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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blinded Veterans To Gather At Milwaukee Convention Aug 22-26

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Stuart Nelson, BVA Communications Manager
Before August 20: 202-371-8880
August 20-27 (cell): 571-332-1757
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For more information contact:
Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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Blinded Veterans To Gather At Milwaukee Convention Aug 22-26
nnual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.9 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — August 16, 2016 – Blinded veterans from across the country will come together August 22-26 at the Wisconsin Center and Hilton Milwaukee City Center for the 71st National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA). The Association is a congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of America’s blind and visually impaired veterans and their families.

Several hundred delegates and other convention attendees, among them veterans who have recently experienced vision loss from injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, will set BVA’s course for its upcoming fiscal year and participate in a variety of information sessions.

Highlights of the convention will be:

  • Exhibit Hall in the convention center open to the public August 23-24, featuring Internet surfing by speech, low-vision simulators, audible money identifiers and scanners, mobility aids and guide dogs for independent living, audible Global Positioning System products and more.
  • Luncheon on Thursday, August 25, with remarks by BVA of Wisconsin Regional Group President John Carter. John Carter is a Vietnam veteran whose career as a Milwaukee cop was cut short by a shotgun blast that cost him his eyesight. He later graduated from Marquette University Law School and became a distinguished attorney, highly respected by local lawyers and politicians.

A key financial supporter of this year’s gathering is Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a leading researcher into the causes and treatment of Non-24, a circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Other major sponsors of the BVA convention are NuEyes, America’s VetDogs, National Industries for the Blind, Eschenbach, En-Vision America, Uber, LS&S, and Sprint.

BVA’s membership of approximately 8,500 and convention attendees include blinded veterans from the state of Wisconsin. All BVA members share a common bond as legally blind veterans. They resolve to help one another understand and receive the rightful benefits they earned through their service. The Association also represents the interests of its members before the legislative and executive branches of government and encourages all blinded veterans to participate in VA blind rehabilitation programs.

For more information on Blinded Veterans Association, visit bva.org.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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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Friday, July 22, 2016

Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting Draws 10,000 To Milwaukee Venues

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Settle, VISIT Milwaukee
414-477-7202
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For more information contact:
John Gardner
Northwestern Mutual
800-323-7033
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Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting Draws 10,000 To Milwaukee Venues
nnual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.9 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — July 21, 2016 – Northwestern Mutual will hold its 136th Annual Meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee on July 23-27, 2016. 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 13,800 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."

The company’s annual meeting is an opportunity for its employees and financial representatives to reflect on another strong year, as well as network, mentor peers, share ideas and engage in continuing education opportunities that help the company better serve its more than 4 million clients.

"We are continually focused on improving our relevance with clients, policyowners and potential clients,” said John E. Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO. “We know that many people suffer from a lack of financial planning throughout their life stages. Our financial professionals deliver a distinctive client experience through a high level of expertise and deep knowledge of financial planning that helps people see their whole financial picture and achieve financial security.” Schlifske added that Northwestern Mutual also takes pride in showcasing Milwaukee, the company’s home for more than a century and a half, to its financial representatives and their families visiting from across the U.S.

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 and The Pfister Hotel. In addition, the company is hosting events at Discovery World and the Milwaukee County Zoo, and promoting area attractions to the financial representatives’ families, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, 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 $238.5 billion in assets, $27.9 billion in revenues and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.3 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 100 on the 2016 FORTUNE 500, and is recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2016.

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, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC).

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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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*Economic impact estimates direct and indirect expenditures based on the group’s projections and past history of the group.



Thursday, July 14, 2016

2016 Junior Beach Tour National Championships Jul 22-24

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Mark Paaluhi, USA Volleyball
719-228-6800
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For more information contact:
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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2016 Junior Beach Tour National Championships Jul 22-24
Bradford Beach to host 750 athletes

MILWAUKEE – July 14, 2016 – Bradford Beach plays host to USA Volleyball (USAV) next weekend as the 2016 Junior Beach Tour (JBT) National Championships hit the sand from July 22-24. The three-day event welcomes more than 350 doubles teams (750+ athletes) from across the country.

The Junior Beach Tour National Championships have been held in Milwaukee three out of the last four years. According to JBT Manager Mark Paaluhi, “Our National Championships are always a wonderful experience to celebrate our players, parents and volunteers, and this year is extra special as we had a record-breaking season with over 70 tour stops across the country. We’re excited to close out our 2016 season with the National Championship and looking forward to making this tour bigger and better for 2017!”

USAV Beach has provided communities across the country the opportunity for families to connect and for children to come together in a healthy, safe environment to learn the values of team sports and the fundamentals of indoor and outdoor volleyball.

To participate in the Junior Beach National Championships, each team had to earn a top three finish in one of the 70 tour stops held across the US. A “Club” division is available to all players wanting to get in the experience of participating in the National Championships.

Girls division Schedule:

  • Friday 7/22 - Pool play, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday 7/23 - Pool play, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 7/24 – Single elimination play offs, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Boys Division Schedule:

  • Friday 7/22 – Pool Play, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 7/23 - Single elimination playoff, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information go to usavolleyball.org

VISIT Milwaukee estimates economic impact to the area from the event at $766,700.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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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Friday, June 17, 2016

VISIT Milwaukee Names 2016-17 Officers and Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414-477-7202
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VISIT Milwaukee Names 2016-17 Officers and Board of Directors

MILWAUKEE - June 16, 2016 – VISIT Milwaukee has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2016-17. New to the Board this year are Howard Snyder, executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Jeffrey Hess, general manager at White Lodging Services/Marriott Milwaukee Downtown, Alderwoman Cheryl Berdan, common council president, City of Wauwatosa, and Grady L. Crosby, chief diversity officer and vice president of public affairs, Johnson Controls, Inc. See the full list.

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, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & 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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