Tom
FOUNDER

Tom Suerth

Tom started Waterfront Restoration in 2003 when he was still in high school. Frustrated by the weeds and invasive species preventing his family from enjoying the lake, he tried pulling them by hand instead of depending on chemicals or mechanical harvesters. The results were longer-lasting and more complete, and as his family’s property became the envy of the bay, word spread!

“The crews were always friendly and responsive, cannot say enough about the people you have been able to hire in the summer to do this work. I would be remiss if I didn’t also note that Derek has been great to work with, could not be happier with working out the service needed, timing, responsiveness to call, etc.”

— Jerry V, Lake Owasso

Over the years, Waterfront Restoration has expanded its services and service area while keeping abreast of the latest invasive species concerns and best practices. Today, over 500 regular clients rely on Waterfront Restoration to clear and maintain their lakefront properties.

Waterfront Restoration is locally owned and staffed by courteous, borderline-obsessive lake lovers. We care about our neighbors and the lakeshores they represent because, frankly, we can’t wait to dive in for ourselves at the end of the day. Our 14-year track record and hundreds of happy clients speak volumes about our commitment to excellence. We’re about improving our lakes—and helping clients enjoy their summer—one visit, one weed, one shovel at a time…and we can’t wait for you to experience the Waterfront Restoration difference for yourself!

WHO ELSE WILL YOU WORK WITH AT
WATERFRONT RESTORATION?

Derek
SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR

Derek Lee

Derek began his career with Waterfront Restoration as a diver in 2008 and now serves as the sales and marketing director for the company. Derek oversees everything from customer satisfaction to marketing initiatives. His passion for the water and helping others has made his work with Waterfront Restoration a natural fit.

Derek was born and raised in Minnesota and grew up with weekend ventures to his lakeside cabin on Mille Lacs. His time spent there was the foundation of his love for the outdoors and the lakes of Minnesota.

When he's not working, Derek is also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Long Lake. In his free time, Derek loves to spend time out on the lake or near the lake with his friends and fiancé, Taryn. He even proposed to Taryn along the shores of Lake Minnetonka near the excelsior commons boardwalk in the fall of 2016. He lives in Orono and has a “fur family” consisting of a Siberian husky named Eskimo and a cat named Finnley.

“I can’t tell you how nice it is to enjoy a weed-free Lake Minnetonka experience. Thanks again for providing us with such a great service!

— Michael J, Smithtown Bay, Lake Minnetonka

Due to Derek's never-ending passion for helping people and for serving the lakefront community, he is constantly listening and learning from thousands of lake homeowners. With almost a decade of work in this field, he has earned the trust and respect of clients and gained insights into the needs of lakefront homeowners. This expertise has allowed him to best teach Waterfront Restoration's staff of highly-trained divers how to provide the best solution and best customer experience to any lake homeowner. Derek stands behind Waterfront Restoration's promise of being the highest quality cleaning option for any lakeshore property.

Jon
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Jon Miller

Jon joined Waterfront Restoration as the Operations Manager in 2016 after moving back to Minnesota from California. Jon's interest in stewardship of our natural resources and small business made Waterfront Restoration an ideal company with truly aligned values.

Jon grew up in Minnesota where he was very active outdoors as a member of the Boy Scouts. Upon graduating with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Minnesota State, Mankato, he moved to California to work for Wonderful Pistachios and Almonds. It was here that his passion for leading and developing people was kindled. Now he is pursuing a Masters of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership from Michigan State.

Jon currently resides in Shoreview with his wife, Amanda, and their cat, Princess Leia. His free time is spent mixing in home improvement projects and exploring the great outdoors that Minnesota offers.

Jon's focus on people leadership enables Waterfront Restoration to provide the highest level of customer service of any lake weed removal company in Minnesota by encouraging all employees to live Waterfront Restoration's core values of exceeding customer expectations and delivering outstanding quality and value.

Joe
OFFICE MANAGER

Joe Ponessa

Joe began working with Waterfront Restoration as an Administrative Intern in the Spring of 2015 and is now in his second year working as Office Manager for the company. A University of Minnesota graduate, Joe plays a central role in nearly every aspect of the company, with primary areas of accountability in scheduling & routing our crews, management of our watercraft inspection teams, and managing all day-to-day functions of Waterfront Restoration and its numerous seasonal employees.

