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.

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.

Shanna Olson

Shanna Olson


Start Date: 4/29/2021
Personal Highlights

I am the mother of 3. My oldest son is 26, my daughter is 24 and my youngest son is 7. Yes, you read that right 7!! I am a huge crafter. I make all sorts of things in my craft room; I call it my happy place! I love sports (all kinds)! I am a huge supporter of Minnesota Sports teams which being in Wisconsin isn’t that well received! I love the outdoors. Especially when it involves water. I love waterskiing. Growing up I was on a water ski show team who were national champions, even featured on ESPN!

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.

Jessica McFarlane

Jessica McFarlane

BOH Executive

Start Date: ???

Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I spend most of my time with my daughter. I also enjoy doing small home improvement projects to my home. I do enjoy going out with friends and shooting pool, even an occasional tournament to challenge me.

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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