The Team

Together we have hundreds of years’ experience in commercial finishing, framing, drywall, doors, and window treatments.

We are a proud group of folks who enjoy working hard for our clients, being experts in our field, and getting together every once in awhile for a good BBQ or even a luau. To talk about your next project, contact us.


Out hiking with my family

SCOTT BLEICH

I have immersed myself in this industry since 1995. I’m an active member in many organizations, including our church where I volunteer. I sit on the board for United Way of Story County and Ames Economic Development, on committees for Master Builders of Iowa, a member of YPO- Young Presidents’ Organization, and a member of the Ames Morning Rotary.

My favorite pastime is being with my beautiful family: wife Angie, daughters Sophia and Alexis, and son Logan. Outdoor activities are a favorite of mine including fishing, hunting, riding bikes with my family, and hiking. You may also find me tinkering with my old cub cadet tractors, playing basketball, investing in the stock market, following politics, or watching the Hawkeye’s play. Go Hawks!!

What do I like best about Heartland Finishes? Our people! We have a great family atmosphere here. We try to keep our office a fun place to work and never take ourselves too seriously! We know that a happy team produces great work for our clients.


SCOTT TURCZYNSKI

Construction is a major theme in my life. From a B.S. in Construction Engineering at ISU to major home construction projects and helping to lead Heartland, I have immersed myself in it for years. When an accident resulted in a broken back in 2010, I may have been slowed down a little, but I’m still helping Heartland Companies grow.

I love Iowa State athletics and bleed cardinal and gold. I am active in the Des Moines Construction Council, Master Builders of Iowa, and the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. I serve as a Trustee on the Painters’ Health and Welfare Fund and am a member of both St. Mary’s/Holy Cross Church and the Emmaus House Facility Committees. My wife Angelia and I love to travel or just simply spend time at our acreage.

People who know me will tell you I’m good at integrating fun and work. At Heartland, we have a very fun atmosphere in our office. We get down to business when we need to, yet always with a light-hearted mood. When you enjoy what you do and your office surroundings, it makes coming to work very enjoyable.


KIM PULLEN

Since starting in this industry in 1984, I have been a part of many projects. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business from ISU. I love the people I work with at Heartland Companies. They are like family to me, and it gives me great satisfaction knowing their families rely on us for their jobs.

My actual family consists of my wife Chrissy, our ten kids and two grand children. My favorite past times include golf, hunting, fishing, watching the Green Bay Packers, cheering on all Iowa State athletics and antiquing with Chrissy.


DORAN DOTY

Having dedicated my career to the window treatment industry since 1980, you could say I know a thing or two about blinds, shutters, shades and draperies. In that many years, I’ve seen some fantastic new products developed, including automation. Since 2009, I have enjoyed putting my experience to work for The Heartland Companies team. What a great experience it is to be in an enjoyable family atmosphere. In my spare time, I have always enjoyed sprint car racing and have been involved in all aspects of hockey. I also enjoy boating and relaxing at Lake of the Ozarks with my girlfriend Emily.


SCOTT KOTTKE

My career, which started in 1982, includes a decade doing installations in the field and more than two decades in sales. I also have a certificate in Electrified Architectural Hardware from the Door and Hardware Institute, where I am also a member. My family includes my wife Karen and our three wonderful children Julia, Anthony and Laura. In my spare time, I enjoy creating stained glass art, fishing and hunting and am a member of Pheasants Forever. The Heartland family is a great group of people which creates an enjoyable place to work. I love the challenge of producing a great product and meeting our customers needs and schedules.


ROB SCHWARZENBACH

Construction has been part of my life since the beginning, tanks to my dad. He was a carpenter and was always working on something. I earned my construction engineering degree from Iowa State in 1997 and have been in commercial construction since then. I enjoy spending time with my wife Tracy and our family: Megan, Nicole, Jake and our English Setter named Zoey. Construction activities are pretty common for us as we typically have some type of home improvement project underway. I enjoy the outdoors, hunting, fishing and the annual Goodguys car show. The shop fridge always has cold beverages waiting for any new or old friends that stop by!!


JERRY MURPHY
CFO

Angie and Jerry

I am thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of the Heartland Companies team as CFO.  We work together to create an environment of trust, so we can achieve excellent outcomes for employees and clients.  Personally, my wife Angie and I have been married for over 35 years and have lived in the Des Moines area since 1992.  Our three children and three grandchildren also live in the area, so we enjoy plenty of family time together.  Professionally, I earned my CPA certificate in 1987, and have experience in public accounting, manufacturing and construction.  I earned my BA from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and my MBA from Drake University.  My interest and hobbies include family, golf, bicycling, traveling, and reading.  I enjoy sports of all kinds and consider myself an avid Hawkeye, Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.


