Bizhan (BJ) Fazeli, founder Fazeli Cellars & Winery, TEMECULA, 92592 Wine and Persian fusion cuisine

I have been honored and privileged to serve as a member of the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association “TVWA” and as the TVWA Vice President for the past 3 years. 

I have also been selected to serve on a committee of 5 and have attended meetings and been involved in critical discussions seeking available government and private funds for the beautification of wine country.  This committee works closely with supervisor Chuck Washington, supervisor Juan Perez and their staff as well as Visit Temecula Valley “VTV”.

Currently, I am a serving as a board member of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and help provide insight to the workings of wine country to the largest business organization in the Temecula Valley.

The EDC also provides a means of a working relationship with all of the regional cities, the Pechanga Tribe, and the County of Riverside as it relates to future economic growth, including working on the expansion of the airport to bring more visitors to wine country.

I am also involved with many of the local charitable organizations and assist with many fund-raising activities.  I am a Paul Harris recognized Rotarian of the Temecula Valley chapter.


Don Hitzeman recently joined the litigation and business law firm of Reid & Hellyer, APC, in its Murrieta office and was previously president and co-founder of the business law firm of Hitzeman & Evenson, APC, in Temecula.

Don Hitzeman has been practicing in the Temecula Valley since February of 2004 and has been licensed to practice law in California since 1983. His practice currently focuses on business transactional and litigation matters and estate planning.

Don Hitzeman began his legal career as an officer and attorney in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving for over 8 years in Virginia, Europe, Washington, DC, and the Presidio of San Francisco. In the Army, he practiced criminal law at the trial and appellate levels, and as a special prosecutor. This was followed by 12 years with the insurance defense firm of Parker & Irwin, as a shareholder and director, and he was co-president/founder of Rosenstein & Hitzeman in Old Town Temecula. In addition to the California Bar, he is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, US Tax Court, US District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California, and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

A graduate of Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, Don then attended Whittier College School of Law, serving as Executive Editor of the Whittier Law Review, and graduating with a Juris Doctor degree in 1983.

Don has served the Economic Development Coalition as a Director and Officer since 2014, currently serving as its President. He is serving on the Board of Governors of Temecula Valley Hospital and the Board of Directors of the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce.

Jim McLaughlin's involvement in the business community has been expanding steadily since he located here with his family in 2007. In 2009 he began his Executive Coaching and Management Consulting career assisting executives and business owners be more effective in realizing their vision and helping to turn their managers into leaders. In 2012 he organized and facilitated CSUSM's Leadership Southwest County program to develop our community leaders and also initiated TEDxTemecula, designed to highlight the incredible and innovative ideas being birthed and nurtured in our region. Recently he was elected Board President of the Temecula Valley Symphony to assist in bringing that tremendous community asset to the next level and for the past two years has been a Resource Provider to the Murrieta Innovation Center. Jim also a leader in our local Boy Scouts district, Toastmasters International, runs a Gavel Club (Toastmasters for kids) and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Temecula. Jim's diverse networks can both benefit from, and be and asset to, the Economic Development Coalition.

Collaborating with many of the country’s finest architects and builders, Kari McFall has established herself as a leading Construction and Real Estate professional. Her 20+ year distinguished career includes a diverse portfolio of projects from office, industrial, hospitality, multi-family and golf course construction along with, but not limited to, property acquisition.

As Senior Business Development Manager, Kari’s responsibilities include strategic planning, expanding Wieland’s portfolio in new geographic locations, and maintaining relationships within the industry, including brokers, architects, owners, municipalities, engineers and developers.

Wieland  is a 60-year old, ENR Top-400 construction management firm that has built projects in 28 states and seven countries.  The firm has offices in six states.

Kari’s approach to business is simple:  “Start small, think big and, motivation is 9/10th’s of the game.Kari’s professional goals are to understand the needs and aspiration of clients, provide solutions through multiple avenues, and build the right team to execute the solutions in a harmonious, sustainable environment.

Kari’s passion is giving back through her community and the ability to help others by serving on the Bannister House Board, YMCA Board, and the AGC Build and Serve Committee.

Kim is the Executive Director of Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center and was named Citizen of the Year 2018 by Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards. Kim is a shining light in the Community contributing her knowledge and experience to grow Michelle’s Place from its humble beginnings in a 350 square foot space into it’s future 10,000 square foot space.

