Hilton Garden Inn Sun Prairie - Heart Of America Group

Sun Prairie

Chris Scheel

Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 9/5/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I am spending time with family and friends. I love to cook, play golf, and various other sports including softball and basketball. Traveling with my family is also something we pursue whenever possible.

Melissa Buckingham

Melissa Buckingham

Assistant Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 5/29/2021
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am spending time with family and friends. I love spending time with my 2-year-old German Shepherd and taking him on long walks. I love watching movies and crime shows.

Meghan Thille

Krissy Becks

Managing Director
Start Date: 8/24/2021
Personal Highlights

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my 12yr old son who keeps me busy running from sport to sport. I also enjoy golfing, camping, hiking, spending time with friends and family and live music. I also love to travel and find new interesting and places.

Jenilyn Hilker

Jenilyn Hilker

Catering Sales Executive
Start Date: 3/7/2022
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I am usually spending time with my family and friends. I am typically hiking, camping, and going to festivals/concerts in the summer and reading and binging Netflix in the winter.

Robert Zimmerman

Robert Zimmerman

Sales Executive
Start Date: 7/5/2022
Personal Highlights

While away from work, friends and family keep me in my happy place. I love being in the great outdoors running, taking trips up north to the cabin, fishing on the lake or just sitting around the campfire. Recently I have taken on the hobby of trap shooting at my local Sportsman’s Club and enjoy the competition from my 18 year old daughter. Cooking is also a strong passion of mine and I enjoy the challenge of preparing new entrées on the stove, grill or campfire.

Rene Sanchez

Rene Sanchez

Culinary Masestro
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Start Date: 12/20/2021
Personal Highlights

I have two wonderful children 9 year old boy and a 15-year-old girl. When not at work, I have my hands full at home with my kids enjoying every minute of it. I try to keep myself fit , 3 to 4 days out of the week you’ll see me at the gym. Living in Wisconsin, we all take advantage of a long summer days dining out on patios , cookouts and going to music and sporting events.

Carl Lawrenz

Carl Lawrenz

Director
Start Date: 8/30/2021
Personal Highlights

I spend my free time fishing lakes for bass and crappie, and rivers for trout and salmon. I also enjoy playing video games, and am an avid football card collector, with a collection of well over 25,000 cards. I have a strong background in singing and acting, and enjoy writing songs (though I haven’t played in a band or on stage in many years). If you are looking for someone to do some Karaoke with, let me know!

Benny Dichoso

Benny Dichoso

Culinary Conductor
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Start Date: 6/2/2021
Personal Highlights

Family time is an important aspect of my life where it is spent either bowling, watching movies and even trying out new & different restaurants around the area. However, what we love to do most is going on vacations especially ones where we can travel out of the country.

Brock Hammon

Brock Hammon

Assistant Director
Start Date: 2/21/2022
Personal Highlights

I love cooking. Most people I know in this industry say this but never bring in any cooking. But I’m always willing to throw down on a cooking showdown. LETS DO IT. Any cuisine anywhere. I love riding motorcycles, going on long road trips. And musical instruments I can play 13. I’m a jack of all trades but a master of none. And my pursuit to try all kinds of foods and cuisines is still on going. Bucket list trip is to spend a week in Italy learning how to cook pasta traditionally and making 100 gallons of fresh tomato sauce with a lady as old as time itself teaching me.

 Ian Dietterick

Ian Dietterick

Back Of House Executive
Start Date: 7/18/2022
Personal Highlights

I enjoy being outside mostly camping. I just got into kayaking. I cycle as much as I can. Otherwise I’m a bit of a homebody, relaxing, watching moves and eating good food. My fiancé comes from a large family so we love to get everyone together and cook for everyone as much as possible.

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.

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.

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