Jill, her Dad, and Jake at WWE!!

JILL SAILER
Human Resource Manager

With experience in the accounting side of construction since 1991, I have served as a Board Member, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President for the National Association of Women in Construction. This year I will become the Vice President for the organization. I graduated from the American Institute of Business with a degree in Accounting and Financial Management. My amazing family consists of too many people to mention, but they are all very important to me and my first priority. I love spending time with my family as often as possible, as well as golfing, reading, taking walks, and listening to my favorite music. I also enjoy relaxing on the beach which does not happen often enough! I am so lucky to work with such great people at Heartland Finishes and I really appreciate the family atmosphere.


BOBBIE ADAMS
Project Manager

My wife and I

I am excited to have a career in window treatments. The Heartland atmosphere is very relaxed with everyone working hard while having fun. My background is in project management for commercial construction projects.

I enjoy gardening and am always amazed what a small seed can grow into and produce more seeds for next years fun. My wife and I have two cats from the ARL. They also enjoy plants which is why I can only have cacti plants inside now. I am also active in my small town city council.


KRISTA CARTER
Project Engineer

Krista, Dustin, & Bryan

I am an Iowa State University graduate with degree in Kinesiology, however my background started in construction when I was young. My dad was a high school shop teacher and then went on to own a construction company for many years.

My family includes husband Dustin, son Bryan, chocolate lab Zeke, and our rescue cat Carter. We love spending time outdoors, camping is a family favorite. Sports are also a big favorite, we are either watching them on TV or attending an event. We cheer for many teams, some of our favorites are ISU Cyclones, Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and the St. Louis Cardinals.


DEVIN DISTEROFT
Project Manager: Iowa City

My Brother, Dad, and Me!

I have been in the construction business my whole life. I went through the ABC program and received my certificate in the electrical field. Heartland has been a blessing, from the people I work with to the day to day challenges working in the window treatment worlds brings. I grew up in a small town outside of Iowa City. I enjoy anything outdoors, from boating to playing a round of golf.


RAMYA DUGGINENI
Estimator

My beautiful cousin and I!

After receiving my masters in Construction Management from University of Texas, Arlington I started my career in construction in Texas. When I joined the Heartland team I was excited to be part of the “family.”  Everyone was very welcoming and they are very enjoyable to work with. In my free time when I’m not traveling back to India to spend some time with my family I like to travel and explore new things. I also enjoy listening to music and painting.


CLINT EDWARDS
Field Operations Manager

In the years I’ve been a member of the Heartland Finishes team, I have really enjoyed meeting and developing friendships with new people. The supportive family atmosphere at Heartland allows me to do my job with confidence. I have been in the industry since 1995; half of it as a carpenter and half as a Superintendent for Heartland Finishes. My wife Tracy and I have two daughters named Jenna and Madison, plus a dog named Herky. I coach girls softball and also love to golf.


CHUCK EHRLICH
Estimator

In 1985, my career in construction got underway. My education and training include the U.S. Navy and Iowa State University, where I earned a B.S. in Construction Engineering. I really enjoy the family atmosphere at Heartland Finishes and working with the great people. I am a member of ASPE and the ISU Alumni Association. My wonderful family includes my wife Kim, and daughters Hannah, Molly, and Jennifer. Favorite pastimes of mine are hunting, fishing, reading, and just about all sports you can think of.


HANNAH EHRLICH
Accounts Payable Manager

Hannah & Ben

I love the family atmosphere at Heartland- it’s especially great working here with my dad. I have an Associate of Arts degree from DMACC and spend my free time traveling, going to concerts and fixing up the house with my wonderful husband Ben. I also love hanging out with my parents, two younger sisters and our German Shepherd Mix, Luna.


STEVE FURMAN
Field Superintendent, Painting

I’ve come to know this industry quite well since starting my career in it back in 1986. What I like best about Heartland Finishes is how our team approaches the day to day challenges of construction. I also enjoy working with everyone on my painting team as well all the other crafts within our company. I have two great kids named Alex and Allison and a wonderful significant other named Mary. When I’m not with my family or at work, you might find me boating, gardening, deer hunting or playing a fun round of golf.


JAMES HUTCHINSON
Project Manager

My construction background spans many years. I attended Coe College and also have an Associate degree from DMACC. Working at Heartland provides me with fun new challenges and the opportunity to work with very friendly people. My wife Amber and I have two daughters named Alex and Jessie, and a black lab named Indy. I enjoy watching my kids play sports and I also spend time golfing, hunting, fishing and camping. My career in construction lends itself to another hobby of mine which is buying and fixing up old houses.


