The Brumder Mansion Bed and
Breakfast is blessed to have Ms. Tonja Thomas as our permanent Innkeeper.
She is a talented woman who uses her gift of warm hospitality and combines
it with tough business savvy experience to manage the complex day to
day operations of both the Brumder Mansion and Grand Central. One traveler
stated that the Innkeeper made th e best breakfast that they’ve had
in years!! With multiple skills as the top chef, Tonja has elevated
both properties to a new level of excellence that “wows” the guest
as soon as they arrive and throughout their stay.
This level of excellence did not develop over night. As a very young
girl in Mississippi, she worked at her mother and stepfather’s Bed
& Breakfast. Tonja has vivid memories of daily responsibilities; serving drinks,
serving snacks in the gambling hall, and cleaning & frying fresh fish (from
the family owned catfish farm) for countless hearty breakfasts. Her favorite
responsibility during her busy childhood? To nurture and care for the numerous
puppies living at the family’s dog kennel. Through these early experiences
of helping with the family businesses is how Tonja developed her service heart.
At the age of 15, Tonja decided to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. to
live with her father and further develop her service heart. In the
late 1980’s, she began to cultivate her gift of caring by working with
seniors in residential assisted living homes. Developing her senior
care skills gave her a new opportunity to practice compassion and patience.
In 1999 a new skill emerged and developed when she took on the challenge
of opening her own Childcare Center. The Center successfully operated
until 2006 when later that year she decided to fulfill her dream to
obtain a Hotel and Hospitality Management degree from Milwaukee Area
Technical College (MATC). She was excited to be accepted into this
highly demanding program. With prior internships in Vegas under her
belt, a prestigious internship at the historic Knickerbocker Hotel
and Condominium complex was required for successful completion of this
program. June 2007 Tonja graduated from MATC.
Armed with solid credentials and varied experiences, Tonja has also
become a valued employee of Four Points Sheraton in Milw. As Executive
Housekeeper she manages a staff of 25 daily. Ensuring that this 149
room property is spotless requires great attention to detail and top
management skills. Tonja is enjoying her career as it affords her the
opportunity to live with passion in the service industry. As Executive
Housekeeper and Innkeeper at the Brumder Mansion Bed & Breakfast and
Grand Central, Tonja’s fulfilling her dream to share her gifts and
talents with people to make their lives a bit more uncomplicated.
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3046 West Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
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