Nathan Lester Joins Scooter’s Coffee to Lead Drive-Thru Innovation


OMAHA, Nebraska, July 6, 2021 – Nathan Lester has joined Scooter’s Coffee as Senior Director of Drive-Thru Innovation. Lester will lead innovation, speed acceleration and continuous improvement to enhance the interactive customer experience.

Prior to Scooter’s Coffee, Lester led strategic initiatives for the past 9 years at McDonald’s, enabling a superior customer experience. Initiatives included digitizing supply chain processes, automating business practices, designing/building the first global sustainability data collection/reporting solution and leading the implementation of its Automated Order Taking initiative.

Lester also oversaw McDonald’s innovation restaurants, implementing breakthrough practices in live environments. Initiatives included voice-activated drive-thru capabilities, predictive production management, robotic/automated cooking equipment and more that drove better business efficiencies and performance.

The Senior Director of Drive-Thru Innovation is a key strategic position at Scooter’s Coffee as the company strives to achieve growth goals and provide innovative ways for customers to get amazing drinks, amazingly fast. Scooter’s Coffee continues to grow rapidly while it strives to provide the best customer drive-thru interaction in the world. Speed, consistency and an amazing customer experience is at the heart of Scooter’s Coffee sales growth.

Prior to his time at McDonald’s, Lester received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and worked as a Civil Engineer, master planning and designing municipal treatment solutions across the United States. He was enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was a computer programmer, served on the base Honor Guard and completed a tour of duty in Kuwait.

About Scooter’s Coffee

Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, Scooter’s Coffee roasts only the finest coffee beans in the world at its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In more than two decades of business, Scooter’s Coffee’s success is simple: stay committed to the original business principles and company’s four core values, which are Integrity, Love, Humility and Courage. The Scooter’s Coffee Brand Promise, often recited to franchisees, customers and employees is: “Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®” It represents the company’s business origins from 1998 and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal and new customers.

Scooter’s Coffee is at the dawn of a strategic growth phase in the Midwest and nationwide. The U.S. coffee market is an estimated $48 billion a year recession-resistant industry, and Scooter’s Coffee is striving to become the #1 drive-thru coffee franchise in the nation. Visit to learn more about the benefits of owning a franchise of a well-established company.

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