A leader with a plan, with drive, and with a variety of hobbies/skills/interests is one to turn Johnson County on its head in the best possible way. Reach out to Matt today to see all that he has to offer your community!
If you are interested in becoming a chamber member, or you are looking to get the most out of your chamber membership, please contact her!
A Clarksville Native ready to watch her community grow and develop, starting with the heart of it all--downtown. Reach out to Hannah today to see what all Downtown Clarksville has to offer (and maybe what is coming next)!
MATT BEWLEY | Executive Director
As the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Matt is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Business expansion and retention, workforce development, educational workshops, leadership development, and community development are a few of the top items on Matt's to-do list. One of Matt's biggest passions is helping people, businesses, and organizations grow and better themselves.
“Matt is the best at entering a conversation and keeping the peace, no matter the subject matter or discussion that is happening,” according to one of his colleagues.
Outside of his position at the chamber, Matt is also the president of the Resource Alliance Board. Moments spent away from work allow him to spend time with his wife and two kids. He also enjoys playing music and playing with his kids.
Before Matt came to the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, he graduated from Arkansas Tech University with an Agricultural Business degree and spent the first eight years of his professional career working for Arvest Bank. Adding to his experience of working on the business side of things, Matt also worked for Journey Church for another eight years. With experience in both the business aspects and the non-profit aspects of the Johnson County community, Matt is able to tie in his communication skills to help the chamber members in the best way that he can.
Contact Matt today to discover all the great resources the Chamber has to offer!
Abby Asencio | Community Relations Director
Abby is a recent graduate from the University of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and is eager to start aiding chamber members and other members of the Johnson County community in any way that she can. As the Community Relations Director, she will be in charge of all of the existing chamber members--and all of the responsibilities that come with that--as well as the new chamber members that are obtained throughout the year. Her top priority is to develop relationships with the Johnson County community to ensure that all Chamber members are getting the most out of their membership.
With a degree in English that she paired with minors in education and psychology, Abby is passionate about constantly learning, growing, and teaching others, understanding people and learning how to connect with them best, and writing (mixed with a little reading in there as well). As a former intern for the Chamber, she assisted Matt Bewley in establishing the blog, "Connecting Our Community." Most of her time spent as an intern was packed full of conducting interviews with local business owners and non-profit leaders, writing blog articles, building the blog, and so on. As the Community Relations Director, she is ecstatic to continue the blog and see what it can develop into.
Abby has been in Clarksville ever since she began attending the University of the Ozarks in 2018 and since that year, she has had the privilege of working for several small businesses in Johnson County. Now, as a full circle moment, she is getting the chance to work with a variety of businesses in Johnson County and help them reach their full potential.
Contact Abby today to learn more about becoming a member of the Chamber today!
Hannah J. Hatchett | Downtown Director
As a native of Clarksville, Hannah is dedicated to helping build a thriving Historic Downtown! As the Downtown Director, she is responsible for coordinating activities for the development of the downtown and the community. Revitalization efforts, event planning and implementation, and working closely with business owners and city officials are all part of her days’ work.
Hannah was born and raised in Johnson County and has deep ties to the community, Peach Festival, and the natural beauty and resources of the area. With over six years of experience working for and with locally owned businesses, serving on the Planning and Zoning Committee for Clarksville, and working at the Farmer’s Market in her younger years, she has had the opportunity to see the downtown in a unique light.
She is a graduate of ATU in Russellville with a BA in Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and doing anything outdoors! She looks forward to using her experiences to help grow our community and downtown.
To see what’s new in Downtown, contact Hannah!
As another Clarksville Native on the Chamber team, Lauren is ready to help her community grow and flourish by aiding and educating those around her with any marketing/promotional needs they may have!
Lauren Zavala | Marketing Director
Lauren has accepted the role as our Marketing Director and is responsible for creating and implementing marketing materials and strategies for Chamber members, events, social media, workshops, Johnson County tourism, and more! Lauren was raised in Clarksville and is a 2022 graduate of the University of the Ozarks with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with minors in Spanish and Health Science and an emphasis in Marketing. She looks forward to growing with the community and sharing her knowledge and passion in Business and Marketing with others!
Reach out to Lauren to see how she can help you market your business or event, today!