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By Jeff Pack

Falappino named to succeed Sullivan as CEO of Temecula chamber


Last updated 9/1/2019 at 12:57pm

Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced on Thursday, Aug. 29 that Emily Falappino will succeed Alice Sullivan as President and Chief Executive Officer in October.

TEMECULA - Three months after Alice Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC), announced her retirement, the chamber's board of directors announced her replacement in a press release on Thursday, Aug. 29.

"Emily Falappino is going to be that person who will not only build on what Alice Sullivan so masterfully executed, but she will take the chamber to whole new heights," TVCC Chairman of the Board Brian Connors said in the press release. "Our selection committee was thoroughly impressed and our board of directors voted unanimously for her hire. Her impeccable standards, professionalism, and integrity were unmatched. Besides, she is homegrown right here from Temecula. Her understanding of our local economy, her existing commitment to our valley, and her connections with the city and tourism community became important factors in our decision process."

Emily Falappino, who has been with Stryder Transportation and Grapeline, Inc. since 2006 and served as the company's General Manager since 2012 will take over the job in October.

Falappino is a graduate of Temecula Valley Valley High School and the University of Phoenix. She holds an MBA from Cal State San Bernardino, Summa Cum Laude. She has contributed to City of Temecula's Economic Development to Visit Temecula Valley and she has been named Most Driven Profession at the Star of the Valley Awards and has won TVCC's Valley Young Professional of the Year Award.

"I am incredibly honored to have been selected as the new President/CEO," Falappino said in the press release. "I have such deep respect and gratitude for Alice Sullivan, the TVCC Staff, the TVCC Board of Directors, and their work together. It is a privilege to lead this incredible group of individuals. They have proven to be a force field of professional development and service - a tradition of excellence that I look forward to continuing.

"My respect for the TVCC is surpassed only by my admiration, respect, and appreciation for our local businesses, our local entrepreneurs, and our local workforce. Temecula Valley is a wonderful community and a thriving economy because of the individuals who contribute their time, efforts and investment here. I want to ensure that we - as the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce - continue to create opportunities, resources, and collaborations that give our workforce, our business owners, and our local economy everything needed to thrive."

Sullivan has served as the President and CEO of TVCC since 1990, coordinating, directing, and implementing all daily activities of the organization that has helped seen the area transform from a rural landscape to a bustling city with a tourism industry that recently topped $1 billion in revenue.

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 has been involved in countless community and business groups, organizations, nonprofits over the years.

"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," according to the TVCC in the statement announcing her impending retirement. "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."

"It has been a great honor for me to serve as President/CEO," Sullivan said in May. "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."

According to TVCC the organization has more than 1,000 members.

"Our commitment to promote positive economic growth and support programs which preserve and improve the quality of life for our entire community is at the heart of who we are and what we do," Connors said in the press release. "We are excited about this new chapter for the chamber. We've done some pretty amazing things over the years, and we know there stands in front of us an opportunity for even brighter days ahead.

"The TVCC operations and staff are fully functioning and will experience a seamless transition."

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