By Brian Graves, News Editor
Thursday, August 15, 2013 —
Kathy Almond has been named the new president and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.
The decision to hire the successor to longtime Chamber President Tom Ramseur was made during a meeting of the Chamber’s Board of Directors Thursday morning.
Almond will assume her new duties upon Ramseur’s retirement Sept. 30.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the Stanly County community as the new President & CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce,” said Almond.
“My goal is to continue the leadership initiatives of the Chamber by supporting the business community and economic growth throughout the county. I look forward to working with, and working for, current and potential Chamber members, the Chamber staff, and the Chamber board of directors.”
Dr. Russ Sharples, who chaired the search committee, spoke of Almond’s qualifications for the position.
“In Kathy Almond, the Search Committee has chosen a highly qualified and experienced professional to serve as the Chamber’s next president and CEO,” Sharples said.
“I have followed Kathy’s career over the years, and have always been impressed with her commitment to Stanly County. Through her efforts as a small business owner, SCC’s Small Business Center director, and as the executive director of the ADDC, her focus has always been on our county’s economic and community development. Her enthusiasm, expertise, and experience will be tremendous assets to our Chamber members, and to Stanly County.”
“I am excited to work with and help Kathy make this leadership transition as smooth as possible,” said Chamber Board Chairman Bill Lawhon.
“Kathy has a great reputation as a leader in our community. She comes to us with lots of experience, working with volunteers and volunteer boards. We expect the same level of commitment from her as she has shown in the past with other leadership roles in which she has been involved. We are proud to have her as the president and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce and I look forward to working with her in this role.”
The person Almond will succeed leading the Chamber also expressed his enthusiasm for the choice.
“I am extremely pleased that Kathy Almond will be succeeding me in this position,” said current Chamber President and CEO Tom Ramseur.
“I have worked with Kathy in many areas over the eight years that I have been at the Chamber. Her experience as a small business owner and Small Business Center director uniquely qualifies her to relate to our members, the majority of them being small businesses.
“Also, by working as the director of the ADDC, she understands the parallels of our two organizations, particularly board and membership accountability, promotion, development, and fiscal responsibility. She will work very well with our board, staff, and members.
“I am proud of the work that we have accomplished in growing the Chamber and making it a very relevant organization in the region. I know that Kathy will maintain this status, while exceeding the possibilities for the future.”
Almond, a Montgomery County native and Stanly County resident for many years, is executive director of the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation having served in that position for the past three years.
She is a graduate of Stanly Community College and received her BS degree in Business Administration from Gardner Webb University.
She was previously employed at Stanly Community College for six years, first as coordinator of service learning and co-op education, and later as the director of the Small Business Center.
She also owned her own small business, Designs of Distinction, in Albemarle.
Almond has been very involved in the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce as a volunteer. She has served on the board of directors, is a graduate of Leadership Stanly, and has been co-chair of both the Chamber’s Reverse Raffle and Business Expo.
On a professional level, she has received numerous certifications through leadership programs, professional training, and entrepreneurial training.
In the community, Almond has served or is currently serving on the board of directors of the JobLink Management Team, United Way of Stanly County, Stanly County Arts Guild, Stanly County Arts Council, and Stanly County Habitat for Humanity.
Ramseur became president and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce in January 2006. A resident of Albemarle, he has been active in civic, church and professional organizations for many years.
“It has been a privilege to serve as president and CEO of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce,” Ramseur said.
“I have enjoyed and benefitted from strong support from our board of directors, staff, members and the entire community. Because of this support and partnerships, the Chamber has continued to be an effective and beneficial organization in supporting local businesses and enhancing economic development in our area.”