Unlike most people who venture into the food business, Heidi's passion was not cooking. Her career began as a professional, and single mother of two. Heidi has always been a self-motivated, determined,
strong woman, with a drive for independence. She majored in marketing/merchandising at SCC, and ASU. Recruited from Plaza Three Academy by Diamond's (now Dillard's), Heidi worked the corporate ladder for seven years in the fashion industry. She left Dillard's to pursue a District Management position. After two more years in retail, Heidi felt it was time for a change. The next three years Heidi spent as "Cupid" directing one of the world's largest dating services. "Until now, that was the most fulfilling job I've ever had," says Heidi. It quite Ironic that now I cater those weddings.
In the early 90's Heidi became a professional body builder and built a small home meal service emphasizing nutritiously balanced meals. Along with her father, she prepared and delivered healthy meals to homes all over the valley.
Adam Zimnisky graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Education with a special emphasis in Exercise Science. Adam not only has the education in this industry, but he has also managed a vast majority of both the front of the house and back of the house at catering field. Adam started as our 5 Star Service Manager, maintaining organization and efficiency through our service team. Over the past few years Adam has gradually progressed to a more hands on approach within the culinary department. He is currently enrolled and attending ACI, The Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale to further advance not only his culinary skills but also his local and cross cultural understandings of the culinary fields.
Adam is now our Executive Chef, continuing the progression and constant development of new and innovative culinary masterpieces which Heidi’s Events and Catering is well known for.
Senior Event Specialist
Jillian was born and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona. A true native!
She attended Arizona State University, where in addition to her studies she began working as a server here at Heidi’s Events and Catering. She quickly moved from a server to Banquet Manager as well as dabbled as an Event Chef Assistant in the kitchen at events.
Jillian graduated from ASU in May 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and English and a Minor in Mass Communications.
Jillian has always had a passion for communicating and working with people in the events industry. Her passion for planning, coordinating and designing events and her love for Heidi's Events and Catering brought her to the front office upon the end of her college career.
Jillian is now our Senior Event Specialist, planning and coordinating events, overseeing the Junior Event Specialists and keeping up with all current trends in the events and catering industry.
Sami Carroccio moved to Arizona in 2000 from Minnesota to attend Arizona State University. While attending college, Sami worked part-time jobs serving at a prestigious resort in Carefree and continued to work in the food & beverage/hotel industry for many years while balancing a career in marketing. Sami has earned over 15 years of experience planning corporate, social and nonprofit events, building relationships and creating successful marketing campaigns for multiple industries including hospitality, food and beverage, commercial real estate, heavy civil construction, and movie theaters. Sami enjoys giving back to the community and currently serves as the Executive Director of Cat Cavorting and Chair of Water For People - Arizona, two 501(c)3 organizations that focus their intentions on helping communities in need. She has always been passionate about helping others, is known for her restaurant recommendations and especially enjoys creating great experiences for her clients. When Sami is not working or volunteering, she enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with her friends and family.
Mike joined HEC in the summer of 2020, and officially became our Catering Director in the 2020 fall season. Mike comes with over 20 years of restaurant management experience. The switch to the Catering Industry was appealing in the fact that we work in so many different locations and every event is different and helps keep things fresh. To him, the best part about the industry is that we get to play a part in making people happy on a day that they will never forget. Mike is a proud dad to two amazing and high energy boys, Mason who is 7 and Harrison who is 6. Also newly married, he enjoys Sci-Fi movies and watching True Crime shows with his Wife. He also enjoys cooking very labor intensive meals and spending outdoor time with his wife and kids, swimming and exploring new places.
Marissa is an Arizona native from Phoenix. She attended St. Mary’s High School and majored in Hotel & Restaurant Management at Coconino Community College in Flagstaff. Her passion for the industry began at an early age, while working at her family’s restaurant. She has been in the hospitality industry for almost 10 year now and is excited to learn all aspects of the business at Heidi’s. Marissa is newly engaged, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and hosting game nights at her home.
Amber was born in Arizona but was raised in the Pacific Northwest, where she attended school, focusing on Accounting and Business. She got an early start in the Insurance Industry while in school and upon graduating, became a Licensed Insurance Agent. Family called her back home to Scottsdale, AZ. where she worked in Real Estate Sales and Management until her start at HEC in 2019. Amber is a proud Aunt to several nieces and nephews and enjoys spending time outdoors; hiking, exploring and photographing nature.
Charlie is originally from Minnesota and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, AZ. Charlie is a Chef with 35 years of culinary experience and has been a part of the team at Heidi's Events & Catering for over 7 years.
Jessie is a native of Las Cruces, NM and has been in Culinary Arts for 30 years. He is in his 14th season here at Heidi's and has been responsible for over 1,200 events. Jesse has catered two Super Bowls, HGTV's Million Dollar Home Giveaway, twice for the tv reality show "Four Weddings", and 10 Scottsdale Culinary Festivals. His skills he brings to the team are punctuality, honesty, loyalty, and great customer service. Nothing makes him happier than when people stop him around town and thank him for catering their events.
Heidi was born and raised in Fond du Lac Wisconsin. After graduating High School she attended Moraine Park Technical College, where she studied everything from simple fruit and vegetables to pastries. One of Heidi’s favorite memories as a Culinary Student was competing in the Taste of Fond du Lac, where they made a Wisconsin staple, the Cream Puff. In 2010 she & her future husband Mike moved to Arizona for better career opportunities and haven't looked back since. In her free time, she loves to bake and come up with new ideas, from simple brownies to homemade marshmallows. Her husband is her number one fan and taste tester. Heidi also enjoys crafting as well but will admit that she her skills are much better served in the kitchen.
Born in Jordan, John moved to New York over 30 years ago to start his culinary career. He owned a small diner in New York for 13 years and a Greek Mediterranean restaurant for over 9 years after moving to the Valley in 2005. John joined our team as an Event Chef in 2014 and enjoys spending time with his friends in his spare time.
Dana has been a part of the HEC team for over 10 years. She was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. Following marriage, she worked in healthcare, along with owning her own business, and raising her family in the Bend, Oregon. Dana, her husband, and two girls relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2004. Following the move, Dana worked as an instructional aide in a 6th grade classroom for 7 yrs., which was then followed by her return to healthcare as a Primary Receptionist/ Assistant to a MDVIP Doctor in the Ahwatukee area. During her time still in the classroom, she joined the HEC family because of her genuine passion for serving others.
Kathleen started with Heidi's Events & Catering in October 2014 as a server and moved up to Event Manager. She enjoys working with people and ensuring your event is executed with out any glitches.
Born and raised in Arizona, Shelbie is a true Phoenician! She graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and is very passionate about helping others and showing great hospitality. Working for Heidi's Events and Catering is educational and challenging but very rewarding. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and hanging out with her family and 4 dogs.
Chief Executive Officer
Tanya Lee Schmit received her Bachelors’ in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 2003. She’s been working in the off-premise event planning industry since 1999 and loves sharing in the celebrations with the clients it entertains. As a strategic business planner, she has helped several small businesses grow from a “mom and pop” operation to multi-million dollar well-oiled machine. Her diligence, determination, and experience in running a business has proven itself time and time again. Tanya runs all financial aspects of Heidi’s Events & Catering. Tanya is a proud wife and mother of a 4 children.