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 230+ 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 230 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 Hanratty
Justin HanrattyPresident

Justin joined Fourteen Foods full-time in October 2020 as our President. Before joining our team, he pioneered a unique cultural advantage in the insurance arena and was recognized with both ‘Best Places to Work’ and ‘Book of Lists Largest Agencies’ awards. Under his servant leadership model, Justin successfully grew one of the largest family-owned insurance agencies in the Midwest prior to selling to USI Insurance in 2016. Justin leads our people first culture efforts with a focus on leadership growth while executing on our overall strategic plan and financial goals. He brings out the best in others and helps them find a path to success and happiness at Fourteen Foods.

Justin resides in Minnesota with his two children. In addition to being an active YPO member, he shares his talents by personally and professionally mentoring those in need. In his free time, Justin enjoys golfing and the great outdoors with his family and friends.

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.

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.

Doug Hellerud
Doug HellerudVice President of Operational Services

Doug has made a career with the Dairy Queen brand for nearly 30 years, first with International Dairy Queen Companies (IDQ), then as a franchise owner, and now with Fourteen Foods as our VP of Operational Services. His leadership covers everything from daily store operations and community marketing initiatives to ongoing technology support and sales strategies for the field.

Doug graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Business Management and lives in Minnesota with his wife Kim. Together, they have two adult children and are active in their local community and church.

Ashleigh Moelter
Ashleigh MoelterChief People Officer

Ashleigh serves as the Chief People Officer for Fourteen Foods and brings with her a strong background in HR, Marketing, and operational management. With her guidance, the team supports our restaurants with employee relations, recruiting, onboarding, and retention efforts, as well as general HR compliance and processes to ensure our valued team of champions are safe and supported. Ashleigh also lends her leadership to the strategic marketing team that supports the restaurants and the communities we serve.

Ashleigh’s family previously owned two Dairy Queen locations, making her an experienced smile server! She resides in Minnesota with her five children.

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.

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!

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.