A restaurant operator to the core, Scott loves the sights, sounds and smells of a well-run restaurant. Growing up in St. Louis, he got his start in the restaurant business at age 15 catering events for groups of two to 6000. Paying his way through college by managing a steakhouse, he earned a degree in restaurant and hotel management. Redler moved to Minneapolis and then Washington, DC, to manage a 5-star restaurant. Back in St. Louis, he launched his first restaurant as a sole proprietor—a quick-service Chinese food concept called Shanghai Charlie’s. After selling that, he moved back to DC to serve as Executive Vice-President for the American Café. Scott eventually moved to Wichita, KS, accepting the position of Executive Vice President of a local restaurant group. In 1997, Scott together with Bill Simon opened Timberline Steakhouse. In 2002, Redler again partnered with Bill Simon and his brother Randy to launch Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. After franchising in 2004, Freddy’s has grown to over 250 locations across the United States.
Scott Redler’s vast knowledge of restaurant ownership and operations has made him a sought-out professional in the industry. He currently serves on the Board of the National Restaurant Association, advocating for and representing restaurant industry interests with policymakers at the national level. In Kansas, he sits on the board of the Kansas State University Hospitality Management program and the Butler Community College Hospitality Board, as well as serving multiple years for the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association. Scott is also a member of the Wichita State University President’s Council. Known for his philanthropy, he has served on the boards of and continues to support the Wichita Children’s Home and the Sedgwick County Zoo. Scott is married to Betsy, and they have two daughters, Katie and Kelly.