SARA KING
Receptionist

My boyfriend, Jordie, and I

I am truly blessed to be working at Heartland that has such a great fun family atmosphere! I spent 2 ½ years at DMACC studying business administration. I’m happy to be at job where I can finally put my skills and knowledge to a wonderful use. I enjoy reading, baking all sorts of goodies, traveling when I can and enjoying the outdoors. I am an avid Hawkeye fan, that’s who you’ll see me cheering for especially during football season. I love the time I get to spend with my family, friends and our new dog Ollie.


Sara and Curran

SARA KINGSBURY
Office Manager

All of the friendly, helpful people at Heartland make for a fun and welcoming atmosphere! What a great place to utilize my degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from AIB College of Business. Favorite pastimes of mine include spending time outdoors and anything DIY. I love getting together with family and friends, and whenever we get the chance, traveling with my husband, Curran.


One of my favorite pastimes!

AJAY KUMAR
Estimator

Having graduated from Iowa State University in 2017 with my Masters in Construction Engineering and Management, I began my professional career with Heartland. I am an OSHA certified and licensed Engineer-In-Trainee (EIT) in the state of Iowa. I am also a proud member of the ISU Alumni. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Heartland family. I really enjoy the work hard, play hard attitude of Heartland along with the great intelligent people. Truth to be told, I had never felt as comfortable with any organization as I do working with the Heartland team.

I have always enjoyed playing soccer, badminton, and cricket. My favorite pastime include playing PS4 (especially FIFA), traveling with my friends, camping and hiking. As my family is in India, I always try to visit them once a year and have a great time.


VAMSHI KRISHNA LODANGI
Estimator

My favorite Bike!

My dad was in the construction field so I knew at a very young age that I wanted to work in the construction field. I graduated with my masters in Construction Management from University of Texas, Arlington. While still in India I received my masters in Structural Engineering.  I love continuing to learn new things in the construction technology field. My family continues to live in India and I visit them occasionally and always have a great time. When I am not working I enjoy cooking, watching movies, playing basketball, cricket, or badminton, traveling, or just hanging out with friends. I like working at Heartland because of the friendly environment the workplace has.


NIC MERFELD
Project Manager

I received my Business Management degree from Iowa State University, and am a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators. As a member of the Young Professionals of Des Moines, I am involved in the Greater Des Moines community. I volunteer at the Special Olympics in Ames every summer, and also enjoy traveling hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and pretty much anything outdoors. I cheer for the cardinal and gold. Go Cyclones! Independence, Iowa is my hometown, where my parents, brother and sister live on our family farm, along with full-time farm manager Duke, our chocolate lab. I feel fortunate to be a member of the Heartland family, which is full of motivated people striving to make themselves and everyone around them better.


PAUL MURPHY
Project Manager

The wife and kids!

I am very excited to be a part of the team here at Heartland. The family atmosphere here makes everyday enjoyable and a great place to work. I have a lot of experience in business management and customer support and service. I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Management from William Penn University after my discharge from the Marine Corps in 2007.

My wife, Christin and I have 2 sons, Abram and Bradley or “Bear” as we like to call him. We also have a ten year old old black lab, Rogue. When we aren’t busy with the boys we love to enjoy the outdoors and travel around to experience new places. In my free time I stay active, whether it is lifting, swimming or biking I’m always doing something. When I can I try and get to the range with some friends and put some rounds down range!


Andy and son Grayson

ANDY PULLEN
Estimator

It’s great to work at a company that has meant so much to my dad. The family atmosphere at Heartland makes for a fun and enjoyable place to work. My girlfriend Liann and I have a baby boy named Grayson, a dog named Penny and a kitten named Nemo. In addition to being a dad, I enjoy fitness, tennis and video games.


PRAVEEN RAJASEKAR
Estimator

Praveen and his family!

In 2017 I received my masters in Structural Engineering from Iowa State University. I am a licensed Engineer in Training in the state of Iowa and am also certified in OSHA 10 Hour. My structural background helps me in understanding complicated cold formed framing it thrills me to know the new external cladding of a structure.

Working for Heartland is like working with family, everyone makes you feel like family. “Work hard and play hard” is the motto followed by all of us at Heartland. I am proud to be part of this talented organization. My hobbies include going to the gym daily, playing soccer, and going hiking. I get back to India once year to visit my family, as they are the core to my happiness.


