Jan. 3, 2017
Dickey's Barbecue Pit has tapped its CIO Laura Rea Dickey as CEO, but former CEO Ronald Dickey Jr. isn't going far.
In order to more effectively meet the demands of rapid growth, the brand has reorganized its leadership roles and formed the Dickey's Capital Group, which will serve as the parent company of all business entities under the Dickey's name, according to a company press release.
Roland Dickey Jr. is now CEO of the parent company and will serve as executive management of assets.
As CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Dickey Jr. expanded the company from 20 locations to almost 600 nationwide. The barbecue franchise opens about 12 stores a month and is preparing to open in its 45th state with plans to expand internationally in 2017, Dickey, Jr. said.
"The Dickey's brand has seen tremendous growth throughout the past several years," he said in the release. "We look forward to continued expansion of Dickey's locations and product and service offerings nationwide and abroad."
Laura Rea Dickey served as the company's CIO for eight years, establishing Dickey's as a recognized technology leader in the restaurant industry through the development of proprietary big data and enterprise management systems, according to the release.
"The growth Dickey's has seen over the past years is something that I am extremely proud to be a part of," Laura Rea Dickey said. "With our amazing owner/operators and the DBRI team, the Dickey's brand has much more room for growth in the future."
Renee Roozen, who joined the brand in 2015 as VP of operations, is now president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants.
"With great growth comes change and I look forward to partnering with Laura Rea Dickey and Renee Roozen to continue evolving the brand while staying true to our Texas barbecue heritage," Ronald Dickey Jr., said
Dickey's is the nation's largest barbecue chain and ranked first on Fast Casual's 2016 Top 100 Movers & Shakers list.
FastCasual is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Top 100 Movers & Shakers.