Scott started his hospitality career at an early age of 10 years old, working at his father’s Elias Brothers Big Boy Franchise until college. Upon graduation he attended Central Michigan University, while there he began working for Labelle Management. The Labelle brothers are a large franchising organization in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
After graduating from CMU, Scott decided to make a permanent move to Florida. Scott did a year internship at the second largest Holiday Inn Hotel in the nation, located on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. After completing the program Scott was offered a full-time position in the Food & Beverage Department.
Choosing another route, Scott went to work for Bennigan’s as a Manager. After several years of service, he moved on to work for Brinker International (Chili’s), working as a General Manager, Managing Partner and opening many stores. Scott worked for Brinker for eight years.
After gaining much knowledge and experience, Scott was introduced to Jack Miller, owner of Miller’s Ale House. Scott worked for Jack Miller for 13 years. He became an equity partner in the business and was responsible for overseeing 14 locations.
After much success with Miller’s Ale House, Scott decided to embark on his own business. Scott partnered with his brother Randy and cousin Steve, both whom were successful TGIF Fridays and Taco Bell franchisee’s. The group became franchise partners for Rock Bottom/Old Chicago Restaurants and opened several locations in the Midwest. Scott served as the President of the organization for 14 years.
Then deciding to return to Florida, Scott sold his part of the business, and became an Einstein Bagel Franchisee in South Florida. When Caribou Coffee bought Einstein Bagel they stopped franchising and bought back most of the franchise community. After the sale, Scott decided to look for a new concept. After a long hard look, Scott found Jon Smith Subs. Scott and his family are now current franchisee owners of the new Jon Smith Subs location that will be opening in Stuart, FL.