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Episode #137

Andrew Smith

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Co-founder & CEO of Four Foods Group Shares His Journey To owning Over 200 Restaurants & Managing Over 5200 Employees

Guest Bio:

Andrew began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 23.

Over the past 2 decades, Smith has raised over $320 million in business funding, created over
16,000 jobs, and built and sold three technology businesses to private and public companies.
Today, Andrew leads Four Foods Group, a multi-brand restaurant operations company with 162
restaurants across the U.S. He is also a Managing Partner of Mercato Partners Savory Fund, a
private equity fund focused on emerging brands within the food & beverage industry.

Andrew was a recipient of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® award, BusinessQ Magazine
2018 Entrepreneur of the Year, and recently was honored with BusinessQ’s Hall of Fame Award
last October.

Four Foods has been recognized as an Inc. fastest growing company the past 8 years.



Show Notes


  • Introduction (1:49)

  • Being a serial entrepreneur and selling his first 3 companies (5:27)

  • Dealing with adversity and learning just to hustle (13:30)

  • The power of having a mentor (14:10)

  • Positivity Breeds Success (15:56)

  • Transitioning from tech to restaurant (19:53)

  • What has found him the most success (25:15)

  • Finding the joy in the journey (38:43)



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