NEWaukeean: Alicia Valdes-Lukasik
Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I’m employed with Beer Capitol Distributing where I help ensure the efficient performance of multiple departments in the organization. My role adds value to the overall business, because I am the connecting link between various departments. I provide motivation to our work force through routine training sessions, and I help set and maintain the goals of our company. Beer has always been a part of Milwaukee, which is why it is so rewarding to work for a company that is involved in countless events and sponsorships throughout the city.
How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
I was born and raised in Brew City. I’ve lived in several different neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee in my life, which has shown me the uniqueness of our city.
What do you love most about MKE?
Nothing brings people together like good music, good food, and a cold beer! With countless award-winning restaurants and pubs, a number of music and art events, and a diverse mix of neighborhoods, there is something for anyone and everyone. Milwaukee brings people of all backgrounds together in one place to appreciate our differences, and celebrate some of the best Milwaukee traditions.
What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
Construction. Despite the poor reputation construction has, the overall effects are beneficial to the community at large. I try to see the economic benefit, efficiencies, and growth it will bring to our city in the future.
What is your biggest hope for this city?
Milwaukee has been known as one of the most segregated cities in the country. However, there have been numerous efforts to try and change that over the last few years. Things like the people’s flag of Milwaukee, or local brands such as MKEHome help people gain a sense of pride for our city. I hope in the years to come, this pride strengthens, and our community can unite as a whole.
What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
I currently reside in the city of Oak Creek. This southern suburb is a true reflection of the city’s motto, “Where City Meets the Country”. I love being able to jump on the Oak Leaf Trail and take in the picturesque rolling hills, only to go a few miles down the road to the new retail establishments. You truly get to experience the best of both worlds.