Helmed by well-known hospitality entrepreneur Matt Eisler and renowned designer Kevin Heisner, Heisler creates unique, concept-driven drinking and dining establishments. Taking an unconventional and organic approach towards each individual project while infusing their distinctive sensibilities, Heisler develops award-winning concepts that are current, refined, and timeless. Together, they have not only become known for their forward-thinking projects, but also for their efforts to mentor and champion the people they work with.
MATT EISLER :: CO-OWNER
A respected name in Chicago’s hospitality industry, Matt Eisler’s eye for opportunity and ability to craft successful concepts has led to the growth of Heisler’s diverse portfolio. Matt attended the University of Notre Dame, where he studied business and was a three-time MVP on the ice hockey team. Presented with the opportunity to follow his passion, Matt signed with the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames where he played for three years. In 2004, he hung up his skates to begin his foray into the hospitality industry and opened his first bar, Elm Street Liquors. A chance meeting with Kevin Heisner in 2006 led to the formation of Heisler and the subsequent opening of several award-winning concepts. In 2009, Matt was included in the prestigious Crain’s Chicago Business ‘40 Under 40’ list for his work in the hospitality industry.
KEVIN HEISNER :: CO-OWNER / DESIGNER
Designer Kevin Heisner is a Chicago native and School of the Art Institute graduate, whose career has taken him around the world, from Istanbul to Africa. With each project, Kevin masterfully juxtaposes rawness with refinement, creating eclectic gathering spaces. Beyond the Heisler portfolio, he has also lent his design touch to notable venues, including The Publican, Violet Hour and Big Star. Kevin’s work has been recognized both locally and nationally in publications such as Chicago magazine and Hospitality Design.
MARY DOYLE :: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING
Mary Doyle has spent the past decade introducing brands to the Chicago market and beyond by way of award-winning PR and marketing campaigns. A graduate of Saint Louis University, Mary worked on the marketing team at Chicago magazine and managed the PR efforts for a diverse roster of chefs and restaurants at a boutique agency in Chicago. At Heisler, Mary combines her media relations savvy and affinity for food and drink, to tell the Heisler story.
ALYSSA PATT :: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
With twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry, Alyssa Patt has a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully run a restaurant and bar day-to-day. A Detroit native and graduate of San Diego State University, Alyssa moved to Chicago in 2005. She was part of the opening bar team at the acclaimed Girl & the Goat restaurant and was the General Manager for four years, prior to joining Heisler in 2015.
LAURA SIERZEGA :: CONTROLLER
Laura Sierzega has more than twenty years of experience in the hospitality industry. A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Laura managed finance and operations at multiple hospitality groups across Chicagoland prior to joining the Heisler team in 2013.
SARAH BAUMGART :: ASSISTANT CONTROLLER
Sarah Baumgart brings several years of restaurant management experience to her role at Heisler. She was previously the General Manager at Marché, Opera and EPIC in Chicago. At Heisler, Sarah works closely with Laura Sierzega to manage the company financial operations.
GRAHAM HEUBACH :: CREATIVE DIRECTOR
With a degree in Art & Design from DePaul University, Graham Heubach has spent the majority of his working life seamlessly intertwining design and hospitality. In 2010, Heubach became the Art Director for local internet startup, Verboa, but was eventually lured back into the hospitality world and became part of the opening team at The Dawson. In the spring of 2014, he joined the respected bar team at Sportsman's Club where he was soon named "Bartender of the Year" by Time Out Chicago. In addition to serving as General Manager at Sportsman's Club, Heubach has simultaneously been lending his graphic design expertise to several liquor brands as well as Heisler Hospitality as a whole. In 2017, he made the transition to Heisler Hospitality's corporate team, where he drives the company's creative direction.
MICHAEL MCAVENA :: BEVERAGE DIRECTOR
Michael McAvena is an Ohio native and one of the first 150 Certified Cicerones in the country. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, McAvena worked his way up the ranks in the beer industry, ultimately landing coveted positions at The Violet Hour and The Publican. In 2010, he received the StarChefs Chicago Rising Star Sommelier award and in 2013, was named to Zagat's 30 under 30 list for outstanding industry excellence. Following his role as East Coast Sales Manager with Virtue Cider, McAvena joined Heisler Hospitality where his goal is to highlight quality and craft above all else.