Legal Support


Heart of America Group is dedicated to assisting our operations team with high-level legal expertise and assistance. This support team works across multiple levels of the company – assisting with contracts, employment matters and other legal issues.

Kirk Whalen

Kirk Whalen - Vice President & General Counsel

Since 1994, Mr. Whalen has served as VP & General Counsel and is responsible for all legal matters of the Company, including contracts, development agreements, legal issues, and employment matters. He is also intricately involved in all real estate and development activities, including site acquisition, site plans, project development, municipal activities, and other real estate matters. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Whalen was a partner in the lawfirm of Langford, Hill, Trybus & Whalen from 1985 to 1994. Mr. Whalen received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1981 and his Law degree from the University of Florida in 1985. Mr. Whalen is a member of the American Bar Association.

Legal Support


Heart of America Group is dedicated to assisting our operations team with high-level legal expertise and assistance. This support team works across multiple levels of the company – assisting with contracts, employment matters and other legal issues.

Kirk Whalen

Kirk Whalen - Vice President & General Counsel

Since 1994, Mr. Whalen has served as VP & General Counsel and is responsible for all legal matters of the Company, including contracts, development agreements, legal issues, and employment matters. He is also intricately involved in all real estate and development activities, including site acquisition, site plans, project development, municipal activities, and other real estate matters. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Whalen was a partner in the lawfirm of Langford, Hill, Trybus & Whalen from 1985 to 1994. Mr. Whalen received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1981 and his Law degree from the University of Florida in 1985. Mr. Whalen is a member of the American Bar Association.

Heart of America Group is a consortium of independent companies whose successes are in fields of development, restaurant hospitality, lodging hospitality, franchising, design, architecture, construction, operational management and support, marketing, retail & office centers, residential development, civic involvement and philanthropy. The companies often work together, and draw upon the members’ unique array of expertise, to vision and create cutting-edge world-class projects. The skill and speed with which Heart of America Group’s members can combine and focus their resources is unmatched by any other organization.