Thunder Bay Grille Rockford - Heart Of America Group


Katlyn Johnson

Katlyn Johnson

Chief Operating Executive
Start Date: 8/17/2006
Personal Highlights

When I am not at work, I spend all of my time with my 12-year-old son, Brayden. We enjoy traveling and discovering new places when at all possible. I am also the proud dog mom of an 80-pound Black Lab named Jackson.

Valentin Martinez

Valentin Martinez

Executive Chef
Start Date: 9/10/2008
Personal Highlights

In my spare time, I enjoy working on my trucks and spending time with Family. I have five Chihuahuas that keep me busy and a son that is getting ready to graduate high school.

Simon Flores

Simon Flores

Back-Of-House Executive
Start Date: 7/16/2021
Personal Highlights

When I have free time I like to dedicate it to my family. We like to go outside and enjoy different places. I also like to dance, so when I have some free time I go out and dance with my wife.

Doug Anderson

Maintenance Executive
Start Date: 11/1/1986

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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1501 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265
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Operations Support Center - Des Moines
515 E Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309