Andrew began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 23 as a tech CEO. Between 1998 and 2009, he co-founded 3 tech companies and exited each of them via private and public exists.
Since his first successful venture over two decades ago, Smith has raised over $520 million in funding, generated over $1.7B in sales and created over 32,000 jobs which remains his #1 focus. His passion for creating jobs and opportunities for as many as possible continues to be his main driver.
In 2008, Andrew co-founded Four Foods Group, a multi-brand restaurant operations and investment company that built and operated 170 restaurants across the U.S. Four Foods surpassed $1.2B in food and beverage sales since inception. In 2017, FFG was named one of the fastest growing restaurant operations companies in the nation 2 years in a row by Restaurant Monitor.
Andrew co-founded the Savory Fund F&B practice with Greg Warnock, founder of Mercato Partners in the fall of 2018. The first inaugural fund of $100M was closed in the fall of 2020, right in the middle of Covid.
Andrew was a recipient of the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® award in his category. He served as an EY Judge for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. He was also awarded the KPMG QuantumShift Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. Four Foods was also an 8-time honoree of the Inc. 500 program between 2011 and 2019. Andrew appeared on the cover of the November 2018 issue of Franchise Times with his partner and wife, Shauna K. Smith (co-Founder of Four Foods Group and currently the CEO of Savory Management).
Andrew received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing. He is an avid car collector, races GT4 Porsche and Audi whenever humanly possible, and also enjoys a good float down a river with a fly rod in his hands. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Andrew currently resides in Utah with his wife and two sons, 21 and 15.