Entrepreneur Direct Speaker Series features Freddy's co-founder, largest franchisee

The Entrepreneur Direct Speaker Series at Fort Hays State University will feature both the chief operating officer and largest franchisee of Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers from 10:30 to 11:45 am Tuesday, March 3, in the Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Scott Redler, COO, co-founded Freddy's with Bill and Randy Simon, whose father, Freddy Simon, was the inspiration for the restaurant, founded in 2002 in Wichita. Today there are more than 122 stores across America, said Mark Bannister, dean of the FHSU College of Business and Entrepreneurship and professor of informatics.

Jason Ingermanson is the largest franchisee of Freddy's in the country. Ingermanson is also the franchisee of the local Freddy's and of Moka's.

Entrepreneur Direct is a speaker series that features successful entrepreneurs in an informal setting aimed at FHSU students. The program is intended to connect students with successful entrepreneurs who have stories and advice to share.

"Research has shown that franchises have a much higher success rate than other new businesses and are a special form of entrepreneurship," said Bannister. "The College of Business and Entrepreneurship is pleased to bring the founder of a restaurant franchise company to campus as well as a franchisee who has successfully benefited from this business model."

This event is free and open to the public.

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