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The Grove, Inc. Way

The Grove, Inc. (TGI) is the destination for all your favorite brands, providing unrivaled service that nourishes people and communities in high volume locations across the country. Our current collection includes 20 brands in 50 locations, serving 9 million guests annually. Our expansive portfolio includes strategic partnerships across the board in food and beverage, from quick service to bars and casual dining. Expert brand selection and placement help to maximize profitability and maintain high sales volumes. We take pride in our dedicated team members, strong brand alliances, and non-traditional venue partners. With us, you can always depend on quick and easy access to top level management and support staff, exceptional operations, and award-winning customer service.

VISION:
Expanding our footprint, growing our partnerships, cultivating our talent, and implementing the latest in technology to further enhance the guest experience.

VALUES:
Making a positive difference daily
Promoting a culture of teamwork, trust, and inclusion
Respecting our people, our partners, and our planet

Join Our Team

Award Highlights

CUSTOMER SERVICE

2021 DFW Excellence Awards for Excellence in Customer Service awarded to 5 TGI employees at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

2019 Concessions Customer Service Excellence Award at Chicago O’Hare International Airport awarded by Chicago Department of Aviation

TOP PRODUCERS

Top 5 in Sales (Non-Traditional) within their franchises, awarded to Moe’s and Manchu Wok locations at Dallas Love Field Airport and Jersey Mike’s at Harry Reid International Airport

BRAND RECOGNITION

“Dave’s Way” earned by all TGI Wendy’s locations year after year, providing “A-Level” scores in Overall Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience Evaluation, and the Facility Evaluation

Training Store Recognition at Jersey Mike’s in 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA

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Nina Madonia

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Nina Madonia’s long term vision is to keep the current level of expansion moving forward, bringing The Grove, Inc. and its partner brands into new markets. Her focus is on securing new concepts and venue partners, fostering strategic relationships and overall development. She is proud to have facilitated and welcomed Chick-Fil-A to the TGI family of franchise partners with two new locations in 2020 – first in her hometown of Chicago at historic Union Station, as well as TGI’s newest airport partner, Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP).

Nina married her high school crush and is currently enjoying the crazy adventure of raising teenagers!

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Brian Anderson

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Brian Anderson controls and analyzes revenue for food and beverage operations, overseeing operations, sales, labor, inventory, and development. Brian is responsible for financial reporting, management of accounting, ensuring accounting controls, leading the audit process, and managing the banking and other financial relationships. He works with the CEO to develop the growth plan, forecasts, and strategic programs to measure, manage, and expand operations.

Brian is an avid Chicago sports fan and seasoned grill master at the Chicago Bears Tailgates at Soldier Field.

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Angela Alesky

VP of Human Resources

Angela Alesky is an HR professional with over 17 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources Management. She holds a MBA in Human Resource Management and a BS in Accounting, and her expertise is in both operational and strategic HR practices. Angela’s previous experience is in the manufacturing and service industries.

Angela lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She loves fishing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Maureen Grace

VP of Marketing & Brand Development

Maureen Grace is responsible for marketing, advertising, store signage, request for proposals (RFP) submissions, and assisting the development team with brand and airport partnerships. She has previous experience in various facets of retail including marketing, management, training, and procurement.

When she is not working, you will find Maureen traveling, enjoying sporting activities, or dining with family and friends.

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John Miers

VP of Design & Construction

John Miers has been with TGI for over 31 years taking on various roles within the business. As Director of Construction, he currently oversees all new construction, store refurbishments, equipment purchases, and facility maintenance. He solicits architects, engineers, and general contractors through a competitive bidding process. He also works directly with corporate directors on new travel industry opportunities and the RFP submittal process.

John loves chocolate, but he doesn’t like the long walks required to work off the indulgence!

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Jim Pedziwater

VP of Information Technology

Jim Pedziwater is responsible for planning, selection, implementation, and maintenance of all field and corporate technology systems. He has provided information technology leadership to TGI since 2004 and has had more than 25 years of corporate experience in retail and restaurant leadership roles.

Jim enjoys biking, songwriting, and playing music with his family.

Dawn Fleming

Dawn Fleming

VP of Finance & Accounting

Dawn Fleming, CPA, has 25+ years of accounting and leadership experience with middle-market privately owned businesses. As Director of Accounting and Finance, Dawn provides financial and administrative leadership and analytical skills to the TGI organization. Dawn is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, mentoring and growing of all areas of finance and accounting along with a variety of administrative services. Her diverse experience and attention to details allows to lead her team in servicing all aspects of the business.

Dawn enjoys spending time outdoors during all of our many Midwest seasons. She loves gardening, traveling and anything that involves spending time with family and friends.

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Mark Rimkus

VP of Operations

Mark Rimkus provides overall leadership to the staff and management team in his region, which includes Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. After studying business management and attending culinary school, he went on to work as a chef in country clubs, restaurants, sports bars, and hotels. In addition to his management responsibilities, he helps to develop and execute new ideas and recipes, creating menus for TGI’s proprietary brands.

Mark loves traveling, grilling, spending time with his family. With three active boys, he stays busy coaching his sons’ baseball and football teams.

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Steve McKeon

Senior Director of Operations

As a Regional Manager, Steve McKeon oversees multiple national and regional brands, currently focused in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. areas. He has successfully built and motivated dynamic teams, developing many operators who have grown to take over their own locations. Steve is also involved in operations with new store openings. Steve has been with TGI since 2012 when he started as an Assistant Manager.

Steve enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is also a die-hard Philadelphia sport fan. Go Eagles!

Who We Are

Our accomplished and versatile management team is the key to our success. Our organization shows strength from the top down, working tirelessly to develop our vision and forward-thinking plan. Each one of our leaders brings unique skills and expertise. Their collective efforts and knowledge have been monumental in the upward trajectory that TGI has experienced over the years, and they continue to guide the company, providing the internal resources necessary to be successful in taking on any operational challenge.