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John Nollinger Named Wedding Sales Manager at The Chattanoogan Hotel


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (July 14, 2011) -- The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga’s only AAA Four Diamond-rated full-service hotel, has appointed John Nollinger as the hotel’s new wedding sales manager.  He is responsible for coordinating and managing weddings and wedding events at the upscale hotel.  Nollinger is delighted to have returned to Chattanooga, and looks forward to working with area brides to customize the weddings of their dreams. 


The seasoned wedding professional has 20 years of experience working in event sales and management.  Before joining The Chattanoogan, he was the facilities sales director for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.  Prior to


that position, he was the catering sales manager at Wyndham Peachtree City and Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree in Peachtree City, Ga.   


Nollinger has strong ties to the Chattanooga community.  From 2005-2008, he was the owner and operator of The White Table, a specialty linen décor firm in Chattanooga.  He also spent two years as the general manager and sales and marketing representative for Chair Covers and Linens in Atlanta.  In addition, Mr. Nollinger served as the director of catering for Villa Christina in Atlanta and was the vice president of sales and events for Cator Woolford Gardens in Atlanta.


Nollinger graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.  He has been honored with numerous awards for his work in the wedding industry, including Best Table Décor in the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Chattanooga Fundraiser; Best Wedding Showcase Booth from Chattanooga Premier Bride Wedding Show; and Wedding Professional of the Year and Networker of the Year from The Perfect Wedding Guide.  


The Chattanoogan is one of the area’s most popular sites for local and out-of-town couples to hold their weddings, receptions and parties.  The upscale hotel offers the ideal space for weddings of all sizes and budgets, including the beautiful newly renovated grand ballroom, the largest in Chattanooga; private banquet rooms; a cozy outdoor fire pit; stunning outdoor terrace overlooking the courtyard; and semi-private and private dining space in the award-winning Broad Street Grille restaurant. 


The Chattanoogan, a 210,000 square-foot five-story upscale hotel with 199 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, also has three outstanding dining establishments, a 25,000 square-foot conference center with comprehensive meeting planning and audiovisual support services and a spa with four treatment rooms, steam room, sauna, fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool and patio overlooking the hotel’s courtyard. 


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


Benchmark Hospitality International, the company that operates The Chattanoogan, is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and the Personal Luxury Collection.   The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark's international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers.  The company's northeast regional office is in New Jersey, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark's properties and additional information, visit


Angela Southard Winther
Winther Communications Inc.
(843) 881-4824
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