What’s on the Mind of a Kroger Meeting Planner?

Twelve years ago, Angela Buller, CMP, made a spur-of-the-moment decision. On a whim, she applied for (and landed) a meetings internship position with the Cincinnati-based Kroger Company, a 133-year-old Fortune 100 publicly traded corporation with thousands of stores, a couple dozen brands in 35 states and hundreds of thousands of employees. Today as a senior meeting planner on a team of 10, Buller plans and executes more than 300 meetings per year for more than 100 internal clients. Read more



Looking for a unique outing for your group? Or perhaps your company’s executive team is

looking to impress a potential client? Game hunting may not be for everyone but for hunting

enthusiasts, it can be an exciting activity that satisfies a competitive spirit and provides a

unique, shared experience.

In Wisconsin where so many traditions embrace the land, it’s no surprise that the sport of

upland game bird hunting has evolved over decades to include places defined as hunt clubs.

Read more

Wisconsin Airports Guide

An Inside Look at Wisconsin’s Six Largest Commercial Airports

There are 544 facilities that qualify as airports in the state of Wisconsin. Among the hundreds that are accessible to the public on one level or another, several stand out as exceptional options for planners looking to offer client groups from Wisconsin, western Minnesota, northern Illinois and Michigan close-in access to major airline service, competitive fares and easy arrival and departure procedures.
Read more here…
Originally published in Wisconsin Meetings Magazine

PGA at Whistling Straits

This is MAJOR! Planning the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

In a few short weeks all eyes in the world of golf will turn to the beautifully sculpted, windswept shores of Lake Michigan at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The challenging links-style Pete Dye masterpiece, considered one of the top golf courses in the U.S. and top-rated worldwide, will host the 2015 PGA Championship, August 10 to 16.
As golf championships go, it’s a big one. Attendance this year is expected to be in the 200,000 range with fans arriving from around the world for the week-long tournament, culminating on Sunday, August 16 with the crowning of the 2015 PGA Champion and the awarding of the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.
From the event planners’ perspective, planning has been ongoing for almost two years. Kohler and PGA teams orchestrating the details are not new to the task, though. The Straits course hosted PGA Championships in 2004 and 2010.
Read more here…
Originally published in Wisconsin Meetings Magazine

Century Event Barn

The Lure of the Land: Rustic Venues Are Fitting for an Authentic Wisconsin Experience

A red dairy barn tucked into a bucolic valley on a winding country road is the very essence of Wisconsin. The rough-hewn, towering structures, built by European immigrants in the mid-to-late 1800’s and early Twentieth Century, sheltered crops and then small herds of ubiquitous black-and-white dairy cows.
Over the years, outdated barns were abandoned, and now scores have been granted new life, grandly transformed into high-demand, book-it-well-in-advance event spaces.
Diverse groups are drawn to creatively repurposed barns because of the rugged stone foundations, weathered boards and rough-sawn timbers in elegantly simple soaring spaces. Weekend barn weddings have been popular for a few years. Now, savvy barn owners also offer weekday spaces for meetings, seminars, company summer picnics, client receptions, reunions, retreats, anniversary celebrations, sports events, and more. The land lures once again.
Read more here…
Originally published in Wisconsin Meetings Magazine

Grand Geneva Rock Wall

Mind + Body + Meetings: Add Wellness to Meetings for An Improved Work-Life Balance

Call it the mind-body connection or a holistic approach to healthcare, employee wellness has become an entrenched concept in many corporate environments, with positive results.

Promoting healthy workplace habits has shown measureable benefits in lower absenteeism, higher productivity, improvement in overall work quality and lower health care costs for employers.

Read more

Holy Wisdom Monastery

Spirit Lifting: Faith-Based Retreat Centers Offer Tranquil Settings for All Kinds of Groups

The success of an offsite meeting or event depends in part on the site selected to host it. Wisconsin affords meeting planners a rich range of options, from city centric hotels and conference centers to lush resorts on impeccable golf courses and north woods lodges tucked along sparkling lakes.

Read more


It Can Take a Village (or City) to Land an International Event

From the day the first of 1,150 attendees arrived in Madison, Wisconsin for the 19th annual Congress for the New Urbanism, the love fest was on. How Madison won the nod to host this impressive organization is a story of tenacity and a lot of collaborative effort. […]

Read More: Wisconsin Meetings – Fall 2012


Out of the Box Venues: Meet in Great Spaces

The furthest thing from Curtis Queck’s mind the day he went pheasant hunting in a scenic Spring Green, Wisconsin valley was finding a creative new place to hold company meetings. For Curt, it was just another great day in the woods. By day’s end, he was looking over the hunting lodge that hosted him from a very different perspective. […]

Read More: Wisconsin Meetings – Spring/Summer 2013


Game On: Spaces for Sports-Themed Outings

Wisconsin sports fans are well known for their loyalty and game day exuberance, but even non-followers can find plenty of reasons to enjoy our revered teams and the impressive facilities they call home. Taking advantage of these unique venues for group gatherings is an excellent way to encourage learning, celebrating, and simply enjoying Wisconsin- style fun any time of the year. Lambeau Field, Road America, Miller Park, the Brewers Class A team Timber Rattlers baseball stadium in Appleton or the newest party perch at Madison’s Camp Randall Stadium—all have a lot to offer for corporate outings or family fun.  […]

Read More: Wisconsin Meetings – Spring 2014