His first venture was to build and operate a service station on Chicago’s west side, along with his future brother-in-law, Emmett O’Connor. Together they operated the station until they sold it for a then sizable profit. O’Connor went on to the ice cream business and, later, the dry cleaning business and Graham signed on in 1922 with Sinclair Refining Co. as a retail territory representative. He advanced through the ranks quickly and became Division Manager in charge of Sinclair’s Bulk Plant.
Pictured: Eugene W. Graham
The Growth And Expansion
Graham Enterprise, Inc. (GEI) – From Inception to the Future
The customer service mantra for the organization going forward: “We Care” which is supported with a state of the art training program.
GEI currently has a number of sites under development with plans to usher the new year in with a rebranding initiative designed to invigorate the sites. They have come a long way from those early years when they generated 600k gallons and produced a net profit of $400 annually.