Joe Micatrotto Jr. (’97) and family recognized by Nevada Chapter of JDRF

Joe Micatrotto Jr. (’97) and family recognized by Nevada Chapter of JDRF

Incoming WKU Alumni Association Board member Joe Micatrotto Jr. (’97) and his family were recently recognized as the 2017 Hope Gala Honorees by the Nevada Chapter of the JDRF, which is dedicated to funding research related to Type 1 Diabetes.

Twelve years ago, the Micatrotto family formed what today is called MRG Marketing & Management, the franchise partner for Raising Cane’s currently operating in Nevada and Arizona. The founders, Joe Micatrotto Sr., Connie Micatrotto, Justin Micatrotto and Joe Micatrotto Jr., sought to procure a concept aligned with their goals and values. The family group took their years of experience in the restaurant industry and formed a restaurant management company focusing on exceptional guest service and quality food.

Since forming in 2005, MRG has donated tens of thousands of dollars to its communities and have made Community Strong a cornerstone of the way they do business. The MRG Family views giving back with their heads, hearts and hands as an investment in the future stability and growth of communities. MRG works on a daily basis to grow the brand, give back to their communities and create a work culture that has no rival in the industry. In the end, it’s all about their ONE LOVE®!

In 2015, the Micatrotto family donated $150,000 to WKU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Hospitality Management Program. In recognition of this gift, the Micatrotto Family Dining Room in the Academic Complex was named in their honor. 

“WKU created the base for my personal and professional development as I entered the ‘real world,’” Joe Micatrotto Jr. said at the time of his gift. “Whether it was the lessons learned in the classroom or on the playing field, I was able to take on the challenges put in front of me and handle them because I am a Hilltopper. I always knew that when the time came, and the ability to give back was present, it was my duty to help the University that helped me. Even though I am the only WKU graduate in my family, my parents, my brother, my wife and my children are all Hilltoppers. As a family, we want to see the development of our school and our students for decades to come.”