“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who lOves him.”

– W. Bruce Cameron

Scott Layton
CEO, President, Founder

Scott Layton grew up on a working family farm where he learned the value of a strong work ethic and acquired many technical, mechanical and agricultural skills. He later attended the University of Memphis where he received a B.S. in architectural engineering.

Scott spent a large part of his professional career as a project manager for commercial construction contractors. He managed multiple projects of scale from conceptual stage to completion. Scott later moved on to own his own businesses in the retail and dessert sectors.

In his role as CEO at Buttermilk Sky, Scott relies upon his background in project management, construction, budget planning and scheduling to move the BSP brand forward with momentum.

He lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife, Meredith, two sons, 3 family dogs and one extra special yellow lab named Curtis.

Meredith Layton
Founder, Director of Development

Meredith Layton is an entrepreneurial visionary with a passion for brand development and connecting people through business. She received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Communication Science from University of Memphis.

She practiced as a speech-language pathologist serving a diverse patient population for 15 years prior to entering the baking industry in 2008.

During her time as a speech pathologist, Meredith started a small publishing company and authored a children’s book. Meredith has owned several small businesses prior to Buttermilk Sky in the retail and dessert segments.

Buttermilk Sky has allowed Meredith to utilize her visionary and creative gifts in the areas of brand and concept development and to feel good about sharing values and traditions through a business model she can be proud of. Meredith has been married to Scott for 25 years, they have two sons and 4 dogs together.

Morgan Hickman
Director of Product Development and Franchise Support

Morgan Hickman is the baking specialist at Buttermilk Sky Pie. Working hand in hand with the founders, she develops our time-honored pie recipes. She was part of the original team who opened The Original Buttermilk Sky Pie in November 2013. With over 10 years of experience working in the culinary industry, her degree in Baking and Pastry as well as her role in recipe development within the company makes her a great resource for any questions about our products. From June 2014 to the present, she has served as the Manager of Franchise Success to assist franchisees in navigating their business.

Jennifer Podhajsky
Marketing Director

Jennifer Podhajsky is a seasoned General Manager and Marketer with over 25 years of experience successfully leading business units, brands and innovation to deliver predictable, profitable and sustainable growth.

Prior to joining Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Jennifer served as Senior Vice President & Director of Marketing at Bush Brothers & Company and before that as Vice President at The Hershey Company.  In addition to her sales and marketing experience at major food companies, Jennifer has held less traditional roles including Manager of The Tufts Club and Cook on the Schooner American Eagle – baking and cooking for passengers and crew along the Maine coast.

Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors of King Arthur Flour, a 100% employee-owned company based in Norwich, VT.  She has a B.A. in Social Psychology from Tufts University and her MBA from Kellogg (Northwestern University).

Brandi Schuermann
Franchise Sales Coordinator

Brandi is currently utilizing her administrative and sales experience serving as the franchise coordinator for Buttermilk Sky. Before coming to Buttermilk, she spent over 20 years in the tennis and mortgage industry working for the United States Tennis Association, Queen City Racquet club and Penngrove Mortgage.

While at the USTA, she was the Cincinnati area coordinator responsible for organizing and promoting member leagues and tournaments with tennis and racquet clubs. Specific responsibilities included organizing, promoting and running USTA events, member participation and fundraising. Prior to working at the USTA, Brandi spent 10 years in the mortgage origination industry as an office manager responsible for managing loan originators, marketing and wholesale lending relationships. She has organized many not-for-profit fundraisers for organizations that support children with disabilities, Alzheimer’s research and homelessness.

Brandi has a B.A. in Urban Studies Administration from the University of Cincinnati where she was the first nationally ranked tennis player in the school’s history. Brandi resides in Knoxville with her husband and three boys after relocating from Cincinnati in 2015.

Lindsay Holt
Franchise Trainer

Lindsay Holt is our Franchise Trainer. She supports new shops for their initial opening, helping to ensure the Franchise Owners and their staff are well versed in our pie baking procedures and successful shop management. Lindsay’s enthusiasm and knowledge are a tremendous asset to the team!

Lindsay grew up in Knoxville and fondly remembers visiting the original Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop with her family. Her passion for watching baking shows led to a lot of at-home recipe experimentation and then to jobs in local bakeries. She joined Buttermilk Sky Pie in 2017 as Shift Lead in our Johnson City Shop and today is the Johnson City Shop Manager in addition to her franchise training role.

Lindsay is from Knoxville, TN and has an accounting degree from East Tennessee State University.