The Butler County Area Chamber of Commerce has introduced a new executive director.
Karla Wall has been getting oriented with the job since starting in mid-August. She succeeds Demi Bartunek, who moved on to other opportunities earlier this summer.
Karla is married to Nathan Wall, a teacher at Bellwood Elementary and coach of the David City girls basketball team. The Walls have two children. Laney is 2 and Paxton 5, attends preschool in David City.
Karla, a 2003 graduate of East Butler, grew up on a farm south east of Brainard. She went on to Wayne State College where she received a degree in Family Consumer Science with a Concentration in Interior Design in 2007. Nathan also is an East Butler grad. Karla’s parents are Steve and Jane Rezac.
“We moved back to Butler County in 2014 and since that time, especially as my kids have gotten older, I have noticed my growing passion for doing things to be more involved in our community,” Karla said.
She is very active in the DCPS Parent/Teacher Organization, and she was one of the organizers of the David City 4th of July Kiddie Parade.
“I love any opportunity to give my kids and all kids, for that matter, the chance to have fun memories. Who knows, maybe memories like that will bring them back to the area to raise their families like I did mine,” she said.
Although many might view the chamber director role as the first person that is contacted by those outside the community, such as prospective businesses and residents, it is much broader than that.
“I also do the administrative work, answer phones and reach out to Chamber businesses to see how I can be of service to them,” she said. “They have also encouraged me to take this job and make it my own. I really appreciate that and look forward to seeing how I can contribute to the Chamber. I like to be creative and I look forward to using my creativity in the future with events and promoting businesses.”
She serves as the office assistant for Butler County Development Inc., which is funded by the city and county.
“The Butler County Development part of the job, is to attend their meetings and be a resource when needed. Our groups complement each other,” she said.
There are few “routine” days at the chamber office.
“The interactions I get with the public vary from day to day. Some people stop in to purchase Chamber Bucks or Event tickets. Others have stopped to drop off flyers to promote their events,” she said. “And my favorite interaction I have is when my grandma stops by after her Tuesday morning Tai Chi work out at the Senior Center.
She acknowledged that there is much she needs to learn about how the chamber works, and her roll in the chamber’s mission.
“I am learning that there are many aspects of this job and I am still trying to find the best ways to do all of the necessary office work and still have the maximum amount of time to reach out and visit our local businesses,” she said. “Once I find that balance, I feel like I will have a better idea of what business owners would like to see from me and the Chamber.”
Chamber members and visitors will find that she can’t be at the office during all of her hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but they can still set up a time to meet.
If someone stops by the office and I'm not here, its most likely that I am visiting a business or at a related event or meeting,” she said. “I do not like that I miss people here and there, but being the sole employee, that may happen. I would just encourage people to maybe call ahead. I'd love to help them out with whatever they need!”
Karla has hit the ground running for the chamber.
Among her first tasks was lining up the Dueling Pianos event for Nov. 3 at the Butler County Event Center.
“We are all looking forward to bringing this event to David City,” she said.
The chamber has scheduled a meet and greet event for Karla from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Winfield’s. The public is invited.
Reach the chamber at 402-367-4238 or by email at