“Can you be both a leader and an entrepreneur?” That’s the question to be discussed by Joseph P. Micatrotto, chairman, president and CEO of Micatrotto Ventures, Inc., at the annual Burtenshaw Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Smith CUE 203. A reception will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the CUE atrium, second floor. The public is welcome to both.
Micatrotto is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry and a recognized leader and motivator. He is known for his experience in the rollout of new concepts and management of restaurant expansions. He is co-founder of BUCA, Inc., known for its Buca de Beppo family-style Southern Italian restaurants.
He has received numerous industry awards, including the 2003 Florida International University School of Management and Hospitality Michael E. Hurst Distinguished Hospitality Leader Award. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami University.
The Burtenshaw Lecture Series, created and sponsored by DeVere Jerry and Angelina Burten-shaw to honor the memory of their son Calvin Brett Burtenshaw, invites leaders and innovators in the hospitality industry to share their insights on many topics. Chairman of ABC Services in the Seattle area, DeVere Jerry Burtenshaw is a longtime supporter of WSU, the School of Hospitality Business Management, higher education and the industry. He earned the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 1982.