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TV Chamber President and CEO Sullivan announces retirement

 

Last updated 6/1/2019 at 4:24pm

Courtesy of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

Alice Sullivan has announced her retirement from her role as CEO and President of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce after almost 30 years of service.

TEMECULA - Alice Sullivan, who has led the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) for almost 30 years as President and Chief Executive Officer, has retired, according to an announcement released by the TVCC Board of Directors on Friday, May 31.

"After years of outstanding dedicated service, the Board of Directors of The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the retirement of Alice Sullivan from her current position as the President/CEO," the statement read. "Alice has been a tremendous asset to the community, city, and businesses throughout her tenure and she will surely leave a lasting legacy of unmatched successful accomplishments."

According to the statement, in addition to her service with the TVCC, Sullivan has served on the City of Temecula Site Visitation committee, Old Town Marketing committee, Measure C committee for Parks and Recreation, Race for Humanity and Community Recreation Center Foundation Board and past Secretary to the Temecula/Murrieta Group.

"She also participated in the efforts to pass Measure S, a local tax initiative, which currently provides additional funding necessary to sustain public safety and vital city services," the statement read. "Alice's determined advocacy for the community has forged strong partnerships with leading entities such as Pechanga Resort Casino. Supporting propositions and measures for these entities increased revenues to the local economy."

The board stated that Sullivan has spent countless hours supporting various businesses and nonprofit events over the past three decades.

"It has been a great honor for me to serve as President/CEO," Sullivan said in the statement. "I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with so many dedicated individuals that have served on the board, our members throughout the region and especially with the TVCC staff over the past 29 years. I look forward to continuing my support of the organization, its members and our city."

Sullivan stated that she is most proud of having assisted in the development of Temecula's Tourism Council (Visit Temecula Valley), and being the liaison to businesses to help utilize resources in a synergistic manner that benefit the community. Sullivan, along with chamber members, assisted in the creation of the Southwest California Manufacturing Council since 2011. She also had the foresight to launch other beneficial organizations that have greatly influenced the region, including the Southwest California Legislative Council and the Economic Development Coalition.

"Words cannot fully express our gratitude and appreciation for what Alice has done for the chamber, the businesses, the city and the community," Brian Connors, TVCC Chairman of the Board, said in the statement. "The Temecula Chamber is a strong and vibrant organization, and as chairman of the board, we know well the valuable contribution it takes to work on behalf of our members."

Connors and the TVCC Board of Directors have created a transition team to lead the search for a replacement for Sullivan and they expect the search to last a couple of months.

"It now becomes our most important task at hand to find her successor," Connors said. "The leadership under Alice Sullivan has been exceptional. Undoubtedly, we as a united board of directors want the best for our chamber moving forward and that's exactly what we intend to accomplish."

For more information on the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit temecula.org.

 

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