Statement from VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch on the hiring of Marty Brooks


MILWAUKEE, WI - (December 15, 2017) – VISIT Milwaukee President & CEO Paul Upchurch issued the following statement today regarding the hiring of Marty Brooks as the new CEO of the Wisconsin Center District:

“On behalf of VISIT Milwaukee, I’d like to welcome Marty Brooks to the Wisconsin Center District and the Milwaukee area. His operations expertise for convention centers, theaters, and arenas will play well here in Milwaukee and will boost the already strong schedule of events at our Wisconsin Center facilities. He is a great addition to the team, and we look forward to working closely with Marty to further build on the success of the District and bring even more events and conventions to the region.

I’d also like to give a heartfelt thank you to outgoing CEO Russ Staerkel, who served the Wisconsin Center in multiple capacities with great dedication and a strong sense of teamwork. With the support and partnership of the WCD, we have built a strong base of business for the future that will continue to grow our local economy and create jobs.”

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 680 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