2014: Clay Graham
Clay Graham Honored with 2014 Dick Johnson Award
Clay Graham has gained success as both an attorney and a businessman. He excelled in academics and in sports at Zanesville High School, where he graduated in 1973. Clay continued his academic and athletic
success in college In 1977, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Economics from Denison University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. It was at Denison that Clay met his future wife Alice Davis. After Denison, both attended Ohio State University where he received his J.D. from the Moritz College of Law.
In 1981, Clay returned to Zanesville and joined the family law firm of Graham & Graham Co., L.P.A. that was established in 1923. As an attorney, Clay has served as the firm's Managing Partner and chief trial counsel.
He has also been active in national, state and local professional organizations including the Muskingum County Bar Association (President, 2007). He is a life member of the U.S. 6th Circuit Judicial Conference. Members of Grace United Methodist Church, Clay and Alice are also active in various social and civic organizations and avid supporters of Ohio State University.
Clay serves the following diverse businesses as a Principal and Executive Chairman: Shelly and Sands, Inc.,Buckingham Coal Company,The Graham Auto Group,The Burley Clay Products Company, American Ceramic and Clay Co. (ACCCO) and Valley Clay Mining Co. and is also a leading shareholder and director of the North Valley Bank. Clay has become a member of many professional business organizations serving automobile, asphalt and aggregates, construction, community banking, coal and ceramics interests at both the state and national levels.
Clay and the entire Graham family have had a positive impact on the economic and civic life of our region that goes beyond the enterprises that they own. Their support has been a leading and critical component in the success of the Muskingum Recreation Center and the creation of the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics.
The Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award was established in 2000 at the suggestion of Bob Kessler to honor the impact of Dick Johnson, a successful businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. The Community Foundation presents the award annually to individuals who share the rare combined outstanding achievements as entrepreneurs, community leaders and philanthropists.