AMERICAN FORK, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four Foods Group today announced that Andrew K. Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Four Foods Group, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Utah Region Award in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Smith was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at The Grand America Hotel on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Reflecting on his win, Smith said, “I'm surprised and honored to be recognized alongside so many influential entrepreneurs. The success of Four Foods Group is due to so much more than just me––it is the result of our dedicated team and the culture we have created together. Because of this award, I am even more driven to perform so that thousands more can enjoy quality jobs and opportunities in the future. We are just getting started!”
Four Foods Group is a restaurant development, investment and management company, successfully scaling brands nationwide, such as Little Caesars Pizza, Kneader’s Bakery & Café, R&R Barbecue and The Soda Shop. They currently have 99 restaurant locations across the country under their purview.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries, and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 31st year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
- Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company
- Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
- Mindy Grossman of HSN
- Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
- Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
- Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
- James Park of Fitbit
As a Utah Region Award winner, Smith is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In the Utah Region, local sponsors include Beehive Startups and Silicon Slopes, Corporate Alliance, Digital Bytes Production & Design, Diversified Insurance Group, Knox Capital Group, Strong & Hanni Law Firm, The Community Foundation of Utah, The Summit Group and Utah Business.
About Four Foods Group
Four Foods Group (FFG) is a restaurant development, investment, and management company with 99 restaurant locations and additional sites in development or under construction. FFG has ranked among Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America for five consecutive years, a MWCN 100 recipient four years, and as a UV50 company for six years running. Their restaurants rank among the Technomic Top 150 Fast Casual Restaurants. fourfoodsgroup.com
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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