Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center Takes Top Honor in 2019 Stella Awards

/Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center Takes Top Honor in 2019 Stella Awards

Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center Takes Top Honor in 2019 Stella Awards

|2019-12-04T18:33:42-05:00December 3rd, 2019|

Meetings Professionals Name the “Best Conference Center Category in the Midwest Region”

Racine, Wisconsin, December 2019Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center has taken top honors in Northstar Meetings Group’s prestigious 2019 Stella Awards. Meetings and events professionals and a panel of judges named this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed facility the Best Conference Center in the Midwest Region. The Stella Awards honor excellence in the meetings industry and distinguish meeting venues from around the globe that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals.

With nearly 10,000 votes cast in the United States and globally, honors are awarded in 18 categories celebrating overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.

While in existence as a private facility and home to The Johnson Foundation for decades, Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center opened its doors for public use in 2018. Chris Steffich, general manager for Wingspread said, “Winning this esteemed award is truly a testament to our team’s commitment in fulfilling our mission of creating intimate, inspiring conference experiences that foster collaboration and innovative problem-solving.”

Finalists in each Stella category are determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while winners are selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group’s leading publications, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

Chris Steffich noted that Wingspread’s onsite accommodations for up to 40 guests, private culinary services and well-designed indoor and outdoor meeting spaces eliminate the distractions often present in traditional conference environments. “When groups meet here, they can have the entire property and our world-class staff to themselves. Once you enter through our gates, Wingspread is yours. We’re 100% committed to the success of your event” he said.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wingspread is registered as a National Historic Landmark and is located just outside of Milwaukee along the shores of Lake Michigan. The property is also home to The Johnson Foundation.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners for being recognized by such a broad community of planners, and then by our judges. They set a standard all suppliers in our industry seek to achieve,” said Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director for Northstar Meetings Group. “A Stella Award is the finest symbol of excellence for suppliers in the meetings industry.”

Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center is a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property.

About Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center

Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center is located 30 miles from Milwaukee and 90 miles from Chicago in Racine, Wisconsin. Existing for decades as a private conference center and home to The Johnson Foundation, Wingspread opened its doors to public meeting use in 2018. This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property boasts over 15,000 sq. ft. of event space with floor to ceiling windows, a recently renovated 40 room guest house, environmentally friendly amenities, and an award-winning culinary team dedicated to meeting.

Contact: Chris Steffich, General Manager

[email protected]/304.625.1700

About The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for change by bringing together leading thinkers and inspiring new solutions on important issues affecting future quality of life. For additional information or to learn more about The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, please visit

About Northstar Meetings Group

Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business meetings, events, sports and incentives market, including full-time and part-time meeting planners, as well as corporate, association, sports and not-for-profit decision-makers, and incentive professionals, facilitating their professional development and achievement of business goals. Its influential brands – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive and SportsTravel – currently serve over 350,000 active meeting and event planners and incentive professionals, across an integrated suite of data, digital, events and print products. For more information, please visit

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