Nick Bayer '00
Nick Bayer '00
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Nick Bayer '00 has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it's as one of Philadelphia Business Journal's Most Admired CEOs or as a consummate team captain since little league. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, he never really considered it to be a coffee company—instead, it's a hospitality company fueled by great coffee. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based hospitality business with a mission: Make Life Better.
Driven by deep-seated core values and O.D.D. (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team members, Saxbys is headquartered in Center City Philadelphia with cafés in six states and on many college campuses—and growing fast (300-percent-a-year fast). In April 2015, Saxbys opened its first experiential-learning café. The product of a partnership between Saxbys and Drexel University's Close School of Entrepreneurship, it's the nation's first entirely student-run café where students earn full academic credit through a university cooperative education (co-op) program.
Bayer is currently an entrepreneur in residence at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial franchising. As a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University's Fox School of Business, and Penn State's Smeal College of Business, Bayer loves supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and encouraging everyone he meets to believe in the Saxbys mission and core values.
Bayer serves on the boards of the Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and Drexel University Steinbright Career Development Center, and is a corporate council member for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was also named 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and son.