Historic Breweries, Riverwalk Revitalization, and Building for the Future - An Interview with Gary 

Date January 30, 2018
Location Wisconsin Club
900 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Time 7:30AM - 9:30AM

Join WCREW for a morning presentation and interview with Gary Grunau, President of the Grucon Group and developer of Schlitz Park. Mr. Grunau will be joined by Alyssa Remington of the City of Milwaukee Department of Development to discuss the Milwaukee Riverwalk project, which was recently awarded the Urban Land Institute’s Global Awards for Excellence. Corrinne Hess, with BizTimes, will serve as the interview facilitator.


With more than 50 years of construction and development experience, Gary has the ability to analyze the feasibility of a project, create a strategy to win public and private community acceptance and implement a plan to take a project from conception to completion. Having the unique perspective from being both an owner, developer and construction manager at various points in his career, he understands all of the potential issues and takes proactive steps to minimize problems and keep a project on track, on budget and on time. On a civic basis, he was the primary creator of the legislation forming the Wisconsin Center District, was the original Developer and General Partner of the Hyatt Regency, was the leader of the team that created the RiverWalk system and played a role in the establishment of the Lakeshore State Park as a member of the Harbor Commission. Acting as Chairman of the Spirit of Milwaukee, Gary is leading an effort to develop creative solutions to some of Milwaukee’s pressing needs.

Gary has demonstrated a life-long commitment to southeastern Wisconsin and has been instrumental in some of its most successful and innovative urban projects. These include the Grand Avenue Middle School, the Milwaukee Education Center (created a modern education facility from an abandoned Schlitz Brewery building) the Hyatt Regency, Schlitz Park, the Wisconsin Center, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Riverwalk System, the Time Warner Building, the Boston Store Revitalization, the Milwaukee Academy of Science, as well as Manpower’s World Headquarters. His projects have won numerous awards including the Urban Land Institute Achievement Award and The National Council for Urban Economic Development Award for Schlitz Park, and on behalf of the Milwaukee Riverwalk District, the recipient of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for the Milwaukee Riverwalk System. Throughout his career, he has championed racial equality and diversity as a key standard in the success of his projects.

Community Involvement:

  • Alverno College Board of Trustees, Past Chairman
  • Brewery Works (developer of Schlitz Park), President
  •  Discovery World Executive Committee, Chairman
  • War Memorial Board, Trustee and Secretary Treasury
  • Milwaukee Riverwalk District, Chairman
  •  Spirit of Milwaukee, Chairman
  • Turner Hall Ballroom Historic Trust, Chairman
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Wisconsin


  • Gertie Award, Milwaukee Riverwalk District
  • Champion Award, Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District #21
  • Lamplighter Award, Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Pro Urbe Award, Mount Mary College
  • Vocational Award, Milwaukee Rotary
  • Frank Kirkpatrick Award, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Alyssa Remington has been involved with development along the Milwaukee River since joining the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development in 2006. Alyssa found her love of waterways as a member of the University of Wisconsin Madison Women’s Rowing program. She received an undergraduate degree in Natural Science and then moved to Milwaukee to obtain her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UWM. She turned her focus to Milwaukee’s waterways by coaching the junior members of the Milwaukee Rowing Club and as serving as the Program Director for five years. In addition to her position as an Economic Development Specialist at the City, Alyssa currently serves on the Board of the Milwaukee Rowing Club and is the Race Director for the annual Milwaukee River Challenge Regatta. She lives in Milwaukee with her family of future rowers.

Corri Hess of the BizTimes will also interview Mr. Grunau on his perspective on immediate real estate issues in Milwaukee and his experiences throughout his distinguished career. 

Corri Hess has covered real estate at BizTimes since 2015. She has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2001, working at several daily newspapers, the Milwaukee Business Journal and freelancing for area publications, including Milwaukee Magazine. Corri lives in Bay View with her husband, Andy Turner, and daughter, Julia.

Event Timeline:
7:30AM – 8:00AM – Registration & Networking
8:00AM – 8:30AM – Presentation by Gary Grunau and Alyssa Remington (City of Milwaukee Department of Development)
8:30AM – 9:20AM – Interview with Gary Grunau, facilitated by Corri Hess (BizTimes)