Truckee Chamber


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



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.


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



Lynn Saunders

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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 630 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

Truckee Jobs Collective Liaison + Content Editor
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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, developing content for, communications, and the events calendar. Melissa has more than 30 years 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. Since moving to Truckee in 2004, Melissa has worked as a freelance writer and editor, working with Dr. Leri at TTUSD 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.

California Welcome Center Concierge Staff

  • Marilyn Colquhoun
  • Vicky Myer
  • Carolina Pacheco
  • Karen Snyder



Aimee Schaller, Chair

Aegis/Interwest Insurance Services
General Manager

Ted Owens, Past Chair

Tahoe Forest Hospital District
Executive Director, Governance & Business Development

Emily Vitas, Chair-Elect

Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency
Executive Director

Jessica Carr

Sierra Small Business Development Center
Sierra Business Council
Associate Director

Kellie Cutler

Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
Executive Director

Christopher Fajkos

Tahoe Mountain Realty

Bill Greeno

Quality Automotive Servicing

John Manocchio

Pacific Crest Wealth Planning
Wealth Planner

Liz Wainscoat

Plumas Bank
Business Relationship Officer

Deirdra Walsh

Northstar California
Vice President and General Manager

Ravn Reece Whitington

Porter Simon, A Professional Corporation