At the University Club, we bring together thought leaders and industry experts who have the potential to make an indelible impact on Milwaukee and the region. One of our finest assets is our landmark, lakefront Club home, which is unlike any other in Milwaukee. With sweeping views of the Lake Michigan shoreline, our Club home provides members and their guests with a vibrant yet private environment in which to dine, network, socialize and do business with those who share their ideals, values and commitment to improving our community. As a membership organization that seeks to foster lifelong relationships, we offer our members insider access to some of the most fun, engaging and lively aspects of our great City through social events, enrichment opportunities and reciprocal benefits at other clubs and attractions worldwide


The University Club of Milwaukee was founded in 1898 when a group of 19 college alumni had the vision to create a place where they could network, share ideas, grow relationships and engage in the issues of the day. 1898 was a watershed time in our country’s emergence as a world power and in Milwaukee’s development as thriving metropolis. Between 1890 and 1900, Milwaukee experienced its largest influx of immigration, several of our iconic manufacturing companies came into being, and automobiles began to appear on city streets. It was a time of great hope and promise – a time of forward progress and innovation. This is precisely what we are creating at the University Club of Milwaukee today, as we engage our community in the issues of the day.

Board and Staff


Julie Tolan, Club President
President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

Peter Mahler, Club Vice President
Founder and President, Mahler Enterprises, Inc.

Jim Orth, Club Treasurer

George Dionisopoulos, Club Secretary
Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Donald Baumgartner
Founder, Paper Machinery Corporation

Keith Burns, Club Treasurer
Managing Director, Two Mittens Capital

Chris Goller
Regional President, PNC Bank

Doug Gray
CEO, Everett Smith Group Ltd.

Evan Hughes
Publisher, DRAFT Magazine; Founder, Central Standard Craft Distillery

Wayne Lueders
Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Barry Mandel
Founder and President, Mandel Group, Inc.

Justin Mortara, Ph.D
CEO, Mortara Instrument, Inc.

Andy Nunemaker
CEO, Dynamis Software Corporation

Joan Prince
Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion and Engagement, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mary Read
Attorney, Officer, Clement Financial & Leasing Group

Rick Schlesinger
Chief Operating Officer, Milwaukee Brewers

Francis Barry Silberg, Ph.D, Ph.D, D.D
President, The Center for Comparative Studies

Julia Taylor
President, Greater Milwaukee Committee


Greg Dick, General Manager (414) 271-2222

Vicki Schroeder, Assistant General Manager  (414) 271-2222

Colleen White, Director of Membership Sales (414) 238-2336

Matt Bluethman, Director of Food & Beverage (414) 238-2210

Matthew Olson, Director of Catering/Private Events  (414) 271-2432

Stephanie Cicero, Private Events Sales Manager (414) 436-2337

Private Events Department
(414) 238-2337

Joe Russo, Executive Chef  (414) 271-2227

Jeff Podbielski, Controller   (414) 271-2450

Lindsay Pallo, Office Manager   (414) 271-2362

Mike Dishaw, Building Manager  (414) 271-2222 




For questions regarding the Club’s policies or their interpretation, contact General Manager Vicki Schroeder at or (414) 238-2327.

The University Club is a private, members-only club.  Only a member or properly registered out-of-town guest may enjoy services at the Club.

Members residing within and having their place of business within the Counties of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha are considered Resident members. Those members residing out of the above counties or whose business or occupation is outside of the five-county area are considered Non-Resident members.

Smoking is prohibited in the Club in accordance with Wisconsin State Law. Members and guests may smoke outdoors on the Terrace or in designated smoking areas near exits.

A member arranging a party at the Club must be present at the party and is responsible for all charges involved. The Club requests that members obtain approval for using live bands and large amplification equipment.

In order to retain its tax exempt status as a private social club, the University Club must restrict parties that fall into the Internal Revenue Service category of “Outside Groups” to not more than 15 percent of gross receipts of the Club. Members will be asked for written confirmation of the nature of a group party, number of members in attendance, etc. for all parties containing more than eight people. The Club is required to keep a record for the IRS. Members themselves who are tax exempt, or host a function for a tax exempted group, must notify the accounting office for correct billing. Members must also provide the Club with a copy of the Wisconsin Certificate of Exemption.

Proms and other parties for minors may not be held at the Club unless special permission is obtained from the board president. The Club conforms to the law in the State of Wisconsin prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.


Smart phones and tablets are permitted throughout the Club. Please limit verbal phone conversations and computer usage to the first-floor business lounge, private dining rooms and the bar and gathering space in 1898.  Out of respect for those enjoying their dining experience, please avoid phone or computer usage in the dining areas.

Complimentary wireless Internet is provided throughout the building. Members may get the access code from the Front Desk.


Our highly trained staff is focused exclusively on ensuring our members and their guests have nothing short of the highest quality experience possible.

A 20 percent service charge is automatically added to all food and beverage bills. The service charge is used to offset wages of wait staff and does not reflect an acknowledgement of the service Members received. Tipping beyond this is not required, but is always welcomed in acknowledgement of outstanding service. Tips that are added to a Member ticket are given directly to the wait staff that provided the service, in addition to their wages.


We want everyone to be comfortable in our Club. We encourage business casual attire in all areas of the Club, except for in 1898, which welcomes fashionably casual dress at all times, including denim. Please avoid shorts, sweatshirts, tee shirts and tennis shoes. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a more relaxed dress code including walking shorts, sandals, jeans and non-collared shirts is welcomed on the first floor as well as going to and from hotel rooms. From time to time, certain Club events may require that members and their guests dress in formal attire. In those cases, information will be provided in the event notice.

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