Johnny's Italian Steakhouse Des Moines - Heart Of America Group
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Des Moines

David Derry

Managing Director
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Start Date: 3/9/2017
Personal Highlights

I love spending time with my girlfriend, our two dogs, friends, and family. Finding new restaurants and visiting old favorites is always a blast. When it’s not a bitter Iowa winter, I love doing pretty much anything outdoors.

Linda Harris

Linda Harris

Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 3/1/2012
Personal Highlights

My world revolves around my Family. As a Mother of six kids (ages 16 to 28 yrs. old) and two grandsons. My free time is consumed with various Sporting and Music events. I also enjoy traveling when time permits.

Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen

Assistant Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 5/12/2021
Personal Highlights

When I am not working I spend my free time with my daughter or focused on my artwork, as I love to try new techniques while creating acrylic paintings.

Tyler Saxton

Director
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
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. 

Juan Escobedo

Juan Escobedo

Assistant Director
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Start Date: 9/17/2021
Personal Highlights

I enjoy spending time with family and close friends, attending sporting events, exploring local breweries, and local cultural events. I am a huge sports fan, especially soccer and volleyball which I also play competitively.

Tyler Beard

Tyler Beard

Sales Executive
Start Date: 7/30/2018
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I am a sports fanatic! My teams are the Denver Nuggets, Kansas City Chiefs, Mizzou Tigers, and Kansas City Royals. My wife and I also love to travel, and since getting married in 2015, we have been to St. Martin, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, Cancun, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Greece, and are headed to the Cayman Islands in October!

Steve Graham

Culinary Maestro
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Start Date: 6/8/2011
Jordan Brady

Dustin Moore

Back-Of-House Executive
Culinary Conductor
Start Date: 9/1/2021
Personal Highlights

When not at work, I enjoy cooking for my 6 year old son daily, family weekly and friends at large gatherings whenever I am able. I very much enjoy attending a rock shows somewhere on the planet.

Kerry Graham

Kerry Graham

Maintenance Executive
Start Date: ???
Personal Highlights

I have two grown sons that live In Des Moines. In my free time I enjoy shooting pool and I’m a big fan of football “go Steelers”, I also love being outdoors when the weather is good. I look forward to being with HOA for a while and hope to meet most of you and feel free to reach out to me if there’s something you think I might be able to help with, I don’t know everything but I might be able to help

Yuliana Briceno

Yuliana Briceno

Executive Housekeeper
Start Date: 7/16/2020
Personal Highlights

When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband and our 5 beautiful children. I love to cook and help people who might not be as fortunate.

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