SC State to Host Executive Speaker Solomon Graham

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SC State University will host executive speaker Solomon Graham, founder, president and CEO of Quality Biological, Inc. (QBI) on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Graham’s topic will be: "Leadership in the 21st Century - the Needs of Business."

In 1983, Graham started Quality Biological, Inc., a privately held company located in Gaithersburg, Md. QBI provides products and supplies for molecular and cell biology laboratories.

Upon graduating from high school with honors at the age of 17, Graham joined the United States Navy.  During his four years of service, he continually sought new skills by attending the hospital corp training school, atomic warfare school and tissue culture school where he was introduced to the work he is currently involved in at QBI.

After being discharged from the United States Navy, Graham attended Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Md. and Prince George's Junior College in Largo, Md., receiving an Associate’s Degree in business management, as well as an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree in public service. He then studied marketing at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

Graham currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the following organizations and institutions: Sandy Spring Bank, the Montgomery College Foundation, the Macklin Business Institute and the Strathmore Hall Foundation.  He is also chairperson of the Economic Advisory Council for Montgomery County and a member of the 11th Circuit Court Nominating Committee for the Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley.

He is also the chairperson of the Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship Committee, under his leadership, donations from area businesses, foundations, organizations and individuals generated nearly $200,000 in annual gifts, providing scholarship assistance to more than 400 students per year. In 1992, Graham established a Quality Biotechnology Scholarship Fund at Montgomery College to assist students interested in studying science and technology.

For the past 10 years, Graham has served as a VIP Fund Raiser for the Easter Seal Society. He also regularly donates time to students who participate in the Montgomery County Mentorship Program.

Graham has received several civic awards, including becoming a finalist for the 1992 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He also received the 1993 Minority Small Business Award of Excellence and the 1995 Minority Business Contractor Award of Excellence.

Graham is an active member of The People's Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md.  He and his wife reside in Rockville, Md.

For more information on the Executive Speaker Series contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, program director, at (803) 516-4864.