Meet your team committed to your excellence

Laurie Varpness,
Area Director of Sales
Committed, Driven, Creative, Passionate about the experience of our guests. Whether you are staying at one of our hotel properties or planning a meeting, conference or convention, I am committed to bringing you a memorable 1st class experience. As a mother of 3 young boys, getting out of my house every morning is basically like living in the movie “Jumanji”. Ask me about how my adventures of Mary Poppins turn into Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In my rare but spare time I enjoy golfing, lifetime learning opportunities and an occasional book club.
Molly Erickson,
Wedding Planner
Molly has always been a small town girl with a passion for event planning. After receiving her degree at South Dakota State University, she knew she wanted to return home to her roots. Her favorite core value is Service and Guest Satisfaction. She is always thinking, “ What else can I do to exceed the guests expectation.” As one of the Willmar Conference Center brides herself, she understands the importance of all the details surrounding your wedding.
Kendra Wente,
Banquet Manager
Our Banquet Manager, Kendra Wente, has been bleeding green and gold since a young child. She is trying to embrace the purple state. #cheesehead Her favorite core value is pacesetters win. She is always willing to do whatever it takes to make the guest happy. Kendra is the first to greet you with a smile and answer all your questions in the Willmar Conference Center.
Monty Marquardt,
Executive Chef
Our Executive Chef, Monty Marquardt, is specialized in all of your food needs with over thirty-five years’ experience in the industry. His true passion is for his creativity for food design and menu development. Stop by the testimonial location on the website to check out what clients have to say! Monty’s core value is service and guest satisfaction as he truly enjoys exceeding every guest’s satisfaction.