The Visit Clarksville Board of Directors elected officers for its 2023-24 program
year at its regularly scheduled board meeting today.

Elected to serve as chairman beginning July 1 is Jerry Allbert. Allbert has served multiple terms on the
board and as chairman twice. He is a native Clarksvillian and attended Austin Peay State University. He
is the owner of Russell Popcorn Company and former Montgomery County Parks and Recreation
Director and County Commissioner. Allbert has been married for 45 years and has two children and six

Elected as vice-chairman is Charlie Koon, Senior Vice President/Director of Corporate & Military
Business Development at F & M Bank.

Kyle Luther, market president of Traditions First Bank, will serve as immediate past chairman.
“This completes my second time to serve as chairman,” said Luther. “I’ve enjoyed both times. Theresa
and the staff make it an easy role.”

Fulfilling terms on the board are Luci Armitstead, a local family business owner, and Allan Moser, a local

By virtue of their office, Allbert, Koon and Luther also serve on the board of directors of the Economic
Development Council.

Two new board members will be appointed to three-year terms in coming weeks by Clarksville Mayor
Joe Pitts and Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden.

During 2022-23, Visit Clarksville recruited or hosted 51 events to Clarksville-Montgomery County
during the past program year, including group tour buses, military reunions, and sports events. These
events brought thousands of visitors, generating more than $20 million on lodging, food, transportation
and shopping.

The 2021 Economic Impact Report of Travel on Tennessee shows that tourism in Montgomery County
accounted for $340.5 million in visitor spending, ranking ninth of the state’s 95 counties. Local and state
sales tax generated from this visitor spending totaled $27.4 million. This 2021 data was released in
August 2022.

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