Druther's Organization

Druther's Systems, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the former parent company of Burger Queen, Royal Equipment Company, Vencorp, King Neptune's Seafood Galley, Queen-Air, Huckleberry's, The Fresher Cooker and Druther's International, and has created more than 350 businesses in multiple states and countries. In 1990, Druther's became a Dairy Queen®  territory operator, and is currently a franchise operator that co-owns DQ® operations and owns properties in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. For more information, visit burgerqueen.com or follow Druther's on social media @DruthersSystems.

Dairy Queen Joint Venture Partners:

Jennifer Shamburger - DQ of Jeffersonville, Indiana

Jim Carroll - DQ of Fairdale and Louisville, Kentucky

Liska Coggeshall - DQ of La Grange, Kentucky

Michelle Meredith - DQ of Leitchfield, Kentucky

William Rowe - DQ of South Williamson, Kentucky and Kermit, West Virginia


2708 Frankfort Avenue, 2nd Floor

Louisville, Kentucky 40206


Office Manager, Charlie Gast

Bookkeeper, Carol Brady


President, Robert C. Gatewood III

Gatewood joined the company in 1978 as general counsel for Burger Queen Enterprises. He soon became Executive Vice President, and in 1982 acquired our family of companies from within, along with his business partner and Burger Queen President, Tom Hensley. Gatewood has been President and sole owner of Druther's Systems since the late 1990s.

Gatewood was born and raised in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Bob is on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Bank & Trust, and remains active in the community. He and his wife Mary have three daughters and live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Vice President, Brian J. Easley

Easley joined Druther's in 2017. The son-in-law of Robert Gatewood, Brian entered the company with a background in military and government service, formerly working in the U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Easley was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a Master's degree in International Security Studies from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Catherine have two sons and live in Harrods Creek, Kentucky.


Druther's has been involved with numerous charitable causes over more than six decades, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMNH), WHAS Crusade for Children, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, United Way, March of Dimes, Kentucky Shakespeare, Young Authors Greenhouse, Hope in the Hills, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, World Affairs Councils of America, Fund for the Arts, etc.

This community involvement has been a part of our identity as a company since the beginning. George Clark, former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Burger Queen and Druther's, put it best back in 1981, "You've got to give it back. You've just got to give some of it back. When you give of yourself, you always get more back. All the people I know who are really successful in business, very successful, are also unselfish. They get deeply involved in the community."


Member, National Restaurant Assocation

Member, Kentucky Restaurant Association

Investor, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Investor, Greater Louisville, Inc. Metro Chamber of Commerce

Accredited, Better Business Bureau

Supporter, Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Member, Frankfort Avenue Business Association

Social Media:

Find Druther's on social media @DruthersSystems or our social media links online at burgerqueen.com.