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Peggy Williams-Smith

Peggy Williams-Smith has been with Marcus Hotels & Resorts for almost 18 years, currently serving as vice president of food and beverage. She is a past president of Tempo Milwaukee and is the current board chair for the American Heart Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, sits on the steering committee for Milwaukee Women Inc. and serves on the boards of the MATC Foundation and Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.  She has also led the Marcus Hotels and Resorts company-wide campaign for the United Performing Arts Fund.  Williams-Smith was honored in 2010 as one Milwaukee’s 40 under 40 presented by the Business Journal and was awarded the Peak Performer Award in 2013 from Junior Achievement.

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Strategy includes Milwaukee-focused TV show, traveling visitor center and more.

VISIT Milwaukee Announces Exciting 2022 Initiatives At 55th Anniversary Annual Meeting
VISIT Milwaukee and Cream City Print Lounge Launch T-Shirts and Tote Bags
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City Hall

Mayor Signs RNC Agreement To Applause

But two big questions remain: will city win convention and will it benefit financially?

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City Hall

Council Approves RNC Deal, Drops $6 Million Request

Move praised by mayor, convention backers.

VISIT Milwaukee Launches City of Festivals Campaign
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Milwaukee can't otherwise benefit from convention because of lack of sales or hotel tax.

Eyes on Milwaukee: More Renderings of Downtown ‘Iron District’ Released
Eyes on Milwaukee

More Renderings of Downtown ‘Iron District’ Released

11-acre development with new soccer stadium, concert venue lists big-name supporters.

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See inside the brand new Viking Octantis.

Milwaukee Salutes the Arrival of the National Guard for its 147th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition
Free Milwaukee Cheese Curd Pass Offers Great Deals Across Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee Hires Director of Event Experience
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Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson Announces First Cruise Ship Arrival for 2022 Season

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The Bronze Fonz Returns to the Milwaukee RiverWalk on March 11

VISIT Milwaukee hosting ceremony officially unveiling the statue’s new look

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RNC 2024 Team Visits Milwaukee

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VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Press Release

VISIT Milwaukee Welcomes New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Josh Albrecht brings extensive experience in destination management

VISIT Milwaukee Wins $112,050 Grant for Mobile Visitor Kiosk
Press Release

VISIT Milwaukee Wins $112,050 Grant for Mobile Visitor Kiosk

Kiosk will be used to showcase Milwaukee to visitors around region

Eyes on Milwaukee: Port Building New Cruise Ship Dock
Eyes on Milwaukee

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Gov. Tony Evers announces $3.5 million grant to bolster $7 million project.

Milwaukee Reportedly One of Four RNC Finalists

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After DNC was largely canceled, Republicans seriously considering Milwaukee.

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WCD Celebrates Start of Convention Center Expansion

$420 million project is intended to boost business, fully realize Wisconin Center's potential.

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Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Championship Had $58 Million Economic Impact
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Bucks Championship Had $58 Million Economic Impact

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VISIT Milwaukee Announces Dr. Eve M. Hall as Chair of the Board of Directors
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VISIT Milwaukee Announces Dr. Eve M. Hall as Chair of the Board of Directors

Steve Baas to continue as vice chair; Omar Shaikh concludes board service after five years

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City Hall

Bauman Blasts Mayor on Water Street Chaos

Alderman wants stronger actions. "The mayor is basically whistling past the graveyard."

VISIT Milwaukee’s Communications Director Recognized by Travel Wisconsin
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VISIT Milwaukee’s Communications Director Recognized by Travel Wisconsin

Claire Koenig wins Rising Star Award at WIGCOT 2021 and several VISIT Milwaukee partners are also recognized

State Tourism Business Down 30% in 2020

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Due to pandemic. Officials hopeful about rebound in spending in 2021.

2020 Tourism Data a Reminder of the Impact of Travel
Milwaukee Hospitality is not Missing its Shot
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VISIT Milwaukee hosts Hospitality Vaccination Days at the Wisconsin Center kicking off during National Travel and Tourism Week

Milwaukee Museums Reopening to the Public in March
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Milwaukee Museums Reopening to the Public in March

Discovery World, the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Public Museum will reopen in March with robust health and safety protocols in place.

