The National Restaurant Association’s governance committee has appointed Scott Kammerer to a position on the association’s board of directors. Kammerer is the president of Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts.
In November, restaurant association members voted on the nominees, and the results were announced at the annual membership meeting in December.
A member of the Delaware Restaurant Association since 2015, Kammerer currently chairs the state organization’s board.
“Our board and our members pulled their weight during the pandemic,” Kammerer said. “It was a privilege to represent the state’s restaurants during such an unprecedented time.”
Many would credit Kammerer’s guidance. The New Jersey native started as a dishwasher and worked his way up the ranks.
In 2020, Nation’s Restaurant News named him to its list of the most influential leaders in the restaurant industry. There are more than 660,000 restaurants in the United States, and just 95 CEOs were selected for the list.
When Ocean View Brewing Company opens in March, SoDel Concepts will have a total of 16 restaurants in coastal Sussex County. The company also has three sports concessions and a weddings-and-events venue.
Leadership skills are critical to the NRA board, which develops strategies to help the restaurant industry grow and succeed. The 70 voting directors represent all facets of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
To become an NRA board of directors nominee, Kammerer participated in an interview in June. “We talked about my experience and how our team at SoDel Concepts handled the pandemic,” he said. “I am so proud that we came out stronger after what we all went through.”
While he cherishes SoDel Concepts, the company has competition. Kammerer values family and philanthropy. He is the founder of SoDel Cares, whose mission is to contribute in a positive way to the communities in which SoDel Concepts does business.
For information, visit sodelconcepts.com.