Kim was the first official employee of Michelle’s Place. After hearing the story of Michelle from her parents, Bill and Marilyn Watson, Kim knew it would be her life’s mission to help those individuals fighting cancer. From Marilyn and Bill, Kim learned that Michelle was diagnosed at 23 years old with stage 4 breast cancer. Frustrated with the lack of cancer support services in Temecula Valley, Michelle’s dying wish was for her parents to establish a place where individuals dealing with cancer could receive some emotional comfort, a listening ear, and an opportunity to talk with someone surviving cancer.

Today, Kim leads a staff of 10 overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of Michelle’s Place, including fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. And, she is overseeing the expansion of Michelle’s Place, which is opening its services to all cancers and purchasing its forever home.

Kim is also actively involved in several community organizations including the Rotary Club of Temecula; Board Member of Economic Development Coalition; incoming president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Inland Empire chapter; founding member of the Southwest Riverside County Cancer Task Force; and co-founder of the Southwest Riverside County Nonprofit Cooperative, created to help nonprofit organizations learn more about how to run an efficient and effective organization.

In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, including husband Brian, daughters Megan, Olivia, and KD, mother Sandy, and pups Hank and Molly. They even have the tradition of family dinner every Wednesday evening.

Kimberly Adams was hired in 2004 as the first paid leader to begin venturing into the world of Tourism in the Temecula Valley. Within six months, Adams spun off and created and formed a completely separate and distinct non- profit entity as a 501c6 and this became just the beginning of the convention and visitors bureau know today as Visit Temecula Valley....


During that first year of existence in 2004, Adams remained the only tourism leader and attended trade shows and press events alone beginning the marketing and selling of the Temecula destination. With an available budget of $54K, the area was not yet on the map or radar for the desired visitor domestically or internationally and it became obvious to Adams the future effort, vision, structure and need of proper marketing, planning, staffing and funding of her organization.


In 2005, Adams' started the first Tourism Advisory Board to assist in leading this tourism effort. Her passion for promoting Temecula and the “vision” of our future is what keeps diving Kimberly and it is as obvious today as it was over 14 years ago.


She hasn't stopped working toward the successful promotion of the Temecula Valley and has concurrently taken on many related and important projects and goals such as the I-15 beautification project and Temecula Valley Wine Country planning.  These efforts have required the skillful art of partnering with key travel/tourism stakeholders like Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula Valley Wine Growers, regional Hoteliers, and Old Town Temecula. 


One of her first priorities were initiating and developing a Tourism Improvement District to generate sustainable funding for Tourism Promotion. That district is the first in inland Southern California, and the fifteenth district in the State to use marketing assessment fees rather than taxpayer money to market the region and funds a current, annual budget of now over $3.2 million.


Adams also recognized a serious need to address the destination’s identity. Thereby, 2008 saw the launch of a comprehensive branding initiative. That effort has effectively positioned the destination as “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.” The branding platform has proven accurate and powerful as a reflection of the true destination experience.


Meanwhile, local, direct Temecula Valley travel-and-tourism spending “quadrupled” between the years 2000 and 2016, and has increased overall 10.6%, and thirteen years later totals nearly $712 million annually. Kimberly has managed to capture and retain the hardest working and best board in the region made up of 21 local, Temecula Valley business leaders and employs fourteen talented and knowledgeable Visit Temecula Valley Staff.


An advocate for the naturally self-reliant tourism industry, Adams’ given talents, and acquired skills revolve around genuine quality and real guest service. When asked, her advice on Branding, she said it is to know and believe in your authentic greatness, identify your trusted assets and honest attributes, and market those. It has worked for Temecula Valley. She also encourages the development of innate diplomacy that fosters relationships and motivates people to work together.  


From 1983 to 1997, Adams was a member of the operations and long-range planning team for the Zoological Society of San Diego, developing exhibits and events at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park including projects such as Heart of Africa, Lorikeet Landing, and Condor Ridge and many seasonal special events. Going to work for LEGO® Group in 1997, identified Adams’ niche as a start-up person. From the ground up, she oversaw the retail construction and 1999 opening of LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad near San Diego); conversion and the operation of LEGOLAND Windsor (outside of London); and the construction and 2002 opening of LEGOLAND Deutschland (Günzburg, Germany). Adams then worked for LEGO Global designing and opening dozens of new LEGO Brand retail stores in Europe and across the United States.


