Our People

Heartland's more than 32 year reputation of excellence in customer service is built by our outstanding people. We are the best at what we do - period.


Jayson

Vice President
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
Memphis, Tennessee. I was born in the small Mississippi town of Kosciusko. My parents relocated to Memphis when I was 6 years old and I spent the next 24 years of my life there. I now reside in Olathe, Kansas.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
I have been married to my lovely wife, Anna, for 15 years now. We are blessed to have two daughters (Alexandra “Alex” and Eleanor “Ellie”) and a son (Sam). If I am not at work, you can find me spending quality time with my wife and children.

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
I absolutely love sports! Basketball, volleyball and baseball are my passion! I am an avid fan of both the college and professional game. I also enjoy playing basketball in my spare time. (It is obvious that I need to play more often as my shot is not as good as it used to be!). During the cold winter and hot summer months, there is nothing I would rather do in my spare time than go to the movies. I am a huge fan of summer blockbusters and typically catch 5-10 movies a year.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
I have been with Heartland Services since April of 2005. I relocated and joined this wonderful team for 2 reasons:

1) To spend more time with my family. I traveled 5 to 6 days a week in my previous job and longed to see my family more often. Joining the Heartland team allowed me to become a better husband to my wife and a better father to my children. My children are still young and I think it is very important to be involved in the early developmental years of their lives.

2) Mr. C. I was intrigued with Heartland’s culture and business model. Mr. C’s philosophy & approach to running an organization is like nothing I have ever experienced. He is a businessman that I can definitely learn a thing or two from!

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
I achieved a great amount of success in a relatively short period of time with my previous employer and eventually felt that I was no longer being challenged. (Problem-solving is what I live for!) Working at Heartland is an exciting and rewarding experience that always offers a challenge. Heartland also considers its most valued asset its employees. It is a company that truly cares! (This is a rare quality to be found in today’s business world!).



Jim

Vice President
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
Southeast Kansas City: Raytown, Missouri. I had lived there my entire life, until I went away to college at Mizzou. Upon moving back, I lived about 5 years in Lee's Summit, Missouri and now reside in Leawood, Kansas.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
I have been married to my wife Jennifer since 1995. We met over a Spring Break during a marketing internship. We now have 3 boys named Caeden, Rider, and Jack Patrick. We have a lot of fun just doing almost anything and spending time together.

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
I enjoy coaching our local youth athletics during football and baseball season. I am a huge fan of NCAA football and basketball, and the NFL. I also enjoy mild weight training and exercising in an attempt to stay fit (Ha, right!). I enjoy books on personal development, business theory/strategy and early American/Colonial history. Life is good when I am able to smoke on a stogie while working in the yard and watching my wife and boys horse around together. The opportunity to travel with the family is far and few between with their young ages and our busy schedules, but we have lots of fun when it happens.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
I have been with Heartland since February of 2003. I came to Heartland to learn how to run and operate a world-class business, while absorbing knowledge from one of the best that ever will be: Mr. C. Prior to coming to Heartland, I had spent many memorable years in outside sales. I love sales and had super success achieving most of my short-term targets rather quickly, but was not learning about business and personal development at a rate that I considered to be acceptable for my long-term goals. I watched Heartland grow and develop for over 7 years, constantly comparing other opportunities all along the way. I am sure that this is an opportunity unlike any other, and that is why I am here.

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
This answer comes directly from the overwhelming feedback, letters, and phone calls from our great partner, Panasonic, and the end-users. There is great internal pride at Heartland in the way we do business, our team members, our facility, our leadership, our partnerships and our history.



Reca

Executive Assistant to the President
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
I was born in Kansas City, MO and lived on a farm outside Lone Jack, MO until 2nd grade. We moved to Lincoln, NE where I finished all my schooling - including being a Cornhusker at the University of Nebraska. Upon graduating from college and getting married, we moved back to the Kansas City area.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
I am married and have two sons. Both are married and we have two wonderful daughters-in-law. My husband is a retired educator with the Blue Valley School District. My oldest son, Reggie, lives in San Francisco and is an architectural engineer. My youngest son lives in the Kansas City area and is a financial advisor. Both are graduates from Kansas State University. Our family loves the rivalry between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and K-State Wildcats!

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
I love to spend time with my family and travel. I am an animal lover and love spending time outside. In addition I am part of a small group with our church. Our group helps with special projects like food collection/sorting and fundraisers.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
I have been with Heartland for over 23 years. My husband knew Mr. C. when he served on the Blue Valley School District school board and he put us in contact with each other.

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
That's an easy answer - service!



Gary

Information Technology
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
Now that our kids are grown, my wonderful wife and I have put more energy into maintaining our yard, watching the birds come to our bird feeders, and trying out new rubs while smoking BBQ… We deeply enjoy when all the kids can come back home to visit.

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
I like going to lake and fishing, working in my shop on vehicles, or just piddling on different projects.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
Before Heartland, the longest stretch that I had been at a job was 2 years. I would constantly find myself becoming bored or disliking what I was doing. My draw to Heartland was that of a small, fast-growing company, where I can wear many hats and do many things. We must be creative, forward-thinking, and quick to adapt.

I started with Heartland in 1987 and worked for 9 years. My curiosity with computers got the best of me and I left Heartland to pursue an opportunity working with them. After a 5-year stint working with networks and computers, I had lunch with Mr. C one day. - He asked if I ever thought about coming back. The rest is history and I have now been back at Heartland since 2000.

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
The hardworking people around me, who challenge me to be a better employee and individual. The fact that everyday presents a new challenge. A small company feel and family atmosphere.