Thunder Bay Grille Pewaukee - Heart Of America Group


Terry Waite

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 2/25/2009

Laura Michel

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 10/22/2018
Personal Highlights

I began working in restaurant and customer service when I was 15. I held a few supervisor positions along the way and after college, I was offered a salaried management position. The hours are long and lots of weekends are lost, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

I met my husband, Brian, in college; we now have a beautiful little boy, Brandon. Before Brandon, I was a cat mom to Emmett and Emma. Who are content to stay home when the boys and I go hiking, camping, and swimming in warmer weather. We spend a lot of time with family all year round.

Jessica Luzinski

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 8/5/2019
Personal Highlights

When I am not working, I enjoy being at home with my son. Together, we love to go on adventures, take walks, learn to cook new things, and spend time with our four-legged friends. I love spending time outside, relaxing with friends and family!

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: ???
Personal Highlights

I grew up playing basketball, football, and volleyball, but my most loved sport will always be golf. In my free time you can usually find me out on the golf course, enjoying live concerts or yelling at the T.V. because the Bears or Cubbies are on. I have a wonderful 8-year-old boy who keeps me busy and is already beating me at Mario Kart.

About Heart Of America

Starting with one, 100-seat restaurant in 1978, Heart of America Group has grown to include a portfolio of award-winning owned and operated restaurants, hotels and commercial developments. Noteworthy brands developed and operated by Heart of America Group include the Machine Shed Restaurant, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, The Republic on Grand, Hotel Renovo, Wildwood Lodge, Thunder Bay Grille, and The J Bar. We pride ourselves in building long-lasting properties that bring value to the consumer and to the communities in which we build.


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515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
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