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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Milwaukee to Host 2,500 Professional Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at its Central Region

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Milwaukee to Host 2,500 Professional Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at its Central Regional Conference, April 6-9, 2017
 
MILWAUKEE (April 4, 2017) – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® announces its 83rd Central Regional Conference in Milwaukee, April 6-9, 2017. The four-day gathering is expected to bring more than 2,500 attendees, fill almost 3,000 hotel rooms and generate $2.4 million in direct spending for the Cream City. Alpha Kappa Alpha last met in Milwaukee for their 70th Central Regional Conference in 2004.

“Milwaukee is privileged to be the site of this year’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Central Regional Conference,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. “It is wonderful to welcome so many great women and to honor the good work that’s underway.”

Members of the eldest, African-American women-led, Greek letter organization will be housed at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Hyatt Regency with functions planned at the Wisconsin Center. Alpha Kappa Alpha cited easy access to downtown eateries, unique cultural experiences, nightlife and significant historical connections as key factors for choosing Milwaukee as its 2017 host city.  

"Returning to Milwaukee is a homecoming I cherish," said Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority International President. "This time, however, I’m joined by thousands of distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and involvement in local communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and of course, Wisconsin."
 
The longtime Milwaukee-area resident is three years into her four-year term leading 993 chapters, with more than 290,000 members worldwide. In her corporate career, Buckhanan Wilson was senior vice president at Goodwill Industries responsible for a $25 million dollar enterprise in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago. She enjoyed a distinguished career with companies such as Xerox Corporation and S. C. Johnson Wax, where she was a marketing executive and the first African-American (and one of the youngest) woman promoted to brand manager.
 
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members from across the eight state region can't wait to paint the town pink and green upon their return to the Brew City after more than a decade. “Central Region conference attendees will work on implementing programs focused on the international theme of Launching New Dimensions of Service,” said Kathy Walker Steele, Central Regional Director. “Targets include Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact.”

The sorority plans to leave its mark during a bevy of activity. April 6th, conference attendees will spend a day with Feeding America packing food for dissemination to local pantries in an effort to reduce hunger. Members will serve greater Milwaukee in collaboration with BloodCenter of Wisconsin by hosting a Community Blood/Donor Drive on Friday, April 7th (10:00 am to 3:00 pm) and Saturday, April 8th (9:00 am to 2:00 pm). The sorority will also host a public event honoring local leaders who are tremendous assets to Milwaukee, including but not limited to:
 
·        Dr. Tito Izard – President/CEO, Milwaukee Health Services
·        Dr. Debbie Lassiter – Executive Director, Convergence Resource Center                                           
·        Gaulien Smith – Entrepreneur and Boy Scout Troop Leader
·        Will Allen – CEO, Growing Power, Inc.
·        Shenee Jenkins – AVP of Community Relations, YMCA
·        Ralph Hollmon – Former CEO, Milwaukee Urban League
·        Rev. Gerri Sheets-Howard – Executive Director, House of Peace
·        Julietta Henry – Director, United Negro College Fund
 
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has maintained a presence in Wisconsin for more than 68 years with six undergraduate chapters between the campuses of UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater, UW-Parkside, Marquette University and a city chapter. Graduate chapters include Epsilon Kappa Omega (Milwaukee), Upsilon Mu Omega (Milwaukee) and Kappa Psi Omega (Madison).
 
For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit AKA1908.com.
 
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 290,000 members in 993 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Dubai. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D., Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.”
 
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 http://www.visitmilwaukee.org

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Monday, March 20, 2017

VISIT Milwaukee adds three members to marketing and communications team

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Kristin Settle
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VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee adds three members to marketing and communications team

MILWAUKEE (March 20, 2017) Claire Hanan has joined the communications team at VISIT Milwaukee as a communications manager. Emily Tau joins the VISIT team as a communications coordinator. Both will work with travel writers to showcase the best of the Greater Milwaukee area and increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Amanda Buhrman has joined the marketing team as digital marketing manager. Ms. Buhrman will lead VISIT Milwaukee’s website redesign and will be responsible for all digital marketing efforts.

