Grand Wayne Convention Center — a premier Midwest meeting and convention facility located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana — received two Awards of Excellence at the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) 13th Annual STAR Awards presented on December 11, 2014, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana. ISAE recognized Grand Wayne Convention Center with the Individual Supplier of the Year award and the Supplier STAR Service award, two of ISAE’s top acknowledgements at the annual ceremony.

“This is a tremendous honor for us,” commented Marcy McKinley, director of sales and marketing for Grand Wayne Convention Center. “To be recognized as an award-winning facility with award-winning service is both rewarding and humbling. It’s a good feeling to be recognized for our staff’s efforts at every level.”

ISAE’s STAR Awards is the state’s only awards event celebrating the association industry and the individuals and organizations that make the industry a success in Indiana. In addition to recognizing the notable achievements of member associations and suppliers, the event serves as a charity benefit. Proceeds from the 2014 awards program benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, a 100-plus years child advocacy program.


The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) serves more than 350 association professionals, including supplier members. As the state’s leading educational and networking organization specifically for the needs of association professionals, ISAE exists to support and strengthen the success of its individual members and the associations they serve. More information is available at


Grand Wayne Convention Center is located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, and boasts 225,000 square feet of meting, trade show and convention space, including a 50,000 square-foot, divisible exhibition hall, 18 meeting rooms, state of the art AV, on-site event management and sales, a 12,000 square foot kitchen with on-site chef and staff to serve up to 3,100 banquet guests. The center received the Hoosier Hospitality Award in 2011 and is recognized as one of the premier event facilities in the Midwest. Grand Wayne Convention Center celebrates its 30th year of event management in January 2015.

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Fun Facts
  • Our $40 million expansion project means we're even better equipped to host your events!

  • Wow your guests with the high-definition, theater-quality sound system, available throughout the entire venue.

  • Create a great first impression when your guests are greeted with our $1.8 million-landscaped convention center.

  • With 225,000 square feet of space, it's easy to see what makes us Grand.

  • The original convention center building was completed in 1985 and expanded in 2006 with a total overall construction cost of $26.7 million.

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