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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

USA VOLLEYBALL JUNIOR BEACH TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY U.P.S. RETURNS TO BRADFORD BEACH

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USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships Presented by U.P.S.
Returns to Bradford Beach
 
MILWAUKEE, WI AND COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (July 23, 2013) – A record turnout of young beach volleyball teams are expected for the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championship 2013 presented by UPS, to be held July 26-28, at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, WI.
 
A total of 226 teams have registered for the event, which is the best turnout in the eight years of the USAV Junior Beach Tour. That number includes 31 boys’ teams, 131 girls’ teams in the Open Division and 64 girls’ teams in the Patriot Division.
 
“The USAV Beach Junior Tour Championships have improved each season and we expect this year’s to be the best yet,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USAV director of beach programs. “Bradford Beach is a great location and we are excited that we can bring the Tour Championships to sand courts around the country.”
 
The Tour is produced and operated by USA Volleyball in cooperation with the USAV regions. The 2013 USAV Junior Beach Tour brought beach volleyball fun and excitement to at least 18 USAV regions across 17 states.
 
“It is an honor to host the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships at Bradford Beach,” said Todd Gawronski of G1, partner with SURG Restaurant Group in the operation of Bradford Beach.  “We have made investments to insure Bradford Beach is capable of hosting national championship caliber events that will impress the athletes, families and spectators traveling to Milwaukee.” 
 
The USAV Junior Beach Tour is open to boys’ and girls’ beach volleyball teams (no co-ed teams) and has divisions for ages 10-18. In 2012, a record 3,438 young athletes participated in the tour. The Open Division includes teams from around the country that qualified in events on the USAV Junior Beach Tour. The Patriot Division is open to any junior beach volleyball team.
 
Focusing on competition and fun in a healthy environment, the USAV Junior Beach Tour players officiate their own matches, fostering a friendly environment among competitors. 
 
The schedule of activities includes a player clinic on Friday starting at 9am followed by competition starting at 8am each on Saturday and Sunday. The championship matches for boys will take place on Saturday afternoon and for girls on Sunday afternoon. The event also features vendors and exhibitors.  The event is free to the public.  
 
More information about the USAV Beach Junior Tour and the Tour Championships is available at teamusa.org. A schedule of play for the Tour Championships will be posted by Thursday, July 25, 2013.
 
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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012 and supported more than 48,000 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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Friday, July 19, 2013

Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting Draws 11,000 To Milwaukee Venues

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Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee
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Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting Draws 11,000 To Milwaukee Venues

Annual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.7 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — July 19, 2013 — Northwestern Mutual will hold its 133rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee on July 20-24, 2013.  The event will draw 11,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families. The company’s Annual Meeting will have an estimated economic impact of approximately $12.7 million* for the local economy and occupy about 12,789 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 one of the largest conventions of our year and has a tremendous impact on our area's economy. We look forward to welcoming the Northwestern Mutual attendees to Milwaukee and creating great experiences for them while they're here."

For Northwestern Mutual, it’s an opportunity for the company’s employees and financial professionals to reflect on another strong year.  Northwestern Mutual was named one of FORTUNE magazine’s Most Admired Life Insurance Companies in 2013. The company announced dividends exceeding $5 billion (the largest in its 156-year history) to participating policyowners and maintains the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies.

"We are constantly focusing on improving our relevance with clients, policyowners and potential clients,” said Northwestern Mutual Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John E. Schlifske. “We know that many people suffer from a lack of financial planning throughout their life stages. We remain relevant because we have evolved into a company focused on filling the gap around this lack of planning.”

The goal of the five-day meeting is to further develop Northwestern Mutual’s acclaimed field force.  Financial representatives network, mentor their peers, learn new information, discuss best practices, engage in continuing education opportunities and share ideas. 

As a result of its year-round effort, Northwestern Mutual’s training program was named one of the best in the country by Training magazine, according to its “Top 125” list.  The company’s field force is an industry leader in credentials, with more than half of all career financial representatives holding at least one professional designation. 

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 sponsoring activities for the financial representatives’ families at such venues as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, the Gift of Wings Kite Shop, Milwaukee County Zoo, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum and Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual is among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2013 according to FORTUNE® magazine and has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 156 years. As a mutual company with $1.4 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.  Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.  To learn more, visit www.northwesternmutual.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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012 and supported more than 48,000 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.

