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Friday, July 18, 2014

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL ANNUAL MEETING DRAWS 10,000 TO MILWAUKEE VENUES

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For more information contact:
Wendy Strong, Director of PR
VISIT Milwaukee
800.231.0903 or 414.915.9015
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or

Northwestern Mutual online newsroom
800.323.7033
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NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL ANNUAL MEETING DRAWS 10,000 TO MILWAUKEE VENUES

Annual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.9 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — July 18, 2013 — Northwestern Mutual will hold its 134th Annual Meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee on July 19-23, 2014.  The event will draw 10,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families. The company’s Annual Meeting will have an estimated economic impact of approximately $12.9 million* for the local economy and occupy about 13,819 hotel room nights.   

"We are thrilled to welcome Northwestern Mutual back to Milwaukee once again,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.  “Northwestern Mutual represents the largest convention of our year and has a tremendous impact on our area's economy. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of attendees to Milwaukee and creating great experiences for them while they're here."

For Northwestern Mutual, it’s an opportunity for the company’s employees and financial professionals to reflect on another strong year.  The company expects to distribute dividends exceeding $5 billion (the largest in its 157-year history) to participating policyowners and maintains the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies. 

"We place great value on improving our relevance with clients, policyowners and potential clients,” said Northwestern Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John E. Schlifske. “Many people are facing challenges with financial planning throughout their life stages. We continually evolve to focus on helping people overcome those challenges and meet their long-term financial security goals.”

The goal of the five-day meeting is to further develop Northwestern Mutual’s acclaimed field force.  Financial representatives network, mentor their peers, learn new information, discuss best practices, engage in continuing education opportunities and share ideas.  

As a result of its year-round effort, Northwestern Mutual’s training program was named one of the best in the country by Training magazine, according to its “Top 125” list.  The company’s field force is an industry leader in credentials, with more than half of all career financial representatives holding at least one professional designation.  

Northwestern Mutual will be conducting events and seminars for its financial representatives at the Wisconsin Center, the BMO Harris Bradley Center and at metro hotels including the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, the InterContinental Hotel & Resort and the Pfister Hotel. In addition, the company is sponsoring activities for the financial representatives’ families at such venues as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, the Gift of Wings Kite Shop, Milwaukee County Zoo, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum and Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater.  

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With more than $217 billion in assets, $26 billion in revenues and more than $1.5 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.2 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. 

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

About VISIT Milwaukee

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013 and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

*Economic impact estimates direct and indirect sales based on the group’s projections and past history of the group.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee 6/26-29

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For more information contact:

Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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or:

Chief Matt Davies
President
Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association
Cell:(608)669-­‐6317
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Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee 6/26-29

MILWAUKEE— (June 26, 2014) –  The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association (WSFCA) is holding its annual statewide conference June 26 – 29, 2014 at the Wisconsin Center and Hilton Milwaukee City Center. The conference is expecting over 350 Chiefs and Chief Officers from career, volunteer and combination fire departments across Wisconsin. WSFCA has over 1,100 members representing 481 out of the total of 847 Wisconsin fire departments.

The purpose of the conference is to provide educational and training opportunities for Wisconsin Fire Chiefs and Chief Officers. Sessions include information on operations, leadership and administration. One of the general sessions features Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher from the Oak Creek Fire Department and his presentation, “Lessons Learned from the Sikh Temple Shooting -‐ Fire Service Response to Active Shooter Incidents”.

In addition to the education and training opportunities, there will be an exhibition hall with over 120 vendors displaying the newest tools, technology and equipment in firefighting. Members of the media are welcome to register for a complimentary pass to attend the trade show on Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at www.wsfca.com/tradeshow.

President Matt Davies recognizes the extraordinary efforts of fire departments and their members to keep Wisconsin citizens safe.

“Our firefighters statewide are ever ready to answer the call to duty. Over the last several years that duty has expanded beyond firefighting to emergency medical services, Haz-‐Mat response, technical rescue,  and a host of other specialties," said Davies. “To that end, the WSFCA also stands ready to engage with the state of Wisconsin and other emergency management organizations to face resource and  training challenges and bring about positive improvements for our members and the people we serve.

For more information on the WSFCA: www.wsfca.com

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013 and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Finance and Administration Manager

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Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Finance and Administration Manager

MILWAUKEE— (June 24, 2014) – VISIT Milwaukee is pleased to announce that Josie Hollmann has joined its staff as the Finance and Administration Manager. In her new role, Hollmann will maintain the company’s accounting systems and internal controls, including preparation of financial reports, assistance with audit, payroll and benefits administration and supervision of the staff accountant.

“Josie brings a strong background in financial accounting and internal controls to VISIT Milwaukee. Her experience in financial oversight and transparency will ensure continued compliance and strong financial management of our resources,” said Dana Jones, director of finance and administration for VISIT Milwaukee.

Hollmann has over 12 years of financial and accounting experience. She previously served as the controller at Sikich (formerly Kolb+CO. SC) and as mutual fund compliance team leader at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services.

Hollmann has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Purdue University.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Names 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors

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For more information contact:

Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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VISIT Milwaukee Names 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors

MILWAUKEE— (June 19, 2014) – VISIT Milwaukee announces its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2014-15. New members of the board include Deborah Farris, executive director of Danceworks, and Ralph Hollmon, president & CEO of The Milwaukee Urban League.

Officers:

Chair Aldo Madrigrano* Beer Capitol Inc.
Vice-Chair Omar Shaikh* SURG Restaurant Group
Treasurer/Secretary Steve Magnuson* Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Past Chair Paul Mathews* Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
President & CEO Paul Upchurch* VISIT Milwaukee
Assistant Secretary Dana Jones* VISIT Milwaukee

 

Board Members:

Rafael Acevedo Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Tyler Barnes Milwaukee Brewers
Joe Bartolotta Bartolotta Restaurant Group
Bill Davidson Harley-Davidson Museum
Mary Dowell* Johnson Controls, Inc.
Mayor Kathy Ehley* City of Wauwatosa
Paulette Enders City of Wauwatosa
Deborah Farris Danceworks
Rick Frenette Wisconsin State Fair
Jeremy Fojut ART Milwaukee
Cecilia Gilbert City of Milwaukee DPW
Ralph Hollmon The Milwaukee Urban League
Dan Keegan Milwaukee Art Museum
Lynda Kohler* SHARP Literacy, Inc.
Harold Mester Milwaukee County/General Mitchell International Airport
Rose Murack Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-West
David Murphy Marquette University
Ron Olstad Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Ald. Bobby Pantuso City of Wauwatosa
Laurette Pettibone Potawatomi Bingo Casino
John Steinmiller* Milwaukee Bucks
Teig Whaley-Smith Milwaukee County
Rick Wiegand Ambassador Hotel
Chuck Wikenhauser Milwaukee County Zoo
Ald. Terry Witkowski City of Milwaukee

*Denotes Executive Committee member

As the image and tourism marketing organization for the greater Milwaukee area, VISIT Milwaukee is responsible for growing our local tourism economy, generating revenues for local business, increasing taxes paid by tourists and growing tourism-related jobs.

Board Directors volunteer their time to assist in providing overall strategic direction to VISIT Milwaukee and by advocating its mission to the community. The Board assists in developing the strategic plan, and helps the organization achieve its goals through participation in committees and Board meetings.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013 and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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