Marjorie A. Graf and the Late Robert E. Graf Honored as Influential Business Professionals for Two Consecutive Years by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide

Marjorie A. Graf and the Late Robert E. Graf Honored as Influential Business Professionals for Two Consecutive Years by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide
Mexico, MO, January 27, 2022 --( Marjorie A. Graf and the late Robert E. Graf of Mexico, Missouri have been honored as Influential Business Professionals for 2021 and 2022 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for their outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of finance and retail management.

About Marjorie A. Graf and the late Robert E. Graf
Marjorie Graf is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Graf & Sons Inc., a wholesale sporting goods store based in Mexico, Missouri that sells sporting goods, hunting products, ammunition, shooting and reloading materials on a national scale. Marj specializes in finance and the overall operations. She also oversees the exporting side of the business, customer service, and sales. She attended significant shooting events, selling to competitors nationally throughout the 70's and 80's. Ms. Graf was also integral in the early advertising and international sales. She continues running and managing the company. Previously, Ms. Graf served in sales and service at Mexico Refractories and Kaiser Refractories for over 16 years.

Marjorie’s husband, Robert “Bob” E. Graf, helped found the ammunition supplier, Graf & Sons, in 1957, and helped grow the small-town Missouri company into the “Reloading Authority.” Bob Graf was born in Miami, Arizona in 1934 and passed away in 2018 at age 84 at Boone Memorial Hospital. He is survived by Marjorie, his brother Howard, four children, five grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Bob is greatly missed by his community and his associates in the shooting and reloading industry.

In 1957, when Bob was 23 years old, he joined forces with his father Arnold, his brother Howard, and their spouses to found Graf & Sons. The company started out as a gasoline service station that sold boats, motors, hunting and fishing merchandise and eventually became known as “The Reloading Authority.” Bob and Marjorie Graf became sole owners of the business after the passing of co-founder Arnold Graf in 1972 and the retirement of Howard Graf in 1981. In 1986, Bob and Marjorie ramped up advertising efforts and began to sell internationally. In the beginning they shipped just 1,000-2,000 products a year but after creating a website,, in 2001, the product lines expanded to fit the need.

By 2013, Bob expanded the once three-person operation to an outlet specializing in often hard-to-find ammunition and components employing a staff of 60. He retired in 2014, but the business is still family owned. Bob has been honored by the Mexico Area Chamber and City of Mexico, and as a lifetime NRA member, Graf & Sons regularly donate rifles to the Missouri Friends of NRA program.

Today, Graf & Sons stocks over 20,000 products and ships both nationally and internationally by mail order, phone sales, and internet sales. The company has many extremely competent employees including Marjorie’s two sons who are also involved with the business.

Marjorie was again honored on the famous Reuters Billboard in Times Square in New York City in January 2022. Times Square, where the Reuters Billboard is placed, is considered the busiest area in Manhattan with approximately 330,000 people passing through daily, many of them tourists. It is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and the world’s entertainment industry.

In February 2020, Marjorie Graf was honored as the “2020 Woman of Excellence in Retail” by COMO Magazine in Columbia, Missouri. In 2013, Graf and Sons Inc. was recognized by the Mexico Chamber of Commerce for their leadership in business, their retail business, and their philanthropy and was honored at the 29th annual Commerce & Industry Appreciation Dinner. In January 2019, she received the Mexico Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award. She was the 2019 inductee “as an individual” into the Missouri Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame on May 17, 2019 at Linn Creek, Missouri. This was quite an honor as she has always enjoyed the shooting and hunting sports. As avid sporting clay shooters, Bob and Marjorie toured the country extensively to participate in events and in 2016 Bob was inducted into the Missouri Trap Shooting Hall of Fame. At one “Ironman” shoot in Buras, Louisiana, Graf’s five-man team broke 23,500 of 25,000 targets in 24 hours.

Marjorie states, “I credit my parents and upbringing for molding me into a woman of excellence. I’m fortunate. I was taught by my parents that work is necessary to survive. Always do your best.”

Marj enjoys family activities with her four children, five grandchildren and now 19 great-grandchildren. In her spare time, she also enjoys shooting, camping, hunting, fishing, cooking, and church activities.

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