GBC Board of Directors

2020-2022 Executive Team

Jared Kennedy (2020-2022)

Atlanta, GA

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Beth Mewborn (2020-2022)


Cumming, GA

I got involved in the GBC because, as an educator, my nature leads me to lead and help others, and I saw the GBC board as a way to help other BBQ teams get connected, involved, and to grow.  I'm starting my fourth year on the board and my second as the Vice President.  While it's been a challenging past year as your VP, I cannot wait to see what 2021 and beyond brings for BBQ.  

When people ask me why I love competitive BBQ so much, I tell them it's because this is my family.  I truly believe the friendships I've made over the years are more like family, and this crazy group of folks are the ones I love spending my free time and free weekends with.  

My husband, Justin, and I make up J & B's BBQ, and I absolutely love spending this time with him.  Our daughter, Olivia, has her own team that regularly competes in Kid's Q - Sassy Sauce.  Justin and I are both school administrators living and working in Forsyth County, GA.  We started competitive BBQ as a backyard team in 2013, and haven't looked back since.  In our downtime, our favorite place to visit is the beach (particularly Tybee Island so we can see those crazy Yes, Dear dudes).  


To new or beginner teams, don't be afraid to stop by, say hello, and ask for advice, help, or a roll of paper towels - whatever you need!  We are here to help!

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Allen Tucker (2020-2022)

Dacula, GA


Steven Ellis (2020-2022)

Gainesville, GA

I got involved with the GBC originally to help the contest I was helping run at the time, Hawgin on Lanier (the original), maintain close communication with its many competitors who were following in the GBC circuit year to year. That focus of communication changed quickly when I was invited to join the GBC board in 2015, and began serving as its Secretary since 2016. 

The thing I love most about BBQ and about the GBC can be summed up to just one simple word-- Family. I've made so many close contacts throughout the years of serving the GBC, and many of those have become like family. I can see that family is a familiar theme throughout BBQ, even though many may not even recognize it.

Let's connect! Shoot me an e-mail or call me on my cell at (678)316.6361


Scott Smith (2020-2022)

Acworth, GA

General Board Seats


Chad Warner (2020-2022)

Savannah, GA

I got involved in the GBC because of the friendships and fun. Some of my best friends are BBQ cooks that I have met on the trail at various BBQ Contests. I try to be as serious as I can be when it comes to BBQ competitions, but if I can't have fun at the same time, it's not worth doing. 

As part of the GBC Board I would love to help see BBQ contests thrive in Georgia, either through new contests or getting more people involved, especially in the southeastern region of the state.

If you're just starting out in BBQ, don't be afraid to ask questions of the pro teams, and by all means HAVE FUN!

A few tid bits about me: my wife, Lesley Howard, and I live in Savannah. We have two boys: Nathan is a sophomore at Georgia Tech, and Griffin is an 8th grader. I own an architectural rendering company, BlueLime Studio, that is celebrating its 20th year in business. I started competing in pro BBQ in 2010 as "Yes, Dear BBQ," with my teammates Frank Neagle and Scott Swenson.

Let's connect! Shoot me an e-mail

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Sean Trygestad (2020-2022)

Woodstock, GA


Tom Tilley (2020-2022)

Tallulah Falls, GA

I love seeing my team of student grow in skills as individual Pit Masters and interacting with their community. The results don't matter as much as improvement. Winning trophies is nice, but winning also includes improving in character as well as conquering new skills.

Seek advice from the experts. The BBQ community is one of the most giving cultures of which I've ever been a part of. Ask and you will receive. Don't be afraid to look stupid; ask questions. Study and practice. Our team would not have reached the level of success its had without the input of experienced pit masters and their guidance, as well as their willingness to teach.


Cliff Hart (2021-2023)

Atlanta, GA

Alan Gayton (2021-2023)

My name is Alan Gayton and I spend my days working in the IT field. I am the Technology Director for a Georgia state agency called North Georgia RESA. There I provide tech support to the staff and Instructional Technology training to the school systems we serve.

I got started in BBQ at a young age. My grandfather raised his own pigs and would smoke some of the butts for pulled pork. Over the years, I learned the craft and, in 2012, my best friend since high school and I decided it was time to try competing in the Calhoun BBQ, Boogie, and Blues backyard competitions. We were hooked!

As a board member, my passion is to grow the sport of competition BBQ in Georgia. As an educator, I have a desire to help more people learn the techniques needed to be a better competitor as well as backyard hero. I want the world to know that the best competitions are happening right here!

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Scott Parr (2021-2023)

Kenny Dobbs (2021-2023)

I started competing in 2015 with Swinal Tap when I got an email from an old friend needing help competing.  After 3 years, my wife Sherry and I decided to start our own team Wine Me, Dine Me and Swine Me.  We love being on the KCBS and GBC Trail in Georgia. 


We have met some awesome people and really have come to enjoy our BBQ Family.  Beginning in 2021 my 11 year daughter is going to start helping out some as well.  She has started to enjoy cooking and being a part of the BBQ family. 


As I join the GBC Board I hope we can expand and help KCBS and GBC grow in the state of Georgia and have some of the best contests and BBQ in the country!