Holiday Inn & Suites Davenport - Heart Of America Group


Felicia Weese

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 3/3/2014
Personal Highlights

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially “my boys” – my 3 sons – Vincent (12), Bennett (6), and Elliott (1).  Those guys certainly keep me on my toes!

Jill Brierly

Chief Operating Executive
The J Bar

Start Date: 9/14/2017
Personal Highlights

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family. I have 3 dogs that take up a quite a bit of my time and attention. In the warmer months I spend a time riding my bike and going on Ragbrai. Winters call for indoor activities like bowling league, darts and my love for watching college basketball. It should also be no surprise that I love to check out new restaurants and bars whenever possible!

Chelsea Carmack

Assistant Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 2/1/2016
Personal Highlights

While not working I enjoy trying new restaurants and traveling with friends. I spend a lot of my free time with family, and also enjoy spending time outdoors. 

Andy Wildermuth

Executive Chef

Start Date: 1/1/2017

Erin Sebastian

Front Of House Executive
The J Bar

Start Date: 8/7/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not working, I like to spend time with my husband, when possible, and our three boys. I love teaching my boys the ways in the kitchen! Every meal prepared with them by my side. I also enjoy making crafts and wood working.

Liberty Swarm

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 1/26/2015

Jessica Licko-Avants

Sales Executive

Start Date: 1/4/2019
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am busy being a wife and mom. My daughter is in her first year of Vet School at Iowa State and my son is in first grade. As a family we love to attend local events, hold very competitive board game nights and travel: Colorado and anything Disney tops out list of favorite places. My husband and I are very involved in our church and we take Italian beef and chili making very serious!

Taylor Adams

Sales Executive

Start Date: 8/21/2017
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I love spending time with my husband and our daughter, Chesnee and son, Krew. I volunteer on the Rock Island County Fair Board where I spend most of my time as the queen pageant Director. 

Kyle Brown

Maintenance Executive

Start Date: 7/23/2018
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at work I love spending time with my family and friends. We love taking family trips to Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Music is a big part of my life and I really enjoy going to concerts. I am a huge Chicago Cubs fan.

Diana Serpen

Executive Housekeeper

Start Date: 7/15/2014

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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515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309