Who we are
The Dickey Foundation, formerly known as Barbecue, Boots and Badges, supports first responders in communities across the United States.
The foundation provides financial opportunities, safety equipment such as helmets, shields, respiratory masks and overall support for local first responders. Although its reach is national, the efforts are extremely local and supports several programs including Invest in a Vest.
“The Dickey Foundation was created to support the brave men and women who risk their lives every day to ensure their communities safety”, says Maurine Dickey, Founder of The Dickeys Foundation. “Our goal is to continuously give first responders and their families the necessary support to ensure their safety and success in the communities they serve.”
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. The Dickey family are all graduates of Southern Methodist University. The family owns Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation’s largest barbecue chain. Dickey’s was originally established by Roland’s father in 1941. The original store on Knox & Central has been in operation almost 80 years.
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, Roland 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 Roland’s leadership, the Dallas-based, third-generation family business has expanded from 20 locations to more than 500 nationwide and internationally.
Roland oversees the Dickey Family portfolio of businesses, which include retail products, manufacturers, real estate, metal fabrication and distribution companies.
Roland 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. He was also named to D Magazine’s Top 500 CEO list in 2017 and 2018. Other accolades Roland 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.
Laura Rea Dickey currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Laura has been with the brand since 2009 and most recently served as Chief Information Officer before transitioning to CEO in 2017. Laura has worked in the marketing and information technology fields for over 20 years, and has led the marketing, IT and training teams at Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. during her time there.
Laura was named to the 2019 Nations Restaurant News Power list. She has been named among Fast Casual Magazine’s Top 25 Mover and Shakers executive list for the past four years. Laura was recognized by The Dallas Business Journal as a top Woman in Technology award recipient in 2015. Laura was also named to D Magazine’s Top 500 CEO’s list for 2019. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hospitality Technology in 2019 for her work utilizing Amazon’s voice technology in restaurant operations in partnership with IOLAP.
After graduating from Texas Christian University, Laura went on to work at agencies such as Murray Brown Creative Group, The Richards Group and The Point Group. Through her years of agency experience, Laura worked with brands such as W Hotels, American Heart Association, Blue Mesa, La Madeline and Chick-Fil-A. Laura also lead marketing for the Student Housing portfolio for Fairfield Development. Laura’s specialty is the intersection of technology and marketing, turning data insights into brand and business solutions.
In her time as CEO, Laura has continued the brands expansion and overseen the development of the first international locations with restaurants in the UAE, specifically Abu Dabi and Dubai. Laura also helped pioneer the third party delivery program for the brand, contributing to positive same stores sales in all digital channels for the past three years. Under Laura’s leadership, the brand also launched its first major menu addition in four years debuting six new signature sauces and adding pit-smoked chicken wings to the core menu in 2019. As CIO, Laura implemented a new technology infrastructure for the brand bringing parity and integration to data reporting, information security and all digital sales channels. Laura developed a proprietary data platform in 2015, called Smoke Stack which was profiled for its innovation by Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Laura also lead the in-house development of several proprietary technology projects including a new Point-Of-Sale System, Online Ordering system, Loyalty Program, Consumer APP, CRM platform and Inventory Management system.