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Dickey’s Barbecue Reorganizes Company and Leadership

Roland Dickey, Jr.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit this week announced a reorganization and a change in leadership. The three-generational family company that was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey has formed a holding company, Dickey's Capital Group, Inc., which will be the parent company of all business entities under the Dickey's name.

The franchisor of roughly 550 locations in 44 states also announced the appointment of Roland Dickey, Jr. as Dickey's Capital Group chief executive officer, where he will manage the firm's assets. Laura Rea Dickey has taken over as CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc., a role that her husband Roland Dickey Jr. filled since 2006.

Laura Rea Dickey has previously served as the company's chief information officer for eight years in which time proprietary big data and enterprise management systems were developed for Dickey's Barbecue.

Growth in Dickey's Barbecue Pit outlets from 2013 to 2015

"The growth Dickey's has seen over the past years is something that I am extremely proud to be a part of," said new CEO Laura Rea Dickey of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Although the rate in which Dickey's franchises turnover or cease operations is on the high side, the franchisor has indeed grown quickly. According to the company's recent disclosure documents, the barbecue firm that began selling franchise licenses to entrepreneurs in 1994 has grown from 289 franchises to 537 in the last four years (see chart).

"With our amazing owner/operators and the DBRI team, the Dickey's brand has much more room for growth in the future," says Laura Rea Dickey.

Renee Roozen has been promoted to be president of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Roozen joined the company in 2015 as vice president of operations.

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