At Stoney Creek Hospitality, we are committed to a high trust innovative culture. We value creating and developing relationships that establish a foundation for an infinite mindset. Bold, data backed decisions are a part of our normal day. Scalable systems that create additional bandwidth and enhance every interaction are as fulfilling to us as a good hike in the Northwoods.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in Oak Park, Il Jeff’s love for hospitality started at a young age, in the home. He would frequently help his mom by preparing ingredients after school so meals would be close to ready when she came home from work. Hospitality in the home showed Jeff what it took to prepare for guests to have a welcoming experience when they came over. His first hospitality job was as a dishwasher in a small, but busy, local restaurant. He was hooked from that moment. Jeff's hospitality career has spanned restaurants, residential camp and conference centers, and hotels. In May of 2020, the opportunity to join Stoney Creek Hospitality as its COO arose. After visiting several properties as a secret shopper, Jeff resonated with what founder Jim Thompson had developed: an exceptionally personal home away from home experience. Jeff is compelled every day to think and act in ways that grow Stoney Creek Hospitality, develop the professional and life skills of its team members and deliver exceptional hospitality to its guests.
Chief Operating Officer
Having grown up in the family hardware business, genuine hospitality and a business mindset run deep in throughout with her Midwest roots. Working in the service industry while attending Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa she quickly realized that hospitality was a fulfilling and rewarding field. After graduating with a B.A. in Business Management she continued her career in Galena, Illinois which she would later call home for her and her family. An opportunity arose for a General Manager position at Stoney Creek in Galena and she knew it was the moment that she had been waiting for. Katie’s enthusiastic drive for change and servant leadership were quickly noticed by leadership, after three years in her current role she accepted a promotion to join the corporate team. Her innovative approach and leadership are often noted by those she serves. Katie and her husband Matt live with their three kids in Galena, Illinois.
Chief Development Officer, Senior Vice President of Operations
Travis was born in small-town Iowa, growing up with a strong drive for all things sports. Being a 4-sport athlete in high school, Travis was always pushing the envelope to see how far he could go. This drive eventually led him to play football in college where he dove head-first into his passion for hospitality. Hotels have always been Travis’ passion and he has never looked back. Since the early days of his high school internships at a small local hotel, Travis knew this was his niche. In the spirit of pushing that envelope, Travis worked his way through the ranks of his hospitality jobs, making it possible to work all over the United States from F&B, GM, and Acquisitions. Travis loves the outdoors and living an active lifestyle that includes running, hiking, and cycling. He resides in Des Moines, IA, with his wife Katie and boy/girl twins that also enjoy the outdoors!
Chief Financial Officer
Matt was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa for undergraduate studies as a double major in Accounting and Finance. Upon graduating the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business in 2008, he began his career in public accounting at McGladrey and Pullen, LLP in Iowa City, Iowa. In 2009 he acquired his Certified Public Account (CPA) license. Currently, Matt resides in Mason City with his wife, Kari, also a Mason City native and their three small children. In his spare time, Matt enjoys fishing, running, coaching, and spending time with family.
Chief Revenue Officer
Mark was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He attended University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, majoring in Recreation Management, with the desire to someday manage a ski resort. He interned at Big Sky Resort in Montana and skied every chance he could. However, he soon realized that vacationing at a ski resort is much different than living at one, and abandoned the life of a ski bum. He moved back home to find a position in sales open at Stoney Creek - Moline. After working in sales and operations, he found his true passion in Revenue Management, leading with a servant attitude, and driving results. He's doing what he's always wanted to do, just not on a mountain. He resides in Des Moines, IA with his wife Cynthia and son Maverick. He enjoys running and watching all Chicago sports.