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.

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 Maestro
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.

Andrea Sanchez

Andrea Sanchez

Assistant Director
Start Date: 9/6/2022
Personal Highlights

In my spare time I’m planning my upcoming wedding in May of 2023! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, spoiling my nephew with toys and clothes. I also love listening to music and catching a concert here and there. Love to travel with my fiance as well. I love cooking and trying new recipes.

 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.

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.

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