President & CEO
Swope Family Dealerships
Carl Swope moved to Elizabethtown when he was just 4 years old. A graduate of Elizabethtown High School and Indiana University, Carl began his career in the automobile business selling Fords for his brother’s dealership, Bob Swope Ford of Elizabethtown.
Upon graduation from college, Carl began a full-time career with the Sam Swope Auto Group of Louisville. Most of his time in Louisville was spent as the General Manager of Toyota of Louisville. In 1986, Carl and his wife, Anne, moved their family to Elizabethtown and purchased Swope Motors, Inc. from his father and uncle, Bill and Sam Swope.
Carl believes that having a strong regional healthcare system is critical to both business and talent attraction. That’s why he’s serving on the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin Board.
“I’m passionate about this region. A top-notch healthcare system is one of the critical factors to growth and to attracting others to come here. I have three kids and I want them to feel good about coming here if they move back,” he said.
Carl is a proud grandfather to twins who were born premature. The Baptist Health Foundation Hardin’s commitment to breakthrough investments like those to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is particularly appealing.
“My twin grandchildren could not have been born here because they were so premature,” he said. “But now that is all changing – that’s what this Foundation is all about – ensuring Baptist Health Hardin has the cutting edge technology it needs to serve all the residents,” he said.
Carl’s well known service to the region includes the Elizabethtown Airport Board, Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, and Boy Scouts of America. His past civic service includes the Noon Rotary of Elizabethtown; board member of The Elizabethtown Industrial Foundation, Hardin County Education Foundation and Kentucky Habitat For Humanity; President of the Hardin County affiliate of Habitat For Humanity International, which he helped found; Chairman of the Fund Development Campaign to renovate and restore the Historic State Theater in downtown Elizabethtown, as well as Vice President of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown and is an ordained deacon.