President, Robert C. Gatewood III 

Robert C. Gatewood III started with the company in 1978 as General Counsel of Burger Queen Enterprises. He soon became Senior Executive Vice President and acquired Burger Queen and Druther’s with his business partner and then-President, Tom Hensley. Robert has owned our companies since 1981 and has been President of Druther’s since 1996.

Robert has been an active member of the local and regional community for decades and sits on the Board of Directors of Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company, etc.

Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in Louisville, Kentucky.

He is originally from Mount Sterling, Kentucky and resides in Louisville with his wife, Mary. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Vice President, Brian J. Easley

Brian Easley joined the company in 2017, after several years of government service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Office of Government Ethics. He became Vice President of the company in 2019. He is a graduate of the Dairy Queen® Leadership Program and Dairy Queen® Managing Multiple Locations Program.

Brian, the son-in-law of Robert Gatewood, arrived in Louisville in 2016 and immediately became active in the community through various non-profit organizations. He is a combat-disabled veteran of the Iraq War and is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Kentucky Advisory Committee, etc.

Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, a master’s degree in International Security Studies from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.

Originally from Bracken, Texas, Brian lives in Harrods Creek, Kentucky with his wife Catherine, along with their daughter and two sons.