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Friday, July 21, 2017

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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or
Meghan Greco
Northwestern Mutual
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 21, 2017)— Northwestern Mutual will hold its 137th Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on July 22-26, 2017. The event will draw 10,000 people from across the country, comprising of Northwestern Mutual’s field representatives 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 look forward to having our financial representatives and their families come to Milwaukee every year for the Annual Meeting,” said John E. Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and CEO. “We have taken pride in calling southeastern Wisconsin our home for 160 years and our Annual Meeting allows us to celebrate our successes, as well as identify ways to continue to grow and innovate as a company to better serve our clients and our community.”
 
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 hosting events at Discovery World and Henry Maier Festival Park, and promoting area attractions to the financial representatives’ families, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, 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 160 years. Through a distinctive, whole-picture planning approach including both insurance and investments, we empower people to be financially confident so they can live life differently. We combine the expertise of our financial professionals with a personalized digital experience to help our clients navigate their financial lives every day. With $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 million people who rely on us for life, disability income and long-term care insurance, annuities, brokerage and advisory services, trust services, and discretionary portfolio management solutions. The company holds more than $100 billion of client assets as a part of its wealth management company and investment services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 97 on the 2017 FORTUNE 500 and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2017.
 
Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) 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) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company® (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).
 
About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org
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*Economic impact estimates direct and indirect sales based on the group’s projections and past history of the group.
 



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Major Church of God in Christ convention chooses Milwaukee in 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Margaret Casey, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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Major Church of God in Christ convention chooses Milwaukee in 2018

10,000 attendees to bring major economic impact
 
MILWAUKEE, WI - (June 27, 2017) – Milwaukee will host the 68th Women’s International Convention/Crusade, an annual event of the Church of God in Christ, from May 25-June 2, 2018. The announcement was made on June 2nd at this year’s convention in Orlando in front of an audience of 10,000 people, with 30,000 viewers live streaming from 80+ countries. VISIT Milwaukee Convention Sales Manager Megan Husband was on hand to thank the group and welcome them to Milwaukee next year.
 
Rich in history and passionate in its beliefs, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is a Christian organization in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition based in Memphis, TN. It is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States, with a predominantly African-American membership of more than 6.5 million members. The Church has congregations in more than 80 countries around the world.
 
“The Women’s International Convention/Crusade is an opportunity for women of the Church of God in Christ to gather to be inspired and encouraged. It is also an opportunity for the Convention to recognize and highlight our excellent spiritual leaders that God has raised up in this region. We believe that prayer and seeking God’s will led us to the decision of Milwaukee being the place of the 2018 Convention,” says Mother Barbara McKinney, the Administrative Facilitator for the Women’s International Convention.
 
According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “We are thrilled to host the Women’s International Convention/Crusade. We know the attendees will enjoy touring Milwaukee’s vibrant neighborhoods, beautiful lakefront, easy walkability, and friendly hospitality.”
 
The convention will be held in the Wisconsin Center and has an estimated economic impact of $12.5 million to the greater Milwaukee area.
 
About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org

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Friday, May 12, 2017

American Legion announces Milwaukee as host city in 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
Cell - 414/477-7202
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American Legion announces Milwaukee as host city in 2022
 
MILWAUKEE, WI - (May 12, 2017) – VISIT Milwaukee has one more reason to celebrate National Tourism Week (May 5-12). The American Legion has announced that Milwaukee will be the host of its prestigious National Convention from August 24 - September 1, 2022.

Milwaukee won the bid last week in Indianapolis with its presentation, which included a customized video address from Governor Scott Walker.

According to VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch, “It was a real team effort to win this major convention business for Milwaukee. The combination of the American Legion’s successful convention experience here in 2010, along with a great convention package and the promise of all the new development that will be in place by 2022, helped seal the deal for Milwaukee.”
 
The convention’s 13,000 attendees will account for 17,700 room nights, bringing an impressive estimated economic impact of $11.2 million to the greater Milwaukee area.

“It is exactly this kind of economic impact that we are celebrating during National Tourism Week. The local tourism industry is a major economic driver, providing jobs for more than 51,000 in 2016, as well as $350 million in taxes that benefit the whole community,” said Upchurch.

About VISIT Milwaukee
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 680 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

VISIT Milwaukee wins Hermes Creative Awards for Excellence in Marketing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact

Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

VISIT Milwaukee wins Hermes Creative Awards for Excellence in Marketing

Promotional print and video materials regarded as best in the industry

MILWAUKEE — (May 3, 2017) The 2017 Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals which recognizes outstanding work in the creative marketing and communications industry, has recognized the VISIT Milwaukee marketing team.

VISIT Milwaukee received Platinum Awards for its Meet Milwaukee promotional video and international brochure series, a Gold Award for its business card designs, and honorable mentions for the writing and overall design of the Official Visitors Guide as well as the National Travel and Tourism Week Recap video.

The estimated 6,000 submissions are judged by members of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, an international organization of several thousand marketing, advertising and communication professionals, looking for digital, print, video, and social campaigns and materials that exceed a level of excellence in each category. The Platinum Award is given to top submissions in the competition; only 17 percent of submissions win this coveted award. The Gold Award is given to submissions that exceed industry standards.

“We’re honored to receive these accolades,” said Megan Suardini, vice president of marketing and communications. “We’re excited to continue to produce award-winning materials to showcase the city of Milwaukee.”

The winning VISIT Milwaukee submissions, along with the other winners in the competition, can be found at www.hermesawards.com.

About VISIT Milwaukee

Celebrating 50 years in 2017, VISIT Milwaukee is the Greater Milwaukee area’s convention & visitors bureau, marketing the destination as a top choice for business, convention, and leisure travel to national and international visitors to increase the economic impact of tourism in the region.Each year, tourism supports over 50,000 full-time jobs and brings in over $5 billion to the community.  VISIT Milwaukee has over 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. 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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