A new president and initiatives on the horizon

The new Warwick Chamber of Commerce board - vice-president Michael Jones, secretary Teilah McKelvey, president Mark Celledoni and treasurer Thomas Smith. Picture: SAMANTHA WANTLING

By Lucy Waldron

The Warwick Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting reflected on the accomplishments of the past year while looking towards exciting changes for the new year.

Gary Lawrence, the outgoing president, handed over the reins to Mark Celledoni, general manager of people and culture at John Dee.

Transitioning from his previous role as Dalby Chamber of Commerce president to Warwick’s Chamber president, Mr Celledoni brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the position.

“I think it is an important role in the community and for the businesses and for Warwick,” he said.

“I am incredibly honoured and flattered, I am so passionate about small towns and small businesses.”

Mr Celledoni is ready to hit the ground running and create a network of communication within businesses to share their issues, but first off he plans to send out surveys to understand how the chamber can help the businesses of Warwick.

“There’s no point heading off in a direction that is not wanted by the Warwick businesses,” he said.

“So starting with the survey, we are listening first and then action will be second.”

Acknowledging the groundwork laid by his predecessor, Mr Celledoni praised Mr Lawrence for his efforts in strengthening ties between the Chamber, local businesses, and the Southern Downs Regional Council.

“One of the proudest moments for me at the chamber first of all was the 100-year dinner celebrations, and the challenge of the business awards where we had a great night and bought a number of businesses together,” Mr Lawrance said.

During the meeting, the chamber celebrated the success of various events held throughout the year, including Breakfast Connects and Business at Dusk gatherings, which saw substantial attendance and featured informative guest speakers.

Mr Lawrence expressed optimism about upcoming initiatives, including a future leaders program and the introduction of Why Leave Town vouchers in select stores across Warwick and surrounding areas.

Concluding his tenure with gratitude, Mr Lawrence thanked the Chamber for its support and expressed confidence in the incoming board. The meeting concluded on a note of anticipation for the chamber’s continued growth and impact under the leadership of Mr Celledoni and the new board.