Joe Porto

HR Business Partner
HR Business Partners
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Coaching and developing talented individuals and watching them grow into gifted leaders is the most satisfying accomplishment of being an HR professional. Being an effective HR leader requires an understanding that you are a business person working in an HR function supporting the goals of the enterprise by delivering value-added expertise. HR has an important role in developing the right culture for the organization—Culture beats strategy 100 percent of the time.


Joe is an HR generalist with over 30 years of experience in a variety of assignments and industries. This includes experience with large, medium, and small organizations in the food, technology, aerospace, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Joe has solid expertise in employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, executive pay, change management, and strategic planning.

Key Accomplishments
  • Led the HR function for the supply chain organization (over 4,500 employees) of a large food company, accomplishing significant productivity gains and cost reductions with no layoffs.
  • Participated in the sale of a PE owned business to strategic investors, resulting in $500+ million of shareholder value.
  • Designed and implemented innovative compensation and performance management systems linking employee pay to company performance.
  • Led HR due diligence and integration on M&A projects.
  • Negotiated several dozen union contracts always meeting or exceeding bargaining objectives.

Joe has a master of arts in industrial relations and a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Professional and Community Activities
  • Serves as a tutor for at-risk youth at Mary’s Place.
  • Serves as a Disaster Action Team member of the American Red Cross.
  • Joe is an inactive member of SHRM.