Jason Ingermanson

CEO / Founder

Developing unique experiences that excite and delight guests is key to every restaurant’s success. This is the mindset Jason Ingermanson has as he guides the future growth of JRI Hospitality. As our President and Founder, his goal is to build excitement for the company’s line of brands and create a one-of-a-kind experience for every restaurant guest. Jason is an experienced restaurateur, business manager, and leader that takes pride in the company’s ability to connect with community members through quality food and personable service.

Under Jason’s leadership, the company has successfully opened more than 60 Freddy’s franchises across the United States, with 70 more to open in the next 10 years. Additionally, he has led the expansion of JRI Hospitality’s other brands — Chompie’s, Mokas Cafe, and Original Grande restaurants. Jason and the JRI team work closely with their franchisees by coordinating and training them on effective restaurant management strategies while maintaining consistent company standards. As JRI continues to grow, Jason looks forward to facilitating new opportunities and building long-lasting relationships with vendors, guests, and team members.

Barry Redler


Barry Redler was appointed as President of JRI Hospitality in 2023, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success from both Fortune 10 companies and privately held enterprises. His diverse professional background encompasses over 20 years at The Ford Motor Company, where he honed his operational, marketing, and leadership skills. In addition to his automotive industry experience, Barry has held significant leadership roles in the real estate and financial services industries, showcasing his versatility and adaptability across different sectors.

Barry’s expertise extends to his recent role as Chief Administrative Officer for The Long & Foster Companies, where he was instrumental in overseeing critical administrative functions and contributing to the company’s strategic initiatives. His comprehensive understanding of business operations and administrative excellence has been a driving force behind his career success.

In 2013, Barry expanded his professional portfolio by becoming a franchisee of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in partnership with JRI Hospitality. This role provided him with hands-on experience in the restaurant industry, further enriching his leadership capabilities and deepening his connection with JRI Hospitality’s business model.

As President of JRI Hospitality, Barry is positioned to leverage his extensive experience to drive strategies for long-term growth and success across the company’s diverse portfolio of businesses. With a commitment to excellence and a deep understanding of both corporate and entrepreneurial environments, Barry Redler is well-equipped to lead JRI Hospitality into a prosperous future, ensuring sustained growth and operational excellence across all facets of the organization.

Josh Muller

Chief Financial Officer

Josh Muller is JRI Hospitality’s Chief Financial Officer whose accounting and financing expertise have helped further develop our operations. As CFO, Josh oversees cash inflows and outflows, manages the accounting staff, budgeting, and planning, and coordinates with other executive staff on pending deals and major expenditures. He’s especially proud to have managed several successful tax seasons for our company. As JRI Hospitality continues to grow, he looks forward to furthering his professional development to provide new innovative ways for the company to operate. By adopting new operations, Josh and the rest of the JRI team can create an even better system to take care of our team members and guests.

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Nathanael Berg

Chief Legal Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer

As JRI Hospitality’s Chief Legal Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, Nathanael Berg plays a pivotal role in the company’s continued success. He oversees activities such as investor relations, human resources, and insurance claims, real estate growth, legal compliance, and due diligence of acquisitions and mergers. With his expertise, Nathanael strives to provide an efficient, empathetic approach to human resource services for all JRI team members. His greatest accomplishment involves the creation and growth of JRI Restaurant Holdings, as well as establishing team member-focused compensation and engagement processes. As JRI continues to grow, he looks forward to providing his expertise and knowledge to support continued success.

Steve Howton

President of Financial Operations

Steve Howton is a seven-year United States Army Veteran with a strong background in sales management in the retail/rental industry. As our Vice President of Operations, Steve oversees day-to-day company operations and works diligently in planning, directing, and coordinating activities to ensure JRI meets its goals. Since joining our organization in 2015, Steve has played a large role in developing new operations that have promoted further growth in our company and grow the company’s brands nationwide. One of his biggest accomplishments was tightening our profit and loss control to maximize profitability. He launched a dedicated profitability training for managers, which helped cost controls and produced more than $500,000 in savings the following year. We’re honored to have Steve on the team and look forward to his input for greater progress.

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Chris Hitchcock

Vice President of Development & Construction

As Vice President of Development & Construction, Chris Hitchcock is responsible for selecting and acquiring real estate for our restaurants. His 20 years of expertise in real estate management, negotiation, and assisting in property development are critical to the company’s continued success. Chris has helped build community excitement for our line of restaurants by progressing and expanding our real estate portfolio. His work involves daily project management, identifying new prospective franchise sites, and overseeing the construction of restaurants while ensuring consistency to our brands. We’re grateful to have Chris on our team and look forward to his valuable input on JRI Hospitality’s growth.

Aelee Lee

Chief Creative Officer

Aelee Lee is a creative thinker with 19+ years of experience conceptualizing and designing ideas into reality. As JRI Hospitality’s Chief Creative Officer she assists our organization in developing brands that resonate with the communities we serve. This involves collaborating with other creative individuals to design an atmosphere that is unique to our line of brands. Additionally, she plays a critical role in developing the brand identity, vision, and strategy for each of our restaurants. Under her leadership, JRI Hospitality has been able to develop a unique voice that attracts and excites customers new and old. We’re honored to have Aelee on our team and look forward to her creative input as we continue to elevate our brands to new heights.

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