Karla Lees – President/CEO

Karla grew up in California where she competed in sports, gymnastics, and cheer before enlisting in the US Navy after high school, following in her grandparent’s footsteps. While in the Navy Karla was stationed on the USS Nimitz as a Machinist Mate in the Reactor Department.

Following her career in the Navy, Karla obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.

In 2016, Karla moved to Dodge City where she has been involved in the community in both Non-Profit and Industrial positions. During her free time Karla enjoys working out and spending time with her family and pets.

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Shawn Smith – Business & Media Relations Coordinator 

Shawn was born in Dodge City, Kansas and has resided in many different places since he was born. He lived in Dodge City most of his childhood until he was in middle school when his family moved to Elkins, Arkansas. He moved back to Jetmore, Kansas when he was a junior in high school and graduated from Hodgeman County High School. He attended community college in Dodge City where he received his associates degree. After he graduated from DCCC, he moved to Manhattan, Kansas where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in financial services.

After graduating from Kansas State University, he started his career in the banking industry at KS StateBank in Manhattan. He eventually moved to Washington State for a few years and worked for Harborstone Credit Union while living there. He decided to move back to Dodge City so he could be closer to his family and started working in accounting for Smoll & Banning, CPAs, LLC before joining the Chamber in November of 2022.
During his off time, Shawn likes to spend time with his family, talk and hang out with his friends, ride his bike, swim, snow ski, hike, read, watch movies, and enjoys spending time with his cats as he is an animal lover.

Shawn is ecstatic to be employed for the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce and to see what the future will hold for him during his time working for the Chamber.

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Amy Smith – Membership & Events Coordinator

Amy was born and raised in Northwest Kansas. She grew up in rural Grinnell, Kansas on a ranch. Her childhood was spent raising farm animals. Her grandparents used to bring her and her brother to Dodge City in a semi while hauling cattle. Little did she know, those trips, with a stop at Boot Hill would lead to Dodge City becoming her home.
Amy graduated from Dodge City Community College. While attending college, she did an internship at a local charity that would lead to full-time employment. Her love of helping others led to 26 years of job commitment.
Upon desiring a change, she gained employment at Western Beverage Inc. running their print shop. This position allowed her to use her creative design skills in advertising for 13 years for the locally owned wholesaler.
Amy is now the Membership and Events Coordinator for the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce. A position she is excited to fulfill. Dodge City is full of opportunity and entertainment, I look forward to being a part of my hometown’s future.

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