Chris Graff Joins UWYC Board

United Way of Yavapai County is pleased to announce that Chris Graff, vice president of Asphalt Paving & Supply in Prescott Valley, has joined the UWYC Board of Directors.

Many of you probably know Chris from his years as Board President of the Prescott Frontier Days, which puts on the annual rodeo here in Yavapai County.

In fact, it was the rodeo that indirectly brought Chris to UWYC. Our Board President, Mary Ann Suttles, worked with Chris on the rodeo and asked him to get involved with UWYC when she was on the rodeo board.

Chris is originally from central Texas and started working right out of high school, mostly doing ranching and construction work. He moved to Arizona about 25 years ago and it was here that he met his wife, Denine.

In addition to being VP at Asphalt Paving & Supply, Chris also serves as vice president of McCormick Construction in Bullhead City, which means he spends a lot of time on the road between Yavapai and Mohave counties. Both companies are part of McCormick Inc. of North Dakota.

Chris said that he is pleased to be part of the UWYC board because of the breadth of its commitment to improving lives in Yavapai County.

"The pillars of United Way are really near and dear to my heart," he said. "Education, health, financial stability - that impacts the whole community, top to bottom. United Way just touches on so many of those things."

In addition to his work with the rodeo and UWYC, Chris is the Vice Chair of the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation and a past Chair of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on several professional boards, including the Mohave Contractors Association and the Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors.

Between them Chris and Denine have four children and six grandchildren. Appropriately enough for the President of the world's oldest rodeo, he is an avid horseman who loves being outdoors. Please join us in welcoming Chris to the UWYC Board.