Truckee Chamber

About

The Truckee Chamber of Commerce provides a host of benefits and programs designed to assist and promote members. It’s the hub of the business community, keeping members informed, educated and connected. Businesses that join are supporting a vital organization and professional staff that is actively involved in the community who work on behalf of our members to enhance and improve the community and business climate. Learn about the Truckee Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Policy and guidelines for submitting advocacy requests.

In partnership with the Town of Truckee, The Truckee Chamber of Commerce manages destination marketing for Truckee through a comprehensive marketing strategy and the California Welcome Center that assists over 100,000 visitors every year, offering valuable information and services for today’s traveler.

History & Mission

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History

Founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1953, the Chamber administrative offices, and California Welcome Center currently operate out of the historic train depot in downtown Truckee.

Mission

Our mission is to promote and develop local business and tourism while improving the community’s quality of life.

Staff

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Lynn Saunders

President/CEO
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President & CEO of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Prior to joining the Chamber, Lynn was the Marketing Director for the Nevada Commission on Tourism (Travel Nevada) based in Carson City. In that role, she developed and managed marketing programs to promote the State of Nevada as a tourism destination. She also coordinated the prestigious annual Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism, which brought together 500-800 high-level industry professionals for a 2-day tourism industry conference. She has experience in the advertising agency field, and worked at the largest ad agency in Nevada, R&R Partners in Reno, for eight years as a media buyer and account executive. She has many years of experience in graphic arts working for publishers, magazines, and newspapers. At the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Lynn oversees all Chamber programs for the business community and their 550 members with the goal of making a positive difference for its members and the community by continually improving the Truckee business climate and strengthening the economic development opportunities, while maintaining Truckee’s community character and sense of place.

Ruth Geresy

Director of Operations, Membership Services Manager, Manager of California Welcome Center
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Ruth Geresy has been with the Truckee Chamber of Commerce since 2001. Ruth is the Manager of the California Welcome Center in the historic train depot downtown and also manages membership services. The California Welcome Center assists over 220,000 visitors annually. Ruth also serves as the Director of Operations for the Chamber. Ruth graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Social Psychology and Business Administration. Her passion for skiing landed her in Truckee in 1980 where she met her husband, Don Geresy of Don Geresy Construction. Their daughters, Katie and Jenny were both born and raised in Truckee, only leaving Truckee to obtain their college degrees. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ruth worked at the Truckee Tahoe Airport for 19 years. In that role, she produced the annual Air Show that attracted thousands of spectators. Ruth was the guiding force creating Relay For Life of Truckee Tahoe for ten years. Ruth has been recognized on numerous occasions for her significant contributions including 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce; honored in 2011 by Rotary Club of Truckee and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International with a Paul Harris Fellow; and in 2013 named Truckee’s female Citizen of the Year by Truckee Interclub.

Melissa Williams

Editor and Truckee Jobs Collective Liaison
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Along with editing and writing, Melissa helps connect job seekers and employers through the Truckee Jobs Collective.  She’s been working for the Chamber since 2016 on the Truckee Big Life Weekly and Truckee.com. Melissa has more than 30 years of experience writing, editing, and building teams. After receiving a BS in Communications, she was an AP reporter, then worked in hotel/travel-related and political public relations in Washington D.C. She moved to San Francisco in the early ’90s and worked for book publishers, becoming managing editor of a team of 40+ for the national McGraw-Hill Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences list. Melissa worked remotely for McGraw-Hill in Truckee from 2004-2012 and since then has worked as a freelance writer and editor, helping with communications for Superintendent Dr. Leri at Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and several small businesses. She was a volunteer founder of Sierra Expeditionary Learning School and has been a regular volunteer for the Truckee-North Tahoe Emergency Warming Shelter since it opened in 2015. Melissa loves dancing to great local music, mountain biking, skiing and paddleboarding with her family and friends, and being a part of our great Truckee community.

Carolina Pacheco

Administrative Assistant
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Carolina Pacheco is the Administrative Assistant. Her role involves helping those around her. She grew up in the area and went to school locally. Carolina graduated from Truckee High School and then went to the Sierra College – Truckee Campus to obtain her AA in Criminal Justice. After traveling as an exchange student she returned to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with two BA’s. One in Criminal Justice and the second one in Sociology. She has been with the Truckee Chamber of Commerce since 2018, where she has helped manage the California Welcome Center. Carolina also works with members to help them organize their webpages. She assists with projects implemented by the chamber for members and people in the Truckee community. Carolina enjoys spending time outdoors, especially in Truckee, being with her friends and family, and traveling.

California Welcome Center Concierge Staff

  • Vicky Myer
  • Marilyn Colquhoun
  • Gabriela Graciano
  • Stefani Barton
  • Jamie Howard
  • Laura Seidenberg
  • Deborah Heiland

Board

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Emily Vitas, Chair

Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency
Executive Director

Aimee Schaller, Past Chair

Aegis/Interwest Insurance Services
General Manager

Ted Owens, Past Chair

Tahoe Forest Hospital District Executive Director, Governance & Business Development

Jessica Carr

Sierra Small Business Development Center
Sierra Business Council
Associate Director

Kellie Cutler

Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
Executive Director

Chris Fajkos

Chris Fajkos Luxury Real Estate
Realtor

Bill Greeno

Quality Automotive Servicing
Owner

Jonathan Luster

Second Home Care, Inc.
President

John Manocchio

Pacific Crest Wealth Planning
Wealth Planner

Liz Wainscoat

Plumas Bank
Business Relationship Officer

Ravn Reece Whitington

Porter Simon, A Professional Corporation
Partner