Doesn't Just
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Our Approach

Group Ventures is a boutique, Minneapolis-based company dedicated to working tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure all program elements have been considered. We evaluate, select, negotiate, plan, promote, create, source, measure and track. We serve as an extension of our clients to drive results.

"Ann Wellmuth, Group Ventures Inc, has been our Group Planner since 2001. She does an exceptional job finding the perfect site for our groups, making all events "one to remember" for our attendees. Ann works actively with the team and is a true partner. She has access to a team of travel and event professionals that will monitor all of the details behind the scenes to make sure your event is seamless in its delivery. She is on site at your event and cavn enable changes as you go. No middleman and no extra "gotcha charges". You can spend your time interacting with your attendees."

— Senior VP of Financial Institutions

Consult. Customize. Create

At Group Ventures we follow a 3-step process, specifically to fit your individual needs.

Our coordinators start by consulting with you individually to determine the specific requirements of your team. Each consultant is extremely hands-on and focused on your customer experience with the ability to react and respond to all of your needs quickly.
Just as all companies aren’t built from the same mold, not every meeting, or event has a cookie-cutter formula. We tailor each project to fit your budget, meet your success metrics and the goals of your team. We scale our services to fit your needs. We can do everything down to the planning and execution of the most minor details or simply provide select services as an extension of your team.
Ventures is dedicated to the end result: Creating a completely unique experiences foryour business.

Since 1997, the Group Ventures team has designed and executed exceptional meetings, conferences and incentive travel programs for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Our mission is to exceed the expectations of our clients in every program that we plan. Our commitment to delivering creative solutions, value, and customer service has earned our clients’ trust.

Our Leadership

Ann Welmuth
Founder and President

Ann is a seasoned industry expert with over 30 years of experience in all areas of the hospitality industry. From managing restaurants (including a startup venture), to working on site at multiple resorts and catering off-property events, Ann spent her early years learning many facets of the business. In an effort to truly find a career that she absolutely loved, Ann continued to search for that perfect fit and found it in the Meeting and Incentive Industry in 1992. After a few years of learning the trade, Ann founded Group Ventures in 1997.

At Group Ventures, Ann and her team are intimately involved in every detail of each client’s program. Her vast network of associates in the industry has enabled Ann to build an innovative and exceptional group of partners that have won her agency rave reviews from many clients. Ann is a graduate of University of Wisconsin, Stout with a B.S. degree and dual major in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and Business. When not planning exceptional meetings and incentive programs, Ann loves to travel and enjoys exploring new restaurants and interesting cuisines.

Jill Ische
Vice President, Deirector of Meetings and Incentives

Jill has 19 years of industry experience and has been a key member of the Group Ventures team since 2008. Jill gained writing and project management experience in the non-profit sector before becoming a corporate planner for a large financial services firm.

Jill has managed all aspects of the program planning process for a wide variety of conferences and incentive trips, both domestic and international, with expertise in budgeting and communications. Ever inspired by a new project or challenge, Jill helps clients navigate the planning process by anticipating the needs of the broader team and developing a detailed road map to ensure the success of the program. In a field that demands creative problem solving and analytical thinking at every turn, Jill likes to think that her liberal arts degree from Carleton College was ideal preparation for challenging the status quo and thinking outside the box. In her free time, Jill can be found in the kitchen cooking for her family and friends or digging in her garden.

Anita Axt
Vice President, Director of Operactions

Anita began her career in the International Air Travel Department at the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, Anita has held leadership positions in all areas of the business including program management, purchasing, registration, training and on-site operations. For the past 16 years Anita directed all areas of operations for Group Ventures. She has a talent for disseminating program information and coordinating each aspect of a program so that all Group Ventures’ partners work together as a well-oiled machine! She has an extensive background in program management and coordination and can jump into any role and exceed expectations. She enjoys the experience of working with a variety of companies and her confident, easy personality connects well with the agency’s business partners ensuring a good fit and positive outcome for all events in which she is involved.

Anita graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in Communications and Spanish. Anita is an avid runner, which makes “running around” on programs a joy to her. When not working, she enjoys reading and simply spending quality time with her family.