Racine at 3:30 PM

Tourism is Small Business - with Dave Blank of REAL Racine


Date & Time
Tue, Nov 6, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Gateway Technical College - Racine Campus
Great Lakes Room
901 Pershing Drive
Racine, WI 53403
Tourism is one of the largest, and most diverse sectors of the economy- and most of it is made up of small businesses! There are plentiful jobs available, with a good chance of rapid advancement into management positions in the lodging, attraction and restaurant categories. These can lead to positions in regional or statewide organizations in planning, branding, and marketing.

This session will be led by Dave Blank of REAL Racine. A thirty five year veteran of the hospitality field, Dave has been the President and CEO of Real Racine, the County‘s official tourism agency, for the past 21 years. His career in tourism has included ski area marketing, campground and canoe livery operations, and destination marketing organization management in California and Utah, as well as Wisconsin.

Locally, he currently serves on the Racine Civic Centre Commission, the MetroGo southeast Wisconsin regional transit leadership council, the Racine Arts Council Board of Directors and the Gateway Technical College Hospitality Management Advisory Board.

He is also a member of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Sports Marketing and International Marketing committees.
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About Racine
World-famous for O&H Kringle and Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings, Racine is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Root River between Kenosha and Milwaukee. The fifth-largest city in Wisconsin, Racine was rated "the most affordable place to live in the world" by the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey in January 2017 and ranked #4 on a list of the best places for women to start a business by NerdWallet. We have a long history of manufacturing and innovation and over the last 100 years major companies have called Racine home including: J.I Case, S.C. Johnson, Dremel, Twin Disc, Modine, InSinkErator, Hamilton Beach, Western Publishing, and Horlick’s Malted Milk. Racine County is the future home of Foxconn and we are very excited to see the change and innovation that will bring and our emerging startup and entrepreneurial scene is ready to welcome it.
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