Machine Shed Urbandale - Heart Of America Group

Urbandale

Nancy Shepard

Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 9/10/2017
Personal Highlights

I love spending time with family and friends. My husband Tony also works for Heart of America as the COE of the West Des Moines Holiday Inn & Suites and Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse. We have three daughters, Alex is studying engineering at Iowa State, Gaby a junior in high school and Sam is in 7th grade. In my free time I enjoy watching my girls play softball, taking vacations near the ocean and cheering on the Cyclones.

Julie Eckhardt

Front Of House Executive
Start Date: 5/15/2002

Jessica Gabel

Front Of House Executive
Start Date: 3/16/2014
Blake Wenzel

Blake Wenzel

Front Of House Executive
Start Date: 7/21/2021
Personal Highlights

I really enjoy a number of different outdoor activities, from foraging to fishing I have learned that Iowa provides ample opportunities for enjoyment throughout every season. Having a three year old son has given me newfound respect for all of my fun activities as well.

Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith

Front Of House Executive
Start Date:11/20/2019
Personal Highlights

When I’m not working I like to go back home and visit my family and friends and I also spend as much time as I can with my dog Wrigley. I’m a huge Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs fan so enjoy going to as many games as possible.

John Weiler

John Weiler

Back Of House Executive
Start Date: 12/5/2018
Personal Highlights

When not at work you will find me with my family riding and racing bikes. We also love to entertain family and friends. We also are involved in many volunteer activities that support our communities less fortunate individuals.

Dan Means

Back Of House Executive
Start Date: 10/6/1994
Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan

Back House Executive
Start Date: 12/8/2021
Personal Highlights

I love to go fishing and play just about any sport. I’ve still got one hell of an arm, and I do believe I still hold a few high school records for being the fastest and strongest girl. I did amateur boxing in the service and I was a lifeguard in high school.

Joshua Craven

Joshua Craven

Back House Executive
Start Date: 8/1/2022
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work I am spending time with friends and family. I love to try new food and recreate them at home. I also look to spend as much time as possible staying busy with projects.

Jason Wagoner

Jason Wagoner

Back House Executive
Start Date: 6/13/2022
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at work I’m usually at home watching movies, however, what I do love to do is fish, play frisbee golf, camp, and especially going to concerts and music festivals for the camping and music. What I love to do the most is spend time with my family, especially my grandmother because we got so close when I was young and always in the kitchen with her.

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