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Greg Marcus

Hospitality | Entertainment
President and CEO
The Marcus Corp. | Milwaukee

Greg Marcus is the leader and face of The Marcus Corp., the Milwaukee-based, publicly traded, family-led movie entertainment and lodging business, founded by his grandfather, Ben Marcus, in 1935.

Marcus succeeded his father, Stephen Marcus, as president in 2008 and as chief executive officer in 2009. He was elected to the board of directors in 2005.

Today, the corporation’s theater division is the fourth largest theater circuit in the U.S.; it owns or operates 1,064 screens at 85 locations in 17 states under its Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern by Marcus and BistroPlex brands. Its lodging division, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 17 hotels, resorts and other properties in nine states. Its Milwaukee properties include Saint Kate —The Arts Hotel, The Pfister Hotel and Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Under Marcus’s leadership, Marcus Theaters acquired Movie Tavern – a deal valued at $126 million that added 22 locations and 208 screens and expanded the business into eight new states.

He also led the company through the shutdown of all movie theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic and the slow rebound in the months since reopening them.

Marcus is current chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and past chair of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Marcus’s recognizability in the community has been boosted by his appearance in the Marcus Corp.’s commercials that run at the start of movies in its theaters.

Education: Bachelor’s, Indiana University; J.D., Boston University School of Law