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People have always been at the heart of any Marcus business - be it those that they serve or those doing the serving. It's no surprise then, that when breaking into the restaurant industry, Ben Marcus saw what others didn't. Partnering with some of the great visionaries of his time like Bob Wian (founder of the Big Boy brand) and "Colonel" Harland Sanders, Marcus knew what the Midwest needed, and just how to treat them right.

Though the restaurants have changed, people remain the beating heart of the business, and today's team reflects that same raw talent that Ben uncovered so many years ago. Headquartered in the heartland that is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, our team of managerial and culinary visionaries are now spreading that Marcus Magic from coast to coast.


Executive Leadership

Peggy Williams-Smith

Senior Vice President of SafeHouse Restaurants

Peggy Williams-Smith is Senior Vice President of SafeHouse Restaurants. She oversees the development and renovation of the SafeHouse brand in Milwaukee, as well as additional SafeHouse locations to be named in thefuture.

Williams-Smith joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 1997 as a Catering Manager with the Hilton Milwaukee. During her career with the company, she served in a variety of positions, including Director of Catering for the Hilton Milwaukee and The Pfister Hotel, General Manager of Brynwood Country Club, Senior Corporate Director of Catering Sales andEvent Management, and most recently, Corporate Vice President of Food & Beverage, where she has been instrumental in developing and enhancing many successful concepts in the Marcus Restaurant Group portfolio.

Actively involved in charitable and business organizations, Williams-Smith is the past president of TEMPO Milwaukee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association and United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin. She also volunteers her time with Junior Achievement, United Way, Best Buddies and the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), including co-chairing the 2016 campaign. Williams-Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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