John Graham

John Graham
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John Graham joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1982, became President in 1990, and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in 2019. John’s background in asset management, development and real estate investment provides a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in the real estate field. Under John’s direction Sunbelt has become a dominant force, in both community affairs and real estate activities.  John’s prior experience included The Koll Company in asset management and development from 1980- 1982 and Coldwell Banker in asset management and sales from 1978-1980.

FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks, appointed John Graham as their newest member of their Board of Directors in August 2020. Read more here.

EDUCATION
Stanford University – AB Economics 1979
Brophy College Preparatory – 1975

AFFILIATIONS – Current
Arizona Forward Association – Member
ASU Enterprise Partners – Board of Directors/Executive Committee
ASU Foundation – Board of Trustees/Chairman
Banner Health Foundation – Board of Directors/Executive Committee
Brophy College Preparatory – Board of Regents and Trustees/Past Chairman
Devil’s Advocate – Chairman
Experience Scottsdale – Board of Directors
Fighter Country Partnership – Capital Campaign Committee
FirstBank – Board of Directors
Greater Phoenix Economic Council – Board of Directors/Executive Committee
Heard Museum – Board of Directors
PGA Southwest Section – Advisory Board
Partnership for Economic Innovation – Board of Directors/Chairman
Phoenix Art Museum – Board of Trustees/Executive Committee
Phoenix Symphony Association – Board of Directors/Past Chairman
Phoenix Zoo – Capital Campaign Committee
Rio Salado Foundation – Board of Directors/Vice Chairman
St. Vincent de Paul – Advisory Board/Chairman
Southern Arizona Leadership Council – Member
StartUp AZ Foundation – Advisory Board
Teach for America Phoenix – Regional Advisory Board/Past Chairman
The Nature Conservancy – Board of Directors/Past Chairman
Valley of the Sun United Way – Board of Directors/Executive Committee
Valley of the Sun YMCA – Board of Directors/Past Chairman
Westmarc – Board of Directors

AFFILIATIONS – Past 
Arizona Campaign for Arts and Culture – Board of Directors
Arizona State University Council of 100 – Board Chairman
Arizona State University Council for Design Excellence – President
ASU’s West Campus Leadership Advisory Council
Banner Cardon Children’s Hospital – Capital Campaign Co-Chairman
Compass Bank – Advisory Board
Desert Botanical Garden – Board of Directors/Chairman
Fighter Country Partnership – Honorary Commander
Greater Phoenix Leadership – Board of Directors/Board Chairman
Herberger Theater – Board of Directors/Board Chairman
MD Anderson Cancer Center – Capital Campaign Co-Chairman
Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture – Board of Directors
O’Connor House – Capital Campaign Co-Chairman
Office of the Governor – Committee on K-12 School Facilities
Office of the Governor – Commission on Water Management
Office of the Governor – Conservation Acquisition Board
Papago Salado Association – Director Emeritus and Board Chairman
Paradise Valley Country Club – Board of Directors
Phoenix Chamber of Commerce – Director
Safeway International LPGA Tournament – Tournament Chairman
Saint Francis Xavier Elementary School – Capital Campaign Chairman
Sereno Soccer Club – Board of Directors
Stanford Challenge – Arizona Major Gifts Chairman
Thunderbirds’ Charities – Board of Directors/Treasurer
Urban Land Institute – District Council Chairman
Valley Partnership – Founding Member/President
Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board
Xavier College Preparatory – Board of Trustees