- Q&A with Nina Martin, CEO of Graham Inc.
T.H.R.I.V.E. Participant Interviews
POSTED: 2 August 2022
My entrepreneurship journey has actually been a success story of “promotion from within.” A wonderful lady by the name of Ruth Graham founded my company in 1984 as a woman-owned recruiting firm. She stepped away from her company due to her husband’s health in 2011, and I joined the team a year later. We recruit and place Sign Language interpreters for requesting clients, as well as temporary or long-term professionals in a wide variety of positions and job titles.
The owners of Graham in 2012 hired me as an entry-level Recruiter in May 2012. Seven months later, I played an instrumental role in helping them transition out of physical office space into telework mode company-wide.
In early 2013, our Regional Manager at the time left for another company. Right then, Graham’s leaders asked me to fill the gaps she’d left behind and oversee the operations of the firm.
With the supportive company culture of Graham at the leadership level, I was given the chance to progress steadily from Recruiter to Regional Manager to Executive Vice President of Operations to Majority Owner/CEO.
While I was not the original Founder of Graham, since that day in January 2018 when my co-owner welcomed me as 51% Owner, Graham has been like my baby – something I want to nurture, support, encourage, and grow in the healthiest way possible.
We maintain warm communications with the Founder of Graham on a regular basis. She created something beautiful that our team is carrying forward into the future.
We are honest in our dealings. To me, success looks like this:
If you were speaking to a room full of new business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs in your industry, what piece of advice would you share to help them be successful?
Graham, Inc. is an 8(a), Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business providing quality support services and consulting for the federal government. We specialize in Program Support, Sign Language Interpreting, and Staff Augmentation for agencies around the nation. Established in 1984, Graham has a stellar core team with a combined 165 years of hands-on client expertise. We are committed to the success of our clients.