#106 Nick Bayer- CEO of Saxbys
Nick Bayer is the founder and CEO of Saxbys. Since maxing out his credit cards in 2005 Nick has grown Saxbys from one café in Atlanta to a 30-unit, hospitality business with a mission: Make Life Better. In 2005 Nick didn’t know much about running a business.He also wasn’t much of a coffee drinker. BUT He did know he wanted to fuse the intimate, community spirit of a local coffee shop with the consistently delicious product of a big name coffee brand.
This Philadelphia based company now has a presence in 10 states and on a number of college campuses and growing fast, (30% a year fast). Saxbys has frequently been named “Best Coffee” and “Best Coffee House” in many of the markets it serves, including Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Dallas. In April 2015, Saxbys opened its first experiential learning cafe. The product of a partnership between Saxbys and Drexel’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, it’s the nation’s first entirely student-run café where students earn credit through a University cooperative education (co-op) program. A consummate team captain since Little League (and twice for Cornell University’s baseball team), Nick loves empowering his team members and encouraging everyone he meets to believe in the Saxbys mission and core values.
Nick is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and faculty member at Drexel University, where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial franchising.
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