Catching Up With Scott Slaymaker
Feb. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Despite being "dragged" away from Utah State after his Sophomore year, to help run the family business, Scott Slaymaker says that the time he was able to spend at Utah State University was some of the best of his life, where he learned great lessons and made many lasting friendships.
Slaymaker played basketball for the Aggies from 1976 to 1977, while perusing his dream to become an airline pilot. However, his dream was put on hold when his father, an entrepreneur, talked him into going home to help run the family restaurant business. Now, with Scott at the helm as CEO, the Slaymaker Group has become one of the most successful franchiser/franchisee operations based out of Utah. Currently the Slaymaker Group owns the franchise rights to the TGI Fridays restaurants in Utah. Their biggest chain, however, is the restaurant that they started--Wingers Bar and Grill. In 1993 they built the first Winger's. Now, 17 years later, there are over 40 Winger's in eight states across the U.S., and still growing.
After spending 33 years in the business he originally had no interest in; running the family business is something he has grown to really enjoy. "I love working with people," said Slaymaker. "I especially love running into former employees and learning about their successes as business owners, lawyers, educators, or whatever. Just knowing that we have helped them along on their path in some small way is a great feeling."
Although Slaymaker's dream of becoming a pilot was put on hold, it was not forgotten. Scott has found a way to both run the family business and follow his life-long dream. He currently owns and operates a high-performance, single engine airplane, which he uses for both business trips and for his own enjoyment. Scott says his favorite thing to do with his plane is take his kids around the country. "There is something amazing about seeing our country at one to two thousand feet as it passes beneath you. And it's even better when I get to share that experience with my kids."
Aside from working and flying, Slaymaker has remained very involved in his community. Over the years he has served as Chairman of the Utah Air and Travel Committee as well as Chairman of the Fitness Institute at IHC. He has also served on the board of Governors, the Sandy City Honorary Colonels, helped with public election campaigns, does commercial flight instruction and much more.
Slaymaker has remained involved with Utah State athletics. He is good friends with the Head football coach, Gary Anderson, and the director of football operations, Mark Anderson. He also has remained good friends with Ross Peterson, his former history professor at USU who is now the Vice President for University Advancement. Slaymaker speaks very highly of his experience at USU and hopes to see his daughter become an Aggie in the near future.
Those interested in getting in touch with Scott can email him at