AC Hotel Des Moines - Heart Of America Group

Des Moines

Katie Kellog

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 6/6/2016
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I don’t have any kids but treat have a new pup, Freddie! I’m a huge baseball fan (Go Cubbies!). I hope to visit all of the MLB stadiums one day. I also enjoy relaxing with a good book and exploring new restaurants and bars.  

Nick Agness

Assistant Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 12/13/2016
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am spending time with family and friends. I am the proud father of twins. Please no boos…but I am huge New York Yankees fan and attempt to get to the nearest city to see my beloved Yankees. I spend the summers playing slow pitch softball, golfing and attending concerts.

Peter Kiger

BOH Executive

Start Date: 12/12/2007

Alex Conlon

FOH Executive

Start Date: 3/1/2017
Personal Highlights

I joined the service industry in 2011 when I moved back to Des Moines working at Cabaret West Glen. I mostly enjoyed being able to work at a place that gave me the opportunity to meet so many people and help create an atmosphere that people always wanted to be around. I enjoyed it so much that I worked there for the past 6 years. When I am not at work I am spending time with family and friends. I love to eat out and experience new restaurants around the town.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling as much as possible and watching or attending as many sporting events as I can my favorite being baseball.

Roan Estrella

FOH Executive

Start Date: 6/18/2018
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I spend time with my family and friends. I love to cook and watch Movies, but also going to the gym. I spend the summers mostly outside under the sun, water activities at the lake and traveling as much as I can.

Tyler Beard

Sales Executive

Start Date: 7/30/2018
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I am a sports fanatic! My teams are the Denver Nuggets, Kansas City Chiefs, Mizzou Tigers, and Kansas City Royals. My wife and I also love to travel, and since getting married in 2015, we have been to St. Martin, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, Cancun, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Greece, and are headed to the Cayman Islands in October!

Tom Weber

Sales Executive

Start Date: ??/??/????
Personal Highlights

I like to spend my free time with friends and family – traveling and experiencing places both near and far. I’m an avid lover of dogs, and plan to adopt or foster as many as humanly possible. I also enjoy any opportunity to express my creativity!

Mady Bryja

FOH Executive

Start Date: 9/10/2018
Personal Highlights

When I am not working, I love to spend time with family and friends. Whenever I am home, I spend my time with my two pets, a one-year-old Mini Australian Shepherd named, Bailey and a one-year-old cat named, Emmy, who are inseparable, I show pictures as often as I can. I love to ride bikes, especially for family fun rides. My favorite thing to do on a day off is to find new wineries or breweries, go to concerts, and take fun trips when I can. 

Howard Gaster

Maintenance Executive

Start Date: 10/17/2016
Personal Highlights

I grew up in north central Iowa. Graduating from Clarion. After graduation I enrolled in DMACC in the Condition Air program. My wife and I have been in the property management business for the past 12 years. I come to Heart of America after working as a Director of Environmental Services, a 4-star retirement community. We enjoy sending time with our grandchildren and spending time at our cabin on the lake.

About Heart Of America

Starting with one, 100-seat restaurant in 1978, Heart of America Group has grown to include a portfolio of award-winning owned and operated restaurants, hotels and commercial developments. Noteworthy brands developed and operated by Heart of America Group include the Machine Shed Restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, The Republic on Grand, Hotel Renovo, Wildwood Lodge, Thunder Bay Grille, and The J Bar. We pride ourselves in building long-lasting properties that bring value to the consumer and to the communities in which we build.


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