BEDFORD, TX – Seasoned traveler, ranch manager, Dairy Queen® pioneer—Barney Chapman’s career has traveled down a number of different paths over the years inspiring family, friends and fellow DQ® operators to get involved and live their best life. On February 13th, he was honored by Texas Dairy Queen with its prestigious LifetimeAchievement Award.
Barney Chapman viewed the Dairy Queen® business from his family’s meat plant and decided in 1963 to own Dairy Queen® restaurants, acquiring new and purchased units to at one time become International Dairy Queen’s largest franchisee with 101 Dairy Queen restaurants.
“I did not do this,” Chapman said. “I am accepting this award for those that provided the assistance and pushed me a long so that I could enjoy the ride.”
Enjoy the ride he did. In one way or another, the Chapman Companies have been involved in the construction of more than 257 DQ® restaurants in four states and five foreign countries. Chapman has also served on the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council Board of Directors and filled several officer positions, as well as arranging numerous seminars and Texas Dairy Queen travel.
Barney Chapman has seven children and five grandchildren. Son, Parrish Chapman, continues to “DQ it every day,” according to Chapman. Parrish owns and operates Dairy Queen restaurants in Amarillo and Dallas/Fort Worth.
Barney Chapman currently lives on and manages the Chapman Family Ranch in Clarksville, Texas. When he’s not working on the ranch, Chapman enjoys traveling and has just recently completed his 128th trip to Europe. “DQ, along with the support of family and friends, has allowed me to do things I had only dreamed about as a kid!” said Chapman.
Gene Brumbelow, Chairman of the Texas Dairy Queen Board of Directors, considers Barney Chapman a long time friend and mentor. “Barney is responsible for guiding and helping so many operators in the Dairy Queen system. We are all absolutely delighted that he has been singled out for this honor,” said Brumbelow.
The DQ® restaurants in Texas are represented by the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council, which includes approximately 200 franchisees who operate approximately 600 restaurants throughout the state. The Council provides guidance and support for the owners in such areas as hot food quality control, marketing and operations.