Born and raised in Saint Paul, Joe grew up spending as much time as he could at the lake, which fostered a deep passion for fishing and the outdoors at a very early age. Continuing that passion for the outdoors led Joe to become a tournament bass angler, who now spends any and all available time prepping for and competing in local, statewide, and national-scale bass tournaments. Spending hundreds of hours on the water each year, Joe has witnessed the negative impacts that are connected to other methods of lake-weed control, such as chemicals or harvesting, which prove time and time again to have negative implications on the welfare of our freshwater lakes. The sport of tournament bass fishing has really opened Joe's eyes to the importance and value of our freshwater resources, and has allowed him to meet and interact with countless like-minded individuals who want nothing more than to protect our lakes and rivers for all to enjoy. He values being a part of Waterfront Restoration, a company devoted to delivering on the promise of providing the safest and most effective method of lake-weed control and AIS prevention possible to the state of Minnesota.

Erin
OPERATIONS INTERN

Erin O’Brien

Erin is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she studied business, marketing, and leadership. She was the kid who never stopped asking questions and will use that characteristic combined with her problem-solving skills as the Operations Intern for Waterfront Restoration this summer.

Though she is new to Waterfront Restoration, it will be her fourth consecutive summer working near lakes. She has also worked as a watercraft inspector and rented out canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards.

On a day off you can find Erin baking, reading, training for her first marathon, playing with her German Shorthair Pointer, Ellie, spending time with family and friends or doing anything active and outdoors. She especially likes anything on the water; she is notoriously the first one swimming across the lake at her family’s lakeside cabin in Wisconsin every summer.

Her passion for the water stems from her weekends spent at the cabin and on the lake growing up. Her love of lakes has only grown, making her a great fit for Waterfront Restoration. She understands the importance of a weed-free lake and works behind-the-scenes to help provide that as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Jess
MARKETING INTERN

Jess Harrington

Jess joined the team in May 2017 as our Marketing Intern. Jess handles several different tasks at Waterfront. One of her main duties is answering calls from customers and talking with them about our services. She cares very deeply about customer satisfaction and will go above and beyond to make sure a customer is happy with their results.

Jess is going to be a senior at the University of St. Thomas in the fall and is majoring in Business Communications. She grew up in Minnetonka where she was very active in the sports community. She continues to be active in college playing intramural sports, participating in the Women in Business club, and doing fun things with her friends.

Jess currently lives in Minnetonka with her mom, dad, brother, cat, and two dogs. Her brother is a junior at Boulder, Colorado.

On the weekend, Jess tries to get up to her family cabin on Lake Vermilion. She has been going up to her cabin since she was a little girl. Jess loves water skiing, wake boarding, and being on the lake. Her cousins are from Duluth and they also go up to their cabin. Jess believes her cabin is why she is so close with her extended family.

“We’ve been a customer of Waterfront Restoration for 4 years now. These guys are great to work with. Their work is fantastic and thorough. Their employees are prompt and professional in all aspects. After every site visit they follow up to see if we have any questions or concerns. Having weed-free areas for our grandchildren to swim in has made our experience on the lake much more enjoyable. Thanks to Waterfront Restoration for making this possible!”

—
Bryan F, Prior Lake

Jess was drawn to Waterfront Restoration because of her own personal experience with the lake. She feels that one of the best parts about Minnesota is the lakes, and the summer should be spent on it. She is so thankful her family has a cabin-- it is where her favorite memories have been made. She believes the best days are when you wake up and put your suit on and don't take it off until sunset. She hopes that working with Waterfront she will be able to help others make memories like she has.

Jess is excited to put her St. Thomas education to use at Waterfront. She looks forward to learning more about marketing and sales. She is enthusiastic and has a strong work ethic. She is willing and ready to take on any project or challenge (with a smile) that comes her way!

Dylan
SALES INTERN

Dylan Andrew

Dylan is beginning his time at Waterfront Restoration as a Sales and Business Development intern. As part of his tasks, he will communicate directly with customers and build a plan for them that will ensure a weed-free shore that is ready for the summer.

Dylan was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois and developed a love and appreciation for being out on the lake. Growing up, he and his family would frequently make trips to Michigan or Tennessee to visit the lake houses of family and friends. Since coming to Minnesota for school, Dylan has developed a love for fishing and loves spending his weekends on the water whenever he can.

"The crew did an outstanding job! Beach looks great and we appreciated Waterfront Restoration’s rapid response to our call for weed removal."

—Jim R, Lake Minnetonka, Gray’s Bay

Dylan currently studies Marketing at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Outside of work and school, Dylan is currently a member of the St. Thomas football team as an outside linebacker. Football, among many other sports, are a huge passion of Dylan’s.

Naturally, Dylan's love for meeting and interacting with new people, combined with his love for being on the water, made Waterfront Restoration the perfect summer internship.

Dylan is extremely excited to join the Waterfront Restoration team and he hopes to be an integral part of the continued growth and development of the company this summer.

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Waterfront Restoration LLC
P.O. Box 783
Long Lake, MN 55356
Office: 952-356-0614
Fax: 612-223-6815

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