National Account Executive
What year did you start at VISIT Milwaukee?
What is your industry organiztion involvement?
Religious Conference Management Association - is a professional, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of individuals who are responsible for planning and/or managing meetings, tutorials, conferences, conventions, and assemblies for their religious organizations
What is your local organiztion involvement?
Board of Directors - Vice President -Deutsche Schule - German School Milwaukee. Founded in 1932, the school teaches the German language to adults and children in order to uphold and pass-on German language, traditions, customs, literature, art and music.
Milwaukee Krampus Eigenheit (MKE) - A group of costumed performers dedicated to preserving and sharing the Alpine Christmas tradition of Krampus.
What is your favorite/most inspirational thing about your job?
I find the people and places that make up the fabric of our community to be most inspiring. Having had the opportunity to travel all over the country and world, there really is something special about Milwaukee. We pride ourselves on our strong work ethic and following our entrepreneurial dreams. Milwaukeeans have created award winning dining, unique boutique shopping, high quality craft products, world class venues and quirky fun activities and events for all ages, and we pride ourselves on our rich and thriving arts community and world renowned sports teams. It's impossible to not be inspired by those in our community. When you visit Milwaukee, you will always have a one of a kind experience-there are no cookie cutters here!
What are you passionate about your market segment?
Whether it be their faith, their personal hobby, or their livestock and crops, the people I have the opportunity to work with are incredibly passionate about their organization or specialty. They bring such an addictive energy to their events that you can't help but also become passionate about their cause. No two groups are alike and as someone who loves research and learning new ideas and topics, I know I have the perfect markets and consider many of my clients to be friends.
What is your personal background?
I grew up in a rural farming community, but moved to Milwaukee after spending a year living in Germany. I met my husband in Milwaukee and we have two young sons as well as two cats. We live in the hip Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee because we love to be able to walk to all of our favorite restaurants, coffee shops, biergartens, a farmers market and outdoor music concerts, as well as walk to Lake Michigan's beaches.
What is something fun about you?
I lived in Germany for one year and am fluent in conversational German I love to collect and sing folk music I have traveled to six continents I grew up on a nature preserve I went to school for television and video production I enjoy thrift stores, antique stores, and flea markets
What are some "can't miss" Milwaukee experiences?
Estabrook Beer Garden
Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
Lakefront Brewery Fish Fry
Polka Wisconsin Cheese Mart
What is your favorite Milwaukee memory?
I will always remember having my first opportunity to sail on the SV Denis Sullivan, a replica three-masted, wooden, gaff rigged schooner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a flagship of both the state of Wisconsin and of the United Nations Environment Programme.
If you could only eat one Milwaukee staple food forever, what would it be?
Brat with Saurkraut and spicy brown mustard -ja wohl! Brandy Old Fashioned
What is your favorite Milwaukee tradition?
Spending time 'down by' the lake! I can't imagine living away from our lakefront, spending time on its shores collecting sea glass and listening to the waves is rejuvenating and good for the soul.
What is your favorite Milwaukee "fun fact"?
Milwaukee City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world upon its completion in 1895. In the 20th century, Milwaukee became known as the "Deutsches Athen" (German Athens) given the large number of German speakers and German-language newspapers the city had. To this day, the Milwaukee phone book includes more than 40 pages of Schmitts or Schmidts.