We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Eller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Twenty years is a long time.
That’s how long I spent in the corporate world–working for some of the biggest names in Pet Food and Supplies. Those experiences were invaluable. I was able to learn so much about how to run a business, and even more about how NOT to run a business. My business partner and I started our company five years ago with the idea that there is nothing more important than the relationships that we build and keep. Relationships with our customers, our suppliers, our employees, and even each other and our families. Corporations have a tendency to lose site of that. We make make great, healthy chews & treats for dogs in a way that we consider every purchase as a chance to build a new relationship–a part of our family. That has worked for us and kept us centered on what is important as we build our company.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Red, White & Chew(tm) brand Dog Treats are made with here in the USA with natural, locally sourced ingredients. Our products are an alternative to rawhide, which can be very hard on the digestive system for dogs and has been been known to cause blockages in canine intestinal systems. Our long lasting chews can satisfy the need chew–which also maintains healthy teeth & gums–and is 100% rawhide free and easily digestible. We are sold in almost 1,000 Walmart stores across the country as well as a variety of other retailers. We have a list of available locations on our website at redwhiteandchews.com.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It may be a bit kitschy, but we love taking folks to Rustler’s Rooste. Great views of the city, and a fun western atmosphere and food. I live on the northern side of central Phoenix, so I love so many of the spots along the 7th St. corridor. Little Miss BBQ has the best brisket, I’ve ever tasted–and I’ve been around (I’m looking at you Austin). Dick’s Hideaway, Luci’s at the Orchard are all great places eat and hang out. As for seeing the sights, I love hiking the local trails in the area, from Papago Park or Camelback Mtn. to the McDowells and Superstitions.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking for exactly, but I would have to say my business partner, William Levy. He and I have grown from colleagues, to friends, to brothers. He is the other half of our company and I am certain that neither of us could have built what we have without the other.
Photo Credit (Sedona Treat Jump): Alex Munro