DALLAS — Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has announced the formation of a new parent company and a reorganization of leadership. The newly formed Dickey’s Capital Group will now be the parent company of all Dickey’s business entities. Roland Dickey Jr. will be chief executive officer of the new group; he was formerly c.e.o. of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc.
“The Dickey’s brand has seen tremendous growth throughout the past several years,” Mr. Dickey said. “We look forward to continued expansion of Dickey’s locations and product and service offerings nationwide and abroad.”
Under Mr. Dickey’s leadership as c.e.o., the company expanded from 20 locations to almost 600 restaurants in 44 states. The barbecue franchise opens approximately 12 stores per month and is preparing to open in its 45th state, with plans to expand internationally in 2017.
Laura Rea Dickey has taken over as c.e.o. of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. She previously was the chief information officer for eight years. Renee Roozen has been promoted to president of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc. after previously serving as vice-president of operations. Ms. Roozen joined the company in 2015.
“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,” Mr. Dickey said.
Dickey’s is the nation’s largest barbecue chain and ranked first on Fast Casual’s 2016 Top 100 Movers & Shakers list.“In my time at Dickey’s, I have learned how crucial relationships with our owner/operators are, and I look forward to developing a great partnership with them as we move forward to the next stage of Dickey’s,” Ms. Roozen said.