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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 over 20 brands in almost 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 to 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

2019 Concessions Customer Service Excellence Award at ORD awarded by Chicago Department of Aviation

2018 & 2019 Customer Service Employee of the Year for Food and Beverage at DFW

TOP PRODUCERS

Top 5 in Sales (Non-Traditional) within their franchises, awarded to Moe’s and Manchu Wok locations at DAL and Jersey Mike’s at LAS

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

Director 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

Director of Marketing

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

Director of 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

Corporate IT Director

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.

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Sheila Shaw

Controller

As the Controller, Sheila Shaw manages the finance department, which includes general accounting, financial reporting, tax, and internal auditing. With more than 15 years of experience, she also holds a Certified Public Accountant license and Master of Accountancy.

Sheila comes from a family of nine children and was the first girl after six brothers in a row. As her children have grown older, she recently found a tremendous love for traveling.

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Christian Johnson

Regional Manager

Christian Johnson provides operational leadership to the staff and management in his region, which includes Atlanta, Dallas (Dallas Love Field), and Las Vegas. He also works hand in hand with his regional counterparts so together they can ensure that the TGI vision and experience is projected throughout the entire company in a smooth, congruent fashion.

Christian grew up around the globe in Belgium, Italy, France, Switzerland, Texas, and New York before taking roots in Ridgefield, Connecticut. As a goalie in his youth, he developed a love for hockey, and his favorite team is the Dallas Stars.

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Steven Pallotto

Regional Manager

As a Regional Manager, Steven Pallotto oversees various stores located in some of the busiest airports and train stations in the country. His region includes New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C. He has been with TGI since 2009 when he started as a General Manager.

Steven has a sweet tooth for chocolate and eats nothing green. He loves golf and comic books, and he is willing to try almost anything once, except food! 

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Mark Rimkus

Regional Manager and Culinarian

Mark Rimkus provides overall leadership to the staff and management team in his region, which includes Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, 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.

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.