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
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.
Client Relations Team
Taylor Morris | Managing Director
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.
Eric Stuertz | Client Relations Manager
Eric was born, raised and spent a 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.
Angela Falco | Client Relations Specialist
Angela has over 15 years of experience in the service/restaurant industry. After graduating with a degree in Communications from Park University, Angela joined the recruiting world with Aerotek in the professional service division. From there she recruited on various skill sets that included healthcare, HR, manufacturing and more. Angela is passionate about helping people with their career paths and building relationships. In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughter, Alexus, play volleyball and basketball and cheering on her Jayhawks and Chiefs.
James Nolan | Interim Management Solutions Manager
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Goff | Senior Hospitality Recruiter
Ryan graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2015 with a 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.
Ben Vanlandingham | Senior 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 | Senior 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.
Summer Rhorer | Hospitality Recruiter
After graduating from The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, Summer spent several years in catering & special events at prestigious private clubs in California. Transitioning out of the club industry, she went back to her alum as a staff member at The Collins College to focus on recruiting the future leaders of the hospitality industry. She was heavily involved in industry and employer relations and career development for students. In 2014 she completed a Master of Science Degree in Leadership & Management from the University of La Verne and decided to make a career change into the wonderful world of human resources, specifically in talent recruitment. Prior to joining Horizon, she spent a few years in talent management and recruiting for Evolution Hospitality, a top hotel management company in California. Summer brings her experience in hospitality and years of hotel recruiting experience combined with her passion for helping people land their dream job to the Horizon team. Now living in the Kansas City area, she enjoys spending time outdoors on adventures with her husband and two young kids and continuing her yoga practice in her free time.
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.
Heather-Rose Bradley | Hospitality Recruiter
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.
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.
Jennifer Talbott | Hospitality Recruiter
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Monmouth College in Illinois, working her way thru college in hospitality as a restaurant server for several years. Leaving Chicago after college, Jennifer’s career path led her to Michigan and St. Louis but she now proud to call Kansas City “home”. She pivoted from a career in commercial printing to positions in management within the restaurant industry. Jennifer has the drive for excellence and a great ability to understand people’s needs. Jennifer and her husband, Derek, are close to being empty-nesters after 10 years of marriage. Jennifer’s son, Nick is a high school senior and her daughter, Becca is a sophomore attending KU. Her hobbies are traveling and spending time with her husband and close-knit family. She loves cruising the most; her favorite vacation destination is Alaska.
Maria Rangel | Associate Hospitality Recruiter
Maria has extended experience in the restaurant service industry, having started at 17 and dedicated herself into learning and excelling at all positions related to the front of the house. She maintained her passion in working in hospitality while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Northern Illinois University and subsequently her Master of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Kansas. An opportunity to teach English in South Korea whisked her away for a year, but she ultimately wanted to continue thriving in restaurants, recently coming from a management position at locally owned Rye. Maria has always enjoyed helping others and tackling challenges and is eager to expand her horizons in doing so. Maria has many interests, including theatre, swing dancing, and exploring the vast, unique experiences Kansas City has to offer.
Ashley Vaughan | Recruiting and Sales Coordinator
Ashley is a native of Arizona, having lived in several different parts of the valley growing up. She has resided in Scottsdale for the past 5 years, after attending Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. She has a background in the food and restaurant industry from working for a food brokerage company as well as the corporate office for a well-known restaurant chain, Kona Grill. During this time, she was able to learn an extensive amount about the hospitality industry while interacting with clients and guests. She enjoys helping others and is excited about joining the Horizon Hospitality team and expanding her career. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, Pilates, and trying new restaurants.
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 Sheldon | Recruiting & Sales Coordinator
Going back and forth from Hawaii to Arizona several times in her early life, Jamie’s family finally settled in Phoenix where she grew up to become a Sun Devil at Arizona State University. Before attending ASU, Jamie spent the previous years traveling the U.S. with a young business organization who competed in events that tested skills in finance, virtual business, marketing, hospitality and so much more. While winning numerous awards for these competitions, she was also working in the hospitality industry (mainly restaurants) which led to having eight years of experience before joining Horizon’s team. Although this is her first recruiting position, Jamie strives to continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Her interests include music, traveling, photography and spends the majority of her time with her loved ones.
Ashley Intfen | Executive Assistant, Client Relations
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.