Cookeville Chamber promotes Reel; hires Saxon

Natalie Saxon (L) and Karlyn Reel (R) are recent additions to the Chamber staff, bringing experience in member engagement and recruitment, marketing, public relations and social media.

COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber announces Karlyn Brown Reel and Natalie Saxon have taken on new roles effective immediately. An internal promotion has led Reel into the director of membership position, and Saxon has joined the Chamber in the role of coordinator of membership & events.

A native of Cookeville, Reel joined the Chamber as coordinator of membership & events in September 2021 after working as the director of communications and events for the Knoxville YWCA for over six years. After her short tenure in that position, Reel was promoted to director of membership in January 2022.  

Reel received her bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from the University of Tennessee in 2015 and lives in Cookeville with her husband, Jake. 

Reel commented on her new endeavor, “Being presented with this opportunity is an absolute honor, and I can ensure that our team will continue to provide lasting connections and resources to our business community.”

In her new role, Reel is tasked with overall experience, growth and retention of chamber membership. Her responsibilities include member engagement and recruitment, management of ambassador team, cultivating partnerships with area businesses and production of networking events for members. 

Also new to the membership team is Saxon, a native of Hendersonville. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Tech University in 2020. Saxon joins the chamber with a background in event coordination, social media management and customer service.

Reel and Saxon join an impressive team at the Chamber, an organization that additionally houses both the Highlands Economic Partnership and the Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau, under the leadership of Chamber President Amy New. 

New commented on her new team members, “It was an easy transition to promote Karlyn into the director position. She is thoughtful, committed and passionate about our mission, and both her and Natalie will be an amazing duo working tirelessly for our members.”

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