Mike McGraw


I was born and raised in the small town of Litchfield, Illinois where my parents, Rick and Dona McGraw, opened their first McDonald’s restaurant in 1979. I worked in the restaurants through high school and went on to Illinois Wesleyan University where I graduated with a degree in Business. From there, I went to work as a loan officer with a local bank, and worked in the grill area at one of our restaurants on Saturdays.

In 2008, I entered the Next Gen program and became an approved operator in 2010. My Dad and I ran the business together from that point until 2018, when he passed away, and that time with him is something I truly cherish and that we enjoyed so much together. In that time, I have served on the operations team and also chaired the people team for three years in the Chicago Region. Today, I own and operate 9 restaurants in the Springfield, Illinois area, where I live.

The most important things in my life are my faith and my family; my wife Juliana, my three sons Mason, Eli, and Connor, my father and mother, my two sisters Jenna and Christa, and my brother-in-law Rich.

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