State hospitality president resigns

The president of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association has resigned, effective Aug. 26.

Don Sayler, who has headed the Wichita-based organization for the past five years, said Thursday he's stepping aside for family health and professional reasons.

"I've enjoyed association management and the hospitality industry, but the time involved and the stress is high," said Sayler, 58.

"With the health issues in my family, I'm trying to cut back on a little stress."

The resignation wraps up almost a decade for Sayler with KRHA, the first years as the organization's chief financial officer.

Scott Redler, the association's president and chief operating officer for Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, didn't elaborate on the resignation, which was handed in last Friday.

Redler said the group has assembled a search committee "to figure out the process for a replacement."

Sayler didn't specify his new career goals.

"You hit that point in your life where you think you need to make a change," he said. "I've got a couple of things in the works that haven't materialized yet. We'll see where they go."

The KRHA, at 3500 N. Rock Road, represents Kansas' restaurants, hotels, motels, country clubs, private clubs and allied businesses.

It was formed in 1929 as the Kansas Restaurant Association.

In 1990 the group formed a self-insurance organization, and three years later added the lodging industry.