Madison County Executive Leadership Application

Carl Watts

Director

Carl Watts is the President/Owner/Operator of Olde Towne Cleaners in Madison, Mississippi.  Carl opened Olde Towne Cleaners, a full-service drycleaning & laundry business, in January 1997 after observing the growth patterns and the need for service industries west of I-55 in Madison.  His business was the first service business opened on that side of Madison and the second commercial building built on the west side of I-55.

Carl is originally from Meridian, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1984 with a double major in Political Science and History, he stayed at Ole Miss 2 more years and studied accounting.  Afterwards, he worked in a CPA firm in Meridian for the next five years.  While in Meridian, he was elected President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce a leadership training organization that was made up of approximately 120 members.  In 1991, he moved to Madison County and worked in sales for five more years before opening his drycleaning business in January 1997.

Over the last year and a half, Carl has become an advocate for Madison County small businesses because of the adverse affects of the Covid-19 policies and the subsequent unemployment pandemic.  He formed an alliance with other drycleaners to discuss survival and growth strategies.  Carl contacted anyone that he thought could help him and his fellow small business owners.  These contacts include state and local politicians, bankers and many others who were in a position to help out.

Carl and his wife, Nancy have lived in Madison County (Ridgeland) for the last 30 years where they raised their three children Grace, Caley and Isaac.