Donald is the founder of The Graham Group, an alliance of industrial businesses and investment management firms, each of which traces its roots to a design engineering firm founded in Central Pennsylvania by Don in 1960 in the basement of his York County farmhouse.
As of year-end 2011, The Graham Group’s three legacy industrial businesses, Graham Packaging, Graham Engineering, and Graham Architectural, collectively operated in more than 90 locations worldwide, generating approximately $3.5 billion in annual revenues. The Graham Group has also spawned several independently-managed investment management businesses. First, Graham Capital Company manages a $1.5 billion portfolio of marketable securities along with investments in over 100 alternative investment funds for the Graham family, and also oversees the operating businesses and direct investment portfolio of the Graham family. Second, Graham Partners and Inverness Graham are independent registered investment advisors, which manage approximately $2 billion in committed private equity capital and co-investment funds, principally on behalf of institutional investors. Finally, Striker Partners and Graham Software Development are two additional Graham Group-related investment businesses, which are involved in a variety of investment sectors.
Don earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Business Management from the University of Michigan, where he remains actively involved on a philanthropic and volunteer basis. Don currently serves on the President’s Advisory Group for the University, founded the University’s Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, and serves as an active volunteer in several areas for the University’s College of Engineering. He has also received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.
A supporter of community, cultural, and environmental projects, Don has been active in many professional groups including the Young Presidents Organization, Chief Executive Officers, World Business Council, American Business Council, and the Recycling Advisory Council, and has served on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards. Internationally, Don serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mpala Foundation in Kenya, which is involved in a health clinic, school, research center, ranch, and wildlife conservancy.
Don is married, and has five children and seventeen grandchildren.