Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:38 pm
Williams-Smith takes over leadership of VISIT Milwaukee just before one of the biggest tourism years ever for the city. The 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee and the Ryder Cup in Sheboygan County will bring a surge of visitors to the region next year.
“I could not be more excited to take the reins at VISIT Milwaukee as we go headfirst into a very busy and exciting year, featuring national events such as the DNC, the USA Triathalon, The Ryder Cup, and the 140th Annual Meeting of Northwestern Mutual Agents,” she said. “It is an honor to be selected to lead this organization into the next decade. I look forward to working closely with the dynamic team at VISIT Milwaukee, Marty Brooks (CEO of) the Wisconsin Center District, and the hospitality community to make 2020 a banner year for our city.”
Williams-Smith will be the first woman to lead the organization. She was selected from a national field of candidates in a months-long search, headed up by Omar Shaikh, chairman of the VISIT Milwaukee board, the organization said.
“Peggy is well known in the Milwaukee community as a leader and as a woman who makes things happen, so she was a natural choice for the role,” said Shaikh. “Ultimately, the search committee was impressed with her vision for VISIT Milwaukee and her passion for the destination.”
Williams-Smith has worked or The Marcus Corp. since 1997. She has also co-chaired the citywide UPAF campaign and is a member of Professional Dimensions and TEMPO Milwaukee.