MARQUIS “BO” PORTER
Marquis “Bo” Porter is living proof that if given a bridge of opportunity, real excellence can be achieved. He is blessed with fortitude, a burning desire to attain high levels of achievement in all sectors of his life, and the work ethic it takes to accomplish and sustain success. As the Founder and President of Real Excellence Inc. Bo Porter embodies real excellence.
The Early Years
Bo Porter was born and raised in the heart of inner-city Newark, New Jersey, where he faced many obstacles and long odds of overcoming his environment and the circumstances surrounding his upbringing. Bo had tremendous family support, but circumstances outside of his control placed road blocks all around the trajectory of his future success. A true blessing from God in the form of a kind gesture from a neighborhood friend was the “hand up” that opened a world of opportunity for Bo. Once given that chance, Bo made the most of the opportunity and is now living the once unthinkable All-American dream.
An Entrepreneur at Heart
Before his 10 year professional baseball playing career concluded in 2003, Bo Porter had already begun formulating options for his post-playing career. Being an entrepreneur at heart lead Bo to start his first ground-level business venture, Future All-Stars Baseball, in 1998. While still playing, Bo oversaw the year-round Houston baseball operation. By 2005, Future All-Stars Baseball had a new name — Texas Hawkeyes Baseball — and was nationally known as one of the top Select Baseball Organizations for youth baseball. What started as a 20 player weekend camp in 1998 grew into 5 select teams and over 200 players annually attending development camps. Future All-Stars Baseball / Texas Hawkeyes Baseball produced over 150 college scholarship bound player and over 20 professional baseball player over a 10-year period.
Bo’s second ground level business venture, At Your Door Dry Cleaners, was founded in 1998, as well. What started as a residential dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service expanded into one of Houston’s best dry cleaning and laundry services for medical practitioner’s and corporate executives. At Your Door Dry Cleaners serviced the likes of Baylor College of Medicine, Southwest Cardiology, Greenpark Pharmacy, Texas Eye Institute, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Drury Inn & Suites, and The Gotham. By 2009, the once ground level Dry Cleaning service had built a profitable clientele in the residential, medical and commercial markets.
Throughout his playing career Bo was known for his passion, intensity, high IQ and leadership by coaches, managers, and teammates. It was Bo’s leadership qualities, his ability to communicate, and his penchant for motivating others that lead Bo to form Competitive Edge Motivational Speaking and Leadership Training in 2008. Bo regularly participates in motivational speaking engagements and corporate leadership training seminars. Competitive Edge Motivational Speaking and Leadership Training has grown Nationally, and Bo has lead leadership seminars for Invesco Investment Development Group, National Specialty Alloys Inc., IMG Benefit Group LLC, University of Iowa Athletics, and Notre Dame Athletics to name a few.
Bo has a proven business track record of measurable success from Future All-Stars Baseball / Texas Hawkeyes Baseball, At Your Door Dry Cleaners and Competitive EDGE Motivational Speaking and Leadership Training. He has demonstrated the ability to grow a company and sustain escalating profit margins. The forming of REAL EXCELLENCE INC. allows Bo to build on his prior business success. Real Excellence Inc. (RE Inc.) is a first-in-class business conglomerate that focuses on providing business development optionality, personal growth and superior service. RE’s forward thinking approach provides a distinctive edge to it’s customers, clients and partners.
Playing, Coaching, Managing and Network Analyst
The 2015 season marks Bo Porter’s first on the Braves’ coaching staff. He previously managed the Houston Astros in 2013-14 and has 20 years of experience as a player, coach and manager in the Major and Minor leagues. He served three seasons (2007-09) as third base coach and outfield/base running instructor with the Florida Marlins.
Prior to taking over as Astros manager, Porter spent two seasons (2011-12) as third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He spent the 2010 season as third base coach and also as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was named the 17th manager in Astros history on September 27, 2012.
Porter made his coaching debut in 2005, when he served as hitting coach for Class A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League. His first stint as a manager was in 2006, when he skippered the Marlins’ Jamestown club of the New York-Penn League.
During his professional playing career, Porter played in the Major Leagues as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs (1999), Oakland A’s (2000) and Texas Rangers (2001). He played in two playoff games for Oakland during the 2000 American League Division Series, during which he went 1-for-1 at the plate and recorded a hit off the Yankees’ Dwight Gooden.
He collected his first Major League hit on September 7, 1999 (single), against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. His first home run came on September 15, 2000, at Tampa Bay, off Tony Fiore.
Porter was originally selected by the Cubs in the 1993 June draft and went on to hit 113 home runs with 503 RBI and 236 stolen bases in 10 minor league seasons. Porter was an outstanding athlete while at Weequahic High School in New Jersey, reaching All-State status in baseball, football and basketball. He attended the University of Iowa, where he starred in baseball and football under legendary coach Hayden Fry, earning All-Big 10 honors in both sports and MVP honors on his football team during his senior year in 1994. Porter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies in 1994. During the 2014 Major League Baseball season, he made his sports commentating debut with MLB NETWORK and 120 Sports as an Analyst for the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs and World Series.
A native of Newark, NJ, Porter and his wife Stacey reside in Houston, Texas, with their son, Bryce. Porter was honored on December 13, 2012, which was proclaimed “Essex County Bo Porter Day,” during which he was presented with the Key to Essex County, the County’s highest honor.
After retiring from baseball in 2003, Bo was hired by Houston Community College Systems (HCCS) as Campus Manager, where he provided overall management for all auxiliary services. In addition, he provided the overall departmental management for building operations and tenant property management, as well as the management of contracted services throughout the system. He oversaw various real estate activities including lease negotiations and property acquisitions, and was responsible for managing the system wide parking program. Work involved routine interfacing with the executive management team of the college, faculty, staff, tenants, business executives, students and the general public. Porter managed custodial services, parking operations, food services, housing, theater/student union, warehouse operations and the call center.
Some highlights of his time at HCCS:
- Managed $1.5 million budget
- Responsible for staff of 20
- Participated in System-wide decision making with President, Vice Chancellor and Deans
- In charge of preparation, analysis, negotiation and review of contracts related to the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies and facilities management
- Monitored and reviewed the performance of contracted services to assure established performance standards are met and in compliance and cost effectiveness is maintained
Giving A Hand Up / Community Service
In July of 2012, Bo and Stacey established the Stacey and Bo Porter SELF Foundation (Sports, Education, Life Skills, Faith) in Houston, which provides and supports programs that are dedicated to improving and impacting the lives of underprivileged and underserved youth and communities through sports, education, life skills and faith. SELF partnered with HISD to foster the after school programs for middle school age children.
Facility improvements are also a major component of the Foundation’s efforts. In 2013 the SELF Foundation received a generous facility improvement grant from Fondren Foundation. This grant allowed the SELF Foundation to build Fondren Field, a state of the art baseball field at Key Middle School. This baseball field will be used for Club Baseball during the school year and for community summer leagues, camps and clinics in the summer. The Foundation’s focus is on whole-person development. For more information visit www.sbpselffoundation.org.