John’s primary role over the last 29 years has been to build and lead the operations at Graham Research. After graduating from Iowa State University as an Economics major, John spent the next 13 years as a Commercial Lender in banking. John believes that the cornerstone of Graham Research’s success is the culture he has fostered of building mutually beneficial long term customer relationships. John is passionate about family-owned businesses and has a history of supporting causes that are important to his employees. John enjoys spending time traveling with family, boating, biking, and attempting to play golf.
Chief Financial Officer
Diane officially joined Graham Research in 1999 but has been involved with its financial affairs since the Company’s inception. Diane is a graduate of the University of St. Catherine, with a double major in Quantitative Methods and Computer Science, and Business Administration-Accounting. Diane obtained her CPA after graduation and started her career at Coopers & Lybrand in their auditing division. Her focus area at Coopers initially was with technology startups, working with them through the completion of their IPO process. In the latter part of her years with Coopers, she transferred to their Entrepreneurial Business Services unit, working primarily with closely held manufacturing companies. Diane enjoys traveling, time with family, reading and walking her dog.
Rob joined Graham Research in 2020 with extensive manufacturing experience. Rob graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters of Science in Engineering Management. Rob has 8 years of manufacturing experience with various companies such as Whirlpool, Andersen Corporation, and Medtronic. Through these experiences, Rob brings expertise in managing the operations of manufacturing lines as well as implementing lean production and cost reduction initiatives. Rob is passionate about overseeing the manufacturing operations at Graham Research and providing innovative solutions to expand the Company’s core competencies. Rob enjoys working on projects around his house and spending time with family.
Business Development Director
Tom joined Graham Research in 2021 as the Business Development Director. Tom graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Management. Tom has spent the past eight years working at Aldi Foods in a variety of capacities, including store operations, real estate development, and most recently in supply chain overseeing forecasting for perishable items. Tom’s core duties are to support and further develop existing customer relationships as well as to help to identify and acquire additional revenue streams. Tom enjoys traveling with family and friends, Iowa Hawkeyes football (Go Hawks), and boating.