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Almond resigns from Chamber of Commerce

The leader of the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce has resigned.

Kathy Almond, president and CEO, gave her resignation last week. Her final day is Friday.

Kathy Almond

“This is an organization I have worked with, belonged to and participated in for over 29 years,” Almond said.

Having that long of history with the Chamber made the decision difficult, Almond said.

“When the time comes that you feel you can no longer affect positive change, it becomes time to make change in your life,” she said.

Chamber Board Chairman George Crooker said her leadership over the past six years will be missed.

“We fully support her and the decision she has made. We are sure she will meet a new position with the same enthusiasm, leadership and tremendous work ethic she has exhibited with our Chamber,” Crooker said in an email to board members Tuesday.

Almond said she is grateful for the opportunities afforded through her time with the Chamber. She also mentioned what her goal was as Chamber president.

“Leadership is based on integrity, values, principles and goals,” she said. “It has been my goal from the onset to operate/manage this organization with integrity and accountability.

“My personal vision remains the same, that of greater good for all,” she added. “And my goals remain steadfast in the belief that our community, region and state can weave a sustainable, vibrant and prosperous future.”

Crooker said the board will continue to look at the Chamber’s role in the county, its partnerships and the needs it will have from its next president/CEO.

“Our goal, as it has always been, is to provide our members with an excellent experience while helping their growth, education and marketability as a thriving business in Stanly County,” Crooker said.