Get to know Stephen!
STEPHEN GRAVES – a man that will represent you
A Passionate New Yorker – with roots in the South
Like many people living in New York?s 5th district, Stephen Graves immigrated to the greatest city in the world from elsewhere. Stephen Graves grew up in Tennessee, lived in Los Angeles and also abroad in Asia and Europe. Like many New Yorkers who are not homegrown Stephen Graves has come to passionately believe what Rudy Giuliani often said with such conviction ? namely that ?New York City is the Capital of the World!? Despite the high cost of living and other obstacles New Yorkers are confronted with daily Stephen Graves feels that there is no place on earth he would rather call home. It is a place worth fighting for. Like many New Yorkers, who through the years have moved to Northeastern Queens and Nassau County Stephen Graves cherishes the values, the quality of life and the sense of community that make our area special and unique.
Committed to Education
Mr. Stephen Graves knows the value of a good education, both formal and vocational. First attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville he later completed his studies at the Edinburgh Business School in Scotland receiving a Masters of Business Administration. Always looking to further his knowledge of local, national and international affairs he has also taken post graduate studies in National Security at the American Military University in Washington DC. From his travels, education and interaction with people of all walks of life Mr. Graves has learned among other things the importance of listening. Listening to the concerns and to the common sense of ones friends and neighbors in and of itself is an education. Because of this lifetime of experience, Stephen Graves is committed to removing obstacles that stand in the way of either you or your children receiving a world class education; whether those obstacles are the result of bureaucratic malaise, a lack of competition and meaningful alternatives or a lack of funding.
Solid Business Experience
The son and grandson of industrious small business owners Stephen Graves has always been a self-starting entrepreneur. Stephen Graves knows what it is like to take all of ones savings, put it all into a business and work night and day to ensure that it succeeds. Steven Graves knows what it is like to make a payroll and strive to make ends meet. Stephen Graves is currently the President of Bio Nutrition Research Labs, a company committed to providing cutting edge research in nutrition and nutriceuticals for general health and fitness. Previously Stephen Graves founded and served as CEO of UNeCOM, Inc. a provider of managed identity authentication and validation services based on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology. Stephen Graves also has been a consultant for both a toll road project and a 3 star hotel, in Indonesia.
Before moving to New York Stephen Graves started his professional career as a FOREX trader for an investment company in Los Angeles focusing on global foreign exchange, interest rate and financial markets, with a specialization in creating market-making opportunities in anomalous markets. He later went on to serve as the Vice President for Tiger International Fund, an offshore hedge fund. Afterwards, while registered as a Principle and as a Commodities Trading Advisor by the National Futures Association, Stephen Graves served as President of BIG Asset Management, Inc., a Commodities Pool Operator and was a member of the prestigious Market Technicians Association. Steven Graves experience working in the world on international investments has provided him with a keen insight into how actions around the world affect us at home. Among other object lessons drawn from this varied professional career are that small businesses are critical to job creation and lower taxes are fundamental to creating greater opportunity for all.
Committed to Community
For more than 8 years Stephen has been active in the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, serving as an International Business Advisor. He has also helped on their planning committee, reorganizing their priorities and strategic drive to focus on best serving the needs of small businesses. In this capacity, he has worked with numerous city organizations and community associations to solve common small business issues and act as an advocate for their concerns. Stephen has also recently agreed to serve as a Community Partner for the Chamber, responsible for helping to drive initiatives that increase economic development and facilitate small business growth in distressed areas of the city.
Mr. Graves also enjoys helping young people learn how to be self-starters, develop entrepreneurial skills and a positive work ethic. He works with Learning for Life, a program for disabled children, where he assists the Career Awareness program. This program works with the local schools to facilitate interaction between students, school guidance personnel and community members from business and other professions. Stephen, an Eagle Scout himself, also is a Career Speaker with Scouting?s Explorer Program which gives high school students the opportunity to gain insight into a career field of their choice and develop a road map for their future. In the past, Stephen also worked with Prison Fellowship, a program that helps prisoners and their families find hope and how the incarcerated can prepare to live responsibly both inside the prison system and when they get back into society. He has also served in the choir at Times Square Church, where he is a member.
Principled and Practical
Stephen grew up in an area of the country where people are known for their friendliness, family values and the abiding belief that hard work and honesty are the keys to success. He knows how to work with others to find common ground to achieve fair and honest results without compromising his core principles.
A Better Representative
One thing that Mr. Graves has learned in business is that to be successful you have to serve people, listen to what they have to say and meet their needs. Sadly, all too often, officials in government, like his opponent, forget this and focus on supporting policies that help their narrow group of friends and those in their party structure at the cost of the constituents they are hired to serve. Stephen knows what it is like to feel that there is no one who cares for your concerns and no one in government that listens or to help with your problem. That’s why he wants to be your voice in government and represent your interests, with an open door to raise the issues that you believe are important. And that is why he is asking for your vote and your support – let your voice be heard!
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