JEFF REED
Project Manager

I have six years experience in management and customer support and received my A.A.S degree from Western Dakota Tech in Business Management and Marketing. I grew up in Ankeny and am happy to have moved back here from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where I was an active member of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to being active with chambers in this area. My wife Laura and I have two dogs named Bear and Wrigley. I enjoy sports, camping, hiking, home renovation projects and anything Iowa Hawkeyes! I feel fortunate to work at Heartland with its wonderful atmosphere and people.


RYAN SCHUG
Purchasing Manager, Heartland Door and Frame

I have been in the industry since 1995 and took courses at DMACC, including Architectural Drafting. I am a Hope Ministries M25 volunteer and enjoy spending time with my dog Kota-Bear as well as mountain biking, riding my Harley, working out to the latest Beachbody video and reading. I also like gadgets, especially Apple products. One of my favorite aspects of working at Heartland is our team building events. We have such great people and a great atmosphere!


ROB SIECK
Inventory Manager

Relaxation!!!

After spending many years in the landscaping construction industry, I decided to switch careers and join the Heartland Team as a painter. Ten years later I’ve transitioned into the Inventory Manager position. I still continue to enjoy landscaping as a hobby. I enjoy just spending time outdoors and taking part in shooting activities. Go Cubs!!! Go Packers!!


JEREMY SINNARD
Project Manager

Jeremy & Asia out riding!

I’ve been in the construction business for many years and have experience in many different fields. I was grateful to join Heartland in 2018 and enjoy working with everyone here. The positive attitude and hard work ethic provides a fun and fast paced working environment. When I’m not working I enjoy traveling with my girlfriend Asia, camping, biking, packrafting, or anything outdoors!


DALE SMITH
Project Manager

My experience in this industry includes everything from supervision to project management and estimating, as well as being in the field. My career in construction started in 1977 with with a four-year carpenter apprenticeship. My wonderful wife Diana and I have been married for over 30 years. We have two daughters and are excited to now have grandchildren to spoil. I love spending time with my family and doing projects around our home. I also love traveling, riding my Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and going deep sea fishing. Packers trips with “the boys” are also a favorite of mine.


RON STATLER
Field Superintendent, Carpenters

Go Vikings!!

I have been in the construction field since 1992 as a union carpenter for local 106. With my recent move into the office I have started a new path in construction as the Field Superintendent over the Heartland’s crew of carpenters. I have been married to my wife, Shelley for years. We have three beautiful daughter, Kaylee, Brittany, and Jenna. All three girls play softball, taking after their dad which keeps us busy all summer long. When we aren’t at softball games we enjoy boating, fishing, and watching the races at Knoxville. I love cheering on the Vikings, Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes!


ANGIE UTTERBACK
Brand Representative

Angie, James & Summit

I have been involved in many different aspects of the construction industry since 1987; graduating from Iowa State with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design in 1995. I just recently joined the Heartland team & have really enjoyed this group & the environment they have created!  My family includes my husband James & our yellow lab, Summit, who always seems to find a way to follow us out the door no matter where we are going!  In the winter, I spend time volunteering as a Ski Patroller at Seven Oaks in Boone.  We love the mountains so you could find us there either skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, occasionally.  When I have spare time, I also like to quilt!


NATE WOMBLE
Project Manager

Trip to Colorado

I have been in the construction industry for a couple years now. I graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. I love the family atmosphere that Heartland has to offer and am looking forward to growing with the company. My free time is spent in the outdoors. I have a passion for hunting and fishing, as well as anything that has two wheels.


GARRETT YOUNG
Project Manager

Garrett and Jamie

The construction world has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad, Bill Young, has made his career in this industry along with my two older brothers, Forrest and Tucker.  One could say it was only fate that I now join them here at Heartland! Since becoming a project manager with Heartland at the start of 2016, I have enjoyed all the friendly people and times had here at Heartland and look forward to many more. As a graduate from Iowa State University, I am a cyclone fanatic. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my Fiancé Jamie, dog Gauge, and cat Trouble. I love any and all things outdoors, especially bow hunting, fishing, and playing golf.


GAYLA ZENZ
Accounts Receivable Manager

My Family

“Family” is the heart and soul of my life and over a many year business career.   Most of those years have been concentrated in the Construction arena.  It has been a true privilege to join the Heartland Companies family where my “day family” is warm, welcoming and a place I love to come to each morning.  Every day is a new laugh and smile of some kind!  Graduating from ISU in 1979 with a B.S. in Consumer Sciences, I’ve always been involved in the Accounting / Accounts Receivable side.  My husband, Steve (34 years and counting!) and I have two grown children, Kevin and Katie, that along with my active 91-year-old father and an entourage of pets completes my immediate family. Our energetic family has a variety of hobbies and interests including traveling, antiquing, sports, gardening and any other new adventure that presents itself.

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