Marissa Werner

Marissa Werner

Director of Sports Milwaukee

What major events have you worked on?
I am focused on making Milwaukee a prominent sports destination. Over the last 10 years with VISIT Milwaukee, I have assisted in hosting the following major events; NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, PGA Championships, USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, USA Volleyball 18's Girls National Championships, AVP Milwaukee Open, USA Ultimate College Championships, USA Fencing North American Cup, WFTDA National Championships, USA Table Tennis Open Championships, US Open, along with our top industry shows, NASC Sports Event Symposium and Connect SPORTS Marketplace.  

What year did you start at VISIT Milwaukee?

What is your industry organization involvement?
Currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Sports and Event Tourism Association, along with the Milwaukee County Park People.

Why are you passionate about your market segment?
Sports has always played an important role in my life and led to many different places and opportunities, including playing DI Volleyball at Fordham University in New York.

What is your favorite/most inspirational thing about your job?
Providing opportunities for youth to participate in sports, which promotes a healthy lifestyle and teamwork.

What is your personal background?
Proud mother of one, but sometimes feels like 3 with our two crazy dogs. 

What is something fun about you?
When I actually have the time, I sing with my husband in a local band

What are some "can't miss" Milwaukee experiences?
Custard at Kopp's, Friday Fish Fry at Kegel’s Inn, and a specialty cocktail provided by At Random.

What is your favorite Milwaukee memory?
Hopping from stage to stage at Summerfest every year. My husband and I have friends visit from all over the country during Summerfest and all of them have the same reaction......AMAZING!

If you could only eat one Milwaukee staple food forever, what would it be?
Cheese Curds....fried of course!

What is your favorite Milwaukee tradition?
Tailgating outside American Family Field!

What is your favorite Milwaukee "fun fact"?
Cream City brick is unique to Milwaukee and adds such a historic and beautiful look to our city.