The restauranteur is one of 90 CEOs to make "Nation's Restaurant News" 2020 list of the most influential leaders in the restaurant industry.

Scott Kammerer, president of Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, was recently named to "Nation's Restaurant News" 2020 list of the most influential leaders in the restaurant industry. 

There are more than 660,000 restaurants in the United States. Only 95 CEOs were selected for the list.

Kammerer is in impressive company. Celebrity restauranteurs on the list include Jon Taffer, who is best known for the TV show "Bar Rescue." The list also features Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and serial restaurateur Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts. Fox, a nine-time James Beard Award nominee, sold his restaurant chain to Cheesecake Factory in a deal valued at more than $350 million.

Based in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, SoDel Concepts is a multifaceted, award-winning hospitality group with 12 coastal restaurants: Fish On and Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes; The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro; Crust & Craft, Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar, Thompson Island Brewing Company and Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth; Matt’s Fish Camp and Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach; NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View; and Catch 54 and Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria in Fenwick Island.

SoDel Concepts’ divisions include Haley/Kammerer, a hospitality consulting firm, and Highwater Management, a hospitality management company, as well as SoDel Films, Matt’s Homemade Soda Co., a line of artisanal sodas, and SoDel Salts, a line of chef-inspired gourmet seasonings.

Chef Matt Haley, the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award, founded SoDel Concepts in 2004. After his death in 2014, Kammerer started the SoDel Cares Fund in his honor. The nonprofit supports local organizations that assist children, at-risk youth and adults, and the elderly.

“I am humbled to be recognized on the same list as so many legendary restauranteurs in the U.S.,” said Kammerer, whose company has 12 restaurants in coastal Sussex County, Delaware.  “I admire all of them, and many have been an inspiration. They are not only talented and creative businesspeople, but many are also industry advocates and dedicated philanthropists.”

Kammerer started his career in the Delaware hospitality industry in 1992 as a dishwasher in Rehoboth Beach. By 1996, he was the general manager of a popular seafood restaurant. He is now one of the most successful restaurant developers in the history of Delaware. 

Kammerer is a past recipient of the Delaware Restaurant Association’s Cornerstone Award and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Award. He’s currently chairman of the Delaware Restaurant Association.

“I will continue to focus on our three main principals: creating beautiful, simple food, developing the talented people with whom I have the honor to work, and making the world a better place," Kammerer said.

For information about SoDel Concepts, visit sodelconcepts.com.