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Andrew K. Smith of Four Foods Group Announced as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Finalist in Utah

AMERICAN FORK, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Four Foods Group announces Andrew K. Smith, CEO of restaurant development, investment and management company Four Foods Group, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Utah region. EY announced the nomination on April 4. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Smith was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

“I am truly thrilled and humbled to be nominated for this award,” Smith said. “I’m privileged to lead an incredible team whose talent and dedication has contributed to the success of Four Foods Group and our collective achievements. Because of them - and my wife Shauna, who co-founded the company and has been by my side since the beginning - I have the honor of being considered for this award. This is such an exciting time for Four Foods Group; I can’t wait to see what’s in store.”

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. 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 Forum™, 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 U.S. by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Utah region, local sponsors include Beehive Startups, 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.

More information about Four Foods Group can be found at fourfoodsgroup.com.

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, as a Mountain West Capital Network (MWCN) 100 recipient for four years running, and as a Utah Valley (UV) 50 company for six years running. The company currently employs more than 3,000 employees, with more than 100 at their corporate offices in American Fork, Utah. 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 over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

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