Hilton Garden Inn Olathe - Heart Of America Group


Mandy Mook

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 5/7/2012
Personal Highlights

I have been married to my husband Kevin for about 10 years and have a 9-year-old daughter named Sophia. We also love our two fur babies, a German Shepherd named Ella, and a Pitt/Terrier mix named Pepper. We spend our extra time living in the world of competitive dance, and being connoisseurs of music, theater, and the outdoors. We also are game and pop culture fanatics. 

Hannah Welch

Assistant Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 12/13/2016

Personal Highlights

I love spending time with family and friends. I have two small dogs named Charlie and Roxie and we like to go to the dog park on nice days. I also enjoy DIY crafts, reading books and baking in my leisure time.

Nancy VanVelsan

Front Of House Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 10/14/19
Personal Highlights

When I’m not working I’m spending time with family as much as possible. I have 4 great kids and 10 fabulous grandkids. We love to go bowling or the movies. I’m usually running between all their activities, basketball, soccer, dance etc… They are all the light of my life!

Luis Ortega

Back Of House Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 11/16/2018
Personal Highlights

On my days off I enjoy fishing, watching Baseball with my sons or grilling out with my wife and children. I also enjoy motorcycles and mechanics.

Jose Salgado

Culinary Maestro
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 5/1/2011
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my wife and a beautiful baby Zahori watch a movie or go out and try restaurants in the area .

Alex Maggard

Executive Chef
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 2/12/2018
Personal Highlights

When not at work my life consists of my wife Tia Marie & our daughter Sophia. Spending time with our families is a big part of who I am & they always come first. My hobbies include fantasy sports, collecting baseball cards & the Kansas City Royals.

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.


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