Retiring as president of a $1.5 billion dollar company, John Rivers left a career of twenty years in Healthcare to follow a lifelong dream of owning a restaurant. In 2009 Rivers opened his first concept, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, that quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With thirteen locations in Florida and one soon to open in Atlanta, the success and popularity of his 4 Rivers Smokehouse have garnered national recognition. Nation’s Restaurant News recognized 4 Rivers as one of their top five breakout brands. Restaurant Business named John as one of the Power 20 Leaders in the restaurant industry, Orlando Magazine included him among Orlando’s “50 Most Powerful, 15 to Watch” and in 2013, John was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. John has twice been honored to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City and has enjoyed participating in the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival for the last 6 consecutive years.