After two years as Inverell Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Nicky Lavender did not seek re-election at the annual general meeting on Wednesday.
It was a decision she described as "difficult" after enjoying every part of the role.
"It has been through an extremely challenging time that I have had the privilege of leading the chamber team. The worst drought of our generation, bush fires and now a world wide pandemic. Through it all though Inverell has done better then most communities. This has been through an extremely well established business community and the support of a very strong local council," she said.
Georgie King will step in as president, with Wendy Wilks as vice-president and Tracy Oppy as treasurer. Cheree Duffy was named secretary and Nicky will be taking on a new role of publicity officer.
Key information presented at the AGM only highlighted the success achieved by the chamber over the past few years, as a direct result of the enthusiasm of the small but very dedicated working group- the promotions committee.
In 2020 the chamber reimbursed businesses $46,343 for Choose Inverell Dollars used in their business and provided $16,777 in marketing subsidy payments.
With more than $23,000 of Choose Inverell Dollars yet to be redeemed, the chamber encourages anyone with a voucher to start spending as businesses are in need of a cash injection.
Leaving words of advice, Nicky said it was important for the chamber to work closely with community groups and council.
"[We need to] support each other's initiatives and ensure every event, concept, idea that is generated by our community is collaborative and has every chance of success."
Dubbing herself as "extremely fortunate" to have been supported by a strong executive throughout her time as president, Nicky thanked Georgie King, Peter Caddey, Tracy Oppy and Amber Griffiths.
"To Peter who isn't seeking re-election, you have been a constant support and sounding board for me over the past two years- thank you. Tracy is truly the rock that holds this association together. The work she does behind the scenes is outstanding.
"For thirty plus years there has been a constant in our promotions committee. A true, quiet-achiever who is always there to lend a hand.
"I have been fortunate to have worked closely with Penny Alliston-Hall from BEST Employment and I feel privileged to class her as a mentor, colleague and friend," she said.