Meet Our Hospitality Recruitment Experts
Senior Leadership Team
Scott Samuels | CEO & Founder
Scott is the founder and CEO of Horizon Hospitality Associates. Prior to beginning Horizon Hospitality Associates 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 of the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he obtained a bachelor’s 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 recently 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 25 years and enjoys being actively involved in the lives of their three children. He is a sports enthusiast and loves working out at Orangetheory fitness, snow skiing, playing softball and soccer.
Leigh Ann Teubert | Managing Partner, Client Relations
Leigh Ann 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 match great candidates with great careers. In Leigh Ann’s spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her two boys and volunteers as the cub master for their Cub Scout pack.
Alissa Thomas | Managing Partner, Recruiting
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 Southeast. 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 West Palm Beach, Florida. She is very focused on health and fitness and enjoys taking advantage of all that South Florida has to offer.
Dana Baith | Managing Director, Recruiting
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.
Taylor Morris | Managing Director, Client Relations
Taylor graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education with an emphasis in history. After several years of substitute teaching and tutoring, Taylor contributes his highly-developed communication and leadership skills to the recruitment team. His positive attitude and ability to motivate others are what help him succeed in this industry. Taylor’s passion for helping others is what drives him to find the perfect employee for each client. Taylor lives in Olathe, KS where he coached high school soccer for three years. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching sports.
Natalie Johnstone, PHR | Managing Director, Recruiting
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
Kristin Page | Recruiting Manager
After graduating with a Bachelor’s 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 | Senior Hospitality Recruiter
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 food service 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 | Senior Hospitality Recruiter
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.
Ben Vanlandingham | Hospitality Recruiter
Ben began his career in the hospitality industry at the age of 18. He spent six years working at Blue Hills Country Club before joining the Horizon Hospitality team. Ben went to Johnson County Community College and obtained his associate’s degree in science before attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, minoring in chemistry. Ben is a brother to three and a friend to many. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, diving, and going to the lake with friends.
Todd Sandnes | Hospitality Recruiter
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.
Ryan Goff | Hospitality Recruiter
Ryan graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2015 with Bachelors of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He grew up working in the hospitality industry and has always had a passion for service. His uncle owned a restaurant which Ryan always enjoyed spending time at and helping out. Ryan has over 10 years of experience in the industry and has worked in many areas of both hotels and restaurants. His positivity, energy and willingness to help others are what make him stand out. Ryan enjoys cooking and all things sports related.
Adam Glass | Client Relations Specialist
Adam joins the Horizon Hospitality team with a wide variety of hospitality industry experience. Graduating culinary school from Johnson County Community College he has worked in fine dining establishments, hotels, retail dining, healthcare, casinos, and business & industry operations. Apprenticing at the famed Raphael Hotel in Kansas City, he then became the Kitchen Manager at Dean & Deluca in Leawood, KS. He oversaw multiple restaurant outlets as the Room Chef at Ameristar Casino in KC, and most recently was the Executive Chef at Garmin International with American Food & Vending. The amount of experience he has helps him match the right candidate with the right company for a lasting impression. Adam is an avid traveler, having visited places such as New Zealand, Australia, Cuba, Eastern/Western Europe, and all over the US. He lives in Olathe, KS with his wife and 2 pets. In his spare time, he plays the drums, cooks, listens to live music, and most importantly enjoys life.
Jeanine Sullivan | Associate Hospitality Recruiter
Jeanine joins us in our West Palm Beach Office as an Associate Hospitality Recruiter. She has spent the last 8 years working logistics for JP Morgan and Murphy Lighting in Orlando, an organization that assists companies like Disney and Universal Studios in their production needs. During this time, she realized that sales and marketing were her strong suits and wanted to pursue them further. In her free time, Jeanine enjoys reading, yoga, and running.
Cara Weston | Associate 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.
Gordon Smith | Associate Hospitality Recruiter
Gordon began his career in the hospitality industry at the age of 14 where he spent three years working Indian Hills Country Club. Gordon attended Kansas Wesleyan University, where he studied business administration and played on the golf team. Shortly after, Gordon began his career in the hotel and restaurant industry. Before moving back to Kansas City, Gordon spent several years working at two of the most exclusive hospitality venues in Southern California – La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and Rancho Valencia. In his free time, Gordon enjoys being outdoors, while spending time with his family, friends and dog, Aldo.
Irit Nevat | Executive Assistant
Irit has been living in the Kansas City Metro for the last three years and loves the city and the people. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and literature and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at UMKC. As a college student, Irit gained a lot of experience in the hospitality business, especially in restaurants and bars. She has significant administrative experience and her roles in technology companies, law firms, and architect offices included databases and operations. Irit traveled extensively in various countries and is familiar with different cultures. In her free time, she loves taking yoga classes, spending quality time with her family and reading.
Hayley Whited | Accounting/Payroll 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.