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.
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
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
Marcelle Polednik Milwaukee Art Museum
Gerard Randall, Jr. Milwaukee Education Partnership
Omar Shaikh* SURG Restaurant Group
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 www.visitmilwaukee.org.
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