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VISIT Milwaukee Names 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors

Board Directors volunteer their time to assist in providing overall strategic direction to VISIT Milwaukee and by advocating its mission to the community.

By - Jun 21st, 2018 03:17 pm

MILWAUKEE— (June 21, 2018) – VISIT Milwaukee has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the business year 2018-2019. New to the Board this year are Steve Baas of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (MMAC), Brian Dranzik of General Mitchell International Airport, Dr. Eve Hall of the Milwaukee Urban League, Kristine Hillmer of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA), Tracy Johnson of the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW), James Kanter of MillerCoors, Greg Marcus of the Marcus Corporation, Gerard Randall, Jr. of Milwaukee Education Partnership, and Jim Villa of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP).


Chair                      Omar Shaikh*          SURG Restaurant Group

Treasurer/Secretary  Lynda Kohler*          SHARP Literacy, Inc.

Acting Past Chair      Paul Mathews*         Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

President & CEO       Paul Upchurch *        VISIT Milwaukee

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

Board Members:

Rafael Acevedo*                City of Milwaukee

Steve Baas                       MMAC

Joe Bartolotta                    Bartolotta Restaurant Group

Ald. Cheryl Berdan             City of Wauwatosa

Grady L. Crosby                 Johnson Controls Inc.

Bill Davidson                     Harley-Davidson Museum

Brian Dranzik                    General Mitchell International Airport

Mayor Kathy Ehley*            City of Wauwatosa

Jeremy Fojut                     Newaukee

Mark Flaherty*                   Jackson Street Holdings

Dr. Eve Hall                       The Milwaukee Urban League

Kristine Hillmer                  WRA

Tracy Johnson                    CARW

James Kanter                    MillerCoors

Lynda Kohler*                   SHARP Literacy, Inc.

Tom Malloy                       Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Greg Marcus*                    Marcus Corporation

Paul Mathews*                   Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Rose Murack *                   Radisson Hotel Milwaukee-West

David Murphy                    Marquette University

Kathleen O’Leary               Wisconsin State Fair

Tai Pauls                           Milwaukee Brewers

Marcelle Polednik                Milwaukee Art Museum

Gerard Randall, Jr.             Milwaukee Education Partnership

Omar Shaikh*                    SURG Restaurant Group

Don Smiley                       Summerfest

Howard Snyder                  Northwest Side Community Development Center

John Steinmiller*                Milwaukee Bucks

Teig Whaley-Smith*            Milwaukee County

Jim Villa                            NAIOP

Melissa Weiss                    City of Wauwatosa

Chuck Wikenhauser            Milwaukee County Zoo

*Denotes Executive Committee

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 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

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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