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Owensboro Convention Center Wins Stella Award

Northstar Meetings Group and its leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, have announced the 2023 recipients of the 7th Annual Stella Awards.  A total of 242 organizations from around the globe are being recognized for consistently delivering quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals.  OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center, is honored to announce the venue has been awarded the Silver Medal for Best Convention Center – Midwest.

The Stella Awards are the meetings industry’s highest honor, recognizing hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMOs/CVBs and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals.

This year, nearly 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for the 770 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 16 categories across six regions in the United States and worldwide. Winners were selected for achieving overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, sustainability initiatives, and other critical aspects of the meetings and events experience.

“The meetings industry in the U.S. and around the world has come back in a big way, due in large part to the commitment to excellence demonstrated by the 2023 Stella Award winners and finalists,” said Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director for Northstar Meetings Group. “Congratulations to all of our nominees who are delivering the kind of return on experience meetings industry stakeholders require.”
“As the General Manager of the Owensboro Convention Center, I am deeply honored to accept this prestigious Stella Award on behalf of our dedicated team,” stated Jeff Esposito.  “It’s a testament to the outstanding teamwork and tireless efforts of our staff. We are proud to stand out in the industry and will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.”

“The staff at the Owensboro Convention Center has strived from day one to exceed the expectations of every client,” said Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro.  “Being recognized by convention and meeting planners that utilize our tremendous facility is a testament to the commitment to excellence by the staff and the team approach that Owensboro provides to all of the groups that host events in Owensboro.  Receiving the prestigious Stella Award reaffirms our efforts to stand out in the industry.”

To learn about all of the winners of the 2023 Stella Awards, visit