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The CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants Inc. on what it's like to run a family business.


Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts

Why I Love My Job The best part is the team and getting to a place to truly shape the business.

Toughest Challenge Family business. It’s the biggest advantage and challenge all in one.

Lesson Learned The results are what count; effort only matters.

Looking Ahead It’s a truly watershed moment with so much change in the restaurant industry. From technology, guest values, and sustainable, organic menus to the competition, the challenge is truly invigorating.

Keeps Me Up The eighth cup of coffee.

Advice for an 18-Year-Old You Buy Apple stock.

Favorite Beverage Barbecue sauce Bloody Mary

First Car A Dickey’s catering van. It wasn’t very cool on the weekends.

Favorite Movie? “Smokey and the Bandit”

Standout Destination The Dylan Hotel along the Keizersgracht Canal in Amsterdam. It has such great 16th century interiors that actually inspired our new store interior design.

Bucket List Being an extra in “Smokey and the Bandit 3”

This Q&A is extended content from the Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit for details.

Published: 20 Mar 2017

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