About Fourteen Foods

Since 2002 our recipe for success has been simple, a combination of restaurant excellent teams, raving fans, and a commitment to our communities. We believe deeply in the importance of our mission of “changing lives, one smile and a story at a time.” Fourteen Foods is a multi-unit owner and operator of 240+ DQ Grill & Chill® restaurants and Dairy Queen Braziers in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Our passion drives us to provide an escape from the ordinary, with a place to enjoy life’s every day celebrations. So come and see our soft serve artists and chicken strip basket crafters create everyday magic as the heart and soul of DQ. Whether you are next in line or the next generation, here’s to you, our customers and our greatest fans.

Creed of Champions

Mission & Purpose

Changing Lives, One Smile and Story at a Time
 

Our purpose is deeply rooted in faith; to bless our customers, communities, and teams by showing God’s grace and being faithful stewards of all that is entrusted to us.

Our Values

  • Honesty and integrity in words and actions
  • Passion for our Fourteen Foods family
  • Foundation built on faith
  • Driven to exceed expectations through accountability
  • Play like a Champion every day

Leadership Team

Matthew Frauenshuh
Matthew FrauenshuhChief Executive Officer

Matt is Chief Executive Officer of Fourteen Foods and Principal for Frauenshuh Inc. Founded in 2002 with the opening of one Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant in Minnesota, Matt took ownership of Fourteen Foods in 2006 and led the then seven restaurants in the Minneapolis area. The company has grown to include more than 240 DQ Grill & Chill restaurants across 13 states under Matt’s leadership and supports more than 9,000 team members. Fourteen Foods is the largest operator of Dairy Queen franchises in the United States and continues to be rooted in a foundation of faith and family.

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from St. Olaf College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Along with Fourteen Foods, Matt shares his passion for service and community by giving his time to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. He also serves on the national board member for The Salvation Army and is an active YPO member. Matt lives in Tennessee with his wife Beth and their four children.

Justin Kraus
Justin KrausVice President of Real Estate

Justin joined the Fourteen Foods family in 2008 with the acquisition of Kraus Foods and today serves as our Vice President of Real Estate. After graduation from St. Cloud State University, Justin started his professional career in home mortgage lending and property management, later operating DQ franchises.

In his role, he leads our real estate development and acquisition efforts in pursuit of our continued growth. Justin, his wife Summer, and their two boys live in Minnesota.

Maribeth Dodd
Maribeth DoddVice President of Brand and Culture

Maribeth Dodd joined Fourteen Foods in 2022 and serves as the Vice President of Brand and Culture. She brings to the table a creative, get-outta-the-box leadership style with over 20 years’ experience leading and encouraging people professionally. She is dedicated to telling the story, both internally and externally, of the Fourteen Foods mission to change lives.

In her free time you can find her cooking authentic Mexican food with her husband, Chris, at their home in Tennessee, and trying to keep their four boys from tracking mud through the house.

Paul Schmidt
Paul SchmidtVice President of Facilities

Paul Schmidt began his career with Dairy Queen in 1996 and today serves as Vice President of Facilities for Fourteen Foods. He leads by example for the facilities team dedicated to the maintenance and upkeep of our restaurants across the country and takes pride in providing outstanding service to our DQ fans and team members alike.

Paul lives in Iowa where he gives back to his community as a long-standing city council member. He enjoys downtime with wife Mona, their two grown children, and grandchildren.

Jason Thomas
Jason ThomasGeneral Counsel

As General Counsel, Jason Thomas oversees all aspects of Fourteen Foods legal affairs and personally represents the company in all corporate and commercial real estate matters. Jason’s comprehensive legal experience and ability to provide effective, cost-efficient in-house legal services are vital to Fourteen Foods’ business.  Prior to becoming its General Counsel, Jason worked with Fourteen Foods for several years as a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of McGrann Shea.

Jason earned his Bachelor Degree from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctorate from Hamlin University School of Law. He is a Twin Cities native, residing with his family in Minnetrista.

Jeremy Cook
Jeremy CookVice President of Operations

Jeremy has more than 20 years of restaurant experience and joined the Fourteens Food family in 2018.  As Vice President of Operations, he provides servant leadership to our restaurant teams across the company. When you meet Jeremy, you instantly gain a friend and advocate.

Jeremy resides in Tennessee with his husband Clay, their son, and their 2 two dogs. Jeremy enjoys giving back to his community through various charities and furthering his spiritual and religious faith!

Bill Grandstaff
Bill GrandstaffVice President of Operations

Bill has more than 30 years of experience with the Dairy Queen brand and joined the Fourteen Foods family in 2012. As Vice President of Operations, he provides thoughtful leadership to our restaurant teams across 13 states.

Bill, his wife Jennifer, and their four children live in Florida and he stays connected with his community through the coaching of little league youth baseball.