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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee names VP Finance & Administration

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Katy Deardorff
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee names VP Finance & Administration

MILWAUKEE— (January 20, 2015) –  Dana Jones has been promoted to Vice President, Finance & Administration at VISIT Milwaukee. In her position, Jones is responsible for both fiscal oversight of the hotel occupancy tax dollars generated by VISIT Milwaukee’s sales and marketing efforts, as well as the bureau’s administration and human resources.

Jones’ tourism roots run deep, spanning 29 years and starting out with her family’s resort in north woods Minocqua, Wisconsin. According to Jones, “Hospitality is in my blood.  I’ve seen how much our hospitality industry in Milwaukee has grown in the past 18 years, and I know that we’re on the cusp of creating great things for the region in the next 5 to 10 years. You will not find a more passionate group of individuals in the city than the VISIT Milwaukee staff – they love what they do and love sharing Milwaukee with our visitors.”

Dana Jones started at VISIT Milwaukee in 1996, after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Business from UW-Madison with a major in accounting and certificate in international business. In the Milwaukee area she also worked for Roundy’s Inc. and Harp & Eagle/County Clare.

“VISIT Milwaukee is proud to recognize Dana’s contributions over many years with this promotion. No one knows the bureau’s history and finances better than Dana, and we are confident that she will continue to encourage best practices at VISIT Milwaukee for years to come,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

Locally, Dana has also volunteered with the Bay View Neighborhood Association and Hunger Task Force Farm.

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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Monday, January 12, 2015

Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Welcomes 3,000 to Winter Classic Jan. 16-18

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Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball
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Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Welcomes 3,000 to Winter Classic Jan. 16-18

Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor to conduct sold-out clinic Friday night

Milwaukee – January 12, 2015 – Volleyball teams from all over the Midwest descend on the Wisconsin Center this weekend, January 16-18, for the Wisconsin Juniors Winter Classic. More than 3,000 athletes, coaches, staff and spectators are expected to be in attendance at this annual event, which brings teams of ages 12-18 together for friendly competition in Open and Club divisions.

According to Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Executive Director Jim Neave, “In three years the Winter Classic has grown over 50% from 120 teams in 2013 to over 190 teams in 2015. This is evidence that the sport is on the rise both regionally and nationally. If you’re a volleyball enthusiast or just want to see what this is all about, come check it out this weekend.”

Competition starts at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and will end around 8:00 p.m. each day. The public is welcome to attend.

A very special highlight for the participants this year is the Dream in Gold Volleyball Clinic given by Misty May-Treanor at the Wisconsin Center from 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. The clinic is sold-out and closed to the public. Approximately 120 young athletes are participating in this clinic to learn from three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor and her coaching staff. The Dream in Gold Clinic Series represents the highest quality in youth sports education in the professional sports world. Acting as a mentor to young athletes, Misty provides hands-on instruction, quality direction of the experience and her ability to connect with youth. According to Misty, "These kids inspire me. They are my heroes and the reason that I am excited about the future of volleyball." Misty doesn't just talk volleyball. She teaches the young athletes about self-respect, setting goals and going after their dreams. Misty encourages young people to believe in their ability to succeed through the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance. 

More information about the Dream in Gold Clinics can be found at www.dreamingold.com.

Due to the high level of competition, the Winter Classic also provides an opportunity for college coaches from around the country to recruit players from the many athletes who will go on to compete at the collegiate level.

Wisconsin Juniors encourages the tremendous growth of the sport by offering state-of-the-art equipment to train athletes at the Lakeview Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, just minutes north of the Illinois border and 30 minutes south of Milwaukee. Directors, coaches and staff are committed to providing athletes with the highest level of practice training, strength and conditioning, tournament competition and recruiting services. 

According to the organization, Milwaukee is a great fit for this event at this time of the year because of the hotels connected to the Wisconsin Center. Economic impact to the city is estimated at $626,000.

For more information on Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball, see: http://www.wisconsinjuniors.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 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, January 08, 2015

DearMKE to partner with Urban Milwaukee: The Store for January Gallery Night

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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DearMKE to partner with Urban Milwaukee: The Store for January Gallery Night

MILWAUKEE– (Jan. 8, 2015) –DearMKE, VISIT Milwaukee’s local brand, will be partnering with Urban Milwaukee: The Store for Gallery Night and Day, January 16-17, 2015.

Guests can watch all 14 of DearMKE’s short films in the storefront’s theater while simultaneously enjoying the city photography of Jake Rostermundt and Brittany Higgins. Milwaukee merchandise will also be available for sale.

“I have always loved Milwaukee growing up and think it is the greatest city in the world. Ever since I started photography, I wanted to show off the beauty of this city and showcase its uniqueness and character that other cities don't have,” said Jake Rostermundt, photographer. “I have gotten the chance to meet many other photographers that feel the same way about this city, and DearMKE and Urban Milwaukee have given them the opportunity to show off their love for the city as well.”

The DearMKE film series is a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

“We designed the DearMKE initiative to help showcase locals’ love for the city, making this the perfect collaboration,” said Paul Upchurch, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “DearMKE encourages locals to create their own love story with the city, which is exactly what Jake has done through his work.”

Now completed, the 14-film series and image campaign continues to paint a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to dispelold perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent and bring more visitors.

To see an additional 1900+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to DearMKE.com.

DearMKE is on Facebook (Facebook.com/DearMKE)and Twitter (Twitter.com/DearMKE).

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 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, January 07, 2015

Midwinter Gaming Convention Celebrates 15 years Jan 15-18

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
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Midwinter Gaming Convention Celebrates 15 years Jan 15-18

Hilton Milwaukee City Center to host fans from around the country

MILWAUKEE– (Jan. 7, 2015) – An estimated 1,300 gaming enthusiasts are expected to attend the Midwinter Gaming Convention for its 15th anniversary celebration at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center from January 15-18. The four-day convention features Live Action Role Play, Miniatures Wargaming, Collectible Card Games and a Board Game room with over 1,000 titles available for play.

The popular event has grown from a single night in 2000 to a full four-day weekend event in 2015 and welcomes everyone from national and international gaming fans to those brand new to the hobby, from casual gamers to hard-core strategists.

Along with the wide range of gaming on offer, an exhibit hall featuring primarily local companies and craftsmen will add to the color and excitement of the convention.  Various prominent guests include industry guest Richard Thomas of Onyx Path Publishing, artist guest of honor Ken Meyer, Jr. and media guest Saving Throw, featuring Ivan VanNorman from TBS “King of the Nerds.” Alumni of “King of the Nerds” will also be present for a reunion panel.

Other convention highlights include Saturday’s “Steampunk Invasion Day” theme and Chicago’s Dream Theater Production Company performance of its hit play “The Mechanical Man.”

A live auction will be held on Saturday for the convention’s featured charity, the Wisconsin Humane Society.

For more information on the event, as well as ticket purchase for gaming participants and observers, see: http://www.midwintergamingconvention.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 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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