Feb 20, 2014

Joerres, Marotta Start New Terms With BMO Harris Bradley Center Board

The Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corp. today said that Gov. Scott Walker has appointed ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres to the Center’s Board of Directors and that Foley & Lardner attorney Marc Marotta will continue to serve following his recent nomination by the Bradley Family Foundation to fill one of three Foundation nominations to the Board.

Joerres will start a new term pending confirmation by the Legislature, and Marotta will continue to serve after the expiration of his original appointment by then-Gov. Jim Doyle.

Marotta will assume the Board seat of former Harley-Davidson executive Gail Lione, who will step away from formal service  on the Board and has been asked to chair the newly-formed Community Sports & Entertainment Support Inc.  This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was established by the Center’s Board of  Directors to support and promote the services, programs and capital needs of the BMO Harris Bradley Center, as the  community decides on a  future course relating to a potential new Downtown multi-purpose entertainment facility.

Lione’s efforts will be focused on the existing facility and  include initiatives to build on the generous efforts of the MMAC-formed Champions of the Community, a group of Milwaukee-area businesses and community leaders who already have contributed a combined $19 million toward the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Lione will also continue to participate in BMO Harris Bradley Center Board meetings.  

“We look forward to welcoming Jeff Joerres to our Board at this important time in our facility’s history, and we are glad that Marc will continue his Board service,” said Steve Costello, president and CEO of the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  “The Board joins me in offering sincere appreciation to Gail for her continued active involvement and support in maintaining the BMO Harris Bradley Center as the crown jewel of the Downtown entertainment scene as the metropolitan area continues to consider the future.”

“This is a critical time for both the future of the BMO Harris Bradley Center and Downtown Milwaukee, and our

Board and the new nonprofit support organization have much work in front of them.  We are excited to have Jeff and Marc on our Board and grateful that we can tap into the considerable expertise and deep knowledge of the community that Gail brings to her new and important role,” he said.  

Costello noted that the BMO Harris Bradley Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary during the current 2013-2014 season and has always had a strong and active Board to help ensure the continued success of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. 

“There are many challenges that the BMO Harris Bradley Center faces in the next several years, and we are confident that a very capable Board and the newly established support organization will play essential roles in the continued success of the BMO Harris Bradley Center,” Costello added.