Matthews finds Cartersville to be the 'whole package deal'
by Marie Nesmith
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Jennifer Wiggins Matthews enjoys Cartersville’s downtown area. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Jennifer Wiggins Matthews enjoys Cartersville’s downtown area. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Finding a wide array of retailers, dining establishments and tourist attractions at her “fingertips,” Jennifer Wiggins Matthews is proud to call Cartersville home.

Currently the business development manager for Century Bank of Georgia, she also has had an active hand in many organizations in the community. Some of her current and past involvement includes Ambassador for the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau/Clarence Brown Conference Center board member, Arts Festival at Rose Lawn committee member, Cartersville-Bartow County Exchange Club member, Community Foundation Board of Bartow County member, co-chair of the Cookout Committee for the Chamber of Commerce, Cartersville Schools Foundation board member, Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo committee member, Cartersville Service League member and co-host for the inaugural Cartersville Dances with the Stars.

“I think it is important to be involved in order to give back to those who have given to you, to pay it forward and to help in the growth and to sustain your community,” she said. “You may not always be able to give back directly to those who have helped you but like they say, ‘kindness is contagious’ and even the simplest act can trigger someone else giving or participating. I may not be able to give a million dollars but I can give my time and my talents.”

Name: Jennifer Wiggins Matthews

Occupation: Business Development Manager, Century Bank of Georgia

City of residence: Cartersville

Family: Married to Mark Matthews from Moultrie, three years, one child, Knox, who is 2.

Education: Cartersville High School, 1987; Reinhardt College (University), 1989; University of Georgia, 1992.

Age: 43

How long have you been working at Century Bank of Georgia? What are your responsibilities and what led you to this line of work?

A: I started with Century Bank of Georgia in January of 2012. My job is to promote the bank through marketing, public relations, community events; keep our current customers happy and informed and recruit new customers.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

A: Working with people — my co-workers, the customers and community. I also love marketing — creating materials, everything from promotional items, signs, billboards, newspaper ads, all the way down to pens and pencils. A highlight for me is when someone says, “I saw the new billboard, ad piece, etc. and it looks great.” It means that someone notices(ed) my work. I love trying to think and see things as a customer or potential customer would see things and what will capture their attention. That is the ultimate for me when I nail it.

What do you think sets Bartow apart from other communities (makes it unique and special)?

A: When I traveled as a college recruiter I quickly realized a lot of great things about my hometown that I had taken for granted. We have the quaintness of a small town (this is a big deal for me that we always retain) and we have so much right here at our fingertips. We sit right off of a major interstate making access to us very easy. I love the Mayberry aspect — that I can go to Ross’s and Joan, Debra and the rest of the crew know me by name and treat me and my family like one of their own. Then with just a short walk up the sidewalk I can visit a nationally recognized museum, the Booth museum, see great artwork, eat in the caf