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Spotlight: Jim Johanek

Jim Johanek, owner of Jimmy Jo's BBQ in Bourbonnais, lives locally with his wife Lisa of 31 years and his German Shepard. He was blessed with three children Jennifer, Julia, and Jimmy. He also just recently welcomed his first grandchild, Forrest. Growing up Jim lived in LaGrange Park and then continued to attend and graduate college from The University of Wisconsin-Stout, earning a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Jim lives by the quote, "Make improvements, not excuses. Seek respect, not attention."

During Jim's time living in Bourbonnais, he noticed that there were not any BBQ restaurants in the area, which is why he decided to open up Jimmy Jo's BBQ. His duties include working shifts, catering, attending events, and mentoring staff.

For the past five years Jim has been a member of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. He is also serving as a liaison on the board of Visit Kankakee County. Jim states, "What I like most about the Chamber is seeing young entrepreneurs starting off and growing their businesses. Ashley and her team are doing a great job and making a huge impact. The Chamber is going in the right direction, Getting involved and using the resources that the Chamber has to offer will help your business immensely." Jim is a very valuable member of the Chamber, and we are very thankful for all he does in serving the community.

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