Embassy Suites Olathe - Heart Of America Group


Kristen Allen

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 7/23/2012
Personal Highlights

When I’m not working we enjoy outdoor activities, and you’ll generally find my children and I on a soccer field. 

Doug Mezo

Front Of House Executive
The J Bar

Start Date: 6/5/2017
Personal Highlights

Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, BlackHawks fan! Love Fantasy Football and fill in on beach volleyball and softball teams when I have the time. Traveling is an interest I would love to continue. New Orleans is next on the to-do list!

Casey Corbett

Back Of House Executive
The J Bar

Start Date: 8/16/2016
Personal Highlights

I received my first job in the hospitality industry as an 18 year old. I was as a line cook at a new Buffalo Wild Wings in Topeka, KS. After 3 years there, I took a job at Ruby Tuesdays and then helped to open a new Famous Dave’s BBQ. After about 5 years as a cook I decided to go to culinary school. As an apprentice I worked at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence where I was required to work 6,000 hours with a certified chef. One thing I learned from opening restaurants, is that a lot of hard work, consistency and patience pays off as turnover can be a major issue. I am excited for the opportunity to work my way onto the management team for J Bar and Heart of America. Working with a chef such as Eric, is an opportunity that many will not have, and I am very thankful to be a part of something this exciting.

Lynn Bates

Director Of Sales

Start Date: 6/5/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, you can always find me hanging out with my two kids, husband and dogs. I also enjoy the outdoors, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Tiegreen

Sales Executive

Start Date: 8/28/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I enjoy playing with my two sons, Malachi and Judaeah. Together we enjoy playing basketball and swimming! I am also in the process of starting a non-profit benefiting single mothers, which consumes a lot of my free time!

Madison Phillips

Sales Executive

Start Date: 11/16/2018
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am spending time with family and friends. I have a passion for cooking and trying new recipes, as well as going out to new restaurants around KC. I love animals and enjoy spending time with my parent’s dogs, Baxter and Boomer. I like to travel, attend concerts, and watch Netflix.

Kay Lounmanivong

Front Desk Executive

Start Date: 1/1/2019
Personal Highlights

I first joined the service industry when I sixteen years old as a server. I was the Office Manager for AES Services LLC which is a Civil Engineering Company. I then began a career in hospitality at the Embassy Suites, Olathe as a front desk agent and found it to be a perfect match for me. After working the front desk, I became the Group Rooms Coordinator and learned the sales side of the hotel business. I am very excited to continue to grow as the Front Desk Executive. When I am not at work, I am spending time with my family and friends. I love traveling and finding new places to eat.

Tyler Hulse

Banquet Captain
The J Bar

Start Date: 2/1/2019
Personal Highlights

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my friends and family. I also enjoy on working on home improvements on my house.

Matt Moss

Sou Chef – The J Bar

Start Date: 9/1/2015
Personal Highlights

Matt has been married to his wife Rita, since November 19th, 2005. They keep busy at home with their two active children, Sophia and Baron.

Eric Carter

Sou Chef – The J Bar

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.

Luis Diaz

Executive Housekeeper

Start Date: 1/1/2019
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am always rearranging my furniture at home and cleaning. I love having friends and family over, Specially my nieces and nephews. I love trying new things and making memories that will always make me smile when I am down.

Gregory Blas

Maintenance Executive

Start Date: 5/26/2015

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