NCBS Board Members
Jim Early is the founder of the North Carolina Barbecue Society (NCBS). Jim is also a trial lawyer and Superior Court mediator. In September 2007 he closed his law office to devote full time to NCBS. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is married and has three children and two grandchildren. Jim is also the author of what many call the definitive book on North Carolina barbecue, The Best Tar Heel Barbecue Manteo to Murphy. He speaks nationally and internationally to lawyers, doctors and business personnel on ethics, professionalism, quality of life issues and stress management. Jim is an experienced hunting and fishing guide and outfitter and leads parties to venues such as Alaska, Montana, the Bahamas, Scotland, South Dakota and Africa. Jim is also a gourmet cook and has taught numerous cooking classes for local colleges, businesses, etc. and his meals run the gamut from black tie to kicked back around the campfire. Jim has written numerous cooking articles, several books and shares proceeds from his current books with Special Olympics North Carolina and Feed the Children. For more about Jim see www.jimearly.com.
Steve Grady is the co-owner (with his wife Gerrie) of Grady's BBQ in Dudley, N.C. Grady's BBQ is one of the Historic BBQ Pits on The NCBS Historic BBQ Trail. Steve is a legendary Eastern North Carolina Pit Master and has cooked over 12,000 whole hogs. Steve was one of the Class of 2008 NCBS Wall of Fame inductees and has been showcased in a number of newspapers and magazines. See the USA Today article on the News and Events link on this website. Also see Grady's BBQ on the NCBS Historic BBQ Trail on the BBQ Trail link on this website.
Born in Concord North Carolina, Richard Turner acquired a taste for good BBQ at an early age due in no small part to the presence of several really good BBQ pits in the area that cooked cue the old fashioned way on pits with live wood coals. Richard was hooked. In 1965 Richard joined the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. Missing his pit cooked ‘cue Richard set about to build a smoker with the materials at hand. An instrument barrel, hinges from a fuse crate and metal from a bomb crate would do nicely. He found that even the taste of C-Rations raised a click or two when smoked over wood coals.
In the 80’s Richard and a neighbor borrowed a drum smoker and cooked a whole hog. There was no turning back at this point. Richard set his sights to become a barbecue man. He later attended a barbecue school in South Carolina and continued to hone his skills. Richard says that it was only after attending the NCBS BBQ Boot Camp at Tanglewood that he really learned how to cook barbecue after training with the best of the best. Since his classes with NCBS Richard has helped with other NCBS schools as a cook and on the kitchen staff. Richard says that after his NCBS training, he now cooks with no fear. Richard cooks pulled pork Eastern NC style for churches, veteran groups and other large gatherings.
When he is not attending to his cooking duties, Richard, a retired Airline Captain, and his wife enjoy water sports at their home on Lake James. Richard is an avid fly fisherman and indulges in kayaking from time to time.
NCBS is pleased to have Richard share his organizational skills, cooking skills, passion for BBQ and interest in “The Fun Tribe” with our membership. Welcome aboard Richard.
Mary E. Lindsey
Mary E. Linsdey is the Secretary of The North Carolina Barbecue Society (NCBS) and has been a board member since the Society’s inception.
Mary has excelled in her scholastic pursuits from an early age.She was one of the first students chosen for the Highly Academically Gifted program in the Winston Salem/Forsyth County School System. Mary attended high school at the Career Center and received seven scholarships upon graduation. She continued her studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill entering as a sophomore. In addition to her studies at UNC Mary found the time to work two part time jobs, study in England and help a big animal vet vaccinate cows in Africa. Mary graduated from UNC 2000 as a Johnston Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society among other honors. She then attended East Carolina University and received her MBA 2002. Mary worked a full time job throughout her graduate studies and still maintained a 4.0 GPA. She was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma 2002 and received the Mino Osterkamp Outstanding MBA Student of the Year, 2002-2003. Mary is a gifted musician and has composed, orchestrated, and conducted a number of her compositions for events throughout the state. She is also an excellent cook.Mary was the Administrator and managed Wilson OB/GYN, P.A. in Wilson, NC upon graduation from MBA school until June of 2007. This job entailed managing a high-volume practice with 4 physicians and 30 employees. She is currently physician practice manager for 4 groups at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is responsible for the financial management and budgeting for these practices, forecasting and projections, staffing decisions, Human resource management, marketing and other administrative needs.
Rick Hollowell has enjoyed over 30 years of experience in numerous positions throughout the telecommunications industry. During this time, he has been involved with the planning, construction and management of seven cable systems in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, and has held practically every position in the cable industry.
Today, Mr. Hollowell is involved with the broadcast, cable and wireless broadband industries as President of ComSpec Corporation, a telecommunications consulting firm located in Greensboro, NC. Mr. Hollowell holds an Associate of Science Degree from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.
He is an active member in the Society of Broadcast Engineers ("SBE"), the National Educational Broadband Service Association ("NEBSA"), the Wireless Communications Association ("WCA") and the WCA Engineering Committee. Additionally, he is a senior member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers ("SCTE") and is a founding member, past president and current Executive Board member of the Piedmont SCTE serving North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Mr. Hollowell proudly serves on the board of the North Carolina Barbecue Society.
His favorite activity is enjoying life with his son, Scott (13). Additionally, his hobbies include traditional cooking for all types of barbecue pork, beef, chicken, fish and whatever is on special and or abundant. Aside from cooking, Mr. Hollowell also enjoys all types of fishing, camping hiking, cycling and most other outdoor activities. He is a perfectionist in the direction and craftsmanship for restoring historic structures. An Eagle Scout, Mr. Hollowell is active in supporting the Old North State Council and is Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 203 in Greensboro, NC.
NCBS is pleased to have Rick, his expansive skills, his passion for BBQ and belief in our mission, as an addition to our board.
Debbie Bridges-Webb is a stunning looking woman who looks as though she may have just stepped off the cover of Vogue magazine. That may have happened had Debbie not given up her modeling career at age 19 to help “Mama B” with the family business. Debbie grew up with Bridges Barbecue Lodge. She started waitressing at age 16, worked in the kitchen, prepped food, washed dishes, chopped cue, hauled wood and even fired the meat. There is no aspect of running a top flight BBQ Pit that is a stranger to Debbie Bridges Webb.
Her theory is you cannot tell someone how to do it if you can’t do it yourself. With “Mama B” as a mentor Debbie honed her skills. In the years before her death, “Mama B” would come in to “check” on Debbie to see if she was doing it right. She was. Debbie has been the driving force behind Bridges Barbecue Lodge for the last 30+ years. In this time Bridges Barbecue Lodge has received numerous accolades. The Lodge has been featured in Barbecue Road Trip by Michael Karl Witzel, Gourmet Magazine, BBQ Joints by David Gelin, Road Food, Eat Your Way across the U.S.A. , and Popular Plates BBQ by Jane & Michael Stern to name a few. Bridges Barbecue has also been featured in a number of BBQ books including Holy Smoke and The Best Tar Heel Barbecue Manteo to Murphy. NCBS is pleased to have Debbie Bridges Webb, one of the First Ladies of BBQ, join our Board of Directors.
Welcome aboard Debbie.
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