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  • OSC Rolls Up Their Sleeves at the United Way Fall Day of Caring

    On September 21st, OSC employees participated in the United Way Fall Day of Caring alongside
    1,600 volunteers from 50 Quad City companies!

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  • Thunder Bay Grille Davenport & The QC Symphony

    The Des Moines sales team helped package 8,600 meals with Meals from the Heartland for their annual Hospitality Fights Hunger campaign.

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  • MS Menu Thunder Bay Grille Davenport & The QC Symphony

    On Saturday, August 19th, Thunder Bay Grille Davenport catered the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Riverfront
    POPS Concert for over 1,200 VIP guests.

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  • MS Menu Machine Shed at the Wisconsin State Fair!

    The Machine Shed’s has a lot of great (and delicious) things going on at the Wisconsin State Fair this year!
    The Shed is featuring some new items that are instant favorites.

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  • MS Menu Thunder Bay at the Mississippi Valley Fair!

    Thunder Bay Grille debuted almost an entirely new menu at the Mississippi Valley State Fair this year,
    but was sure to keep their famous Chicken-on-a-stick!

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  • MS Menu Machine Shed at the Mississippi Valley Fair!

    The Machine Shed featured a new sweet treat at the Mississippi Valley State Fair this year
    - Maple Frosted Candied Bacon Donuts.

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  • MS Menu 2017 EAA Airventure

    This year over 590,000 people from 80 nations gathered at the annual EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, WI.
    Dozens of employees from the both properties and the OSC traveled to help out and participate for the week.

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  • MS Menu The J Bar in Olathe Wins the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

    Many congratulations to Thunder Bay Grille Pewaukee for winning The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
    for the third consecutive year!

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  • MS Menu The J Bar in Olathe Wins the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

    Congratulations to The J Bar Olathe for winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the 2nd year in a row!
    Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections,
    are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers

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  • MS Menu The Machine Shed is Serving Up New Traditions!

    After months and months of hard work the new Machine Shed menu is LIVE!
    The new menu features nearly 15 new dishes

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  • HOA Oscars And the Oscar Goes to...

    In May at the annual COE Meeting in Des Moines, COE’s were tasked with spontaneously creating
    1 minute training videos

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  • HOA New website launch Heart of America has a new website!

    We are very excited to share Heart of America Group's brand new website
    - same website address, but with a fresh, new look!

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  • 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Thunder Bay Grille Davenport Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters

    On Monday, June 26, the Davenport Thunder Bay Grille team volunteered at the
    5th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters golf outing.

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  • 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

    Congratulations to this year's recipients of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
    Click the story to see which of our properties made the list!


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  • AIA Central Iowa Tours AC Hotel AIA Central Iowa Tours AC Hotel

    On June 21st the Central Iowa Chapter of AIA, American Institute of Architects, gathered at the AC Hotel
    for a tour and lunch to celebrate and view the amazing work done by our Heart of America Group team.

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  • Heart Of America Group Paints for the United Way HOA Participates in United Way Day of Caring!

    On May 18th employees from the OSC were among 900 local volunteers to participate in the United Way
    Day of Caring, completing various projects at non-profit organizations around the Quad Cities.

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  • COE Meeting May 2017 Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast!

    On May 8th and 9th our annual COE Meeting was held in Des Moines at the AC Hotel. The theme of the meeting
    was “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” and COE’s discussed how our culture is a part of everything we do and how culture plays into employee engagement, employee recognition and recruiting new employees!

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  • Fairfield Altoona Fairfield Altoona is now open!

    On Monday, April 24th, the Fairfield opened in Altoona. This is the second Fairfield property for
    Heart of America Group in the Des Moines area!

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  • 1 NEWS FROM THE PULSE: IT Support to the Rescue!

    Did you know you can reach the entire IT Support team with just the click of a button?
    Visit www.hoapulse.org, and click REQUEST HELP!

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  • 1 Get To Know - The Republic on Grand

    Introducing – The Republic on Grand, Heart of America’s newest bar and restaurant concept. Located inside
    the AC Hotel on the sixth floor, The Republic features a large bar, high top tables and soft-seating areas.

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  • 1 Project Search in Olathe

    Project Search provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life. The Embassy Suites and The J Bar Olathe have hosted Project Search interns since
    August of 2016.

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  • 1 HOA is Growing! AC Hotel and The Republic on Grand Open their Doors.

