United Performing Arts Fund Names 2018 Campaign Co-Chairs

United Performing Arts Fund Names 2018 Campaign Co-Chairs

Community leaders to head UPAF’s 2018 Campaign


MILWAUKEE, October 11, 2017 – The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has tapped three respected community and business leaders to co-chair UPAF’s 2018 Campaign next year. This trio consists of Jim Borris, president and CEO of Zilber Ltd., Susan Martin, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of WEC Energy Group and Dave Vetta, Milwaukee region advisory board chair at First Business Bank.


All three Co-Chairs have a long history of community service and supporting UPAF.


“UPAF is always fortunate to attract powerhouse co-chairs for our annual campaign and 2018 will be no different,” said Deanna Tillisch, president and CEO of UPAF.  “Our 15-week campaign is an opportunity to celebrate the performing arts, and make the case for their significant contribution to the quality of life we enjoy in the Milwaukee area. Jim, Susan and Dave will bring much energy to the campaign and will work diligently to spread our message on the importance of UPAF.”

The 2018 UPAF Campaign dates will be Monday, March 5 through June 13, 2018.  Last year’s 50th Anniversary UPAF Campaign raised a record-breaking $12,312,885 for 15 Member Groups.

About the Co-Chairs

Jim Borris is president and CEO of Zilber Ltd.  He also is a trustee and board member of the company. Prior to joining Zilber Ltd., Jim worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. in both their Milwaukee and Orange County, CA offices. Jim is a board member of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois, an advisory board member of the University of Wisconsin Graaskamp Center for Real Estate and a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.  Jim also serves on other for-profit and nonprofit boards and committees.

Susan Martin has been executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of WEC Energy Group (formerly Wisconsin Energy Corporation) since 2012. She is responsible for all legal matters affecting the company. She also is corporate secretary to the board of directors and manages all governance matters. Martin joined We Energies in March 2000 and prior to joining the company, she worked for the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, and a juris doctor degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin. Martin currently serves on the boards of the Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the United Community Center, and has served on special projects with the United Performing Arts Fund.

Dave Vetta Milwaukee region advisory board chair at First Business Bank and has over 30 years of experience in the investment and banking industry. Prior to joining First Business Bank, Vetta was Managing Director at Fifth Third Bank and Managing Director at JP Morgan Asset Management. Vetta holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a BS from Carroll University. He holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation as well. Dave is currently on the board of  United Way of Milwaukee and of Waukesha, as well as GPS Education Partners, and he is a former trustee of Carroll University .

About UPAF

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for over 50 years by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene.  UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. UPAF is proud to celebrate a half-century of making our community a better place to live, work and play.  In 2017 UPAF’s 50th Anniversary Campaign raised more than $12.3 million to support the area’s performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and the highest point ranking of any Milwaukee area non-profit.


As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates.  More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.


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