Gary and Carolyn Wells
Gary and Carolyn Wells moved to Kansas City in 1976. In 1982 they entered the American Royal Barbeque Contest. At that time, it was held at Crown Center. The couple entered solely in the ribs category, cooked on two borrowed grills, and won.
As competition barbecue grew in the metro area, the couple, along with Rick Welch, decided to start a club. In 1986, the Kansas City Barbeque Society was founded. Incorporated in 1987, Gary appointed a Board, developed rules and regulations, and developed a digital tabulation system. Shortly thereafter, the couple was recruited to serve on the American Royal Steering Committee. They served on that committee for 15 years. KCBS is now over 17,000 members strong, has certified over 22,000 Barbeque Judges, and sanctions over 400 contests throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Gary passed away in 2007 and Carolyn remains the Executive Director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society.