*Economic impact estimates direct and indirect sales based on the group’s projections and past history of the group.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dear MKE Film Series Sets Sail on Lake Michigan

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Dear MKE Film Series Sets Sail on Lake Michigan

Latest release profiles one of the Lake’s only female skippers in action

Milwaukee – July 16, 2013 – When you’re located on one of the largest freshwater bodies on the planet, you’re bound to have a storied maritime heritage. “Come Sail Away” finds Milwaukee’s love of the water going strong - with a 21st-century twist - as Dear MKE profiles one of the few local women skippers sailing Lake Michigan.

Cate Muller started sailing when she was eight years old. Today, Muller, who has made a career out of selling sailboats when she’s not at the helm, says the sport has “pretty much turned into my life.” A former Chicagoan who came to Milwaukee to attend college, Muller fell in love with the city and its laid back, friendly vibe. The fact that it had an active sailing scene and what Muller calls “amazing” access to the water was icing on the cake. 

“Lake Michigan is one of our greatest assets,” said VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Paul Upchurch. “You can’t think of Milwaukee without thinking of the Lake. It has played a significant role in Milwaukee’s development as Wisconsin’s largest city, and for those of us who live here, it truly adds to the quality of life we enjoy. Cate’s story connects to that on many levels.”

Dear MKE’s film crew joined Skipper Muller and her crew in one of the Milwaukee Yacht Club’s Wednesday night races to see her skills in action. While flying along at speeds of up to 20 mph, the film captures the visually stunning lakefront and the friendly, but competitive, nature and teamwork necessary to command a 24-foot sailboat across the water.

“Come Sail Away”, along with five previously-released films, can be found on the Dear MKE Youtube channel and on dearmke.com.

The Dear MKE 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.

When complete, the 12-film series and image campaign will paint a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to dispel old perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent, attract new businesses, and bring more visitors – and remind locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here.

To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to Dearmke.com.

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

The Dear MKE Film Series is a community collaboration that includes the following sponsors and partners.

Sponsors: VISIT Milwaukee, Spirit of Milwaukee, Summerfest, Masterlock; Production Sponsor: Jack Turner; Media Sponsors: OnMilwaukee.com, Marcus Theaters, 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, Lamar Outdoor Advertising

Partners: AboutFace Media, Buzz Monkeys, Inc., Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Hanson Dodge Creative, Jigsaw and Milwaukee Film Festival

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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 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.



Monday, July 15, 2013

YOUNG PRO AT VISIT MILWAUKEE EARNS RECOGNITION IN INDUSTRY “30 UNDER 30” PROGRAM

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For more information contact:
 
Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee,
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Young Pro at Visit Milwaukee Earns Recognition in Industry "30 under 30" Program

Carrie Woods to be Recognized at Destination Marketing Assoc. Annual Convention
 
Milwaukee – July 15, 2013 – VISIT Milwaukee Public Relations Tourism Specialist, Carrie Woods, has been selected as one of 30 young professionals in Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) “30 Under 30” program. The program highlights the best and brightest talent in the destination marketing industry, aged 30 and under. Woods will be recognized at the DMAI Annual Convention in Orlando on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
 
The “30 Under 30” program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of destination marketing professionals through increased access to top-level networking and professional development. Applicants were nominated by the President or CEO of their Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) and were required to submit a video application via YouTube to be considered.

“This group of individuals not only keeps destination marketing on the cutting-edge, but is the future of our industry,” commented Michael D. Gehrisch, President & CEO of DMAI. ”The 30 Under 30 program provides this key group with access to new knowledge and tools that are necessary to further infuse innovation into their organization.”
 
Woods was nominated by VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO, Paul Upchurch. She has been with VISIT Milwaukee in her current position since May 2011. Prior to that she completed a year-long internship with the organization and was a member of the planning committee for Milwaukee’s “Bronze Fonz” statue dedication events in 2009.
 
“Carrie brings an exceptional level of talent and enthusiasm to the public relations team at VISIT Milwaukee,” said Upchurch. “She has contributed to the success of many external communications projects during the past two years and I’m confident she has a bright future in our industry.”
 
To see Carrie’s video application, and for links to the other 29 “30 Under 30” winners, click here.
 
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 $4.25 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2012and supported more than 48,000 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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