About Our Chapter

The Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA) is the pre-eminent human resource professional organization in Western New York. We are a group of diverse professionals involved in a variety of leadership and support roles within the human resource management profession.

BNHRA understands the lives of today's professionals are busier than ever, and finding the time to create a network is sometimes difficult. Whether you are looking for answers, new ideas, or job opportunities, BNHRA provides you with opportunities to stay ahead of the rapidly changing HR field.

BNHRA, formerly known as the Niagara Frontier Chapter of SHRM, was founded by a small group of local personnel managers and university professors in 1974. The goal was to provide open communication, networking and information to others in the same profession.

Today, BNHRA represents the interests of more than 600+ professional and student members, representing more than 300,000 employees within the Western New York community.

BNHRA is an affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest human resource management association. 

chapter awards

SHRM Capter Champion Award: 2012

The SHRM Excel award recognizes outstanding achievements fundraising efforts for the SHRM Foundation. Your support allows the Foundation the ability to provide opportunities available to your fellow HR professionals that they may not have had otherwise, including: educational resources, certification scholorships and research grants.

SHRM Excel Award Silver Chapter: 2010 • 2011

The SHRM Excel award recognizes outstanding achievements in chapter operations and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to its members.



SHRM Superior Merit Award Chapter: 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006  2007 • 2008 • 2009

The Superior Merit award recognizes professional chapters of SHRM for their exceptional ability in operations, the professional development of chapter members, promotion of the profession and support of SHRM in partnership.


SHRM Foundation Chapter Champion: 2004 • 2005 • 2010

The Chapter Champion award recognizes SHRM chapters that actively work to support the SHRM Foundation.