AUSTIN SHRM HISTORY

Austin SHRM has been an active chapter since the 1950's.  Below are relevant details on the history, development, and achievements of our chapter into what it is today. 

1950's History

  • AHRMA (now Austin SHRM) began as the Austin Personnel Association (APA).
  • Membership consisted of 14 men and 1 woman.
  • Dues were $15 a year.
  • The luncheon cost 85 cents.

1960's History

  • The first Executive Director of the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA) was hired.
  • The first automated wage and salary survey was conducted in 1965.
  • The APA had its first sponsored seminar in 1969.
  • The APA had its first woman president in 1969.

1970’s History

  • The APA became affiliated with ASPA in 1976.
  • The APA earned its first Merit Award in 1979.

1980’s History

  • The APA had its first Annual Conference.
  • The ASPA became the Society for Human Resource Management.


1990’s History

  • The APA became the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) in 1990.
  • The Karl Zimmerman Scholarship was established in 1994.
  • Certification classes began in 1996.

    2000’s History

    • The AHRMA website was started in 2000.
    • 2005 marked the 50th Anniversary of Austin SHRM.
    • In 2007, AHRMA got a facelift with new branding and an updated website.
    • The Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership Program began in 2008.
    • First time recipient of the prestigious SHRM Pinnacle Award for the Stepping Stones to Enhanced Leadership Program in 2009.

    2010’s History

    • In November 2013-2014 SHRM and the SHRM Foundation 
      recognized Austin SHRM for being the highest contributing
      SHRM affiliated chapter
       during the SHRM Leadership Conference
      in National Harbor, MD.
    • The 65th Anniversary of AHRMA was celebrated in 2015.
    • Feature in HR Magazine for Mentoring

        2020’s History

        • 2020 marked the 70th Anniversary of AHRMA.
        • AHRMA added DBA: Austin SHRM in 2021

        PAST PRESIDENTS


        2020's

        2021 - Brian Hayes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,
        2020 - Lisa Blanton, SHRM-SCP

        2010's 

        2019 - Angela Shaw, SPHR, SHRM-CP
        2018 - Arlaine Decrevel, PHR, SHRM-CP
        2017 - Karen Smithson, SPHR, SHRM-CP
        2016 - 
        Justin Sharp, SHRM-SCP
        2015 - 
        Rose Ann Garza, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
        2014 - 
        Kevin Lashus, J.D. 
        2013 - Juanita Baldwin, SHRM-CP, PHR
        2012 - Lori Rohre, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
        2011 - Wendy Chance, CTS
        2010 - Diontha Fancher, MS   

        2000's 

        2009 - Ramona Oliver (Rohrer), SPHR
        2008 - Marilyn Martin, SPHR 
        2007 - Becky Sandifer, SPHR 
        2006 - Diana Prewitt, SPHR 
        2005 - Cathy Wodarski
        2004 - Toni Borthayre, PHR 
        2003 - Gail Nichols, PHR 
        2002 - Betty Bartley, PHR 
        2001 - Sandy Thompson, SPHR 
        2000 - Claudia Smith, SPHR 

        1990's

        1999 - Alice Dendinger, SPHR
        1998 - Christopher Demers, SPHR
        1997 - Belinda Bracey, SPHR
        1996 - Jim Strobusch, SPHR
        1995 - Michelle Friesenhahn
        1994 - Carlotta Valdez, PHR, CCP
        1993 - Marilyn N. Jennings, PHR
        1992 - Julie A. Smith
        1991 - MaryLynn Painton, SPHR
        1990 - Stephen Knowles, PHR 

        1980's

        1989 - Peggy Terry, SPHR
        1988 - Rick Rodney
        1987 - Rose Salazar Ramon, SPHR, CCP
        1986 - Kemp Dixon
        1984-85 - Ernie Leake
        1983 - Janell M. Robertson 
        1982 - Gary Otting
        1981 - Joyce Lucas 
        1980 - Wes Braden 

        1970's 

        1979 - Claude E. Hempel
        1978 - Karl Zimmerman, SPHR (deceased)
        1977 - James Johnson (deceased)
        1976 - Ed Bierschenk 
        1975 - Maurice Fraiser 
        1974 - Rick Smith
        1973 - Jim Grey (deceased)
        1972 - Larry Kilmer 
        1971 - J.P. Kirksey, SPHR
        1970 - Joseph Culver (deceased)

        1960's

        1969 - Lottie Gradick-May (deceased)
        1968 - Richard Robertson 
        1967 - Don K. Miller (deceased)
        1966 - J.G. Perkins (deceased)
        1965 - Everett Anschultz (deceased)
        1964 - Jack Holland (deceased)
        1963 - James H. Moore (deceased)
        1962 - John H. Dodson 
        1961 - J. Loyd Wood 
        1960 - Donald M. Anderson (deceased)  

        1950's

        1959 - Jay H. Wilson (deceased)
        1958 - Julian G. Martin 
        1957 - Ernest W. Cabe, Jr. (deceased)
        1956 - Phillip Morgette  (deceased)
        1955 - Tom W. Johnson (deceased)
        1954 - J.T. Patterson (deceased)
        1953 - W.E. Washmon (deceased)
        1952 - Charles Novotny (deceased)
        1951 - Charles Clark 
        1950 - Ed Porter (deceased) 

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