Owner / General Manager
Jennifer K Heinz is a 3rd generation leader of the highly-successful family business, and industry-leading hospitality and culinary service management company that manages more than 4,000 events per year across the nation, employs more than 800 passionate individuals, and operates hundreds of thousands of sq. ft. of kitchen and commissary facilities.
She is adept at managing comprehensive event production, design management, catering and destination management services. Since completing her BA in International Business at Southern Methodist University with a focus on Latin America, Heinz has applied her passion for helping others while with the Susan G. Komen Foundation before joining The RK Group.
Sr. VP, Operations
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Ken Holtzinger possesses more than 30 years of culinary and management experience, and a reputation for orchestrating exact and flawless events of all styles and sizes as an executive with The RK Group. Ken began his career as a Sous Chef with The RK Group in 1991 and is now a member of its leadership team is responsible for the company’s growth and success and its subsidiary companies and partnerships. He leads culinary operations across multiple cities, budgeting and forecasting, new business development and overall daily operations of the company.
VP of Designations
Ms. Ontjes brings over 27 years of special event, emergency response and disaster readiness experience to her current role, as well as expertise with social, private, and corporate events ranging in size from 10 to 45,000. Starting her career with the RK Group as General Manager of Illusions Rental & Design in 2002, her responsibilities include expanding the company's market presentation in all business sectors and operations across multiple cities, budgeting and forecasting, new business development, and overall daily operations of the company.
Prior to joining the RK Group, Laurie was a member of a temporary utility provider with a diverse emergency response protocol, providing experience with numerous hurricanes and refinery turnarounds.
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Mr. Kowalski brings over 15 years of experience in the event industry, joined The RK Group in 2009, and is responsible for directing and coordinating integrated large scale events and operations across the United States, as well as tenting and equipment sales, operations and logistical support in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston.
Mr. Conner is a subject matter expert in the areas of cyber, CBRNE, DHS SAFETY Act and chemical facility anti-terrorism standards (CFATS) and support for disaster response. Mr. Conner serves as CEO at Integritas LLC, Principal at The Spectrum Group, as a Program Manager for TBAC, the Texas Bio and Agro Defense Consortium, and as a Sr. Advisor at the Center for Terrorism Law.
Mr. Conner delivers expertise in a variety of defense, intelligence, security and health disciplines with a focus on corporate development and strategic planning. He specializes in helping client organizational or trade community management design and implement strategic planning through analysis, innovation, strategy development and on-site management. His business experience includes helping clients in the defense, intelligence, cyber, homeland security, bio-science and health markets meet their objectives. Additionally, he has extensive experience with multiple secure communications, information technology, cyber security and advanced concepts, and bio-containment laboratories. He holds a MA in Government and Business from The George Washington University.