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 a business downtown or are looking to make an impact on our Main Street area, please contact her!
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!
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 Marketing Director for the Chamber. 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.
Back again as the Marketing Director, Karlee's role is to publicize Clarksville, Johnson County, and the surrounding area -- highlighting all of the assets our region has to offer. She works on social media posts, graphic design, website upkeep and design, publications, and more! She also helps chamber members with tips, tricks, and tidbits on how to up their marketing game!
Outside of creatively advertising Johnson County, Karlee enjoys being outside, going to the mountains, floating on the river, listening to live music, and spending time with her fur babies and husband, Sam.
Main Street Clarksville Facebook Page First Friday and their Facebook Page
Johnson County Community Farmer's Market and their Facebook Page
Community Relations Director
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