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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.

By - Jun 19th, 2014 03:08 pm

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

Past Chair                           Paul Mathews *                Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

President & CEO               Paul Upchurch    *             VISIT Milwaukee

Assistant Secretary           Dana Jones  *                     Director of Finance & Administration, VISIT Milwaukee

Board Members:

Rafael Acevedo                  Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Tyler Barnes                       Milwaukee Brewers

Joe Bartolotta                     Bartolotta Restaurant Group

Bill Davidson                      Harley-Davidson Museum

Mary Dowell *                      Johnson Controls, Inc.

Mayor Kathy Ehley *            City of Wauwatosa

Paulette Enders                 City of Wauwatosa

Deborah Farris                    Danceworks

Rick Frenette                       Wisconsin State Fair

Jeremy Fojut                        ART Milwaukee

Cecilia Gilbert                    City of Milwaukee DPW

Ralph Hollmon                  The Milwaukee Urban League

Dan Keegan                       Milwaukee Art Museum

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

John Steinmiller *             Milwaukee Bucks

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

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