Recruitment & Development


The Recruitment and Development team at Heart of America Group strives to find top hospitality talent, and continue to train and develop them to their fullest potential.

To apply for a job at Heart of America Group, apply here.

Ron Springer

Ron Springer - Vice President & Chief Talent Officer

Since 2016, Mr. Springer has served as VP – Recruitment and is responsible for the attraction, selection, training and development of Executive talent for the Company. He has in depth experience in the restaurant, hotel, and retail industries. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Springer served the Company as Director – Recruiting and Executive Recruiter. Prior to joining the Company, he was Corporate Recruiter for K’s Merchandise from 2000 to 2006, was General Manager for them from 1989 to 2000, and was a restaurant general manager for Restaurant Resources from 1980 to 1989.

Katie Pfitzenmaier

Katie Pfitzenmaier - Director Of Training

Ms. Pfitzenmaier joined the company in 2017 as the Executive Training Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for the training and development of our executive team as well as monitoring operations to assess training needs, initiatives, and objectives. She plans and directs new training techniques and enhances existing training programs. Her background is in employee development and business management. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University.

Recruitment & Development


The Recruitment and Development team at Heart of America Group strives to find top hospitality talent, and continue to train and develop them to their fullest potential.

To apply for a job at Heart of America Group, apply here.

Ron Springer

Ron Springer - Vice President & Chief Talent Officer

Since 2016, Mr. Springer has served as VP – Recruitment and is responsible for the attraction, selection, training and development of Executive talent for the Company. He has in depth experience in the restaurant, hotel, and retail industries. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Springer served the Company as Director – Recruiting and Executive Recruiter. Prior to joining the Company, he was Corporate Recruiter for K’s Merchandise from 2000 to 2006, was General Manager for them from 1989 to 2000, and was a restaurant general manager for Restaurant Resources from 1980 to 1989.

Katie Pfitzenmaier

Katie Pfitzenmaier - Director Of Training

Ms. Pfitzenmaier joined the company in 2017 as the Executive Training Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for the training and development of our executive team as well as monitoring operations to assess training needs, initiatives, and objectives. She plans and directs new training techniques and enhances existing training programs. Her background is in employee development and business management. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University.

Heart of America Group is a consortium of independent companies whose successes are in fields of development, restaurant hospitality, lodging hospitality, franchising, design, architecture, construction, operational management and support, marketing, retail & office centers, residential development, civic involvement and philanthropy. The companies often work together, and draw upon the members’ unique array of expertise, to vision and create cutting-edge world-class projects. The skill and speed with which Heart of America Group’s members can combine and focus their resources is unmatched by any other organization.