Today, like many in the travel and tourism industry, Adams promotes a destination she not only lives in but also loves calling home. A Temecula Valley resident since 1992, Adams welcomed the opportunity to bring her professional experience locally. She is in awe of the casual, picturesque valley’s natural beauty and blue sky – distinct, memorable characteristics that help attract more than 2.8 million visitors each year. Adams and her husband have two daughters; together they pursue a shared passion for traveling.


Visit California Rural Chair

Visit California CEO Form

Visit California Marketing Committee

Visit California Content Committee

2018 Temecula Citizen on the year


Patrick Ellis has been in the Chamber industry since 2007, starting as the President/CEO of the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce in Ventura County.  After producing many measurable improvements under the dynamic shifting conditions in a down turn market, Patrick moved on to the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce as the President/CEO. Patrick utilizes his boundless energy, great enthusiasm, strong leadership and unmistakable trademark laugh to motivate his staff, where together they have revitalized the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce.

In 2017, Patrick lead the merger of the Murrieta Chamber and the Wildomar Chamber into the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, Patrick is extremely active with the Southwest California Legislative Council, a coalition of 5 chambers to address Federal, State and County legislative issues.  He also sits on the board of directors for the Economic Development Coalition and was appointed by Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor, Chuck Washington to the Riverside County Workforce Development Board.  He now sits as the Vice-Chair for the Workforce Development Board.

Patrick has completed the Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy, a three-year training program for the new era of Chamber Management and has served on the W.A.C.E. Conference Committee numerous times.

Patrick was born and raised in Alhambra, California, he is First Generation Irish/American. He and his wife, Caryn, have two children, Liam and Brenna.

Education, Degrees and Licenses:
Thomas Jefferson School Of Law                                                                          
Graduated Cum Laude/Juris Doctor Degree, 1996

Member California State Bar, Attorney, 1996

San Diego Mediation Center
Credentialed Mediator, 1995                                                                                            

California State Board of Accountancy
Certified Public Accountant (Inactive), 1976                                         

San Diego State University
B.S. Degree - Major Accounting/ with honors, 1974                                                     

University of California, San Diego
Math Major, 1971

Lumbleau Real Estate School
Sales License, 1989, Brokers License, 1990

GRE Land & Commercial Real Estate, 1990 to present                                                   Broker/Owner                                

Law Office of Terri Delhamer

Grubb & Ellis Company
Investment Broker/IE Distressed Assets Group Lead 2009 to 2012                                                  

Keyways Vineyard & Winery
Former Owner, 2006 to 2011                                                                                                         
Linfield Christian School
Chairman, Board of Trustees
(Volunteer Position) 1998 to present 

Town & Country Mobile Home Park & Sales                                                                        Owner/Manager                                                                              

Valley View Mobile Home Park                                                                                Owner/Manager                                                                              

Professional Affiliations:
Economic Development Corporation of Southwest California
Member of Executive Board, Secretary, Former Treasurer                                                                                

Linfield Christian School
Chairman, Member of the Board

Former Chairman, Finance Committee      

Southwest Riverside County Association of Realtors

California Association of Realtors

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
Secretary, Member of the Board (Past)

Temecula Valley WineGrowers  Assn.
Treasurer, Member of the Board (Past) 

Temecula Valley Boys & Girls Club
Member of the Board (Past)                                                                      

Founding Director,
Hidden Valley National Bank (past)    

Tim Freese chose banking as his career and for the past 40 plus years, he has been involved with positions relating to staff training and development, commercial lending, credit management, and problem loan management.  For the past 21 years, he has worked with Temecula Valley businesses in providing deposit and lending solutions with an emphasis in commercial real estate lending and business lines of credit.  Currently, Tim serves as Senior Vice President and Temecula Regional Manager at AltaPacific Bank in Temecula.

Tim graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and has completed numerous professional development courses in underwriting, compliance, legal remedies, negotiations, etc.

Job opportunities in Temecula brought Tim and his family to the area and soon, it was the community that helped keep them here. He has served as a board member and Chairman with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce and membership and board positions with the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club and Canine Support Teams. Additionally, he has been an active volunteer for the Boy and Girls Club and their annual Our Kids Rock auction, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and other community support organizations. He presently serves as the bank’s representative with the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Riverside County and he has the distinct pleasure of being a board member of JDS Creative Academy.


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