Dan Smith, President of Elliot Group Enterprises, helps lead internal strategy, processes, and growth opportunities for all divisions of The Elliot Group. As President, Dan collaborates and guides new initiatives, and manages internal procedures. Dan has also led the Elliot Advantage consulting division since its inception, consulting with organizations of all sizes and scale, across a variety of segments throughout the hospitality industry. Under Dan’s leadership, Elliot Advantage has worked to open, grow, stabilize and develop national and international concepts, including a range of fast casual restaurants, franchising operations, fine dining establishments and hotel partners.
Dan has taken his vast industry experience, from past work in all facets of the restaurant business, to apply his knowledge to The Elliot Group’s methodology and expansion trajectory.
Dan has a BA from Denison University and an MMA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He won the Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Kentuckian Region in 2001 from Ernst and Young, NASDAQ, CNN, and USA Today. He sat on the board of the Kentucky Derby Festival and the Alumni Advisory Board for Kellogg.
Dan resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and three sons.