The Visit Clarksville Board of Directors announces its officers and board members for the 2021-22 program year, beginning July 1.
The founder of Old Glory Distilling Co., Matt Cunningham, will serve as chair of the board of directors for a one-year term. Cunningham, a native Clarksvillian, graduated from the University of Arkansas before moving back home to become a firefighter with Clarksville Fire Rescue. In 2016, Cunningham reluctantly left his job as a firefighter to dedicate his time to Old Glory Distilling Co.
Elected to serve as vice-chairman is Joel Wallace, a partner with the Clarksville law firm of Cunningham, Mitchell & Rocconi. Wallace is a product of the local public school system and he and his wife, Emily, are raising two young boys, Clark and Sadler.
“I grew up in Clarksville and am proud to call this city home,” said Wallace. “Any effort to introduce more people to our great community is something I want to be a part of.”
By virtue of their office, Cunningham and Wallace, along with Immediate Past Chair Ginna Holleman, also serve on the board of directors of the Economic Development Council.
Three new board members were appointed by Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett. Allen Moser and Tony Zavar will each serve three-year terms, filling the positions from retiring board members Louisa Cooke and Kanal Shah. Maria Jimenez will complete a term vacated by John Rudolph.
Other board members are County Commissioner Jerry Allbert, Luci Armitstead and Kyle Luther.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and travel bans, Visit Clarksville recruited or hosted 22 events to Clarksville-Montgomery County during the past program year, including group tour buses, small conferences, and sports events. These events brought over 55,667 visitors who spent $15 million on lodging, food, transportation and miscellaneous shopping.
About Visit Clarksville
Visit Clarksville is the destination marketing organization for Clarksville-Montgomery County.
Its mission is to positively influence tourism in the area by promoting tourist attractions, hosting conventions and group tours, and engaging in large-scale marketing efforts. In 2015, the tourism organization adopted the Visit Clarksville brand. They are funded by a portion of the county’s lodging tax.