FRANKLIN, Tenn. –  Visit Franklin has added Brendan Johansen and Courtney Wanamaker to its staff. Johansen joins Visit Franklin as Director of Sales, leading all sales activities and the sales team at Visit Franklin, which collectively work closely with and recruit the multitude of meetings, events, sports events, motorcoach tours, and more that choose to host their events in Williamson County. Wanamaker joins Visit Franklin as the Digital Brand Manager, where she will lead Visit Franklin’s presence across multiple platforms, including the website, social media, and digital advertising campaigns. 

“Brendan and Courtney both come to Visit Franklin with a breadth of knowledge and experience that make them incredible assets to our team,” said Visit Franklin President & CEO Ellie Westman Chin. “Brendan’s background both in and outside the hospitality field gives him a unique perspective that will be invaluable to meeting and event planners across the country, as well as the local partners he’ll be working with daily. Courtney comes with a broad range of traditional and digital marketing experience that will not just keep Visit Franklin seen as one of the digital leaders in the travel industry, but also push us to be even more innovative going forward.”

Prior to joining Visit Franklin Johansen was an account executive with Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, and served as both a business relations manager and complaint and investigation specialist for the Better Business Bureau. Johansen began his career in the Middle Tennessee area in guest services at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville when it opened in 2013 before moving into a management role. In his time with the Omni Johansen was also awarded the prestigious Omni Service Champion Award.

Wanamaker comes to Visit Franklin having immediately worked as the director of marketing at Naxos of America. In her time there she began as the manager of online media and brand strategy where she built online campaigns and strategies for new products, album releases, concert events, and more before being elevated to director. Wanamaker also has experience as a marketing coordinator and strategist with Industrial Strength Marketing, CoreCommerce, and Dawson McAllister Productions helping elevate the digital and online strategies for each of their clients. 


 Visit Franklin is the public brand name of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visit Franklin is the official destination marketing organization for Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County, Tennessee. Visit Franklin stimulates economic growth through the promotion of travel and tourism assets such as history, music, attractions, entertainment, the arts, and events to visitors from around the world. For information on Franklin and Williamson County, visit us on the web at



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