Our People

Heartland's more than 35 year reputation of excellence in customer service is built by our outstanding people. We are the best at what we do - period.


Jayson

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 20 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 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) I was intrigued with Heartland’s culture and business model years ago. Our philosophy & approach to running an organization is quite unique in today’s business world.

What do you like most about working at Heartland?
Witnessing the growth and development of our young leaders. Heartland’s philosophy has always been to promote from within when/if an opportunity presents itself. This approach (at times) affords us a less experienced leader from a managerial standpoint but a much more experienced leader from a company culture and procedural standpoint. There are often challenges and lessons to be learned along the way but these “experiences” make them stronger and more prepared for potential adversity in the future. True leaders must empower their employees and be willing to accept the failures that come with this empowerment. Mistakes will be made…the best companies understand this and prepare for them, realizing that the end-result will be much more beneficial to the organization at the end of the day.



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 the 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.