Four Foods Group Founder Andrew K. Smith Named a QuantumShift 2017 Top Entrepreneur in America


Four Foods Group announced its founder Andrew K. Smith has been selected as one of QuantumShift’s Top Entrepreneurs in America for 2017 by KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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QuantumShift assembles up to 40 founders, owners and CEOs of private, high growth U.S.-based companies to boost their development through an intensive, five-day learning, networking and collaboration program, featuring sessions with Ross School of Business faculty and talented industry professionals.

“To be in the company of such a talented group of entrepreneurial peers is an honor and a source of inspiration,” said Smith. “My motivation every morning is to take my team further and maintain a work environment that fosters collaboration and unity, so this program will undoubtedly help me to further Four Foods Group’s success in this area and beyond.”

Smith was selected to be part of the QuantumShift 2017 class by the Michigan Ross QuantumShift Admissions Committee, having demonstrated a strong track record for revenue growth and future growth potential. This collaborative project between KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group – the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm – and the University Of Michigan’s Ross School of Business offers CEOs access to an exclusive peer-to-peer Fellows Network focused on ongoing problem solving, development and mentorship in addition to the intensive program.

Smith, who has founded several companies, launched Four Foods Group in 2008 as an innovative restaurant growth accelerator using proprietary operating processes, systems and relationships to accelerate the growth of burgeoning restaurant brands and concepts. The company is currently the primary growth engine behind the Kneaders Bakery Brand, R&R Barbeque, The Soda Shop and also operates 48 Little Caesars restaurants.

“We were impressed by the fantastic growth Andrew has accomplished for Four Foods Group nationwide, and believe it is vital to acknowledge and foster this growth,” said Brian Hughes, National Leader, KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group. “This company’s track record demonstrates what we look for to cultivate in our QuantumShift program.”

“The QuantumShift program recognizes the achievements of high-growth entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game, and helps them lay a groundwork for the future,” said Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “We’re looking forward to working with Andrew and the team at Four Foods Group, and we are excited to see what they accomplish.”

For more information on Four Foods Group, visit Information on QuantumShift, can be found at and Twitter conversations can be followed by using #QuantumShiftUS.

About Four Foods Group

Four Foods Group (FFG) is a restaurant development, investment, and management company with 97 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. Find out more at


KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries.

About University of Michigan: Ross School of Business

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society. Housed within Michigan Ross, the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is a leading center for entrepreneurial thought leadership and engagement.