Omar Shaikh

Co-Owner/President

About

A graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, Omar Shaikh provides Milwaukee residents and visitors with exceptional dining and entertainment experiences as a partner in Carnevor, Wisconsin Ticket Concierge, O & B Consulting, and 3rd Street Market Hall at the Avenue. Omar is also a partner in Tuk Tuk Chicago, a short-distance electric cab service, and the newly revamped Milwaukee Athletic Club.

Omar finds balance with his involvement in several Milwaukee and Wisconsin-based community and tourism organizations including Sharp Literacy, the WI Athletic Hall of Fame, and Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve Foundation. Omar currently serves as board chairman for VISIT Milwaukee and is a member of the Wisconsin Center District Board of Directors, where he recently assisted with the hiring of a new CEO and the planning of the convention center expansion. Omar is also Chairman for the Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet, which is a grassroots movement organized by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association to highlight the positive impacts of Milwaukee’s restaurant community. The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet created the ‘3 Days of Christmas’ initiative to provide holiday meals and gifts for non-profit groups, and the ‘Sherman Park Revival Celebration’ to support the MPS students of the Sherman Park neighborhood.

Omar and his wife, Connie, have also been involved with the JCC’s KidShare event, Sojourner Truth House fundraisers, the Sharp Literacy’s ‘A Novel Event’ and has helped them all reach record-breaking fundraising goals while serving as the Co-Chair. He is also proud to help his alma mater, Cardinal Stritch University, as Business Advisory Board member. Omar was formerly a board member for Froedtert’s President Advisory Council, NEWaukee, Governor’s Council on Tourism and Milwaukee Urban League, GMC’s MiKE Committee and Downtown Task Force.

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Wisconsin Public Radio:  Some Small Business Owners Say They Won’t See Much Help From Gov. Evers’ $5K Grants

Wisconsin Public Radio:  ‘The Nail In Coffins’: Restaurants Warn Of Dire Consequences As Evers Limits Indoor Gatherings

Fox 6:  Deadline comes for Milwaukee bars’, restaurants’ COVID-19 plans

ABC News:  Businesses in Milwaukee seeing the impact of a mostly virtual DNC

Fox 6:  ‘Would’ve been a game-changer:’ Milwaukee misses big DNC payday

WISN:  DNC reportedly tells convention attendees not to go to bars, restaurants

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Democratic National Convention participants asked to pledge to avoid Milwaukee bars and restaurants

U.S. News & World Report: Unemployment Relief Test for Evers, Republican Lawmakers

MKE Lifestyle: Movers & Shakers: Ten locals at the forefront of the region’s renaissance.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Yelich, Braun, Hiura, Connaughton team up to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Milwaukee Magazine: How Are Milwaukee’s Restaurants Weathering the Pandemic?

Fox 6: Just 2 months until the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but what form will it take?

Milwaukee Business Journal: ‘We’ll go forward’: Smaller DNC means greatly reduced economic impact

Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee developing plan to allow eligible restaurants to open at 100% capacity

BizTimes.com: Omar Shaikh to stay on as VISIT Milwaukee board chair

Milwaukee Business Journal: Visit Milwaukee changes plans for board chairman

CBS 58: Milwaukee County Zoo hosts blood drive for Versiti Blood Center

Spectrum News 1: Free lunch provided for Milwaukee first responders

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order has been overturned by the state Supreme Court; here’s how people are responding

Fox 6: Deff-initely Milwaukee: Get connected as we dig in with SURG Restaurant Group’s Omar Shaikh

Bleacher Report: Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun Partnering to Provide Meals to Health Care Workers

BizTimes.com: Carnevor responds to demand with curbside service

The New York Times: Christian Yelich Is Trying ‘Not to Get Too Rusty’

BizTimes.com: Carnevor responds to demand with curbside service

Spectrum News 1: Hospitality Industry Reacts to Postponement of 2020 DNC

USA Today: Brewers stars Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich team up to give back to their L.A. and Milwaukee communities

