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Ogletree Deakins HR Professional of the Year

DALLAS, November 7, 2014 – The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce selected Julie Weber, Vice President People, Southwest Airlines, as the 2014 Ogletree Deakins Human Resources Professional of the Year. This award recognizes HR professionals in the DFW area who have made significant contributions to their organization over the past year in a human resources capacity.

“This recognition is such an honor, and it’s a credit to my awesome Team,” said Julie Weber, Vice President People at Southwest Airlines. “2014 has been a milestone year for Southwest Airlines, and the People Department has faced unique challenges while supporting historic strategic initiatives through building our talent pipeline, recruiting those fantastic Employees which we are famous for and developing current Employees and Leaders to fulfill the needs of the business.”

Weber was selected from a group of 21 HR professionals nominated for this award. The other finalists were Valerie Davisson, Chief People Officer, At Home™ and Mike Verner, Director of Human Resources & Recruiting, Encompass Home Health.

“All three finalists were extremely impressive,” said Ron Chapman, Jr., a shareholder and member of the board of directors at Ogletree Deakins, the gold sponsor for the chamber’s award.  “They exhibited admirable visions for their respective organizations, grounded in a philosophy of servant leadership.  They’re role models not just for HR professionals, but for everyone.”

In the photo: (L – R) Ron Chapman, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; Valerie Davisson, Chief People Officer, At Home™; Julie Weber, Vice President People, Southwest Airlines; Mike Verner, Director of Human Resources & Recruiting, Encompass Home Health; and Valerie Freeman, CEO, Imprimis Staffing Solutions

About the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce

The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and individuals who come together to promote the most favorable environment for business. We are here to create a great place to live, work and grow. We promote a better quality of life for ourselves and our kids. It’s that simple. The chamber is a place to talk about vital issues. It’s a place to take action. It’s a place to meet people and make new clients (and maybe even some new friends).