Vice President, Human Resources
Larry Stokes joined Houston Astros in October, 2004, as the Director of Human Resources. In 2007 he was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources and in 2012, under new leadership, began reporting directly to George Postolos, President and CEO of the Houston Astros.
In overseeing all aspects of human capital from policy, payroll and benefits to recruiting, training and leadership development, Larry and the HR team take on the daily responsibility of building a world class organization, creating a culture of excellence and an employer of choice environment for all employees of the team and its subsidiaries.
Larry joined the Astros after a rising career with Warner Bros Studios, where he spent five years as a Corporate Director of Employee and Labor Relations and later became the Director of Human Resources for one of the studio's largest field divisions. Prior to Warner Bros, Larry spent four years as a senior employee relations representative for Riverside County, where he represented the county in arbitrations, mediations and labor matters.
Larry's professional career started in law enforcement as a member of the California Highway Patrol, where he patrolled the streets of Southern California for seven years. After leaving law enforcement he earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from the University of Laverne and later attended Glendale University College of Law, which led to his role with Riverside County's labor relations team. He went on to earn his Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Society of Human Resource Management in 2004.
On behalf of the Astros and with their support, Larry actively pursues relationships throughout the community and speaks at a wide range of events. He has had a longstanding relationship with the Houston Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Leaders of Tomorrow Program, where he has provided mentorship and has hosted several of their events and programs. Through the club's internship program, he is able to maintain active relationships with many affinity groups at Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Texas A&M University. He regularly speaks on a wide range of relevant and topical subjects, including careers in sports, strategic and tactical approaches to teambuilding and diversity in the workplace and has been the keynote speaker at several local, regional and national functions.
Larry resides in Houston with his wife Lisa and their son Jayden.
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