Generations after its founding, Wirtz Corporation thrives as a private holding company with diversified business interests in real estate, banking, sports, entertainment and wholesale distribution.
Arthur Wirtz founded the Corporation in 1926 as a real estate company, owning and managing more than 80 residential properties across the Chicago area. Today, Wirtz Realty has grown to include an impressive portfolio of luxury residential and commercial buildings, an expert leasing and management staff and an investment and development services division.
That same success has carried through to varied business interests in the Wirtz Corporation portfolio. Breakthru Beverage Group, begun in 1945 as Wirtz Beverage, has grown into an industry leading wholesale beverage-alcohol distributor with operations across the U.S. and Canada.
Wirtz bank holdings, including Illinois-based First Security Trust & Savings Bank and First National Bank of South Miami, remain long-held assets for the company.
The family’s most public businesses are the Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team and co-ownership of the United Center, for which the team and the Chicago Bulls call home. The United Center plays host to hundreds of events and welcomes more than 3 million visitors annually. In 2010 and then again in 2013 and 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks achieved ultimate success by winning the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup championship.
Built on tradition, many family members are actively involved in the businesses. The company is led by Chairman William Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz whose value-driven business strategy and determined drive for success have positioned Wirtz Corporation for continued growth and success.
The Breakaway reveals the untold story of the Wirtz Family, offering an insider's view of a family empire held tightly throughout one generation while suffering a loss of control through the next, documenting in gripping detail how that empire came together—fell apart—and came together again.