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Visit Milwaukee hires D.C. sales manager
Tiffany Backus has joined Visit Milwaukee as its Washington, D.C.-based sales manager.
Backus brings more than a decade of hotel sales experience to the position, most recently working as senior sales manager for Hiltons of Washington. In that position, Backus was responsible for convention, meeting and group sales to the Virginia and Maryland association and government markets. She has also held sales positions for the Hyatt Regency, Washington, D.C., and the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va.
"Tiffany brings to the position a successful track record in the hospitality and tourism industry with solid relationships with key meeting and association planners based in and around Washington," said Brent Foerster, vice president of sales and marketing for Visit Milwaukee. "Tiffany’s daily presence in that market will be vitally important to our success in bringing conventions to Milwaukee."
Backus said she’s excited about the evolution of Milwaukee as a visitor destination and selling its attributes to the meeting market. "I look forward to being on the ground here in Washington and working with my Visit Milwaukee colleagues to bring more business to the city."
Visit Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention and meeting planners nationally and internationally. Visit Milwaukee has more than 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses.

Culver, Chang to chair 2011 UPAF campaign
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has announced that Curt Culver, chairman and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based MGIC Investment Corp. and Tina Chang, chairman and chief executive officer of Brookfield-based SysLogic Inc., have been named co-chairs for the 2011 UPAF Campaign.
UPAF has provided operational support to Milwaukee’s nationally recognized performing arts groups since 1967. UPAF has 34 member and affiliate groups.
The 2010 UPAF Campaign surpassed the goal of $9.3 million by raising $9,450,382 for the 34 performing arts groups. The 2011 Campaign goal will be announced in early 2011.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Tina and Curt’s support and leadership for the 2011 campaign," said UPAF President Cristy Garcia-Thomas. "Their skills are invaluable assets as we work to secure funding for the spectacular performing arts groups which contribute so much to the community."
"The performing arts are vital to this community," said Culver. "Working with UPAF provides an opportunity to improve the quality of life for southeastern Wisconsin and enrich the lives of our future leaders. I am looking forward to the campaign. Despite the current economic challenges, I think it will be a very successful year. It is an honor to be partnered with Tina as co-chairs of the 2011 campaign. She’s successful in every new venture she takes on and I’m sure we are going to feed off of each other’s energy."
"I am looking forward to engaging the next generation of leaders and reaching out to my peers who operate small and mid-size businesses so that we can continue to grow the base of support for the performing arts,” Chang said. “It is easier than ever before to run an employee giving campaign thanks to critical technology investments recently made by UPAF and our community that enable us to reach out more effectively to our existing donors as well as a new generation of donors. I’m excited to have a chance to work with Curt. He is an outstanding and experienced leader who cares about the arts in southeastern Wisconsin, and I know we are going to work well together."

RF Technologies names Harwood president
Brookfield-based RF Technologies, a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) monitoring systems and health care security solutions, has appointed Mark Harwood as company president.
Harwood is a former vice president of Baxter International Inc. and former president and chief executive officer of Arjo Inc. He brings to his new position a record of success in the high-tech, health care and medical device industries.
“Mark is a high energy person with a broad background,” said Glenn Jonas, CEO of RF Technologies. “He has exceptionally deep experience in the Senior Care market area running operations in Europe and the U.S. for Arjo. In addition, Baxter has provided him with significant experience overseeing technical and service areas. We are looking forward to his leadership and confident in the direction he will take the company.”
“I am excited to be part of RF Technologies,” Harwood said. “The strength of the team in place is impressive and I see broad potential for growth in both new and existing areas. I am looking forward to taking on new challenges and to turning opportunities into the kind of results that not only increase revenue, but also strengthen the RF Technologies brand in the marketplace.”

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