Eric E. Slaymaker, President
Eric was the driving force and co-founder of Wingers Restaurant and Alehouse and Wingers USA, Inc., a restaurant concept that opened its first location in 1993 in Bountiful, Utah. Currently, there are 28 Wingers restaurants system-wide, located in 5 states. Eric serves as the CEO and Co-Chairman of Wingers USA, Inc., and Wingers Franchising, Inc. Wingers locations are currently growing in several western and northwest states. Eric is also a founder and Managing Partner of Winger Bros. Management, LLC, and the Slaymaker Group, Inc. The Slaymaker Group, Inc. also owns T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Utah and Idaho. Prior to founding Wingers USA, Inc., Eric operated Eric Slaymaker Advertising, a marketing & media buying agency specializing in the restaurant business.
In addition to his achievements in the restaurant business, Eric was also the co-founder of Rees-Slaymaker Broadcasting, Inc., and Monarch Broadcasting, Inc. These companies previously owned radio stations in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to his business career, Eric was a business graduate of the University of San Francisco, where he was also a point guard on the USF basketball team. Eric lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Karen, and they have 3 children. Eric’s son, Tristan, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2002 at age 12. Tristan also has a young son, Jayden Slaymaker, who was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 14 months. Eric is currently the President of the JDRF Mountain Valley (Utah & Idaho). The JDRF is the world’s leading foundation that funds research and advocacy for Type 1 Diabetes and has served on numerous charitable boards in the Intermountain area.