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Topeka Business for Breakfast with Dave Dreiling

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Capitol Plaza Hotel

Central Region  |  Topeka, Kansas

Propel your next big idea to the top of the charts with our dynamic speaker.


Event Information

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Speaker

 Dave Dreiling  
Owner and Founder, HCI Hospitality and GTM Sportswear

  Dave Dreiling  

Owner and Founder

HCI Hospitality and GTM Sportswear

Biography

Described as a “hard core” entrepreneur since the age of six, Dave Dreiling grew up in the small towns of Smith Center and Concordia KS, where he spent every spare moment learning how business works in his parents’ family clothing stores.
 
Upon completion of his degree in marketing from Kansas State in 1989, Dave and a partner launched “It’s Greek To Me” by selling decorated sportswear out of their van to fraternities and sororities from Indiana to California. The business averaged a 25% annual growth rate for 27 years and became known as GTM Sportswear, which is now the largest private employer in Manhattan with over 600 team members.  Its growth culminated in the sale of the business to Hanes Brands in September of 2016, and Dave remains the managing director. 
 
Along the way, Dave’s boredom/A.D.D. led to dabbling in the restaurant business with a Quizno’s franchise in 2001. The six Quizno’s are now gone, but in their place is a restaurant holding company, HCI, that owns and/or manages 24 Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen custard covering five states, along with local Manhattan eateries such as Coco Bolo’s, Cox Bros BBQ, Powercat Sports Grill, and Hibachi Hut. HCI is currently building six to eight new locations per year and has over 1400 employees.
 
Other business ventures included the creation of a patented vinyl chair back for stadium bench seating (known as the Cat Cushion to K-Staters).  Dave formed this into a company that sold and serviced chair back programs to over 40 Division One collegiate athletic programs throughout the US, before selling the company to IMG in 2011. 
 
In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit local, regional, and national entities, Dave’s primary passion centers around Kansas State University and mentoring students. In 2008 he instigated the development of the Entrepreneurship Center at KSU, which was recently recognized as the number one emerging entrepreneurship program nationally. He carves out time in the classroom and with students on a weekly basis.  
 
As a recovering alcoholic, Dave spends a lot of time helping others with the diseases of any type of addiction.  He helps them to understand that there is a solution if they want one, and how they can attain that solution. Out of everything that he is involved with, he would tell you that this is by far the most important work that he has or ever will do.

Moderator

 Scott Redler  
Co-Founder & COO, Freddy's Frozen Custard

  Scott Redler  

Co-Founder & COO

Freddy's Frozen Custard

Biography

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.

 

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