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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Finance and Administration Manager

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Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
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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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Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
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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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Milwaukee Hosts International Scientific Healthcare Conference

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Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
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Milwaukee Hosts International Scientific Healthcare Conference

1,500 attendees to address advancing research, diagnosis and treatment of patients with bleeding and clotting disorders

MILWAUKEE— (June 19, 2014)  Advanced research and treatment of bleeding disorders, heart attacks, strokes and thrombosis is on the agendawhen the Wisconsin Center welcomes another major international convention June 23-26. The 60th Anniversary SSC conference of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) is expected to draw 1,500 clinicians, researchers, educators, healthcare professionals and industry partners from 65 countries to Milwaukee. 

“The ISTH conference is the foremost scientific meeting of physicians and scientists to exchange the latest in scientific innovation and advance the overall understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders,” according to Dr. Robert R. Montgomery, President of this SSC2014 Meeting.  Dr. Montgomery is Senior Investigator at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute and Professor of Pediatric Hematology / Medical College of Wisconsin. 

“Drawing these visitors to Milwaukee could only have been accomplished through the quality of our scientific and research community here at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin.  We are honored that four years ago the ISTH selected Milwaukee to host this meeting from numerous applications.”  The Local Organizing Committee also includes Dr. Gilbert C. White, II, Vice President for the Meeting, and Drs. Peter Newman, Debra Newman, Thomas Abshire, Roy Silverstein, Alan Mast and Hartmut Weiler – all of the BloodCenter and Medical College.

Milwaukee joins a prestigious international line-up of meeting destinations such as Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where the ISTH met last year, and Toronto, Canada and Montpellier, France, the hosts in 2015 and 2016.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates an economic impact to the Milwaukee area of $3.2 million.

ISTH will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in style at Discovery World on Tuesday, June 24, with a gala event, featuring performances by Native American Indigenous people from Wisconsin and special fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. 

During the four day meeting, many international speakers will make presentations on a variety of topics, including Dr. Howard Jacob, Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who will address the topic of “personalized medicine,” defined as the use of genetic data to personalize how a patient’s medical care is going to be delivered.  Another plenary speaker is William Ouwehand, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Experimental Haematology, University of Cambridge, England, who will speak on the topic of Genomic Medicine in the Care Path of Patients with Bleeding Disorders.

For more information about the ISTH or the SSC, visit www.isth.org. Also see www.twitter.com/isth, using hashtag #ssc2014, and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/internationalsocietythrombosisandhaemostasis.

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 17, 2014

Milwaukee Hosts Watch and Clock Collectors - June 17-21

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Wendy Strong
Director of Public Relations
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Milwaukee Hosts Watch and Clock Collectors - June 17-21

MILWAUKEE – (June 17, 2014) – What national convention has been showcasing Milwaukee’s many distinctive clocks on its Facebook page, including the famous Allen-Bradley clock, and clocks in St. Josaphat’s Basilica, City Hall and the Central Library? The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), of course. This group is expecting 1,500 attendees from across the country at its 2014 National Convention from June 17-21 at the Wisconsin Center.

The convention is the NAWCC’s signature membership event, bringing clock and watch enthusiasts together to attend educational programs, buy and sell, and view exhibits and demonstrations. Members of NAWCC include hobbyists, students, educators, casual collectors and professionals.

This year, a free “Open to the Public” day will be held on Saturday, June 21, from 9:00AM to Noon, where the public will be able to view:

  • Over 800 sellers of clocks, watches, barometers and tools
  • Demonstration of clock and watch repair techniques
  • An educational exhibit featuring tower clocks
  • A craft competition, showcasing members’ skills in watch and clock restoration and construction

VISIT Milwaukee estimates the economic impact of the NAWCC convention at $1.4 million.

Additional information can be found on the NAWCC website: www.nawcc.org  and the 2014 National Convention Facebook Page www.facebook.com/nawcc2014.

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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