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 Jessica today to see all that she has to offer your community!
Are you looking for some information about a nature trail, a species you need help identifying, or do you have a question for the Chamber?
Go see Holly, today!
Contact Matt today to discover all the great resources the Chamber has to offer!
If you are a business downtown or are looking to make an impact on our Main Street area, please contact her!
Jessica Gunn | Executive Director
“Driven,” “motivated,” “inspiring,” “passionate,” “optimistic,” “hardworking,” “creative,” and “problem-solving,” are all words used when Jessica’s colleagues describe her. All of these things allow Jessica to juggle coordinating workshops and developing programs for workforce training, overseeing Leadership Johnson County and Junior Leadership to educate about opportunities and encourage leadership in the community, grant writing, and aiding in the establishment of the Clarksville Project that will tackle community issues through different committees created for this project. Jessica is one to dive in headfirst into new events and ideas, with the well-being of Johnson County at the forefront of her intentions. She also juggles all of these things through persistent goal setting and goal completing in her position at the chamber.
Outside of her position at the Chamber, Jessica enjoys running (she just completed her first triathlon last fall), she is starting to get back into rock climbing, and she loves to practice yoga for a little extra movement and stretch in her day. To build on Jessica’s juggling act, she is also married, and together, they have 5 kids ranging from ages 4 to 20.
Before being welcomed onto the Chamber team, Jessica graduated from Lamar High School and then earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Public Administration and Public Relations. Jessica was formerly employed by the Arkansas Army National Guard as a Recruiting Assistant and at the Joint Operations Center located on Camp Robinson.
Holly Moore | Director of First Impressions
As the Director of First Impressions, Holly is able to fit this role through her adventurous nature and passion for trying new things and meeting new people. She enjoys skydiving and kayaking, she is a POUND instructor, she is a Zumba instructor, she is on the Johnson County Dive Team, and the list goes on. All of Holly’s skills and interests allow her to excel in her position at the Chamber as she oversees the first impressions with daily phone calls/visits by assisting the public with information on our community, in addition to overseeing office procedures, community events, and the social media/eNews presence.
According to her colleagues, “Holly is a tourism expert!”
Holly’s previous experience includes eight-plus years working with the Department of Parks & Tourism and one year from the City of Clarksville. Outside of her work experience, Holly has also been a Johnson County resident since 2014, rounding out her knowledge of the area that she shares with different members of the community through the Chamber.
Holly is married to Trooper First Class Moore with the AR State Police, and together she and her husband have three children, one dog, one cat, and one snake. She is actively involved in the Arkansas State Police Spouses' Auxiliary as well as the Johnson County Friends of NRA. Holly has completed courses and obtained certifications in Welcome to Arkansas, Active Shooter through Emergency Management Institute, First Aid/CPR/AED/Lifeguard through Red Cross, and Aquatic Facility Operator from the National Park and Recreation Association.
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Matt Bewley | Community Relations Director
As the community relations director, Matt is responsible for membership growth and retention. Not only does Matt aid businesses in becoming Chamber Members, but he also aids those businesses in staying open, growing, and in becoming an active participants in the growth of Johnson County’s economy. This includes helping business owners with identifying solutions to grow, supporting the businesses, and educating them on how to utilize their membership to the fullest extent. Matt’s passion for problem-solving and helping people grow only adds to his ability to aid these businesses. Whether the business is a manufacturer that is striving to create a better quality of life to retain a higher caliber of the workforce, a small business in search of resources to develop an online presence, or educational training to manage their business more effectively, Matt is the person to call.
“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.
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.
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.
Karlee Swartz | Downtown Director
“Energetic,” “fantastic with graphic design and marketing,” “organized,” and “great with event planning,” were all things that Karlee’s colleagues used when describing her and her role at the chamber.
All of these traits and skills are those that Karlee has brought back to Johnson County as the Downtown Director. Karlee started her adventure at the Chamber after she graduated from the University of the Ozarks in 2018, with Bachelors’ Degrees in Business Management and in Biology Wildlife/Ecology. She lived in Clarksville for six years and was welcomed on board at the Chamber as the Administrative Assistant, and eventually the Marketing & Communications Director. She then moved to Kansas, where she worked as a recruiter and academic advisor for the local college. In 2021, Karlee and her husband, Sam, moved back to the area to plant their roots and make Clarksville home.
Now working as the Downtown Director, Karlee is responsible for assisting businesses in our downtown area and helping organize events to help bring our community together. She is also responsible for assisting in revitalization, programs, events, projects, and other opportunities in Downtown Clarksville. Karlee’s time both in and away from Clarksville brings in a unique perspective when it comes to aiding the downtown area in coming back to life and continuing to help the community grow and develop.
Outside of aiding the downtown area of Clarksville, Karlee enjoys being outside, going to the mountains, floating on the river, listening to live music, and spending time with her fur babies.
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