Our People

Heartland's more than 30 year reputation of excellence in customer service is built by our outstanding people. We are the best at what we do - period.


Jayson Cummins

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. Cocherl. 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 Harris

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. Cocherl. 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 Hanna

Executive Assistant to the President
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri 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 we have two sons. Both are married, we have two wonderful daughter-in-laws and 5 grandchildren. My husband has recently retired from 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.

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. Our grandchildren are a delight and we love being involved with them.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
I have been with Heartland for over 21 years. My husband knew Mr. Cocherl when Patrick 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 and working with all the wonderful people!



Gary Weimar

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. Cocherl 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.



Kate DeVeney

Administration
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Kansas.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter! My immediate family lives here in Kansas which allows us all to remain very close.

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
I enjoy time with my family, playing volleyball and tennis, and being outside spending time with my dogs. I love going to the movies (any genre) and out to hear live music!

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
I was told about Heartland by my brother, Brian, who works here as well. He knew I was looking for a way out of the medical field and he thought I would be a good fit for Heartland. I decided, "What the heck? Let's see what this place is about!" My interview with Mr. Cocherl lasted 3½ hours and I fell in love with the company. I have been here since the winter of 2001. I look forward to continued years of growth and success with my team!

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
Of all the questions asked of me about Heartland, this is the most common and my answer remains the same... the people I work with! They are my teammates, my friends and certainly they are my family!



Adam Capps

Technical Team
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
I was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Topeka, KS. My wife and I moved to the Kansas City area about 13 years ago.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
I live with my beautiful wife, our three children, and our Beagle.

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
With three children “free time” is rare! In fact, I’m not sure what I would do with “free time” at this point! We are KU, Chiefs, and Royals fans, usually making it to several games each year. We spend quite a bit of time with family and close friends.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
When I first interviewed with Heartland, I simply wanted to find a stable job and escape the retail world. While searching for a job, I stumbled upon an opportunity for a career. I enjoyed electronics and technology and thought this might be a good opportunity to keep learning. After hearing Jayson talk about Heartland's culture, work ethic, and values, I was sure that Heartland was the place for me. I have been with Heartland for ten years now and still enjoy coming to work every day. The challenges have changed and grown, but the great relationships and culture remain!

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
Heartland values hard work and commitment, while empowering its’ employees to learn and grow. I enjoy the family-like atmosphere and knowing the names of everyone with whom I work. In a world of chaos and instability, I work for a company built on values, with a team of people whom genuinely care about each other, the company, and the customers that we serve.



Chris Jarvis

Facilities
Leawood, KS


Where are you from?
I am originally from San Antonio, TX. (Hook’em Horns!) Now I live in Gardner, KS.

Please tell us a little about your family/home life:
My wife, Aimee, and I recently purchased our second house for our expanding family. We have two girls, Abigail who is into dance and all things girly, Jamison who will be 2 in September and goes like a walking hurricane, and our son is expected to arrive in late October 2016.

What do you like to do in your "free" time?
“Free time” what is that? Any additional time is used taking care of all house/yard duties. I enjoy updating our house and making it a home that we will eventually retire in. When I do get some time, I like to go to the basement where I create new things with my tools and wood working equipment.

What brought you to Heartland and how long have you been with them?
My former Regional Manager, Jayson Cummins, had joined the Heartland team and informed me of the great opportunities and culture Heartland has to offer. I came in for an interview with the owner, Mr. C, and the rest is history. I have been working for Heartland now for over 10 years. Time really does fly by when you enjoy your job.

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
My favorite thing about Heartland is the total atmosphere. All the people that I work with are the best at what they do. Being in touch with new and interesting technology that we deal with at Heartland makes it easy to work here.