The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Scott Enterprises: Giving You the Business
An only child watched his father take risks, and now that man has created quite a reach for local and visiting families to enjoy.
I talk with Nick Scott Senior of Scott Enterprises on the growth of the entertainment company in this week's Giving You the Business Report.
Places to splash, ski, sink your teeth into a meal, or sleep the night away before a new day.
"We're really about a place to come with your family," said Nick Scott Jr. "A getaway."
Scott Enterprises has been entertaining people for decades.
"Scott Enterprises is an umbrella name for 28 different corporations that generate 28 sites and businesses," said Nick Scott Senior.
Its the company behind notable venues in the Erie region, like Splash Lagoon, Peek n Peak Ski Resort and Adventure Park, Oliver's Rooftop Restaurant along Erie's bayfront, and Oliver's Beer Garden, named after Erie maritime legend Oliver Hazard Perry.
Showcasing regional storylines is important to the Scott family.
"My father Chris Scott was really the main patriarch of the company and his influence still remains," said Scott Sr.
The entrepreneurial spirit of Nick Scott's dad is now in the third generation of Scott's, Chris, named after his grandfather, and Nick junior.
It was in the 1970's and late 80's the business became Scott Enterprises. Owning local Arby's restaurants and the Bonanza Steakhouse is was started the franchise part of the company
"Went into then Applebee's, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, Quaker Steak and Lube," said Chris Scott.
The latest venture. Is an 18 hole golf course next to Oliver's Beer Garden. Every hole will include Erie trivia.
"The reality is we've never been in a position where we've never had no projects on the drawing board," said Nick Jr.
Local is such a huge focus and every Scott Enterprise site and every single picture in the Hilton Hotel has been taken by Nick Scott Sr. himself.
Getting approval from Hilton Hotels to do that, taking risks to highlight and create local amenities.
The new 18 hole golf course next to the beer garden along Erie's bayfront opens this weekend, for Memorial Day.
Other projects will follow this year.