John Matthews
Experience Ambassador

John is a fifth generation Mid-Southerner with a passion for both travel and history. His previous career in International Sales and Marketing led him to over 40 countries and a wide variety of world experiences. As a lifelong student of Southern as well as Memphis history, John feels compelled to tell the fascinating stories of our local and regional culture. He agrees strongly with the William Faulkner quote, “The past is never dead, it is not even past”. John also believes that quoting Faulkner makes him seem really smart!

John Matthews


Memphis, TN

Aisle or Window


Hidden Gem

Crystal Shrine Grotto

Ideal Sunday

Exploring allyes in downtown Memphis

Travel Item

My sleep machine so my wife will travel with me!

You Must Know

I do not tell people that they must know anything about Memphis before arriving. In fact, I find that the less they know makes it easier to blow them away with the Memphis I introduce to them. One thing I always tell arriving visitors it that they bring an open mind, a desire to learn and a willingness to experience the heart and soul of a city steeped in passion and swagger.

Bucket List

Tierra del Fuego

My Role

I can’t wait to find out!