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Clean Plate Restaurants' CEO, Wood Chatham, Named A Quantumshift 2018 Top Entrepreneur In America

Joint program between KPMG LLP and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business identifies and assembles select group of entrepreneurs leading high growth, private companies

CHICAGO, IL — JUNE 5, 2018 — Clean Plate Restaurants, Inc. announced today that its President and CEO, Wood Chatham, has been selected as one of QuantumShift’s 2018 Top Entrepreneurs in America by KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. QuantumShift assembles an impressive class of founders, owners and CEOs of private, high-growth, US-based companies and boosts their development through an intensive program led by Ross School of Business faculty and talented industry professionals.

“I want to thank the entire Clean Plate team for their hard work and perseverance, which made this award possible,” said Mr. Chatham. “We are honored to be named one of the top entrepreneurial organizations in the country.”

Clean Plate and Mr. Chatham have demonstrated a strong track record for revenue growth as well as future growth potential, two important considerations for the Michigan Ross QuantumShift Admissions Committee

“The QuantumShift program recognizes the achievements of high-growth entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game, and helps them lay a groundwork for the future,” said Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “We’re looking forward to working with Mr. Chatham and Clean Plate, and we are excited to see what they accomplish.”

QuantumShift offers these handpicked CEOs access to a peer-to-peer Fellows Network focused on ongoing problem-solving, development and mentorship, in addition to the initial intensive program.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Chatham from Clean Plate is one of the select group of entrepreneurs chosen to complete the 2018 QuantumShift program, said Brian Hughes, National Leader, KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group. “We welcome Mr. Chatham into this exclusive fellowship of high-growth business leaders and hope that the week-long program will have a long-lasting positive impact on the participating founders and CEOs, and the companies they lead.”

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About Clean Plate Restaurants

Clean Plate is a new breed of restaurant company generating growth through the acquisition of strong, established independent restaurants. We offer a platform in which these local restaurant brands can thrive after their original owner retires. Our goal is to provide corporate structure and scale for these restaurants while preserving their local authenticity. We acquired our first restaurant in September 2013. Since then, we have rapidly grown to a company of thirteen restaurants located in six states. Learn more at:


KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 197,000 professionals working in 154 countries. Learn more at

About University of Michigan: Ross School of Business

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for change in today's dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society. Housed within Michigan Ross, the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is a leading center for entrepreneurial thought leadership and engagement.

About QuantumShift

QuantumShift is a joint program between KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business that is rooted in sustained learning, networking and collaboration. Each year founders, owners and CEOs of private, U.S. companies are vetted through a nomination and application process reviewed by the Michigan Ross QuantumShift Admissions Committee. Candidates with an established revenue base, a strong record of revenue growth and a clear pathway for continued growth are eligible to participate in a week-long program to learn from distinguished Ross School of Business faculty members and a wealth of other talented professionals.