Chamber of Commerce names new president

By Billy Corriher

Matt Carlson has been named president of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce.

Carlson, 44, is currently the President/CEO of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce in Douglasville and will assume his new duties on April 26.

"I am very excited about this opportunity. As the metro Atlanta area continues to grow, Clayton County has all the resources necessary to make it a great area for growth and redevelopment," Carlson said. "I am anxiously looking forward to meeting the many individuals that make Clayton County such a great place. I believe a Chamber of Commerce must act in a number of different roles n facilitator, mediator, leader and community partner n in order to serve its members and its community. I feel certain that five years from now people in Clayton County will look back on this time as a period when many partnerships were formed and flourished."

"Last year, the Chamber's Board of Directors outlined an aggressive plan for growth and development of the organization. I am looking forward to leading the organization through the goals the board has set and working with the county, the municipalities, the Board of Education and the businesses of Clayton County to craft a strategic vision that will allow the Chamber to be an integral part of the future in Clayton," Carlson said. "I hope every business in Clayton County will look on the Chamber as a resource for their continued success."

Carlson is filling the position left vacant since November, when former President Shane Moody left his post to take a job in Destin, Fla.

Chamber Chairman Pete Meadows said Carlson's skills and talents would help guide the chamber toward its goals.

"He is a visionary who thinks outside the box. He was a unanimous choice among the members of our search committee," Meadows said. "We look forward to working with Matt and getting him imbedded into this great community."

Carlson is a graduate of Pepperdine University where he earned a B.S. in organizational management and the Gozuietta Business School of Emory University where he earned his M.B.A.

He and his wife have three children ages 13, 12, 9 and are in the process of adopting a 10-month-old girl from China.

Carlson describes himself as an avid outdoorsman and sailor who loves woodworking. He and his wife enjoy exploring bed and breakfast inns throughout the South.