Thunder Bay Grille Pewaukee - Heart Of America Group


Terry Waite

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 2/25/2009

Jeremy Pust

Chief Operating Executive

Start Date: 8/15/2018
Personal Highlights

When I have time off, I spend the majority of my time with my two kids. I also enjoy traveling throughout the Midwest, watching movies and sitting by the fire pit and relax.

Marcus Levy

Executive Chef

Start Date: 9/3/2019
Personal Highlights

I started in the service industry right after graduating from high school. I worked my way through local restaurants throughout college. After taking a break while doing IT support, I returned to cooking in 2013 as this is my true passion.

Tricia Vanderboom

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 5/9/2003
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I am spending time with family and friends. I love all sports, but typically listen to them on the radio so I’m not sitting idle. My favorite time of year is summer because my family tries to get to the Dells at least 4 times a year.

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.

Dominic Gorniak

Front Of House Executive

Start Date: 5/24/2017
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending my time with my loved ones, at the gym, or in front of the TV playing my favorite video games (I’m a nerd at heart!). I also enjoy trying new dishes in my kitchen, and see myself as a craft beer aficionado. When I have the opportunity, I love to check out local music or make a trip to the closest Disc Golf course.

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!

Mike Jozwiak

Back Of House Executive

Start Date: 6/10/2019
Personal Highlights

When I’m not at work I’m constantly working on new recipes, trying out new exotic ingredients etc. As well when I’m not at work I’m a huge sports fan, I watch a lot of football and basketball, as well as playing video games. I love having guests over for appetizer parties or even dinner parties.

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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Moline, Illinois 61265
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515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309