Your Recruitment Professionals
We’ve assembled an incredibly talented team of the finest hospitality professionals to be of services to our clients and candidates. The totality of expertise within Horizon Hospitality is truly unmatched.
Senior Leadership Team
Scott Samuels | CEO & Founder
Overland Park, KS (Corporate Headquarters)
Prior to beginning Horizon Hospitality in 1998, Scott held senior management and executive-level positions with hospitality industry leaders such as ClubCorp, Hilton Hotel Corporation, The Levy Restaurants, and Dean & Deluca. Scott is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. He also attended the University of Paris and the Culinary Institute of America. Scott has conducted hundreds of recruiting and human resource workshops across the country. He is a frequent speaker at numerous industry conferences and is a published author in many prominent hospitality industry trade publications. Scott previously served as president of the board of directors for the Missouri & Kansas Search and Staffing Association. He was the prior board president of the Dream Factory of Kansas City and was recognized by Ingram’s Magazine as one of the top 40 under 40 business executives in Kansas City. Scott has been happily married to his wife, Maddy, for 28 years and enjoys being actively involved in the lives of their three children. He is a sports enthusiast and loves working out, snow skiing, and participating in recreational sports.
Leigh Ann Teubert | Managing Partner
Overland Park, KS
Leigh Ann joined Horizon Hospitality in May of 2012. She began her career in sales after graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado. Her degree gives her a great understanding of people and has been beneficial in finding positive solutions in both sales and business environments. Leigh Ann has had a successful sales career with 10 years of it spent in the Insurance Industry. During this time, she was a regional sales manager and led her organization in recruiting insurance agents and managers. She has also spent time working in the hospitality industry in a variety of positions and venues. She understands the unique needs and challenges of the organizations in this industry and is excited to help our clients come up with the right recruiting solution for their needs. In Leigh Ann’s spare time, she enjoys watching her boys play sports, they keep her busy all year with soccer, basketball, and baseball. When she’s not on the sideline she loves to relax with a good book or she’s usually working on a sewing project of some kind.
Alissa Thomas | Managing Partner
With over 17 years in the hospitality industry and a degree from Cornell University in Hotel Administration, Alissa joined Horizon in 2014 to help grow the company in the Southwest. Her extensive leadership experience and career success is a result of exceptional communication skills and a competitive disposition. Alissa’s career path includes managerial positions in New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, and Southern California with Starwood International, China Grill Management, and Hillstone Restaurant Group. Her passion for service and hospitality makes her a great fit for developing relationships between clients and potential candidates. During her free time, Alissa spends time with her husband and young daughters in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is very focused on health and fitness and enjoys taking advantage of all that the Southwest has to offer.
Dana Baith | Managing Director
Dana joined Horizon Hospitality Associates in June of 2006 as a regional recruiter. Dana previously had a successful career in the hotel industry. Upon proving his abilities in hotel sales, he progressed toward management. He led the staff of a variety of properties from limited-service Hilton brands to independent, boutique-style, luxury hotels. These opportunities gave him experience in rebranding, opening, renovation, new construction, procedure development, marketing, and staff development. Dana approaches recruiting from the standpoint of helping people create a better life. Whether you are a client struggling to find the perfect candidate or a job seeker attempting to expand your career Dana, views each job opening as an opportunity to help make your life better. Having this goal and a strong competitive nature has made him one of our leading recruiters and earned him his current role in the company. Dana attended Western Kentucky University and lives in Overland Park, Kansas, where he enjoys life with his wife and two children. He plays an active role in the community, enjoys working in the yard, jogging, and coaching his children’s athletic teams.
Natalie Johnstone, PHR | Managing Director
After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in hotel restaurant management from Kansas State University, Natalie began her career as Director of Food and Beverage at a privately-owned country club in the mountains of North Carolina. Since then, Natalie has been successful as a banquet and tournament sales director for Eagle Golf management company and most recently a banquet manager for a member-owned club in Kansas City. Natalie has been named as a Top Performer in Golf Inc. magazine, nominated for New Caterer of the Year, and chosen for Eagle Golf’s elite President’s Club award. Prior to relocating to Kansas City, Natalie earned her Master of Arts in Management with a Human Resource Specialization from Wayland Baptist University. She has successfully passed the Human Resource Institute professional human resource certification exam as well as her Professional Human Resource certification. At Horizon Hospitality, Natalie is very excited to stay active in the hospitality industry while assisting others to expand their careers.
