Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from West Virginia University, a Master of Science degree in chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Certificate of Quality Management in Manufacturing from DePaul University. He worked for AMAX Coal Company as a manager in their central laboratory for 11 years before joining SGS in 1987. Graham has held several management positions focused on ensuring SGS delivers high-level, standardized analysis, including his current position as global technical governance manager for SGS Minerals Services.

Graham has authored or co-authored 14 technical publications and has served as chairman of the ASTM Subcommittee E01.02 on Ores, Concentrates and Related Metallurgical Materials for the last 10 years. The Ted Linde Leadership Award recognizes his exemplary leadership skills and help in developing and maintaining more than 30 technically sound laboratory methods and practices. His role with SGS echoes this unwavering dedication to quality practices and global standards.

The Ted Linde Leadership Award was created in 1992 in memory of the late Ted Linde, the last chairman of Committee E02 on Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy. Linde was a key player in establishing Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores, and Related Materials and was recognized for his outstanding leadership. The Ted Linde Leadership award is presented annually to one member of the ASTM E01 committee.