April 16, 2008
community leader, and great barbecue restaurateur. These are the words we
feel best describe Ollie Gates.
As President of Gates
Bar-B-Q, Ollie Gates not only engineered and managed the expansion of the
best barbecue restaurant chain in Kansas City, but he's also played a vital
role in promoting Kansas City style barbecue. His appearances on television shows
such as "The Food Network", and the "Early Show" on CBS have
been an enormous boost to Kansas City's barbecue community. His
appearances, knowledge of his craft, and the quality of his work greatly
contribute to the belief that "Kansas City Is The Barbecue Capital
of the World!"
His achievements as a business leader
have been many, and The Kansas City Business Hall of Fame
list his awards as follows:
- Citizen of the Year
- Executive of the Year
- Distinguished Service
- Spirit of Kansas City
- Velam E. Woodson Outstanding
Leadership award from the NAACP
- Greater Kansas City Business Hall of
- Restaurateur of the Year from the
Missouri Restaurant Association
Mr. Gates served in
the United States Army, was President of the Kansas City Board of Parks &
Recreation, and Commissioner on the Missouri Highway and
He also served as Grand Marshal in
the 2005 American Royal Parade.
The popularity and aura of Kansas
City and it's barbecue community has been greatly enhanced by Mr. Gates
participation not only as a business leader, but by his dedication to
being one of the best restaurateurs in the country.
It's refreshing to find a man like
Ollie Gates who loves his community and has the passion and drive to work
to make Kansas City a better place for all. We thank Mr. Gates for his
commitment, drive, enthusiasm, and last but not least - for his six Kansas
City Gates locations which serve some of the Best Barbecue in the World!
Thank You Mr. Gates!