2019 HONOREES

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Hailed by Sports Illustrated as the ‘Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century’, Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s athletic credentials are unquestionably among the best ever - in all of sport. A six-time Olympic medalist, including three gold medals, Joyner-Kersee dominated the heptathlon and long jump events throughout her career which spanned four Olympic Games. Astonishingly, despite modern advancements in technology and training used by athletes around the world over the last two decades, Jackie Joyner-Kersee still holds the World Heptathlon Record she set over 20 years ago at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

 

In addition to her remarkable accomplishments on the field of competition, Joyner-Kersee has defined her post-athletic career as a philanthropist, a dynamic public speaker and a tireless advocate for children’s empowerment, health education, racial equality, social reform and women’s rights. In 1988, Joyner-Kersee established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation as the vehicle through which she provides youth, adults and families with vital resources focused on improving their quality of life.  

 

Greg Marcus

Gregory S. Marcus has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Marcus Corporation for over a decade. Known to all as Greg, he refers to himself as a piano player, lawyer, accountant and film school dropout. Over his tenure as a leading
Wisconsin CEO, Greg has been instrumental in guiding the philosophy and civic investment of the Marcus Corporation Foundation. Firmly family values-driven, Greg’s lengthy network of community partnerships includes United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs and the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and Urban Planning. His astute vision and business acumen has kept the Marcus Corporation both profitable and vested in the community. Mr. Marcus is also the Director of Columbia St. Mary’s, Inc. and serves on several prominent corporate boards. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University in 1986 and a J.D. Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1989.

 

ATTORNEY DAVID GRUBER

Attorney David Gruber founded Gruber Law Offices more than 30 years ago and has been practicing law for almost 35 years. For over 28 years, David has been on television as both the voice and the face of Gruber Law Offices. David’s “ONE CALL…THAT’S ALL” has been a call to action, a signal to the people of Wisconsin, and a guiding and educational force for decades. A native of Passaic, New Jersey, David attended high school and won accolades for his skills on the baseball diamond and on the basketball court, and where he excelled academically as well. David furthered his education at the University of Delaware, where he played basketball and was ultimately named the co-captain of the Fightin’ Blue Hens in the 1979-1980 season. Following graduation, David attended Marquette University Law School, graduating in 1983. At Marquette University Law School, David was fortunate enough to meet his wife, Nancy. David truly fell in love with City of Milwaukee and decided to make it his home.
In the recent past, David was deeply involved in a partnership with Aaron Rodgers, with the intent to educate the public about important issues. As a part of their partnership, David and Aaron launched the “itsAaron.com” project to raise awareness for individuals and organizations that are positively influencing our world. The itsAaron.com project exemplified David and Aaron’s shared passion to help make the community a better place.