Tim Mikeska

I am very fortunate and blessed. My paternal grandparents, Mikeska and Valis, immigrated from the old Czech lands of Moravia and Bohemia in the 1890's. My maternal great grandparents, Marshall and Hood, came to Texas many years before. Their history dates back to the 16th century in America. The Mikeska Family had 9 children who were all raised in the Taylor Texas area. They went on to make history as "The First Family of Texas Barbecue" Being the son of Rudy and Joy Marshall Mikeska allowed me to learn a whole host of blessed skills. Butchery, Meat, BBQ and Catering from my dad, and Food Service, Cooking and Golf from my mom.

I do love my community and I care about it's residents. My Paramedic and Fire Fighting background show a resolve in protecting my fellow Taylorites. Since 1978, I have seen many of my fellow citizens personal tragedies and many triumphs. In 1980, as one of the first Paramedics in Williamson County, I founded the East Williamson County Emergency Care Team to help speed up the care of the injured in the Taylor area. In 1979, I started my association with the the Taylor Volunteer Fire Department. I have held the offices of Secretary, Training Officer, Vice President, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, and Chief of the Taylor Fire District. In 1981, I began teaching Emergency Medical Services Courses as a course coordinator with the Texas Dept. of Health and Temple College. The last 38 years of my life has been dedicated to service to my community. I enjoyed being an elected Councilmember representing all of Taylor.... I love Taylor, my home town.

Press Release Short Bio:

About Tim Mikeska: Tim Mikeska is CEO of Mikeska's Bar-B-Q Inc. and owns Mikeska Brands. Raised in Taylor Texas, and son of Rudy Mikeska, Tim learned to cook at an early age and grew up making sausage and catering Texas Bar-B-Q with his father. Tim has served US Presidents, US Congress, Texas Governors, British Royalty, Texas Legislature, actors and famous musicians throughout the United States. He has also served his Texas Bar-B-Q in England, Germany, Bosnia, and Canada. Tim has been featured on the Food Network's Food Nations program with Chef Bobby Flay, The Travel Channel with Andrew Zimmern, the CBS Early Show and 4 books about Texas Bar-B-Q. Some of Tim's proudest moments were traveling to Bosnia to serve his Bar-B-Q to U.S. Peacekeepers on July 4th and to Texas Task Force One upon their return from New York and rescue operations at the World Trade Center. He also served the 4th Infantry Division upon their return to Texas after capturing Saddam Hussein and donated a feast for over 3,000 Texas National Guard Soldiers and their families upon their return from active duty in Europe. Tim has focused his future business with his popular Mikeska Brands USDA Certified Smoked Meats currently in 13 U.S. States.

EDUCATION:

1st through 8th Grade St. Maryís Parochial School
Graduate Taylor High School
Graduate Temple College - Scott & White Paramedic School
Graduate Texas A&M Municipal Firemanís Training School

PAST AFFILIATIONS:

1979 - 1989 Founder and Former President and Board Chairman of the East Williamson County Emergency Care Team
1979 - 1990 Certified EMT-Paramedic, Texas Department of Health
1979 - 1985 Field Paramedic Williamson County Emergency Medical Services
1980 - 1990 E.M.S. Instructor/Examiner with The Texas Department of Health
1980 - 1990 Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor/Examiner
1980 - 1985 Instructor of Vocational EMT-Paramedic Programs, Temple College
1984 Member of the E.M.S. State Legislative Council
1995 - 2003 Assistant Chief, Taylor Vol. Fire Department
1983 - 1986 Board Member of the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society
1982 - 1985 Director and President of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce
Charter Member of the Texas E.M.S. Instructors Society
Founding Member of The Texas Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
3 Term President, 3 Term Treasurer of East Williamson Unit, American Cancer Society
1985 - 1988 Teacher of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) St. Maryís Catholic Church
1986 - 1989 Teacher of Baptismal Preparation Class for Parents and Godparents at St. Maryís Catholic Church
Former Eucharistic Minister, St. Mary's Catholic Church
Former Board Member and Secretary of the Williamson County Board of Health
Former 4 Term Chairman, 4 Term Vice Chairman of the Taylor Airport Advisory Board
6 Terms as Commissioner of Grand Juries, for Williamson County District Judges, Lott, Carter and Stubblefield
2002-2005, City Councilmember, City of Taylor At-Large
Retired President and CEO of Rudy Mikeskaís Bar-B-Q Inc.
Retired Partner, Turkey Creek Farms Inc.
Former Advisory Board Member of Bank of the West
Former Advisory Board Member of First Interstate Texas Bank
PGA of America, Southern Texas Region
Professional Tour Member, Bridgestone Senior Series

CURRENT AFFILIATIONS:

Chairman of the Board, Mikeskaís Bar-B-Q Inc. 
Member, George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Member, Taylor High School Ex-Students Association
Member, Cessna Pilots Association
Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Member, Mooney Airplane Pilots Association
Member, National Association of Boards of Health
Member, Helicopter Club of America
Member, Texas Municipal League
Member, Association of Mayors and Councilmembers
Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
Member, The Butchers Guild
Member, Master Butcher, Meat Cutters Club of America and "Hall of Fame" 2016 Inductee
President, CEO Mustang Creek Golf Course, Taylor Golf Course Inc.
Owner and Chief Pilot, Mikeska Aerial Systems

