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Monday, June 22, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Names 2015-16 Officers and Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Names 2015-16 Officers and Board of Directors

MILWAUKEE— (June 22, 2015) – VISIT Milwaukee has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2015-16. New to the Board this year is Joseph Khairallah, COO Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Officers:

Chair Aldo Madrigrano * Beer Capitol Inc.
Vice-Chair Omar Shaikh * SURG Restaurant Group
Treasurer/Secretary Lynda Kohler * SHARP Literacy, Inc.
Past Chair Paul Mathews * Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
President & CEO Paul Upchurch * VISIT Milwaukee
Assistant Secretary Dana Jones  * VP of Finance & Administration, VISIT Milwaukee
     

Board Members:

Rafael Acevedo City of Milwaukee
Tyler Barnes Milwaukee Brewers
Joe Bartolotta Bartolotta Restaurant Group
Bill Davidson Harley-Davidson Museum
Mayor Kathy Ehley * City of Wauwatosa
Paulette Enders City of Wauwatosa
Deborah Farris Danceworks
Rick Frenette Wisconsin State Fair
Jeremy Fojut Newaukee
Cecilia Gilbert City of Milwaukee
Ralph Hollmon The Milwaukee Urban League
Dan Keegan Milwaukee Art Museum
Joseph Khairallah * Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Lynda Kohler * SHARP Literacy, Inc.
Harold Mester Milwaukee County/General Mitchell International Airport
Rose Murack Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-West
David Murphy Marquette University
Ald. Bobby Pantuso City of Wauwatosa
Laurette Pettibone Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Omar Shaikh * SURG Restaurant Group
Don Smiley Summerfest
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

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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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Milwaukee to host USA Volleyball 18-and-Under event in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Margaret Casey,
Communications Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee
Office: 414-287-4232
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Milwaukee to host USA Volleyball 18-and-Under event in 2016

Inaugural event to draw 2,500 athletes

MILWAUKEE (June 4, 2015) –  USA Volleyball announced that the City of Milwaukee has been selected to host the inaugural 18-and-Under Spring USA Volleyball Girls’ Juniors Junior Championships set for April 30-May 1, 2016.

The competition will be held at the Wisconsin Center with winners in the Open, National and USA Divisions as in previous USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC).

“I’m very much looking forward to this first edition of the Spring GJNC for 18s being hosted by Milwaukee,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “Milwaukee and the Badger Region has a long history of hosting great volleyball events, whether indoor or on the Beach. I’m certain that it will be a memorable event for all involved.”

The move to break off most of the 18-and-under divisions from the GJNC is in response to a growing trend of seniors in high school looking to end their club season earlier than the traditional timeframe of late June into early July. This event will give teams the option of ending their season earlier or playing in this Championship and continuing their season with other events.

“VISIT Milwaukee is thrilled to be hosting this first-time event for USA Volleyball,” said Marissa Werner, VISIT Milwaukee’s sports and entertainment sales manager. “Milwaukee has a strong volleyball community and we plan to make this a fun experience for all the athletes and their families.”

For more information on USA Volleyball, please see:  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/

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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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee Launches MKE Toolkit

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Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Launches MKE Toolkit

“Selling Milwaukee” Made Easy for Local Businesses

MILWAUKEE (June 3, 2015) – Local businesses will gain fresh inspiration and answers to the question “Why Milwaukee?” from VISIT Milwaukee’s recently launched comprehensive online MKE Toolkit. The toolkit provides key resources toall companies, organizations and educational institutions in the community for their business purposes.

In response to feedback from its corporate partners, VISIT Milwaukee created a toolkit that provides a one-stop-shop of information which can be used to “sell Milwaukee” for purposes of corporate talent recruitment and retention, marketing strategies and corporate conference planning.

According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “The Greater Milwaukee area is a vibrant region that combines major amenities like dining, nightlife, arts and natural beauty. Easy, affordable and fun, Milwaukee is a great place to live and work. This toolkit provides everything needed to show off our community as a great destination, which contributes to the bottom line of local businesses.”

Thetoolkit features a sampling of city stats and fact sheets, keywords, prepared copy descriptions, maps and guides. Online resources including event calendars, a full range of downloadable images, videos and b-roll, suggested itineraries, and links to DearMKE films and social media channels.

“As the city's destination marketing organization, we have many resources for promoting Milwaukee to tourists and convention planners. We created the MKE Toolkit to share these resources with area businesses that can leverage the materials for their own business purposes,” said Upchurch.

The MKE Toolkit can be accessed on the VISIT Milwaukee website here.

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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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bead&Button Show Offers Shoppers Unique Jewelry & Accessories

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Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
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or-

Danielle Barr
Kalmbach Publishing
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Bead&Button Show Offers Shoppers Unique Jewelry & Accessories

Artisan Jewelry Marketplace Open to the Public June 5-7

MILWAUKEE (May 28, 2015) –Once again Milwaukee hosts the largest consumer bead show in the world at the Wisconsin Center from June 1-7. Celebrating 15 years in Milwaukee, the annual Bead&Button Show attracts 13,000 people from all 50 states and more than 40 countries to Milwaukee.

During the show, more than 800 classes and workshops are offered in beading, jewelry-making, wirework, metalwork, metal clay, polymer clay and glass bead-making. Classes range from beginning to advanced and master levels and cover everything from introductory techniques to complex advanced practices.

Thousands of enthusiasts stream into the popular Artisan Jewelry Marketplace at the end of the event from June 5-7 to shop for unique finished jewelry, beads, gemstones and accessories, and to meet and buy from jewelers and artisans from around the world.

“Our annual Bead&Button Show is world renown for bringing jewelry and fashion artisans together to learn and share techniques, materials and trends from around the world,” said Show Manager Marlene Vail. “The marketplace that wraps up the show has been one of the Show’s best kept secrets over the years.”

The Marketplace is open to the public at no charge from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 6, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 7. Vouchers are required for entry, and can be printed at www.shopbeadshow.com or are available at the show box office.

Also returning to the show is the Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer silent and live auctions of beads, jewelry, books and supplies. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to the Medical College of Wisconsin, earmarked for breast cancer research. To date the Bead&Button Show has raised more than $220,000 for research to find a cure.

One of Milwaukee’s largest annual consumer shows, the Bead&Button Show results in an estimated total economic impact of $1.7 million, according to VISIT Milwaukee.

The Bead&Button Show is produced by Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha, WI, and Bead&Button Magazine. For more information about the Show, classes, or auction, visit www.beadandbuttonshow.com.

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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