VISIT Milwaukee Names 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors
VISIT Milwaukee announces its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2014-15.
MILWAUKEE— (June 19, 2014) – VISIT Milwaukee announces its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2014-15. New members of the board include Deborah Farris, executive director of Danceworks, and Ralph Hollmon, president & CEO of The Milwaukee Urban League.
Chair Aldo Madrigrano* Beer Capitol Inc.
Vice-Chair Omar Shaikh * SURG Restaurant Group
Treasurer/Secretary Steve Magnuson * Marcus Hotels & Resorts
President & CEO Paul Upchurch * VISIT Milwaukee
Assistant Secretary Dana Jones * Director of Finance & Administration, VISIT Milwaukee
Rafael Acevedo Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Tyler Barnes Milwaukee Brewers
Joe Bartolotta Bartolotta Restaurant Group
Bill Davidson Harley-Davidson Museum
Mary Dowell * Johnson Controls, Inc.
Paulette Enders City of Wauwatosa
Deborah Farris Danceworks
Rick Frenette Wisconsin State Fair
Cecilia Gilbert City of Milwaukee DPW
Ralph Hollmon The Milwaukee Urban League
Lynda Kohler * SHARP Literacy, Inc.
Harold Mester Milwaukee County/General Mitchell International Airport
Rose Murack Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-West
David Murphy Marquette University
Ron Olstad Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Ald. Bobby Pantuso City of Wauwatosa
Laurette Pettibone Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Teig Whaley-Smith Milwaukee County
Rick Wiegand Ambassador Hotel
Chuck Wikenhauser Milwaukee County Zoo
Ald. Terry Witkowski City of Milwaukee
*Denotes Executive Committee member
As the image and tourism marketing organization for the greater Milwaukee area, VISIT Milwaukee is responsible for growing our local tourism economy, generating revenues for local business, increasing taxes paid by tourists and growing tourism-related jobs.
Board Directors volunteer their time to assist in providing overall strategic direction to VISIT Milwaukee and by advocating its mission to the community. The Board assists in developing the strategic plan, and helps the organization achieve its goals through participation in committees and Board meetings.
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 $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013 and supported more than 48,500 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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