Staff

Kevin Jurasek

Kevin Jurasek

Conference Center Director

Kevin has been working at the Hy-Vee Conference Center since 1995. After graduating from Iowa State University with a BA in telecommunicative arts, in the study of radio, television and film, he began his career with the local ABC-affiliated television station. Kevin joined the Hy-Vee family in 1995 as coordinator of AV services and after five years moved up to assistant director of the Conference Center. After another four years as assistant director, he was promoted to Director.

Kim Burow

Kim Burow

Corporate Executive Chef

Chef Kim has been with the Hy-Vee Conference Center since December 2003 as the Corporate Executive Chef. Chef graduated with an Associate’s Degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He returned to Iowa to take a position as executive chef of the Des Moines Golf and Country Club and was named the youngest Certified Chef in Iowa at that time, at age 23. Following ten years at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, he moved to Palm Springs, California, to work at Indian Wells Country Club, the home of the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament, as executive chef and director of food service. After another ten years, Chef Kim returned to Des Moines to continue his career as executive chef of the Hyperion Field Club and worked there for ten years before coming to Hy-Vee. Chef Kim is a long-standing certified member of the American Chef Federation. He has numerous awards to his credit, from the National Pork Producers and Taste of Iowa to the President's Culinary Award.

Molly Roth

Molly Roth

Sales Manager

Planning a business function or a wedding reception? Interested in learning more about the Hy-Vee Conference Center? Please contact Molly, our Sales Manager, and she will be happy to help answer any questions you may have! Molly graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing with a concentration in sports studies. While at the University of Iowa, Molly also worked for the Athletic Department in the Sports Marketing office and for the Business Master's Program at the Henry B. Tippie School of Management.

Mandy Garcia-Saner

Mandy Garcia-Saner

Manager of Banquets & Events

Mandy has been with the Hy-Vee Conference Center since June of 2006 and serves as Manager of Banquets and Events. Mandy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international business and a Master's degree in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration with an emphasis in events planning from Western Illinois University. Mandy has been with Hy-Vee since 1994, both in the store and at the corporate office. She started her Hy-Vee career at the Silvis location and transferred to the Macomb store while attending college. She began her tenure in the Des Moines market serving as an intern at the Conference Center to complete her degree. She worked at the Windsor Heights store serving as manager of general merchandise and later as manager of perishables. She is also a 2001 graduate of Hy-Vee University.

Ashley Bergman

Ashley Bergman

Wedding Show & Marketing Coordinator

Ashley has been with the Hy-Vee Conference Center since December of 2008 working as the wedding show and marketing coordinator. Ashley is a May 2008 graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in corporate communication and a minor in marketing. This is Ashley's second time working for Hy-Vee as she has also worked part time at the Ottumwa #1 store and the Indianola store for a combined five years.

Rob Luetje

Rob Luetje

Audio/Visual Coordinator, Room Setup and Operations

Rob has been with the Hy-Vee Conference Center since March 2004, working with the audio/visual capabilities and room setup, and was named a Hy-Vee Corporate Employee of the Quarter in 2006. Rob earned his BA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Iowa. This is Rob’s second time with Hy-Vee, as he also worked part-time in the Carroll, Iowa, Hy-Vee store for six years. Rob’s prior experience in audio and video includes three years at Pratt Audio-Visual in Des Moines and two years at WOI-TV in West Des Moines. When he’s not working in the Conference Center, Rob is freelancing in videography and video editing for Doug McBride Fine Art Photography & Video Production in Des Moines.

Cindy Willson

Cindy Willson

Banquet Captain

Cindy has been with the Hy-Vee Conference Center since July 2006 and started as the Banquet Captain in 2010. As the Banquet Captain she manages the staffing for events and is the main contact the day of your actual event. She attended DMACC in Des Moines. Cindy also assisted with Hy-Vee caterings for over 20 years prior to working at the Conference Center.

Staff

Our professional staff will make sure that no detail is forgotten to ensure that your event is the best it can be.

Staff

Every event held at the Hy-Vee Conference Center is important and unique and we strive to provide the attention to quality and detail that only we can provide.