Holiday Inn & Suites West Des Moines - Heart Of America Group

West Des Moines

Dereck Trebilcock

Chief Operating Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 8/11/2004

Tony Shepard

Chief Operating Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 5/18/2015

Shaun Goldsworth

Chief Operating Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 8/26/2006
Personal Highlights

Shaun has been married for over 15 years to his wonderful wife Karen Goldsworth (those that know him…. know that he is known in Des Moines as the husband of Karen Goldsworth), they have three wonderful kids…. boy, girl, boy.

Decker, Charlie, Landry. They all enjoy boating at Lake Red Rock with their friends. Another part of the family is their giant chocolate labradoodle named Baxter. 

Tyler Saxton


Start Date: 8/10/2016
Personal Highlights

When I was 18 I joined the restaurant and hospitality field as an inside employee of a local franchise Domino’s Pizza. I spent the next seven years working my way to General Manager. I then joined Kevin Berger’s team at Famous Dave’s and spent seven years working my way to Assistant Manager under him. Kevin has left a great impression on me. 

Gina Whitehead

Sales Executive

Start Date: 1/2/2017
Personal Highlights

In my free time I like to relax with a good book or watch HGTV. I enjoy working out at the gym, but I also have a huge sweet tooth. You will most likely find me with a cup of coffee in hand no matter the time of day. When I’m not busy planning my next trip to Colorado, I’m cheering on the Cubs and Iowa State!

Cheryl Math

Sales Executive

Start Date: 8/1/1994

Allie Cather

Sales Executive

Vincent Sargese

Back Of House Executive
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Start Date: 3/24/2007

David Derry


Start Date: 3/9/2017
Personal Highlights

I love spending time with friends and family, getting outdoors when the weather’s nice, checking out new restaurants or revisiting my favorites, and spending way too much time binge watching TV shows.

Magali Huerta

Executive Housekeeper

Start Date: 7/24/2004

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.


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