    We are excited to announce that the HOA portfolio has grown again! On February 22nd The AC Hotel Des Moines
    East Village opened its doors, and a week later on March 1st , The Republic on Grand, followed.

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  • 1 Project Search in Olathe

    Project Search provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life. The Embassy Suites and The J Bar Olathe have hosted Project Search interns since
    August of 2016.

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  • 1 Heart of America featured the recent issue of Franchise Development Report

    Industry publication, Franchise Development Report recently featured Mike in an article titled “The Ultimate Train Set”
    highlighting Mike’s thoughts on building Heart of America. Our culture, philosophy how we are
    growing and developing.
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  • 1 Fairfield Des Moines Remodel is Underway!

    The remodel at Fairfield Des Moines began last week, and is set to be completed in Spring of 2017.
    Check out the photos from the beginning stages of the remodel - you will see a few familiar HOA faces getting
    their hands dirty and working hard!
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  • 1 Urbandale Machine Shed featured on Fox & Friends!

    Fox & Friends visited the Machine Shed in Urbandale this morning to report on President Donald Trump’s
    speech from Thursday while on his ‘Thank You’ tour in Des Moines. Abby Huntsman interviewed
    patrons having breakfast at the Machine Shed – and raved about our amazing cinnamon rolls.
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  • 1 Congratulations Team Machine Shed!

    On June 4th, more than 35 teams helped to raise nearly $100,000 for Special Olympics Iowa in Des Moines!
    Team Machine Shed tested their strength against a UPS 757 airplane weighing more than 120,000 pounds.
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  • 1 Congratulations on all your hard work TripAdvisor Winners!

    Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service.
    This designation is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor
    over the past year. View Full Story.
  • 1 Congratulations on all your hard work TripAdvisor Winners!

    Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service.
    This designation is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor
    over the past year. View Full Story.
  • 1 New Office Space in Des Moines Market

    Heart of America Group has leased office space in the historic Teachout Building in Des Moines' East Village,
    where it is developing the AC Marriott Hotel. View Full Story.
  • 1 Over 400 in attendance

    On Tuesday, April 26, Hotel Renovo hosted the unveiling party for the May/June issue of DSM Magazine. The
    magazine is known for their unveiling parties and brings the latest in style, culture, art, philanthropy and the
    culinary scene to the most influential audience in the Greater Des Moines area. View Full Story.
  • 1 Service Award Winners 2015

    Congratulations to Heart of America’s Service Award winners for 2015. Every winter, we celebrate Heart of
    America members that completed a milestone year of employment: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 years on or
    before December 31st of the prior year. Thank you Service Award Recipients for being the best part of
    Heart of America! View Full Story.
  • 1 Excellence In Quality Award

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Des Moines Airport recently received an Excellence in Quality from Hilton Worldwide for
    achieving its 6th consecutive Outstanding Quality Assurance Evaluation. We are very proud of all of our
    employees who work hard to provide quality service to our guests! View Full Story.
  • 1 Construction Progresses on the AC Hotel by Marriott

    Located in the heart of Des Moines' East Village, construction on the AC Hotel is making notable progress. This six
    story, 75,000 square foot, 108 room hotel will be surrounded by retail, restaurants and night life. The projected
    completion date is 1st Quarter, 2017. View Full Story.
  • 1 IT Support Now Available on The Pulse

    Get help now! We understand that technology hates us some days ... fill out a web ticket here and our IT team will
    help solve your problem as soon as possible. Request help.

    You can also find this request form on the top right of this landing page.
  • 1 The J Bar and Embassy Suites are Now Open!

    The 200-room Embassy Suites in Olathe, KS opened on December 29 and features 24,000 square feet of banquet space. Its companion restaurant, The J Bar, went live on January 19. A ribbon cutting event, VIP party and Soft
    Opening activities took place the weekend of January 15th. Thanks to everyone for their hard work in opening Heart
    of America’s largest property to date! View Full Story
  • 1 Hotel Renovo wins Urbandale Chamber’s Best in Class 2015 Award

    The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce announced its first, Best in Class award recipients on November 6 during
    the organization’s business celebration. The Best in Class awards are selected by members and fans of the
    Urbandale Chamber using an open-ended survey for 20-different business categories. Hotel Renovo won Best in
    Class for the Hotel/Lodging category, and runner-up in the Place to Host Business Meeting category.
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