Roland Dickey, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Dickey's Capital Group, the holding company of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. The grandson of the company's founder, Dickey, Jr. began working for the family brand early on, learning the trades of the family smoking process from his dad. He went on to earn his degree in Business Administration at Southern Methodist University and came back to his family's brand in 1999, where he then transitioned into his current leadership role in 2016. Under Dickey, Jr.'s leadership, the Dallas-based, third-generation family business has expanded from 20 locations to more than 500 nationwide and internationally.
Dickey, Jr. oversees the Dickey Family portfolio of businesses, which include retail products, manufacturers, real estate, metal fabrication and distribution companies. Dickey, Jr. prides himself on taking his family's business to new heights by leading its evolution from a local barbecue joint to the wildly successful fast-casual chain it is today. With Dickey Jr., at the helm, the family legacy continues to grow exponentially earning the title of world's largest barbecue franchise.
Dickey Jr., was named to Nation's Restaurant News 50 most powerful people in foodservice in 2017 and in 2014 he earned a spot on the Restaurant Business Top 20 Leadership Power List. Dickey, Jr. was also named to D Magazine's Top 500 CEO list in 2017 and 2018. Other accolades Dickey, Jr. has accumulated during his time as CEO include earning Global Franchise Best Food and Drink Franchise 2019 award and QSR's Best Franchise Deal in 2012 and 2015. The brand has been recognized as one of Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers and Shakers in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. In 2019 Dickey's was awarded the Most Established Brand award by Franchise Help and the nearly 80 year-old-brand has also been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, QSR Magazine, Forbes Magazine and Nation's Restaurant News.