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#1 PDB - Mentorship Morning with Omar Shaikh
The Avenue
275 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States

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Monday, January 27, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT
Category: Professional Development

Omar Shaikh
Partner, SURG, The Avenue + More

Omar Shaikh has been making his mark in the dining and entertainment industries for nearly 20 years.  Known for his swanky, elegant restaurants and night-clubs, Omar’s establishments are home to Milwaukee’s VIPs and lovers of the good life.

Omar has been tapped to run 3rd Street Market Hall, the 35,000 square foot culinary collective occupying the ground floor of the newly revamped Grand Avenue Mall (now called The Avenue).  Join us as Omar explores the new space with us and talks about his career as a trend-setting entrepreneur.


OmarA graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, Omar Shaikh provides Milwaukee residents and visitors with exceptional dining and entertainment experiences as a partner of SURG Restaurant Group, 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.

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.

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.


  • How Omar got on the path to people-centered service and what drives him to keep helping others
  • The highs and lows of his leadership journey
  • His advice for 20- and 30-something professionals striving to make their mark 
  • What he thinks it takes to build inclusive communities full of respect and inclusive for all

Register Here

This event is free, but registration is required.  Your morning coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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