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the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Memphis, Tenn., chapter,
has renamed a prestigious award to honor the late George E. Mabon. The George Mabon HR Executive of the Year
Award pays tribute to Mabon for his service to the city of Memphis and the HR
profession. He died at age 54 on May 21 in a traffic accident in
Baton Rouge, La. Mabon was a civic leader and
HR executive in Memphis and had been a
SHRM member for more than 20 years. He was active on the SHRM-Memphis board and
served on the planning committee for the chapter’s Executive Roundtable. He was a Leadership Memphis graduate
and former board member, and he chaired the board of directors for the Memphis
Child Advocacy Center. In 2015, he received the Nediva Award for
commitment and contributions toward the center’s mission. He also had served on
other boards, including for the Memphis Film Forum, the Alliance
for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Playhouse on the Square, the St.
Martin de Porres Shrine and Institute, and the Memphis College of Art. Mabon graduated from
Hamilton University in Clinton, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in HR
management. He had more
than 30 years of experience in HR, including positions with Promus Hotels
(now Hilton Hotels), Manpower Inc., and
most recently at Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, where
he had served as vice president of HR. Additionally, he was a founding and
active member of the Airports Council International-North America Human
Resources Committee, a consortium of HR practitioners in aviation.The
chapter will present the renamed award during its second annual HR Excellence Award Ceremony on Nov. 15 at
the University of Memphis.
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