Recruiting & Client Relations Team
Eric Stuertz | Client Relations Manager
Eric was born, raised, and spent the majority of his life living in the Midwest before moving to Florida in 2013. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with his MBA in 2006, juggling time between studies and playing on the Men’s Tennis Team. He initially started his career working in Information Technology, but quickly realized that his passion was working with people. Eric began his career in staffing and recruiting in early 2008. Eric has experienced a lot of success in his career developing great relationships with both candidates and clients. He has grown into team lead and management roles helping to train and mentor teams of recruiters and business development reps. He prides himself on meeting and exceeding expectations with anyone that he is working with. Eric brings this experience and drive with him to the Horizon team. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his wife and newborn daughter.
Heather-Rose Bradley | Client Relations Manager
Heather-Rose comes to Horizon Hospitality after over a decade of experience in event management, sales, and business development in the events and hospitality industry. Heather-Rose’s love for helping others is what initially had her stumbling into this realm, to begin with, when she realized she had a talent for planning events. She left her career in insurance sales to pursue her passion, owning her own wedding planning business. Over time, she began to miss the “hive” mindset working solo, and made the transition into venue sales for a top event venue in Scottsdale. She then joined The Herb Box’s corporate office, where she had a number of roles throughout her tenure with the company, including group sales manager, catering sales manager, and business development manager. Heather-Rose is thrilled to take her industry knowledge and translate it into helping others find rewarding career paths. In her free time, she spends time with her fiancé and their young son, going to parks, festivals and live music events. She is a decent singer, a competitive fantasy football player, and a major foodie.
Kristin Page | Recruiting Manager
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida, Kristin began her career right out of college in hospitality management. After spending six years in the industry, she decided to make a change and move out of operations. While continuing to use her sales experience she worked for nearly a decade as the Director of Marketing for a family-owned, multi-million dollar furniture importer and auction house. Having had a very successful career in sales & marketing, an amazing opportunity arose in West Palm Beach and she began her career in recruiting. Rising up through the ranks she quickly became the firm’s #1 producer. Kristin brings her extensive experience in leadership and fun-loving personality to the Horizon team. In her spare time, she enjoys paddle boarding & kayaking with her husband and young son.
Justin Myers | Recruiting Manager
Originally from Grayson, Georgia, Justin began his culinary career cooking in the Pacific Northwest traveling between Montana and Colorado where he fell in love with the hospitality industry. After several years of seasonal work, he decided to go to culinary school at Johnson & Wales University. Graduating top of his class with a bachelor’s degree in foodservice management and minor in culinary arts, he moved from Charlotte to Kansas City as a supervisor with the Hyatt Corporation. After over a decade in the industry, Justin has had a successful culinary career working in several high-end restaurants and country clubs throughout the Kansas City area, allowing him to grow from working as a line cook to managing the entire operations of a multifaceted, fine-dining restaurant. He is a true hospitality professional. Justin’s spare time is spent with his family and friends enjoying what Kansas City has to offer from its fabulous food and wine, live music, outdoor activities, golf courses, and sports teams.
Adam Horner | Recruiting Manager
Adam comes to Horizon Hospitality Associates after a diverse career in hospitality operations. His career in the service industry began as a caddie at Hallbrook Country Club and also with PB&J restaurant group. After three years as a Mechanical Engineering major, Adam realized his true calling and earned his degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Kansas State University. After interning at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette, IL, Adam began his professional career as the Assistant Clubhouse Manager of the Champaign Country Club in Champaign, IL. Adam moved back to restaurant operations upon moving back to Kansas City in 2008, holding Assistant Manager positions with Brio Tuscan Grille and locally owned Grand Street Cafe. Adam took over as General Manager of locally owned EBT Restaurant from 2011-2013 and has spent the last four years as Director of Dining Services at Rockhurst High School for Flik Independent School Dining, a sector of Compass Group. Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across multiple facets of the hospitality industry and is eager to bring that experience to our clients. In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and their two young sons, Abe and Ellis. Aside from time with family and friends, Adam is an avid DIYer around his home and also loves getting out for the occasional round of golf.
Todd Sandnes | Senior Client Relations Specialist
Todd received his associate’s degree in food and beverage management from Johnson County Community College. Later, he returned to school and completed his bachelor’s degree in business from Baker University, earning a 4.0 GPA and Summa Cum Laude honors. He worked every position in a restaurant on his way to his future in management. Todd was the general manager for some of Kansas City’s best locally-owned restaurants before turning his efforts to recruiting. He enjoys using his vast experiences in the industry to help both clients and candidates find the ideal match! Todd enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, working out, and walking the dog.
