,100+ members! George’s guidance over the years has provided our members with the confidence needed to move forward and take the next steps. Over the years, he has had tremendous success; here is just a glimpse of a few items that exemplifies George’s impact on our members:
- Responded to over 70,000 calls and emails from members
- Written and published over 1,000 newsletter articles
- Regularly presented at CAI’s annual Labor & Employment Law Update Conference
- Delivered numerous presentations and speeches at HR association meetings, universities, chamber meetings, member companies, etc.
- Played an integral role in NC Workers Compensation and Unemployment reform, and has served the subject matter expert to ECNC contract lobbyists
- Provided the leadership for CAI’s Desk Manual and Employment Law Poster projects
- Provided leadership and subject matter expertise in union campaigns
- Served as CAI’s Employee Opinion Survey project leader for many years
George has dealt first hand with an incredible number of workplace laws and regulations during his tenure at CAI. He has successfully navigated an evolving HR landscape from the Pregnancy Disability Act of 1978, WARN in 1988, the ADA in 1990, and FMLA in 1993 to name a few. This landmark legislation has significantly impacted our society and the landscape within the business community.
George has also had an incredibly positive impact here with his fellow CAI colleagues. Whether you have worked with George for only a few weeks, months, several years or much longer, you quickly realize that George Ports is the "real deal." In addition to all of his professional achievements and accomplishments, George is a genuinely caring, compassionate, and authentic person who always makes the time to assist and help anyone here on the team. George can bring calm to any situation and his presence here has helped shape CAI's culture making it the wonderful place it is today! On behalf of the CAI team, thank you George for all you have done to help and support your fellow teammates!
Please join us as we gather in CAI’s Raleigh office on Thursday, March 30th from 4 to 6 PM to pay tribute to our longtime colleague and friend. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
*Please RSVP to Kim Tant no later than Monday, March 27. Seats are limited.
We look forward to seeing you!