John Clary is Executive Director of the Henderson, TX Economic Development Corporation. He joined HEDCO in March 2018. Clary started his professional career in 1984 pursuing downtown revitalization, first as Main Street Program Director for three years in Brownwood and then as Executive Director of the award-winning Harlingen Downtown Improvement District for seven years.
In 1997 he began his economic development career and over the course of twenty-one years, worked in several other communities before joining the Henderson Economic Development Corporation in 2018. He is a graduate of the Texas Basic Economic Development Course and the Economic Development Institute (EDI) at the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Clary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Texas State University. In addition to community and economic development, John has been involved in community leadership programs.
John is married to Melanie and has two adult children along with two adult stepchildren and a granddaughter. He is a member of the Tyler Yacht Club, and when not at work John can often be found on his sailboat.
Karen Smith has been the Administrative Assistant of HEDCO since June, 2007. She was born in Crockett, TX and raised in Houston, TX. Karen relocated to Henderson in 1976. She has worked for Anderson Hickey Co. in purchasing for 20 years and Fiberglass Specialties for 7 years. Karen has been married to Jerry since 1981.