Fairfield Altoona - Heart Of America Group


Jeff Smith

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 4/14/1994

Codey Woeckener

Assistant Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 1/16/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I am spending time with family and friends. I love to spend time outdoors; fishing, camping, boating, etc., I also enjoy traveling and seeing new things. I spend the summers playing around on the river, taking my nephew to amusement parks, and spending time with my significant other.

Emily Valaika

Assistant Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 6/1/2019
Personal Highlights

When I’m not working I enjoy exploring the greater Des Moines area with friends, cooking comfort foods to share with others, finding new podcasts to listen to and scouring pet adoption sites for my future corgi. I also love to make short road trips home to my family in Kansas where I spoil my nieces and nephew, enjoy the Konza Prairie hiking trails and cheer on the KSU Wildcats.

Laurie Selby

Lead Housekeeper

Start Date: 3/1/2017

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