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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Names New Convention Sales Manager

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Wendy Strong
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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VISIT Milwaukee Names New Convention Sales Manager  

MILWAUKEE— (June 11, 2014)– Gus Martinez has joined VISIT Milwaukee as Convention Sales Manager.

Martinez will have shared responsibilities of VISIT Milwaukee’s Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia clients, as well as sole responsibility for VISIT Milwaukee’s multicultural clients.

“Gus brings destination management organization experience to our sales team and will be able to provide immediate impact and benefit to VISIT Milwaukee’s current and future multicultural client base,” said Jeff Baryenbruch, Executive Director of Sales at VISIT Milwaukee.

A graduate of University of Illinois-Chicago with a marketing degree, Martinez comes to VISIT Milwaukee from the Cincinnati Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, where he has held the position of  Regional Director of Sales since 2012. Prior to that, his positions in the Chicago area included Sales Manager for Hotel Felix and Hotel Cass, Sales Associate for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), as well as time spent with Sofitel, Swissotel and Peninsula Hotel.

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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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Milwaukee Hosts PianoArts’ 2014 North American Piano Competition June 5-11

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For more information:

Wendy Strong
Director of Public Relations
414-287-6230
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Milwaukee Hosts PianoArts' 2014 North American Piano Competition June 5-11

MILWAUKEE – (June 5, 2014) – Competition. Americans love it! From June 5-11 Milwaukeeans can watch exciting, young musical talents battle it out at the 2014 North American Piano Competition, a challenging international competition for pianists ages 16-20.

Semifinals performances will take place June 5-10 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and the Finals and Awards Concert will take place on June 11 in Uihlein Hall with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The events are open to the public, tickets ranging from free events to $15-20 for adults, $10 students.

To select the twelve semifinalists, a preliminary jury listened to 40 pianists by way of 17 hours of DVD performances! The twelve selected 2014 competitors hail from hometowns as far away as Peru, Canada, China, Taiwan, and as close as eight US states, including Wisconsin. These semifinalists, their families and teachers, and a jury of three world-renowned pianists will be in Milwaukee for Competition Week beginning with six days at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music that includes coaching, master classes, workshops, performances and practice, practice, practice. Following two recitals, the jury will select three finalists to perform on June 11 with the MSO. It is an electric evening that caps off a week of beautiful music, new friendships and endless possibilities! And all but the practicing is open to the public!

The esteemed 2014 jury includes Lydia Artymiw, University of Minnesota; Yoheved Kaplinsky, The Juilliard School, and André-Michel Schub, Manhattan School of Music and the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

For more information, view the Competition and Festival schedule. For tickets to the Semifinals, call 414-255-0801. For tickets to the Finals and Awards Concert, contact the Marcus Box Office at 414-273-7206. For more information, visit www.pianoarts.org.

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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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Announces New Creative Services Manager

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For more information contact:

Wendy Strong, Director of PR
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-6230
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VISIT Milwaukee Announces New Creative Services Manager

MILWAUKEE— (June 4, 2014) – Hayley Gallagher has joined the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as the new Creative Services Manager. In her role as the company’s in-house creative lead, she will be responsible for the creative execution of marketing and advertising pieces that are on-brand and representative of the greater Milwaukee area.

Gallagher will also lead the development and production of both traditional and digital graphic design, video production and photography.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Hayley to our team. Her talented design and illustration experience will help bring about more innovative design work and elevate the Milwaukee image,” said Megan Gaus, senior director of marketing and communications at VISIT Milwaukee. “Hayley’s passion for design is exemplified in her impressive work background and previous experience with national brands.”

In addition to freelance work, Gallagher has previously designed for Anchor Industries Inc. and was an assistant and junior Art Director at 10over12 Creative.

Gallagher graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Miami University in Ohio.  

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 03, 2014

Bead & Button Jewelry Marketplace to Attract Thousands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

For more information:                                                                                       

Wendy Strong
Director of Public Relations
414-287-6230
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Bead & Button Jewelry Marketplace to Attract Thousands

Open to the public June 6-8

MILWAUKEE – (June 3, 2014) – Onceagain Milwaukee is the center of the jewelry universe as the Wisconsin Center hosts the world’s largest Bead & Button Show from May 28 – June 9. The Show welcomes more than 14,000 jewelry enthusiasts from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. It is the largest show of its kind in the world, and the largest annual public convention in Milwaukee with an estimated impact of $1.7 million to the local economy.

A week of classes and workshops, specializing in everything from lampworking and fundamentals classes to various techniques for beadwork, culminates in the Bead & Jewelry Marketplace, open to the public from Friday through Sunday, June 6 – 8th at the Wisconsin Center. The Marketplace is designed for those interested in buying artisan-crafted, finished jewelry, beads, gemstones, accessories and much more. Thousands will be lined up at the Wisconsin Center on Friday when the doors open at 10 a.m. to shop at hundreds of vendors for one-of-a-kind finds and to see astonishing bead art exhibits.

Marketplace hours:
Friday, June 6       10:00am-8:00pm (Shop for free from 4:00pm-8:00pm)
Saturday, June 7  10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, June 8    10:00am-4:00pm

Admission is $10 at the door. Look for special deals and free admission through an online coupon.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates total economic impact of this event at $1.7 million.

For more information on the Bead & Button Show, please visit BeadandButtonShow.com.

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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