Larry R. Graber has a degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and a degree in liberal arts from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He has a total of 44 years of experience in the energy and mining industries, and has served in numerous management and supervisory positions. During his career, Larry and his family have lived in San Diego, California; Detroit, Michigan; and Denver, Colorado. In 1994, Larry founded Swiss Energy, a company that provides contract negotiating services in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Canada and the Unites States. In February 2000, Larry began a partial retirement so that he could transition from his full-time business interests to also serving nonprofit organizations. Having served on the staff of the local church he attends, Larry has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Denver Seminary and Greater Europe Mission, and has spent time serving the Denver Rescue Mission.