Throughout his distinguished career in public policy advocacy, Graves has served as a two-term past President of the Nevada Manufacturers Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Taxpayers Association and previously sat on the Board of Directors Nevada Test Site Development Corp, an organization designed to stimulate private sector economic development of the Nevada Test Site.
Graves has also served on the Board of Directors of Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI), a Nevada State think tank organization, which advocates for economic freedom. He is Past President and Past Chairman and current Board member of the Keystone Corp, a business oriented political action organization.
In 2000, Graves was appointed by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn to serve on the Governor’s Energy Policy Committee. Graves has been an active leader in the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, where he served two terms as President of the Henderson Development Association, and represented the organization at the Nevada Legislature.
Graves is a retired chemical engineer who served 35 years in various management positions for an electrochemical manufacturing operation, for companies such as were Stauffer Chemical and Pioneer Chlor Alkali, in the BMI complex. Graves last position was as the corporate government affairs manager where he was involved in the development and operation of a 100 MW cogeneration plant. In that capacity he served on the management committee of the Cogeneration facility for nine years.
Graves graduated from the University of Wyoming; BS in Chemical Engineering following graduation, Graves served in the U.S. Army for three years as an artillery and Army Air Defense officer. Honorably discharged as a 1st Lt.