James Nolan | Senior Hospitality Recruiter
James is pleased to be returning to Horizon Hospitality Associates after nearly 2 decades. He began his recruiting career at Horizon as a Regional Recruiter and has gone on to work as a Corporate Recruiter, interviewing thousands of applicants and hiring countless candidates in numerous industries. Before his return to recruiting, he served as a Seminar Trainer with Pryor Learning Solutions, delivering over 300 presentations on many different topics in all 50 states to thousands of attendees. With a B.A. in Communications, James also has worked as a professional actor across the United States and France where he studied during college in Cannes, performing 3 plays, entirely in French. He is presently filming the original web series No Limits in the KC area. His professional resume also includes being seen and heard in eLearning training videos, commercials, and voice-overs for many companies, nationally and locally. James is the proud father of 3 children, ages 23, 20 and 16.
Cara Weston | Hospitality Recruiter
Cara graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 2003. The majority of her career has always been in the hospitality industry. She was a valued team member at Jack Stack BBQ for 11 years serving in multiple managerial roles. After Jack Stack, Cara enjoyed a sales career as an Account Manager with Heartland Coca-Cola. She is very excited about her role with Horizon Hospitality in helping clients and candidates achieve success. Cara spends her free time with her husband, Aaron, and 3 children: Peyton, Cameron, and Jarrett. She loves to play volleyball and watching all her kids play sports.
Davina Morgan | Hospitality Recruiter
Davina received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the International Academy of Design in Chicago, where she was born and raised. She ventured into the restaurant industry as a way to fill the day when her children started school. Davina became hooked to the fast-paced environment and moved through the ranks as a service manager to a district manager with some of the top companies in the country, such as Carlson Worldwide, Darden Restaurants, and Potbelly Sandwich Shops. Davina enjoys coaching and supporting other as they navigate their careers. She has brought that excitement and knowledge to Horizon Hospitality. She stays active by walking her dogs, working on her yard, and traveling; China was her most exotic destination to date.
Olivia Fletcher | Recruiting & Sales Coordinator
Olivia is a has been working in the hospitality industry for a little over a decade. Majority of her experience has been in high level grocery stores overseeing bakeries and scratch kitchen atmospheres. Olivia has always been an outstanding leader in every role she has taken on. Her passion for helping others and creating memorable experiences for customers and her colleagues are what motivates her in this industry. After moving from Michigan to Arizona in 2018, she wanted to capitalize on her knowledge and experience in the industry by becoming a recruiting and sales coordinator. Her hobbies include golfing, going to shows, and traveling the country.
Jamie Dolphin | Recruiting & Sales Coordinator
West Palm Beach, FL (Southeast Regional Office)
From a young age Jaime was fascinated by the hospitality industry. She was able to fuel her passion for the industry by becoming a part of it at the young age of 14. Jaime held numerous positions at many well known restaurants where she helped to improve guest experience, food and beverage operations, communications, and team morale. Jaime enjoys helping people achieve both their personal and professional goals. In her free time frequents new and trendy restaurants with her husband and enjoys taking her dogs to the beach.
Ashley Intfen | Recruiting & Sales Coordinator
As a native of Topeka, Ashley attended Washburn University to study Business Administration before coming to Kansas City. Since then, she’s worked in many industries and positions before transitioning to an office setting. She has enjoyed the last two years staying home with her son, enjoying his precious first years. She’s excited to get back to business at Horizon Hospitality! Ashley enjoys traveling when she can – Thailand has been the favorite destination so far, followed by the Hawaiian islands. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and three dogs – especially in the outdoors! You can look for them at Deanna Rose or the Farmer’s Market on the weekends.
Alex Sneegas | Social Media Marketing Manager
Alex is a born and bred Jayhawk, living in Lawrence since she was 11 and eventually attending the University of Kansas. She relocated to Kansas City after receiving her BA in Art History. She spent 7 years developing her skills in customer service and sales, working for high-end retailers such as Coach and Tommy Bahama. She is very excited to bring her client-oriented background to the table at Horizon Hospitality. Alex is an avid traveler but enjoys home-improvement projects, embroidery, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Hayley Whited | Office Manager
Hayley is a native of Dallas, Texas. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, graduating with highest honors. Shortly after, she obtained her Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults at Teaching House in New York City. She taught at an English immersion school in Seoul, South Korea for two years and then moved to Cusco, Peru, continuing to teach and also singing in a local jazz band. Upon returning to Dallas, she rejoined the Kaye/Bassman International and Sanford Rose Associates team, where she had previously worked between graduating university and moving abroad. She began to work specifically with Horizon Hospitality, a member of the Sanford Rose network, in 2016. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys dancing salsa, eating chips and salsa, practicing yoga, reading mystery novels, and singing with a Dallas-based jazz band.