Hilton Garden Inn Sun Prairie - Heart Of America Group

Sun Prairie

Ben Glantz

Director Of Sales

Start Date: 1/8/2018
Personal Highlights

I have been married to my wife Carrie for 11 years and we have 2 awesome kids, Sam (4) and Claire (1.5). I enjoy the Wisconsin outdoors with hunting, fishing, hiking and doing land management projects. In the summer I enjoy golfing and taking the kids to explore our great parks.

Chris Augustine

Chief Operating Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 6/18/2018
Personal Highlights

In my spare time I enjoy being with friends & family as much as possible.  I love spending time on the lake at my family’s cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and am an avid Packers, Brewers, Bucks & Badgers fan.

Dominick Taylor

Assistant Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 10/21/2019
Personal Highlights

When I am not working, I am usually in the community helping when and wherever I can. I am a very active individual and love playing basketball. Being a UWM Alumni I also take part in helping the current Track team prepare mentally and physically for the indoor and outdoor season.

Jessica Scalissi

Sales Executive

Start Date: 1/21/2019
Personal Highlights

When I am not working, I am filling my time up with so many of the things I enjoy. First and foremost, my boyfriend John, and my furbaby Murphy (Golden Retriever) fill my heart to its fullest every single day. You can find me going to the movies, cooking new recipes, entertaining guests, playing volleyball, enjoying live music, wining and dining at new establishments, and traveling any chance that I get – especially Mexico and the Caribbean! I am also so excited to continue to grow my rental properties and experiment with the real estate market even more.

Kathleen Cox

Event Sales Executive

Start Date: 5/21/2018
Personal Highlights

I enjoy spending time with my son, family, and participating in outdoor activities when I’m not working. I played soccer for most of my life and enjoy any competitive sport. I play co-ed volleyball on the weekends and just completed a DYI pop-up camper project. I’m looking forward to sporting events, camping, fishing and campfire cooking this summer!

Amy Avila

Front Of House Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 1/14/2019
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at work I am spending time with my son, Silas. He is almost two. We love going to the zoo and Madison’s Children Museum.

Joe Schneider

Executive Chef

Start Date: 7/20/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am spending time with family and friends. I Enjoy the usual Wisconsin past times, craft beers, brats and cheese curds. In the summer you can often find me at Devil’s Lake hiking or swimming with my family. I enjoy live music when the time allows. Proud of: Chef Par Excellence 2019 WPA. Execution of 2000 plated event three times while working for Chula Vista.

Essie Parks

Back House Executive

Start Date: 5/28/2019
Personal Highlights

I was drawn to the service industry when I was seventeen years of age. I quickly realized how natural it felt for me to be in a professional work setting surrounded by friends and great food who all shared the same vision. Moreover, I recall gaining more experience at local restaurants in the Chicago area during the summer months so that I can earn extra money to support myself before my next college semester begins.

On the positive side, I enjoyed learning the business side of the service industry during my time in college, not to mention cooking came naturally to me. To put it another way, the time I spent gaining hands-on experience coupled with, earning my degree, and being of service to others as well as making great friends in the process along my journey eventually brought everything full circle, ultimately leading me to the doorsteps of Heart of America!

Brad Degler

Maintenance Executive

Start Date: 6/4/2018

Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I love to be at home with my wife and our three children whether we are out in the garden or out back by the fire. I enjoy spending time with friends and family watching our favorite pass time the Green Bay Packers. If you don’t see me at home and it isn’t football season, you will find me in the woods hunting or out on the river fishing.

Jennifer Gallagher

Executive Housekeeper

Start Date: 6/11/2018
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our dog Mia, our cats Sabrina and Sophia, visiting family and friends. For Relaxing fun, we enjoy camping, canoeing, and little fishing at Devils Lake State Park.  In the fall and winter, we bowl on a couple’s league in Sun Prairie. I also enjoy making candles, crafting and going to craft sales to find those unique/out of the ordinary treasures.

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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