 FIRE SERVICE CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS:

Certified Firefighter, Advanced, Texas State Firemanís & Fire Marshals Association
Firefighter I and II, Chief Officer Certifications 1984
Master Operator and Instructor, Hurst "Jaws of Life" Rescue Tools
Extrication Instructor, Texas Department of Health
Advanced Incident Command Operations, Texas A&M TEEX Service
Certified Weather Spotter, Project SkyWarn, National Weather Service
26+ Year Member of the Taylor Volunteer Fire Department Having Held These Offices: Secretary, Vice President, Training Officer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Assistant Chief
EOC Operations Officer, City of Taylor
Retired Chief, Taylor Fire District
Former Vice President, Williamson County Fire Chiefs Association
Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Member, Texas Fire Chiefs Association
Member, Volunteer Chief Officers Association
Member, National EMS Pilots Association
Former Williamson County Task Force 24 Resource Coordination Duty Officer
Former Member, Williamson County Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force

AWARDS:

"American Legion Award" 1973, St. Maryís Catholic School
"Balfour Leadership Award", 1978, Taylor High School
"Danforth Award" 1978 Taylor High School
"Mr. Taylor High School", 1978, Taylor High School
"Firefighter Instructors Award" 1984 Texas A&M University Firemanís Training School
"1984, Whoís Who Outstanding Young Men of America
"Outstanding Firefighter", 1984 Taylor Fire Department
"Past Presidents Award", 1985 Taylor Chamber of Commerce
Honorary Chapter Farmer, Taylor FFA-4H
"Nat Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award" Taylor International Barbecue Cookoff
"Founders Dedication & Support Award" 1992 East Williamson County Emergency Care Team
"Legislative Support Award", 1993, McDonalds Restaurants
"Outstanding Texas Family Business Award", 1996 Baylor University
"1997 Citizen of the Year Award" Williamson County EMS
"Seven Seals Award", 1998, by the National Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve
"Outstanding Landing Zone Operations", 2000 Scott & White Hospital Medevac
"2000 Bosnia Participation Award", National Guard Association of Texas
"2001 Texas Eagle Award" for outstanding support of the reserve Components in Texas Awarded by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee
2003 2 - Emmy Awards, Masters of Texas Barbecue, Documentary of Cultural Significance and Videography
2004 Commissioner of Barbecue, State of Texas, Office of the Governor
City of Taylor Service Award, Taylor City Council
Emcee Award, Kentucky State BBQ Festival
2017, Masters Panel, National Barbecue Association
Meat Cutters Club of America, "Hall of Fame"
2017 Chairman's Award, Taylor Chamber of Commerce

FESTIVAL HOST AND MARKETING AFFILIATIONS:

1979 - 2005 Taylor International Barbecue Cookoff. Chief Judge and Judge host.
Windy City BBQ Classic. Chicago Illinois. Stage Host, Emcee and Food Inspector
Kentucky State BBQ Festival. Stage Host, Emcee, and Online Marketing
Windy City Smokeout. Chicago Illinois. Pitmaster Support and Food Supplier
Celebrity Judge, Bacon Fest, Texas Hill Country
StompNholler Festival, Cofounder Taylor Texas

FLYING AFFILIATIONS:

Certified Pilot......Airplane and Helicopter
1992 Sponsor of the World Helicopter Championships in Swindon England
1994 Field Judge....Precision Flying, United States Helicopter Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada
Volunteer Search and Rescue Pilot
Hurricane Rita and Katrina Relief Supply and Support Pilot
FAA Certified Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems Pilot

Federal Communications Commission Licenses

General Mobile Radio Service GMRS WQYJ-877
Aircraft Station License N21F
Marine Ship Station License "Meggie Rae" "CzechMates"

TV and MEDIA APPEARANCES

Food Network with Chef Bobby Flay FoodNations
CBS Early Show 2003 Memorial Day Special
Texas BBQ Masters, Emmy Award Winning Documentary
KLAS TV Morning Show
The Travel Channel, Texas Episode with Chef Andrew Zimmern
Keye-TV Austin Texas
Kxan-TV Austin Texas
ABC7Chicago
Texas Monthly Texas BBQ Featured Pitmaster
5 Books about Texas Barbecue
The Masters Panel, NBBQA

NOTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

3 Wonderful, Smart and Talented Children
Delivered 2 newborns and assisted in delivery of 5 newborns as a EMT-Paramedic
Traveled to Bosnia to serve a Bar-B-Q to U.S. Peacekeepers on July 4th
Served a Free Texas BBQ for Texas Task Force 1 upon their return from New York and rescue operations at the World Trade Center. 
Served 4th Infantry Division upon their return to Texas after capturing Saddam Hussein
Donated a feast for over 3,000 Texas National Guard Soldiers and their families upon their return from active duty in Bosnia.
Donated, Directed and Distributed 300 Automatic External Defibrillators, Joy A. Mikeska Foundation.
Along with his son, Timothy Mikeska, opened Seton Medical Center, Williamson
Survivor, Renal Cell Carcinoma

PERSONAL:

3 Incredibly Talented Children
Lifetime Resident of Taylor
Lifetime Member of St. Maryís Catholic Church, Taylor Texas

 

 
   
 
 
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