About Us

About Us2019-10-16T08:15:49-05:00

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 to “build people and profits, one smile and a story at a time.” Fourteen Foods is a multi-unit owner and operator of 223 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

Mission Statement

Building people and profits,
one smile and story at a time.

Purpose Statement

To bless our customers, communities and teams
by showing God’s grace and by being faithful
stewards of all that is entrusted to us.

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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 everyday

Leadership Team

Matthew D. Frauenshuh
Matthew D. FrauenshuhChief Executive Officer

Matthew D. Frauenshuh is Chief Executive Officer of Fourteen Foods and Principal for Frauenshuh Inc. Fourteen Foods was founded in 2002 with the opening of one Dairy Queen Grill & Chill restaurant in Minnesota. Matt took over management and ownership of the company in 2006, beginning with seven restaurants in the Minneapolis area.

Currently, Fourteen Foods owns and operates over 220 DQ Grill & Chill restaurants across 13 states and has more than 9,000 employees. Fourteen Foods continues to operate on five core values, which are focused on faith and family and is the largest operator of Dairy Queens in the United States.

Along with Fourteen Foods, Matt currently sits on the boards of the National Prayer Breakfast CEO Panel, Folds of Honor and the Salvation Army National Advisory Board as well as numerous for-profit boards of his various business ventures. Matt is also very active within his church.

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. He currently lives in Greenwood, Minnesota with his wife Beth and their four young children.

Justin Kraus
Justin KrausChief Investment Officer

Justin Kraus is Chief Investment Officer and has been with Fourteen Foods since 2008. Justin manages the non-operations side of the business having real estate, construction, vendor management, I.T. and our legal team under his guidance. After college at St. Cloud State University Justin started his professional career in home mortgage lending and property management prior to joining the DQ brand in 2006 and ultimately Fourteen Foods.

Justin lives in Minnesota with his wife Summer and two boys.

Jill Walz
Jill WalzVice President, Acquisitions and New Store Openings.

Jill Walz is Vice President, Acquisitions and New Store Openings for Fourteen Foods, joining the team through an acquisition in 2008. Jill has been in the service industry for 27 years. Jill finds great purpose, pride, and passion working with the Fourteen Foods family and all the wonderful people who have helped the company surpass 220 stores.

Jill was born and raised in Minnesota and graduated with honors from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in English and Chemistry while playing on the volleyball team for her 4 years there.

Jill resides in Eagan, Minnesota with her husband Andy and enjoys her free time with her family.

Chad Underwood
Chad UnderwoodVice President of Finance

Chad Underwood joined the company in the Controller role in January 2018, but now serves of the VP of Finance. Chad is responsible for Fourteen Food’s overall financial management, including the company’s financial reporting and long-range business planning. He oversees treasury management, operational accounting, financial preparation, and financial analysis.

Chad serves on the Board of Directors for Avivo, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis that seeks to increase well-being through recovery, employment, and career achievement.

Chad earned an undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting and a Masters of Accounting from Texas Christian University. He also earned an MBA, with an emphasis in finance and management, from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He currently lives in Minnetonka, MN with his wife Sara and their three young children.

Paul Schmidt
Paul SchmidtVice President of Facilities

Paul Schmidt is Vice President of Facilities for Fourteen Foods and has 23 years of Dairy Queen experience having started on the operations side of the business in 1996. He started with Fourteen Foods as Director of Facilities in March of 2008. Paul oversees a team of 5 Directors of Facilities and 30 plus maintenance technicians who perform repairs and preventative maintenance on 220 plus locations over 13 states.

Along with working at Fourteen Foods he served 16 years as a City Council member for the City of Leland, IA, served on the Winnebago County Iowa 911 Board and has been on several of his church boards in the past.

He currently lives in Leland, IA with his Wife Mona and has 2 grown children.

Jeff Wieland
Jeff WielandDirector of Human Resources

Jeff joined Fourteen Foods in March 2008 as the Support Services Manager overseeing the operations of the Albert Lea, MN Support Services Office and as the company grew moved into the Director of Human Resources role. Jeff has a total of 18 years of experience with the DQ brand, starting in 2000 with another DQ Franchisee in the General Manager and Operations Supervisor Roles before moving into the Support Services Role. Prior to working with the DQ brand, Jeff has 15+ years of management experience in big box retail arena with Shopko Stores, Inc. and has an Associate Degree in Marketing.

Jeff currently lives in Shakopee, MN with his wife Brenda and has two grown children and two grandchildren. Jeff is active in his church and enjoys camping and traveling.

Jeff Wright
Jeff WrightDirector of Community Marketing

Jeff Wright joined Fourteen Foods as the Director of Community Marketing in 2018. In this role, Jeff is responsible for developing the Community Marketing Team and leading the overall marketing efforts of Fourteen Foods. Prior to joining Fourteen Foods, Jeff spent 13 years at Dick’s Sporting Goods in a marketing leadership role and has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.

Outside of work, Jeff is very active with youth sports. He has served on the board of the St. Paul Capitals Hockey Association, most recently as president, and chairs the Minnesota Hockey Membership Development Committee. In addition, Jeff is an avid coach at the youth level coaching his boys in hockey and baseball.

Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management at the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He currently lives in the Highland Park neighborhood in St. Paul with his wife Marlene and their two boys.

Doug Hellerud
Doug HellerudDirector of Strategic Projects

Doug Hellerud is Director of Strategic Projects. Doug joined Fourteen Foods in January of 2019 and works on new projects and initiatives within the company designed to impact the sales and profitability of the DQ Restaurants.

Doug began his career working for IDQ Companies on the New Store Opening Team and transitioned to an IDQ Business Consultant. Doug left IDQ in 1996 to become the GM of a new DQ restaurant in Apple Valley, MN. In 2003 Doug became an owner of the Apple Valley, MN DQ Grill and Chill. In his time as owner Doug served as the head of the DQ Minneapolis DMA and also served on the IDQ National Franchisee Advisory Council. Doug has close to 30 years of experience in the DQ Brand.

Doug graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Business Management. He lives in Lonsdale, Minnesota with his wife Kim, together they have two young adult daughters and are members of Trondhjem Lutheran Church. Doug enjoys golf, hunting with his two labs, grilling on a Green Egg and being the PA announcer at local high school games.

Lesley J. Adam
Lesley J. AdamGeneral Counsel/Vice President

Lesley J. Adam is General Counsel for Fourteen Foods and Vice President of Double Seven Development. Lesley oversees the legal affairs of the companies and is responsible for real estate development and management. A practicing attorney for over 10 years, Lesley combines her legal expertise in commercial transactions, corporate, real estate and construction law with a practical perspective and approach to business matters and the real estate development process. She has been a member of the Fourteen Foods family since January 2016.

Dustin Fischer
Dustin FischerDirector of I.T.

Dustin Fischer joined Fourteen Foods in March of 2015 as the Director of IT. In this role, Dustin is responsible for developing the IT team and leading the overall IT efforts for Fourteen Foods. Prior to joining Fourteen Foods, Dustin spent 10 years with Harstad Controls managing customer networks and enforcing Payment Card Industry standards.