Mark Valentino

Digital Content Manager

Location icon United States of America

Passionate advocate for new forms of media, digital marketing and for introducing new branding connection strategies(but not a ninja, guru, or rockstar). That experience has included delivering branding and strategic marketing initiatives in several disciplines of social, digital, and experiential marketing in both an agency and in-house agency capacity for companies such as Dickey's Barbecue, GameStop, Dell, AT&T, Samsung, and Microsoft.



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Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a true American success story. In 1941, Travis Dickey, a World War I veteran, opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas. In the beginning, Dickey's Barbecue Pit was truly a family operation with Travis working the block and Miss Ollie Dickey serving sandwiches.

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After working for Coca-Cola for over 15 years, Dennis Farmer decided it was time for a new career endeavor. He began researching opportunities in the world of restaurant franchising when he discovered Dickey's. Bringing the delicious assortment of authentic slow smoked Texas barbecue and home-style sides to the Myrtle Beach area offers a completely different experience than anything else in ...

SEO/SEM & Reputation Management/Press Releases

Roland Dickey Jr. Congratulates This Months Brand Champions Stuart and Wyatt Abbitt

This article was originally distributed via SproutNews. SproutNews, WorldNow and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Roland Dickey Jr. grew his family-owned business into a nationwide franchise by extending that family to include others, like brothers Stuart and Wyatt Abbitt, who are this month's Dickey's BARBECUE Brand Champions.

Roland Dickey Jr. Comments On Smoke Stack Big Data Approach To Business Improvement

This article was originally distributed via SproutNews. SproutNews, WorldNow and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Roland Dickey Jr. has overseen the rollout of big data analysis across the 500 branches of his Dickey's BARBECUE franchise, and has commented on the potential of big data for improving big business.

Roland Dickey Jr. Announces Speaking Dates for May and June At Business Conventions "...

Roland Dickey Jr. will attend the Franchise Operators President's Panel and the Interactive Customer Experience Summit in May and June respectively to share his expertise with business leaders. - 21st century business is a tricky beast to master. One must be at once authentic and forward-thinking, innovative and traditional, diverse and on-brand.

Blog Post/Writing Samples

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No Net

"The right leaders feel a sense of urgency in good times and bad, whether facing threat or opportunity, no matter what." - Author Jim Collins, "How the Mighty Fall" Everyone has their theories, but my take is that a leader must work at being uncomfortable at all times. Seriously.

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Bacon. Besides barbecue, it's one of the main reasons you're not a vegetarian. It makes everything better, and either you like bacon or you're wrong. Okay, okay... that may be a tad judgmental. But, for some, bacon is truly to be celebrated.

World Cup 2014 Takes Over Social Media - OCG PR

Everyone says that soccer is the most popular sport in the entire world. If you've been on a social media website in the last two weeks, you probably believe them. how many more days of soccer tweets - Jessica Misener (@jessmisener) June 13, 2014 Facebook reported that 10 million people had 20 million interactions during the U.S.-Portugal match.

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CNBC just published an article naming us the 4th fastest growing restaurant chain in the country. The story featured restaurant chains bucking sales trends and delivering explosive growth across the country. Technomic crunched the numbers and served up the fastest-growing chains in national sales--we're proud to be part of such a remarkable group.

Journal Times
Dickey's Barbecue Pit joins new strip center

MOUNT PLEASANT - Pleasant Pointe Commons, a new strip shopping center on Washington Avenue, is now fully leased with the signing of a Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Dickey's Barbecue Pit is the latest and last tenant signing for the 7,013-square-foot center that replaces The Oil Shop at 6012 Washington Ave.

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Keep Them Coming Back

Guests. They're the reason we do what we do. It was true back in 1941 when we opened our first Dickey's Barbecue Pit and it is just as true today as we open our 500th location.

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Family Ties

It's always an honor to be recognized in your industry. The restaurant space is particularly competitive, but filled with successful business leaders who I respect. Last year, Restaurant Business launched their annual Power 20 list where I was recognized with an impressive list of leading restaurant executives.

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What do you think?

I follow many business leaders in the retail and hospitality industry but it's hard to find a better success story than Bill Marriot. As the former CEO and executive chairman of Marriot International, his management style is legend. It could be said that he learned about success from his father J.W.

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Battle to be the Best

"Every battle is won before it is fought." -Sun Tzu These lines come from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, a guide to military strategy written more than two thousand years ago. Why is this still relevant to the barbecue business and part of my leadership strategy today?

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Nailed It

Years of research has shown that most new businesses fail. Business owners could be doing many of the right things but they may be in the wrong order. Yet in contrast, many entrepreneurs have a track record of success - they win every time no matter the industry or circumstances.

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Pulling Our Chain

There has been much speculation on the fast casual market, especially in states like Washington where eating local has become a fascination. The headline in a recent Forbes article reads "Behind Seattle's Franchise Battle: Why Patrons Don't Care If Chains Die." Well, shucks Forbes, I believe there are many people that would strongly disagree with that point.

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Behind the Smoke

Behind the Smoke When Zac Brown sings "I like my chicken fried, cold beer on a Friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right and the radio up," he's just nailed the heart of the guest experience.

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The Secret Sauce

I recently read an article in Entrepreneur Magazine about innovation. The gist of the article was about how many businesses fall into the trap of growing but neglecting techniques and systems that generate new ideas.

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Lombardi Time

Vince Lombardi - loved by some, feared by others, but respected by all was arguably the greatest football coach of all time and is on the short list of history's greatest coaches, regardless of the sport. His ability to teach, motivate and inspire players helped turn the Green Bay Packers in to a dominating NFL team in the 1960s.

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Feeding Our Flywheel

One of my favorite business management books is Good to Great by Jim Collins. All of our corporate employees are required to read it and then read it again every year. The reason behind my passion for the principles in this book is simple; they work.


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