SHRM Chapter Renames HR Award in Honor of Deceased Member

By SHRM Online staff Nov 14, 2016

SHRM-Memphis, 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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