Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce interim CEO named as exiting CEO takes Coachella Valley Chamber job

Temecula, Calif. — The Board of Directors of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce today named long-time Chamber employee Brooke Nunn as Interim Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of chamber president and CEO Emily Falappino.

Falappino is taking a similar position with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce after leading the Temecula chamber for nearly two years, navigating it through the Covid-19 pandemic and implementing several marketing and membership initiatives.


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“We are grateful to Emily for her leadership during one of the most challenging periods in the history of our chamber and our country,” said Al Rubio, chairman of the board of directors for the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce. ““Through her hard work, vision and leadership, our chamber is poised with more resources, strength, and opportunity than before.”

The Temecula Valley Chamber board of directors is working with chamber staff to ensure a seamless transition during its search for a new president and CEO. In the meantime, the Board does not anticipate any impacts to the Chamber’s extensive programs and events.

With two-year president and CEO Emily Falappino stepping aside to take a similar position with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, long-time Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce employee Brooke Nunn was just named as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

“Brooke will have the help and support of Chamber leadership as we transition to a new era. We know that the Chamber is in good hands,” Rubio said. Nunn has been with the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce for ten years and is a graduate of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) Program where she earned her ACE accreditation. Nunn’s tenure at the Chamber positions her as an ideal Chamber leader with years of hands on experience with the inner workings of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce.

During her nearly two-year tenure, Falappino served on the Riverside County Economic Recovery Task Force and positioned the Temecula Valley Chamber as a leading source of information for the business community during the pandemic. Among several accomplishments, she initiated five new board-level committees that improved engagement and program development for the Chamber’s members.

Falappino begins her tenure with the Greater Coachella Valley July 1, 2021. The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber formed in 2016 to support a diverse business community that spans nearly forty-five miles and nine municipalities. It also manages several local GCV Chambers and work with dedicated partners that focus on the unique needs of our various Coachella Valley business districts.

In her short tenure with us she contributed an immense amount to add value and prepare us for the future,” said Rubio. “As a regional leader, we look forward to working with Emily and her new team as we collaborate to make all of Riverside County a great place to live, work and play.”

Submitted by: Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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