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What is your story? How did you end up in Milwaukee?Ian Abston

I came from the tiny town made up of less than 2,000 people called Cambridge, WI. I left small town life to attend UW-Milwaukee and landed a full-time position after graduation at a company I interned with. I am now the Human Resources Director at Milwaukee Brewing Company. I'm lucky to be a part of such a growing company that appreciates one of Milwaukee's best pastimes - drinking great beer!

What keeps you in Milwaukee/What do you like best about Milwaukee?

The career opportunities brought me Milwaukee, but it's definitely the people that keep me around. The relaxed and welcoming environment that this city has is unique. I feel like Milwaukee is a big puzzle and you quickly find a place where you fit right in.

Favorite spot in the city?

Brady street, definitely. It's a street I can bring anyone - my friends, a colleague, my parents, and I always have a great time.

Milwaukee festival you are eager to attend each year?

Summer Solstice on North Avenue. It reminds me of when I first moved to Milwaukee and it's a great kick-off to the summer!

What drew you to Echelon?

I've spent a lot of my time in Milwaukee on furthering in my career. Echelon gives me the opportunity to really give back to the community I call my own. I love being involved with The Salvation Army to ensure members of our community are given every opportunity to succeed. Being a part of a group of such determined individuals makes me confident that we will reach our goals and make a huge impact on our community.

What struggles do you see our city dealing with? What can our generation do to help?

A huge issue that our city struggles with is access to essential resources such as a good education and a safe home. Many citizens in Milwaukee aren't given the chance they need to succeed. I love working with The Salvation Army because they help those who need it most, and give them the opportunities and resources they need to succeed and prosper in the community.