Our Story

Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Competition barbecue teams from eight states answered the call to help feed displaced families and emergency personnel. The group was able to serve over 120,000 meals over 13 days. Food was delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas. The operation was made possible by all who contributed food and supplies and funding from across the country.

Executive Team

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Stan Hays

Stan Hays

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (President)

Why did you get involved?
“Because the feeling you get providing warm BBQ meals to those in need and the hardworking first responders is amazing, I can’t think of another way to say it.

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Will Cleaver

Will Cleaver

Co-Founder, COO / CFO (Vice-President)

Why did you get involved?
I have looked for different ways I could possible make a difference in this world, with OBR I feel like my talents and convictions can best be used to help others in times of need.

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David Marks

David Marks

Chief Marketing Officer

Why did you get involved?
October 29, Hurricane Sandy came barreling up the East Coast. I saw all the devastation around me and on the news. I knew that I was the lucky one, and I needed to do something. I assembled some food supplies, packed my bags, hooked up and was on the move.

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Dana Reed

Dana Reed

Chief Human Resource Officer

Why did you get involved?
I believe in OBR’s mission and looking forward to serving this great community as a board member.”

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Paul Peterson

Paul Peterson

Director - Corporate Relations
Bryan Ropollo

Bryan Ropollo

Head of Field Operations

Operational Team

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Scott Guy

Scott Guy

Operations

Why did you get involved? I volunteer for Operation BBQ Relief because I love to help people in need. I have a strong drive to make things work no matter how hard they are.

John Orr

John Orr

Director of Merchandise and Store

Why did you get involved? It allows me to do something I love, BBQ, and help those in need.

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Shane Petzold

Shane Petzold

Director of Facilities and Equipment

Why did you get involved? I volunteer for Operation BBQ Relief because I love to help people in need. I have a strong drive to make things work no matter how hard they are.

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Jeremy Bruce

Jeremy Bruce

Director of Volunteer Management

Why did you get involved? Knowing that I am making a difference in a persons life in a time of need is so gratifying. OBR makes a difference in the world one meal at a time!

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Patrick Banks

Patrick Banks

Operations

Why did you get involved? Patrick and Kathy became involved with Operation BBQ Relief in the spring of 2012.

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Dewayne Daniel

Dewayne Daniel

Operations

Why did you get involved? I volunteer for Operation BBQ Relief because I love to help people in need. I have a strong drive to make things work no matter how hard they are.

Lynn Entrekin

Lynn Entrekin

Director of Special Events
George Long

George Long

State Lead Coordinator - Pacific Northwest
Bill Jones

Bill Jones

State Lead Coordinator - Mid-Atlantic
Brian Polak

Brian Polak

State Lead Coordinator - North Midwest
Kristina Perri

Kristina Perri

Marketing - Creative Services
LeAnn Hollis

LeAnn Hollis

Marketing - Creative Services
Deidre Hof

Deidre Hof

Marketing - Creative Services
Kristy Orr

Kristy Orr

Merchandiser
Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander

Videography
Karen Espey

Karen Espey

Volunteer Manager
Patrick Paquette

Patrick Paquette

Territory I Director
Bill Jones

Bill Jones

State Lead
Amy Hays

Amy Hays

Missouri State Lead

State Leads Map

Hover over the map to view State Leads for each state. We are in need of more volunteers to become State Leads in the states lighter in color and labeled “Open.”

If you are interested in becoming a State Lead in your area, please email us here.

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