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Director of Human Resources Receives Tennessee's Top Industry Award


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (October 24, 2011) – Anita Brandenburg, The Chattanoogan’s director of human resources, has been honored with the prestigious James House Williamson Award.  Brandenburg received the award at the annual conference of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Tennessee Human Resource Conference held this year in Chattanooga.  The James House Williamson Award, the most prestigious award given in the State of Tennessee for a human resources professional, recognizes the work of those who have made significant contributions to the industry.  Brandenburg is the first recipient from Chattanooga since 1998. 


The honor is in tribute to James House Williamson, who is best known for establishing University of Tennessee’s Extension Centers in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Tullahoma, Oak Ridge, and Martin.  The Extension Centers brought adult educational opportunities, previously unavailable to many in the state of Tennessee, to thousands and gave them the opportunity to participate in evening programs and conferences devoted to industrial and business topics.  Williamson also served as permanent Secretary for the Tennessee Industrial Personnel Conference (later to evolve into the Tennessee HR Conference/SHRM Joint Conference and then the TN SHRM State Conference) for 15 years before his death in February 1953. In memory of Williamson and in appreciation for his great service, the industries of Tennessee presented a plaque to the University of Tennessee and established the James House Williamson Award, which the TN SHRM Conference continues today.  The James House Williamson Award’s Panel of Judges is comprised of the five most recent recipients of the award and the Tennessee SHRM Awards and Scholarships Chair. 


This year’s award recipient, Ms. Brandenburg, joined The Chattanoogan before the upscale hotel opened in 2001.  She has more than 22 years of human resources experience in positions of increasing responsibility and is very active in many community and professional organizations.  Brandenburg has held numerous offices with SHRM Chattanoogan, including serving twice as president.  Ms. Brandenburg is also very involved with the Tennessee HR State Council and has served as state council president, SHRM Foundation Chair, and secretary for the Tennessee HR State Council.  In addition, she has served on the Goodwill Business Advisory Board, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, as the campaign chair for United Way of Great Chattanooga Campaign, and has worked closely with CADAS (Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse), helping clients get back into the workforce. 


The AAA Four Diamond-rated The Chattanoogan, a 210,000 square-foot five-story upscale hotel with 199 guest rooms and suites, has three outstanding dining establishments, a pampering day spa, and a 25,000 square-foot conference center with comprehensive meeting planning and audiovisual support services.  


The property is conveniently located within a two-hour drive from Atlanta; Nashville, Tenn.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Birmingham, Ala.  It is within walking distance of the city’s museums, galleries, retail stores, restaurants and the Tennessee Aquarium. 


For more information or reservations, call (423) 756-3400, toll free (877) 756-1684, or visit The Chattanoogan’s Website at


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