Who we are
Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, “We Speak Barbecue.” The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids’ meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded nationally to 42 states. This year Dickey’s Barbecue was recognized for the third year by Nation’s Restaurant News as a “Top 10 Growth Chain” and by Technomic as the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country.” For more information, visit www.dickeys.com.
Commissioner Maurine Dickey served two four-year terms as a Dallas County Commissioner from 2005 to 2013. Prior to her election to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, Maurine served as the former Chairman of the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers, and was the only County Commissioner to have ever served on the Parkland Board.
While a Commissioner, Maurine was very involved in regional issues such as transportation and high speed rail. She represented Dallas County on the North Central Texas’ Council of Governments’ Regional Transportation Commission, as well as serving on the COG’s Board of Directors. She chaired the County’s Clean Air Task Force and served as the Vice President of the Texas High Speed Rail Corporation. While at the County she also helped start and was chair of the non-profit Prostitute Diversion Initiative that partnered with the Dallas Police Department in changing the paradigm for many of the women caught in prostitution and provided a way to offer them an escape through treatment rather than jail.
For six and a half years she served on and was Chairman of the Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services, an agency that is devoted to the protection of children. She also served as chair of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board, served on the County Juvenile Board. She was a founding member of CPS Community Partners and The Rainbow Room in 1990.
Maurine and Roland Dickey have two grown sons. All are graduates of Southern Methodist University. The Dickey family owns Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, a franchised chain of 500 restaurants over the country. Dickey’s was originally established by Roland’s father in 1941. The original store on Knox & Central is 74 years old and the company is now run by Roland, Jr., the third generation of this family business.
Roland Dickey, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. He is the grandson of company founder Travis Dickey, Sr. Since becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of the third generation family run company in 2006, Roland has expanded the restaurant’s reach from 20 to over 500 stores nationwide.
As CEO, Roland has elevated his family’s company to new heights by enthusiastically leading its evolution from a local barbecue joint to the fast-casual chain it is today. Through explosive growth in franchising, Dickey’s Barbecue now reaches guests across the country and is officially the nation’s largest barbecue chain. But with Roland at the helm, the third generation family business still prides itself on authentic, down-home food, served with a signature brand of southern hospitality.
Roland joined the family business in 1999 after working in leadership positions with a national Mexican food chain. In 2014, he was honored by Restaurant Business Magazine as part of the Power 20 in the restaurant industry. In addition, Dickey’s Barbecue was named “Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain” by Technomic in 2013 and “Top 5 Growth Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News and “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine in 2012.
Roland Dickey, Jr. was instrumental in kicking off Barbecue, Boots & Badges, Dickey’s new foundation committed to leaving a footprint on the communities they serve by providing funding and resources to law enforcement, firefighters and their families.
Roland received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife live in Dallas.
Laura Rea Dickey currently serves as Chief Information Officer for Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Laura graduated from TCU in 2001 and has worked in marketing and information technology for over 15 years. With an area of focus in business intelligence and aligning brand development with data insights, she has experience with a wide variety of clients at agencies such as Murray Brown Creative Group, The Richards Group and The Point Group. Her past clients have included Brach's candy, W hotels, Texas Health Resources, American Heart Association, Blue Mesa, La Madeline, Chick-Fil-A, Zom Realty, UCR and Fairfield Development. She specializes in the intersection of data, information technology and marketing, turning data insights into brand and business solutions.