Embassy Suites Olathe - Heart Of America Group
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Olathe

Kris Milligan

Kris Milligan

Vice President Of Operations
Start Date: 7/16/2022
Personal Highlights

I enjoy time at the lake with my beautiful wife and two amazing children. I am passionate about cooking and trying new foods.

Sally Milligan

Sally Milligan

Olathe Market Executive
Start Date: 7/16/2022
Personal Highlights

At heart I’m an Iowa farm girl. I believe in faith, family and working my @ss off from dusk until dawn. My Dad always taught me that you get out of life what you put into it. I live life to the fullest and don’t take anything for granted. Very grateful for a supportive husband of 20 years and blessed with two incredible kids. I love watching them play sports and excel in school.

Arlon Sloop

Arlon Sloop

Assistant Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 4/11/2022
Personal Highlights

I enjoy going on adventures in the woods and on the lake with my wife and 4 kids. If I’m not with my kids, you will find me playing a competitive game of Beach volleyball or Pickel Ball. After a long day of work, you will find me in my kitchen baking bread for my friends and family.

Diane Reiff

Diane Reiff

Sales Executive
Start Date: 9/28/202
Personal Highlights

I love to spend time with family and friends plus enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, watching movies and visiting breweries. I’m currently training my cat to walk on a leash to give her more areas to explore in the ‘outside’.

Victoria Griffin

Victoria Griffin

Catering Sales Executive
Start Date: 8/4/2022
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at work, I like to spend my time with my dogs, and my family. I also enjoy watching mystery movies and tv shows. Recently, I have been learning new crochet techniques because it’s fascinating the number of things you can make from yarn and a needle.

Willy Iglesias

Willy Iglesias

Front-Of-House Executive
Burger Shed
Start Date: 6/13/2013
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am spending time with my four beautiful daughters. I love the feeling of a successful crazy busy night at my job, but also enjoy the tranquility of drinking coffee in the morning before everyone wakes up in my house. I love attending music concerts every opportunity and eat new food dishes from different cultures.

Jose “Mario” Gonzalez

Jose “Mario” Gonzalez

FOH / Event Executive
Burger Shed
Start Date: 2/1/2022
Personal Highlights

When I’m not working I love spending time with my lovely wife and friends. I love cooking and play soccer with my 3 beautiful daughters. They love sports. One is a gymnast, the other one a cheerleader, and a volleyball player. I love supporting my daughters in their activities.
I also have 2 dogs that I love taking on walks. One of my favorite hobbies is traveling.

Eric Carter

Eric Carter

Executive Chef
Burger Shed
Start Date: 6/2/2016
Personal Highlights

I graduated from Southeast Community College- Lincoln with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. 
Personal Highlights: In my free time I enjoy being a father and husband to my wife Meggan and my two daughters Monroe and Emerson.  We enjoy attending Sporting Kansas City soccer games and enjoying the outdoors as a family.  I look forward to the exciting opportunities with Heart of America Group and specifically J Bar.

CaReen Fincham

CaReen Fincham

Front-Of-House Executive
Burger Shed
Start Date: 4/11/2022
Personal Highlights

In my free time I like to cook and bake, spend time with my friends and family, and take walks with my fur baby, Buster. I enjoy trips to local wineries as well as attending a good concert.

Michael “Ryan” Rogich

Michael “Ryan” Rogich

Front-Of-House Executive
Burger Shed
Start Date: 11/1/2022
Personal Highlights

Love to travel. Have taught English in Prague, Czech Republic for over a year and have been to over ten different countries.

Rogelio Najera

Rogelio Najera

Back-Of-House Executive
Burger Shed
Start Date: 7/1/2022
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I like to go to the library, spend time with family and friends.
I like to cook, and, get plenty of rest.

Matt MOss

Matt Moss

Back-Of-House Executive
Burger Shed
Start Date: 10/10/22
Personal Highlights

Matt is a family-oriented person who enjoys the culinary arts, BBQ, traveling, music, stand-up comedy, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Nikki Graham

Front Desk Executive
Start Date: 3/10/2020
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at the Embassy Suites in Olathe, I’m still working. I am a makeup content creator, I’ve been endorsed by brands such as Boxy Charm, Lilly Lashes, Dermalogica, Juvia’s Place, Anastasia Beverly Hills. When I’m not working at either job I love to spend time with my loved ones.

Patty McNealey

Patty McNealey

Executive Housekeeper
Start Date: 9/20/21
Personal Highlights

I have three children whom which I named all with the letter N, theirs names are Niko, Nya, and Neven. In my down time I love to listen to audiobooks. I recently finished “The Four Agreements” a great self-empowerment book I definitely recommend. I also enjoy cooking, going dancing, and hanging out with my family and friend.

Timothy Poe

Timothy Poe

Maintenance Executive
Start Date: 8/16/2021
Personal Highlights

If you know one thing about me, it’s that I have a passion for recipes and cooking. Many who have tasted from my kitchen question why I don’t own a restaurant. I’m married to the same wonderful girl for almost 40 years. We spend as much time as we can with our two granddaughters, and our daughter is expecting twins at Christmas. I need to grow two more knees!

Mike Wise

Mike Wise

Maintenance Executive
Start Date: 10/16/2020
Personal Highlights

I was mentored by an Italian who taught me life is short and every day is a blessing to be Thankful for. He also taught me family is everything so take big vacations with your family every year to make lasting memories. We travel a lot and enjoy being the typical tourists. My youngest is 13 and saw both coasts before she was one. She is spoiled with a vacation birthday every year where she has swum with dolphins and sea lions, hugged giraffes, fed lions and tigers, played with baby Joeys, danced with Lemurs been a Disneyworld and Disneyland princess, flown in helicopters and flew a stunt plane in Las Vegas (her favorite). I spend my free time volunteering at the KC Zoo since 2004 and building Hot Rods with the latest being a 1966 Ford Fairlane.

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.

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