Ricky Dickson

IDFA Ice Cream Board Chair / President, Blue Bell Creameries, L.P.

Ricky Dickson currently serves as CEO and president of Blue Bell Creameries, and as such, he’s in charge of the overall management and strategic direction of the organization.

Ricky graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Marketing and Journalism.

He began his career with Blue Bell on January 1, 1981, as a territory manager in Dallas, Texas. In 1982, he moved to Fort Worth to become sales manager and, in 1984 was promoted to branch manager in San Antonio. He transferred to Oklahoma City and Tulsa when each of those branches opened. In 1992, Ricky was named assistant Dallas/Fort Worth division manager. He transferred to Kansas City as branch manager in 1993 and returned to Tulsa later that year. In 1994, he was named Midwest division manager. Four years later, he became general manager of the Broken Arrow plant yet remained involved in sales, particularly with the Wal-Mart account. He was named general sales manager in 2003. In 2010, he was appointed to vice president of sales and marketing, as well as to serve as a director on the Blue Bell Board of Directors. In 2017, he was promoted to president, and in 2019, he was elected CEO and president of the Company.

Ricky has always been involved in community organizations and continues to do so. While living in Oklahoma, he served two terms on the board of directors of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. He has been a Rotary member since 1990, was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2009, and is past president of the Rotary Club of Washington County. Ricky is president of Faith Mission, a local ecumenical Christian based non-profit organization created to assist the homeless and working poor in the community, and has been involved with the organization since 2006. Ricky is a member of the Dairy Products Institute of Texas Board as well as the International Dairy Food Association Ice Cream Board.

He was ordained as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church in San Antonio in 1987 and now serves as a Deacon at Central Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas.

Ricky and his lovely wife Anita have five children and seven grandchildren.