About the 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

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.

Meet the Staff

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 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 annual Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism, which brought together 500-800 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 600 members; including marketing and promotional activity for Truckee through a contract with the Town of Truckee and a Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID); is a key leader in the Truckee Tomorrow collaborative economic development initiative; and oversees the management and operation the Truckee California Welcome Center in the historic train depot downtown.

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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, working on the Truckee Big Life Weekly, developing content for Truckee.com, and keeping up 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 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 paddle boarding 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

Board

Ted Owens, Chair

Tahoe Forest Hospital District
Executive Director, Governance & Business Development

 

 

 

 

John Manocchio, Past Chair

Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisor

 

 

 

 

Aimee Schaller, Chair-Elect

Aegis Insurance Markets
General Manager

 

 

 

 

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
Realtor

 

 

 

 

Bill Greeno

Quality Automotive Servicing
Owner

 

 

 

 

Emily Vitas

Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Liz Wainscoat

Plumas Bank
Business Relationship Officer

 

 

 

 

Dierdra Walsh

Northstar California
Vice President and General Manager

 

 

 

 

Ravn Reece Whitington

Porter Simon, A Professional Corporation
Partner

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in connecting with a board member? Email us and we'll get you in touch.

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Truckee Chamber of Commerce

10065 Donner Pass Rd.
TruckeeCA 96161
(530) 587-2757
Fax - (530) 582-7710
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For membership and questions email the Membership Services Manager.