Operations


Operations is truly the “Heart” of Heart of America Group. Our Brand Leaders oversee a dynamic team of restaurant and hotel professionals with a passion for hospitality. The operations team at Heart of America Group includes business minded executives and innovative chefs, constantly pushing our concepts, and our people, to their fullest potential.

Dave Bush

Dave Bush - Brand Leader, Machine Shed Restaurant

Mr. Bush joined Heart of America Group in 1983 at the Machine Shed in Davenport and has since worked at many Heart of America Group properties, across multiple states. In 2011 he took over the role as Director of Facilities for the restaurants, developing our in-house maintenance staff. In 2014, he was promoted to Brand Leader for Machine Shed Restaurants.

Scott Math

Scott Math - Brand Leader, IHG Properties

Mr. Math began his career with Heart of America Group in 1986, he worked in our restaurant concepts during high school and college. Mr. Math has since held numerous roles and operated several of Heart of America Group’s hotels over the years, winning the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) GM of the Year Award in 2012. In addition, Mr. Math previously served as our market Area Sales Leader in Des Moines. In his current role, he is the Brand Leader of Heart of America Group’s IHG properties. Scott currently serves on the board of directors for Greater Iowa YFC and is on the ICI Advisory Board. Mr. Math is an active volunteer for many youth group organizations in the Des Moines area.

Jason Nash

Jason Nash - Brand Leader, Boutique Hotels

Mr. Nash joined the company in 2008 as Assistant Director of Hotel Operations and Chief Operating Executive of the Comfort Suites at Living History Farms. In his current role, he is the Chief Operating Executive of Heart of America Group’s original concept, Hotel Renovo as well as Brand Leader of all boutique hotels.

Joe Spalding

Joe Spalding - Brand Leader, The J Bar, The Republic on Grand and Marriott & Hilton Properties

Mr.Spalding joined Heart of America in 2005, as a Director for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Des Moines. Mr.Spalding became Chief Operating Executive of Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in 2007. In late 2011, Mr.Spalding became the Chief Operating Executive of the DoubleTree by Hilton in Des Moines, overseeing a multi-million-dollar renovation. In 2013, Mr.Spalding was elected to the “Hilton Circle of Leadership” program in addition to becoming the Brand Leader for Heart of America’s Hilton and Marriott properties. In 2014, he became the Brand Leader for The J Bar and most recently The Republic on Grand, helping to conceptualize one of Heart of America Group’s newest bar and restaurant concepts.

Dereck Trebilcock

Dereck Trebilcock - Brand Leader, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Mr. Trebilcock joined Heart of America Group in August 2004 as a Chief Operating Executive for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Trebilcock has overseen the opening of several restaurant concepts within Heart of America Group. In his current role as Brand Leader, his principal focus is on the strategic operational development of the Johnny’s brand including menu development, cost controls, brand standards, staff development and franchise training and support. Mr. Trebilcock is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.

Terry Waite

Terry Waite - Brand Leader, Thunder Bay Grille, Grammas Kitchen & Checkered Flag

Mr. Waite joined Heart of America Group in 1997 as a chef at Machine Shed in Pewaukee, WI and continued to work his way up to Executive Chef at both the Pewaukee and Appleton Machine Shed locations. In 2013, Mr. Waite transitioned into his current role as Brand Leader of Thunder Bay Grille, Gramma’s Kitchen and Checkered Flag. Mr. Waite is a 22-year Army Veteran and served three tours of duty.

Operations


Operations is truly the “Heart” of Heart of America Group. Our Brand Leaders oversee a dynamic team of restaurant and hotel professionals with a passion for hospitality. The operations team at Heart of America Group includes business minded executives and innovative chefs, constantly pushing our concepts, and our people, to their fullest potential.

Dave Bush

Dave Bush - Brand Leader, Machine Shed Restaurant

Mr. Bush joined Heart of America Group in 1983 at the Machine Shed in Davenport and has since worked at many Heart of America Group properties, across multiple states. In 2011 he took over the role as Director of Facilities for the restaurants, developing our in-house maintenance staff. In 2014, he was promoted to Brand Leader for Machine Shed Restaurants.

Scott Math

Scott Math - Brand Leader, IHG Properties

Mr. Math began his career with Heart of America Group in 1986, he worked in our restaurant concepts during high school and college. Mr. Math has since held numerous roles and operated several of Heart of America Group’s hotels over the years, winning the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) GM of the Year Award in 2012. In addition, Mr. Math previously served as our market Area Sales Leader in Des Moines. In his current role, he is the Brand Leader of Heart of America Group’s IHG properties. Scott currently serves on the board of directors for Greater Iowa YFC and is on the ICI Advisory Board. Mr. Math is an active volunteer for many youth group organizations in the Des Moines area.

Jason Nash

Jason Nash - Brand Leader, Boutique Hotels

Mr. Nash joined the company in 2008 as Assistant Director of Hotel Operations and Chief Operating Executive of the Comfort Suites at Living History Farms. In his current role, he is the Chief Operating Executive of Heart of America Group’s original concept, Hotel Renovo as well as Brand Leader of all boutique hotels.

Joe Spalding

Joe Spalding - Brand Leader, The J Bar, The Republic on Grand and Marriott & Hilton Properties

Mr.Spalding joined Heart of America in 2005, as a Director for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Des Moines. Mr.Spalding became Chief Operating Executive of Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in 2007. In late 2011, Mr.Spalding became the Chief Operating Executive of the DoubleTree by Hilton in Des Moines, overseeing a multi-million-dollar renovation. In 2013, Mr.Spalding was elected to the “Hilton Circle of Leadership” program in addition to becoming the Brand Leader for Heart of America’s Hilton and Marriott properties. In 2014, he became the Brand Leader for The J Bar and most recently The Republic on Grand, helping to conceptualize one of Heart of America Group’s newest bar and restaurant concepts.

Dereck Trebilcock

Dereck Trebilcock - Brand Leader, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Mr. Trebilcock joined Heart of America Group in August 2004 as a Chief Operating Executive for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Trebilcock has overseen the opening of several restaurant concepts within Heart of America Group. In his current role as Brand Leader, his principal focus is on the strategic operational development of the Johnny’s brand including menu development, cost controls, brand standards, staff development and franchise training and support. Mr. Trebilcock is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.

Terry Waite

Terry Waite - Brand Leader, Thunder Bay Grille, Grammas Kitchen & Checkered Flag

Mr. Waite joined Heart of America Group in 1997 as a chef at Machine Shed in Pewaukee, WI and continued to work his way up to Executive Chef at both the Pewaukee and Appleton Machine Shed locations. In 2013, Mr. Waite transitioned into his current role as Brand Leader of Thunder Bay Grille, Gramma’s Kitchen and Checkered Flag. Mr. Waite is a 22-year Army Veteran and served three tours of duty.

Locations

Operations Support Center - Moline
1501 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265
P: 309.797.9300
F: 309.797.8700

Operations Support Center - Des Moines
515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309