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Irvine Chamber Names Interim CEO

Coffaro experience includes Bank of America, Second Harvest

The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce announced Dave Coffaro as interim chief executive officer.

Coffaro, who is the chief operating officer of Executive Coaches of Orange County, worked at Bank of America for more than 20 years and was interim CEO of Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

“Dave’s strategic approach, financial leadership, and experience in Irvine will be instrumental in leading the Chamber forward,” said Lisa Thomas, chair, Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors. “We have great confidence in Dave’s ability to serve the needs of our membership and positively impact the overall business community in the greater Irvine area.”

Coffaro will oversee the Chamber as it enters its 45th year of service to the Irvine community where it says it represents the interests of 20,000 businesses.

He replaces Bryan Starr, who left about a month ago to pursue other opportunities. Starr’s LinkedIn page says he’s partner at Rialta Alliance.

The Voice of OC news website reported in January that the Orange County District Attorney’s office is asking questions about how the chamber managed the city’s hotel advertising campaign.

 

 

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Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
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