Machine Shed Appleton - Heart Of America Group


Robert Wall

Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 3/5/2010
Personal Highlights

On my off time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, sipping cocktails next to our pool. I also have a small obsession when it comes to flower planters. I know I have at least 35 in my garage just waiting to be planted for when spring comes. I have three step kids and 2 little pups that keep me busy.

Amanda Aeby

Amanda Aeby

Front-Of-House Executive
Start Date: 9/9/2021
Personal Highlights

Outside of work, I enjoy my time with family and friends. I have a passion for photography, capturing natures beauty and life’s precious moments. I love to travel, time at the beach or even sit and get caught up with one of my favorite TV shows.

Phillip Gustafson

Executive Chef
Start Date: 6/1/1985
Jason Ebbens

Jason Ebbens

Start Date: 4/10/2024
Personal Highlights:

In my free time I enjoy fishing, camping and basically anything outdoors.

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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1501 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265
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Operations Support Center - Des Moines
515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309