Chamber has new leader
AFTER four years of leading the Kingaroy business community group, Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry, president Rod Steele has stepped aside to make way for new blood.
Mr Steele resigned his position at the annual general meeting last week where Commercial Hotel owner Tim Harris was named incoming president and Proteco Oils managing director Josh Gadischke stepped into the vice-president role.
"I actually think the next four or five years of the chamber are going to be really exciting," Mr Steele said.
"With Tim and Josh and those progressive business people who are coming to the fore with the chamber of commerce, they are the ones who are going to be leading businesses forward into the future."
Mr Steele said he was proud to see the way the chamber and the business community had grown from a dozen business people attending the group's meet and greet evenings to up to 60.
"We started to do the walk around town and try to get new membership, and membership doubled," he said.
"One thing that I always said to them was unity and trust was going to be our motto and that has been the cornerstone to everything we have done with the chamber of commerce."
Mr Steele said the chamber achieved some great things but he felt the social meetings were some of the most valuable interactions for chamber members.
"Meeting socially, that's where a lot of the nuts and bolts stuff happens," he said.
"People do a lot better business around a beer and a barbecue.
"In an informal situation you get to talk one-on-one and form relationships, become a mentor to other businesses."
Mr Steele said the KCCI would not be what it was today without the support, professionalism and dedication of local businesses, the council, Wayne Kratzmann and Deb Frecklington. "Personally I'd like to thank all the executive members from the past four years who have been so much help and vibrant and positive over the time," he said.
Incoming president: Tim Harris
Incoming vice-president: Josh Gadischke
Immediate past president: Rod Steele