VISIT Milwaukee Launches Giving Fest to Support Local Hospitality Community
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VISIT Milwaukee Launches Giving Fest to Support Local Hospitality Community

50+ exciting virtual events benefit local hospitality companies Jan. 15 - Feb. 28

City Hall: Tony Snell Appointed Head of Equal Rights Commission
City Hall

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VISIT Milwaukee volunteer coordinator now leads city commission.

City Hall: Fire & Police Commission Ties On Next Police Chief
City Hall

Fire & Police Commission Ties On Next Police Chief

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VISIT Milwaukee launches Season of Giving Campaign
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VISIT Milwaukee launches Season of Giving Campaign

Timed with the International Day of Kindness, VISIT Milwaukee implores community to be kind to local businesses and shop local this holiday season

VISIT Milwaukee joins Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition
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VISIT Milwaukee joins Stop the COVID Spread! Coalition

This broad coalition of business groups from around the state has launched a new PSA to urge the public to take preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19

VISIT Milwaukee Launches Community-Wide ‘Bring It Home’ Campaign
Press Release

VISIT Milwaukee Launches Community-Wide ‘Bring It Home’ Campaign

There has never been a more crucial time to bring future meetings business back to Milwaukee

VISIT Milwaukee launches virtual tour of Milwaukee in advance of DNC
Press Release

VISIT Milwaukee launches virtual tour of Milwaukee in advance of DNC

30 videos narrated by community members allow visitors to explore the city from home

VISIT Milwaukee partners with the MMAC to provide 50,000 free masks to Milwaukeeans
Press Release

VISIT Milwaukee partners with the MMAC to provide 50,000 free masks to Milwaukeeans

As part of the MaskUpMKE initiative, the masks will be available at Citgo stations across the city

VISIT Milwaukee welcomes new Director of Sales, Leslie Johnson
VISIT Milwaukee Communications Staffers Elected to Leadership Positions in Local PRSA
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VISIT Milwaukee Communications Staffers Elected to Leadership Positions in Local PRSA

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Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host Fourth Annual “3 Days of Christmas” Holiday Initiative

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Eyes on Milwaukee: Peggy Williams-Smith Will Lead VISIT Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Peggy Williams-Smith Will Lead VISIT Milwaukee

Marcus Corp. VP is first woman CEO of Milwaukee convention & visitors bureau.

VISIT Milwaukee names Peggy Williams-Smith as new President & CEO
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VISIT Milwaukee names Peggy Williams-Smith as new President & CEO

Local leader poised to start November 18, 2019

BBB Serving Wisconsin Announces 2019 Business Ethics Awards Recipients
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BBB Serving Wisconsin Announces 2019 Business Ethics Awards Recipients

BBB Names 2019 Torch Award and Spark Award Recipients

Peggy Williams-Smith Receives the Marcus Corporation 2017 Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award
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Peggy Williams-Smith Receives the Marcus Corporation 2017 Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award

To recognize Williams-Smith for her commitment to the community, The Marcus Corporation donated $1,000 to the charity of her choice, Professional Dimensions, for its commitment to Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc.

Control Assigns New Secret Agents to SafeHouse Milwaukee
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Control Assigns New Secret Agents to SafeHouse Milwaukee

Agent Change and Agent Bacon.

SafeHouse Milwaukee Celebrates 51st Anniversary
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SafeHouse Milwaukee Celebrates 51st Anniversary

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Control Announces New Corporate Director of Operations for SafeHouse Restaurant Group
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Control Announces New Corporate Director of Operations for SafeHouse Restaurant Group

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Now Serving: A Second Screaming Tuna Comes to Tosa
Now Serving

A Second Screaming Tuna Comes to Tosa

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Now Serving: Street Food Tapas for Brady Street
Now Serving

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And a new pie place for 55th and North. Both places sound yummy.

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Marcus Restaurant Group Wins Standard of Excellence Award for New Website in Web Marketing Association’s 2015 Webawards
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Marcus Restaurant Group Wins Standard of Excellence Award for New Website in Web Marketing Association’s 2015 Webawards

This year’s web development awards included over 1,500 entries from 40 countries in 96 industry categories.

United Performing Arts Fund Announces 2016 Campaign Co-Chairs
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United Performing Arts Fund Announces 2016 Campaign Co-Chairs

Community business leaders step up to support and sustain the performing arts in S.E. Wisconsin