Ms. Hanan comes to VISIT Milwaukee from Milwaukee Magazine, where she served most recently as a senior editor. Ms. Tau comes by way of Design Fugitives, an art and architectural design firm, where served as the head of administration and marketing. Ms. Buhrman was the E-Commerce Program Manager at technology consulting firm Perficient.

“We’re thrilled to have Claire, Emily and Amanda as a part of the VISIT Milwaukee team. Their skills and experience speak for themselves and I am confident they will contribute to our goal of making the Greater Milwaukee area a top travel destination,” says Megan Suardini, vice president of marketing & communications at VISIT Milwaukee.

Ms. Hanan previously worked for book publisher Simon & Schuster, and received her undergraduate degree from University of Missouri in 2010. Before Design Fugitives, Ms. Tau worked at popular Milwaukee restaurant AJ Bombers for nearly six years, serving as the general manager in her final year with the company. She graduated from Marquette University in 2010. For the last 10 years, Ms. Buhrman has in a number of digital marketing roles. She graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2007 with her associates degree in marketing management.

*Headshots available upon request.

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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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VISIT Milwaukee selects Hanson Dodge for website redevelopment

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Kristin Settle, director of communications
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee selects Hanson Dodge for website redevelopment

MILWAUKEE— (February 14, 2017) –VISIT Milwaukee, the region’s destination marketing organization responsible for branding the city and attracting conventions, events, business and leisure travel to the Greater Milwaukee area, has selected Milwaukee-based full-service agency Hanson Dodge as its new partner to oversee the development and launch of the new VISIT Milwaukee website. A total of 17 local and national agencies participated in the RFP process.

The project will completely reinvent VISIT Milwaukee’s website from the ground up, including expanded content, interactive maps, itinerary builders, international translations and resources, technology to support VR video and many other future enhancements.

“VISIT Milwaukee’s digital channels are at the core of our marketing strategy,” said Megan Suardini, vice president of marketing and communications for VISIT Milwaukee. “In the last five years, VISITMilwaukee.org traffic has grown by 65 percent. We know that if a prospective visitor lands on our website they are four times more likely to visit our city, which make this project key to growing Milwaukee’s future tourism economy.”

Founded in Milwaukee in 1981, Hanson Dodge has an award-winning track record of being first to market with new marketing and technology innovations and specializes at the strategic integration of branding, advertising, technology and digital commerce.

“As a national agency with a strong commitment to our local community, we’re excited to partner with VISIT Milwaukee and unleash our creative energy on the city that we love,” said Tim Dodge, president of Hanson Dodge.

The new website will also integrate VISIT Milwaukee’s other owned websites, including Milwaukee365.com and VISITWauwatosa.org. VISIT Milwaukee anticipates that the new website will be launched by the end of 2017.

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.

About Hanson Dodge
Hanson Dodge is a fully integrated, strategically driven agency — a mashup of designers, developers, writers, inventors, strategists, dreamers and analysts. We unleash the full power of our collective mind to inspire audiences and transform business. Our specialties are brand engagement, campaign development, technology solutions and digital commerce. Learn more at hansondodge.com.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

VISIT Milwaukee names new sales account executive

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Margaret Casey
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VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee names new sales account executive

MILWAUKEE— (February 7, 2017) –  Connie Kopecky has joined the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as sales account executive. In her position, Kopecky will focus on bringing self-contained/single property meetings and conferences to the city.

Ms. Kopecky comes to VISIT Milwaukee with more than 20 years of experience at GMR Marketing LLC, where her most recent position was director of travel, corporate events, meetings and hospitality.

“Connie’s experience in building customer and partner relationships, while providing service excellence, makes her uniquely qualified to promote Milwaukee as a sought-after destination for the self-contained groups segment. We are happy to welcome her to the VISIT Milwaukee sales team,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO at VISIT Milwaukee.

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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