In the Puget Sound area of Washington State, Dr. Thomas Driver is well known. Having spent 27 years as a Navy commander running military hospitals, he is commonly called “Doc” by friends and family. After retiring from the military he knew he wanted to be a franchise owner, which led him to Dickey’s.
Thomas had always loved barbecue, but didn’t have many options available in his area. Dickey’s was a perfect opportunity because of the quality, slow-smoked flavor and its rapid growth nationwide. Now a three-store owner, Thomas has a new nickname: “Doctor Barbecue”. Using his contacts from the military, churches and local clubs such as Rotary, he has become a pillar of the community that people love and trust. There are two naval bases in the area, and Thomas offers a military discount. He also has a banquet room in his store in Port Orchard, where he regularly hosts church groups, families and local sports teams.
“What I love best about the business is the ribs,” Thomas says. “But after that, I love all the support I get as a franchisee. I have made great relationships with the people in marketing and training. They are always willing to help me out in any way. My marketing manager even came to visit me not too long ago to see how I was doing. That just exemplifies how Dickey’s is all about great service.”
The doctor is in, and he prescribes more barbecue!