Forbes: Braun, Yelich Team Up For Investment In Major Downtown Milwaukee Development Project

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Back-to-school supply giveaways and collections are happening in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Business Journal: Local restaurants host back to school party for MPS students: Slideshow

Urban Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Kitchen Cabinet to Host “Back to School Celebration”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich are new investors in downtown’s The Avenue redevelopment

Milwaukee Business Journal: Brewers stars Braun, Yelich investing in Grand Avenue redevelopment

Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin Center expansion wins last-minute boost from Wisconsin Legislature

Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin Center District explores no-tax strategy for convention hall expansion

Milwaukee Business Journal: Big crowd at Visit Milwaukee meeting celebrates landing DNC, pays tribute to Joe Bartolotta

BizTimes.com: See photos from Visit Milwaukee’s annual meeting

CBS 58: VISIT Milwaukee CEO resigning at the end of the year

TMJ4: Paul Upchurch, President and CEO of Visit Milwaukee, ends his tenure at end of 2019

BizTimes.com: Paul Upchurch to resign as VISIT Milwaukee president and CEO later this year

Milwaukee Business Journal: MBJ Podcast #7: Shaikh remembers Bartolotta, Advocate-Aurora merger—Year 1 

Milwaukee Business Journal: Redeveloped Grand Avenue seeing high demand for tenant space as city panel OKs $9M grant

Milwaukee Business Journal: Packers’ Mason Crosby, viral video wish push help raise money for Make-A-Wish: Slideshow

Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee’s DNC host committee expected to include Democrats, Republicans

Milwaukee Business Journal: Goodbye, Grand Avenue — See inside the ongoing demolition: Slideshow

BizTimes.com: Milwaukee restaurants must prepare for huge crush coming during DNC

Milwaukee Business Journal: Opinion: Convention is Milwaukee’s ‘Reggie White’ moment 

Fox 6: Brew City business owners call 2020 DNC ‘an extraordinary opportunity for Milwaukee’

CBS 58: “All hands on deck:” Local hospitality leaders gearing up to take on 2020 DNC crowds

WISN: Restaurant groups want to showcase Milwaukee’s food diversity during DNC, not just brats, cheese curds

Milwaukee Business Journal: City, community leaders toast landing DNC 2020 convention with a beer

TMJ4: Locals hit back at accusation Milwaukee isn’t fancy enough to host DNC

WISN: Miami implies Milwaukee’s ‘not fancy enough’ to host 2020 DNC

Milwaukee Business Journal: Businesses step up to help Milwaukee police

Fox 6: SURG fundraiser benefits families of fallen Milwaukee police officers

CBS 58: Hundreds turnout for fallen officer fundraiser by SURG Restaurant Group

Spectrum News 1: 12-year-old girl makes waves in wrestling community

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Food hall with places to play and an anchor business tenant making Milwaukee’s Grand Avenue mall a destination

BizTimes.com: GRAEF to move HQ to Grand Avenue

Milwaukee Business Journal: Business, community leaders get preview of major Grand Avenue overhaul: Slideshow

Urban Milwaukee: Meet Grand Avenue’s New Food Hall

Fox 6: ‘Nationally acclaimed’ food hall among plans for revival of Shops of Grand Avenue

OnMilwaukee.com: Townsend Street School community co-hosts Sherman Park Revival Celebration

Milwaukee Business Journal: Restaurateur Shaikh discussing options for funding downtown Milwaukee convention center expansion

Milwaukee Business Journal: Restaurants team up to bring food, gifts to Joy House

Milwaukee Business Journal: Q&A: New Milwaukee ticket broker to focus on experiences

Milwaukee Business Journal: JCC Milwaukee’s KidShare draws big crowd, raises $350,000

Milwaukee Business Journal: SURG’s Omar Shaikh named next UW-Parkside executive in residence

TMJ4: Popular Carnevor steakhouse reopens in new space Save & Exit

WISN: Milwaukee restaurant community hosts ‘Three Days Of Christmas’

Milwaukee Business Journal: What do you serve at a $16,000 per plate presidential fundraiser?