WWSAC: McKenna named executive director of Wauwatosa Commerce Group


Meg McKenna, Executive Director, 414-213-0060 cell

Tim Casey, WWSAC President, 414-719-7299 cell

WWSAC Eyes Stronger Role in Business Advocacy

Wauwatosa resident and entrepreneur Meg McKenna is the new executive director of the Wauwatosa West Suburban Association of Commerce (WWSAC).

“We are very excited to have an individual with Meg’s background and talents join the association,” said Tim Casey, principal of Equity Commercial Real Estate, and president of the WWSAC board of directors. “Meg knows what it takes to start and operate a business, and she is active in the Wauwatosa community. She is the right person to work with the board in moving our association forward in 2010 and beyond.”

McKenna was the co-founder and online editor of MilwaukeeMoms.com prior to selling that entity to Journal Communications in 2006. She stayed on for two years as manager of Community Relations for MilwaukeeMoms at Journal Communications.

She has been a member of the Wauwatosa Public School District Marketing Advisory Committee since 2006, and was a co-founder of Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool in 2005. McKenna earned her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Marquette University, and served in private law practice for seven years prior to starting MilwaukeeMoms.com .

“Meg knows Wauwatosa and will hit the ground running as we grow the organization and expand services to our members,” said Bill Feagles, vice president of M&I Business Banking and past president of the WWSAC. “With Meg’s talents, we will enhance our voice for the business community on issues and conditions that impact commerce and the quality of life in the Wauwatosa area.”

McKenna said she looks forward to helping expand the chamber’s presence and its role in business growth.

“This association has a long and proud history in the community, and I look forward to building on that base,” McKenna said. “We intend to offer fresh, dynamic networking opportunities, business development programs and issues forums to augment the many successful programs of the association,” she said.

Members of the association and others in the Wauwatosa business community also can expect to see enhanced use of social media tools by the WWSAC, McKenna said.

“We can offer an incredible combination of personal networking and business programs along with online opportunities for communications and awareness,” she said.

McKenna and Casey praised the commitment of long-time board members and the decisions by representative of several significant Wauwatosa businesses to join the board this year.

“Those businesses recognize that Wauwatosa businesses need a strong, cohesive voice, and that the WWSAC can be that advocate,” Casey said. “Along with our established business base of significant international, national, regional and local companies, Wauwatosa has tremendous opportunities in redevelopment and through the impending reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange. Amid all that, and as the city adjusts its approach to business development, the WWSAC intends to have a valuable role in maintaining and enhancing business and quality of life issues in Wauwatosa and our neighboring areas.”

The WWSAC recently moved its offices to the Technology Innovation Center at the Milwaukee County Research Park to better coordinate its activities with other business related entities at the Research Park, and to better serve its members.