MEET OUR TEAM


 

Don Smiley

Don Smiley

President / Chief Executive Officer

Don is a seasoned veteran of the entertainment and marketing industry and Milwaukee World Festival’s first President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to MWF, he served as the Chairman of Pro Player Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins, where he was responsible for event management during the 1995 NFL Super Bowl, professional sports, concerts and other events. Don simultaneously served as President of the Florida Marlins Baseball Club and led the team to a World Series victory in 1997. Don began his career with the Marlins at the team’s inception and held positions in the sales department and as Vice President of Marketing.

Additionally, Don was involved with Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. at its beginning stages. While at Blockbuster, Don served as an Assistant to the Chairman of the Board, and worked with the franchising, real estate, merchandising operations and branding programs, and helped grow Blockbuster into a position of world leadership in the video rental and entertainment industry.

Don has also successfully served as Marketing Director of the Honda Classic golf tournament, one of the top events on the PGA Tour, and as Vice President of Marketing for Huizenga Holdings. Most recently, Don was owner and president of Smiley / Chirkinian Golf Ventures, Inc., which organized and developed a televised junior golf tour. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Frank Nicotera

General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer
Administration and Legal

Molly Madonia

Staff Attorney
Administration and Legal

Michelle Amidzich

Front Office Manager
Administration and Legal

Nathan Forcey

Director of Ticketing Operations
Box Office / Ticketing

Andrew Kirk

Box Office Manager
Box Office / Ticketing

Bob Gosse

Director of Design & Construction
Design and Construction

Jason Stuewe

Architectural Designer
Design and Construction

Rob Swenski

Design Coordinator
Design and Construction

Bob Babisch

Vice President of Entertainment
Entertainment

Vic Thomas

Associate Entertainment Director
Entertainment

Scott Ziel

Associate Booking Director
Entertainment

Whit Lehnberg

Production / Contracts / Stage Manager
Entertainment

Rick Snow

Director of Facility & Event Operations
Facility and Event Operations

Jon Fleming

Event Operations Manager
Facility and Event Operations

Terri Booker

Coordinator
Facility and Event Operations

Henry Green

Maintenance Facility Manager
Facility and Event Operations

Lovelle Deloney

Building Maintenance
Facility and Event Operations

Sue Landry

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Finance

Matt Leibham

Controller
Finance

Jane Zehren

Assistant Controller
Finance

Linda Price

Staff Accountant
Finance

Chris Congemi

Accounting Assistant
Finance

Brad Bertz

UI Architect
Information Technology

Roger Miller

Infrastructure Engineer
Information Technology

Shawn Watkins

Infrastructure Engineer
Information Technology

Nick Volz

Senior Software Engineer
Information Technology

Julie Clemins

Director of Food and Beverage Operations
Food and Beverage

Cory Congemi

Assistant Director of Food and Beverage Operations
Food and Beverage

Gayelin Littell

Executive Producer
Event Production

Jenna Smith

Event Manager
Event Production

Linda Pankau

Marketplace Manager
Event Production

Michelle Lammers

Volunteer Program Manager & Event Coordinator
Event Production

Sarah Smith Pancheri

Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Sales and Marketing

Kevin Canady

Director of Corporate & Event Sales
Sales and Marketing

Lena DeLaet

Sponsorship Sales Manager
Sales and Marketing

Sara McGuire

Advertising & Marketing Manager
Sales and Marketing

Kellie McGinnis

Social Media & Digital Content Coordinator
Sales and Marketing

Ashley Dye

Event Sales & Sponsorship Coordinator
Sales and Marketing

Rachel O’Brien

Client Services Coordinator
Sales and Marketing

Matt Cisz

Graphic Designer Manager
Sales and Marketing

Todd Melcher

Corporate Sales Manager - Ticketing Programs
Sales and Marketing

Tony Wolosz

Digital Marketing Manager
Sales and Marketing

Bill Wesley

Security Director
Security

Ray Simpson

Security Supervisor
Security

Randal Winters

Security Supervisor
Security

Robert Dames

Security Supervisor
Security