Former Northstar exec Paul Porter leaves legacy on region |

Former Northstar exec Paul Porter leaves legacy on region

Paul Porter

Paul Porter, former Truckee resident and longtime operations manager at Northstar at Tahoe, died Tuesday morning from complications following a brain aneurysm. He was 56.

Porter suffered the aneurysm on Aug. 15 and lapsed into a coma. His family was at his bedside when he passed.

“He was the ultimate family man and my best friend,” said Paul Porter’s brother, Truckee resident Jim Porter. “It’s particularly shocking and heartbreaking after the loss of my brother Rob in April.”

Paul Porter married his wife Nettie in 1982 and the couple moved to their first home in Truckee. His daughter and two sons were born at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

“All of his friends and past employees have the common sentiment that Paul always wanted to make you do your best,” said Marianne Porter, Paul’s sister-in-law. “When you were with him he made you feel like the most important person on earth. He just brought the best out in everybody.”

Porter began working in Northstar’s food and beverage department in 1974 and moved up the ranks over the next 18 years to become operations manager.

“He was top notch,” said Hank Schwarz, former general manager of Northstar who worked with Porter for nearly a decade. “He was a straight shooter with a wonderful smile who liked to have a beer every once in a while. He got along well with people and had a very compassionate side.”

Friends and family described Porter as being friendly, sincere and down to earth.

In 1991, Porter left Truckee to take a job as the general manager of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. He was promoted to CEO in 1994 and through his efforts was ranked as the fourth most influential CEO in the state by California CEO Magazine.

“Paul took ‘lead by example’ to a new level, and I know that I will use that as my guide in the future,” Jim Porter said.

An avid golfer, Porter founded the California Golf Course Owners Association in 1999. The organization is dedicated to promoting growth in California’s golf market. While Porter was president, the group partnered with the California State Tourism Board to study the impacts of golf courses on the environment.

Porter is survived by Nettie, his wife of 24 years; his daughter Lauren, sons Reed and Robert, his mother Paula Porter of Carmel, brother Jim Porter of Truckee, sister Kate Breuleux of Monterey and a large extended family.

Services for Porter will be held in Carmel on a date to be determined.

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