Milwaukee Air & Water Show forms board of directors

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:15 pm

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show, an annual event presented by Milwaukee-based Marcus Hotels & Resorts, has formed a board of directors to lead the show going forward.

The 2015 Air & Water Show, in its seventh year, will take place on July 25 and 26 along Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Phillip Vollrath, co-founder and chairman of Vollrath Associates, will chair the Air & Water Show board. Other members include: Chris Anderson, senior vice president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts; Candee Arndt, Milwaukee-area independent event services professional; John Dargle, Milwaukee County Parks director; Rudy Malnati Jr., CEO of Midwest Airshows; Dave Spano, president and CEO of Elm Grove-based Annex Wealth Management; and Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

Malnati Jr. announced last week he will open a Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta restaurant in the spring at the MSOE Tower Apartments.

The board will set and execute strategic planning goals for the air show, develop and strengthen business relationships, increase outreach to Milwaukee-area military and veterans groups, and oversee all marketing and promotion of the event.

“The board remains committed to creating a phenomenal long-term event in Milwaukee through the support of our community, sponsors and performers,” Vollrath said.  “In restructuring the show’s leadership and governing body, we do so with a renewed commitment for creating a family-friendly event that is not only highly entertaining, but also supports our military and those who fight for our freedoms. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show is much more than a singular event; its true mission is to support our nation’s heroes, past and present, while inspiring future generations to pursue careers in the military and aviation. As a top recruiting effort for our military, members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Crops, Coast Guard and Air Force are represented on the grounds each year.”

The 2014 Milwaukee Air & Water Show is expected to attract 300,000 visitors over the event weekend.

“Marcus Hotels & Resorts is proud to continue our support of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show for the seventh consecutive year. Each summer the air show brings families, visitors and residents down to our beautiful lakefront for a full weekend of some of the best air show acts in the country. Through the formation of the board, there is no time like the present to support the show, and we look forward to partnering with other Milwaukee businesses to amplify the event’s positive impact,” Anderson said.

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