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Juliannna Graham

Columnist: Mallorie Kerrigan
November, 2018 Issue

Mallorie Kerrigan
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Julianna Graham, senior vice president of Tri Counties Bank, has been in the financial services business for more than 30 years. She became a banker “accidentally” as she was planning on pursuing a career in design. She graduated from University of San Francisco and earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Golden Gate University. Although Graham grew up in Maryland, she considers herself a North Bay native, having lived here most of her adult life. She and her husband, Barrie, live in the Indian Valley area of Novato. They have three grown daughters.

What is your favorite piece of clothing?

My workout gear. I went to an all-girls school where we wore uniforms every day. When we came home from school, we couldn’t wait to change into our play clothes. That habit stayed with me, and now I have a “work” uniform and my “play” clothes.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Try to master a skill that is completely out of their comfort zone. Playing the piano well and speaking fluent French are on my to-do list.

Have you ever seen a ghost?

I don’t think so. But, I did have a dream the other night where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were zombies wandering around Washington, D.C..

What is something you would rather pay someone to do than do yourself?

Clean the kitchen after a dinner party. We enjoy entertaining and I love to cook, so we often have folks over for dinner. I love the food prep, but cleaning up afterward is something I could easily do without.

What is your favorite color?

Red—it’s associated with energy, power and passion. I‘ve been told that red is a good color for me, so I wear it often. 

Who is the first person you tell when something good happens to you?
My husband; and unfortunately for him, he’s also the first person I talk to when something goes wrong. He is a great listener and supporter.

If you had to eliminate one season permanently, which one would go?
I love to be outdoors and I love all the seasons in Sonoma County, especially during the summer, but if I were living anywhere else, it would be winter. I spent my childhood in the Northeast and I try to avoid the cold at all costs.

If you were reincarnated as an animal, what kind would you be?

I might have been a marine animal in a former life, as I love being near the ocean. If I had a choice, I would choose to be reincarnated as a dolphin—they have fun, seem happy, love to socialize and are empathetic. Traits I hope I have today.

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Everyone in our family loves to cook and eat. Thanksgiving is a special holiday in our family. We love to invite family and friends—the more the merrier. My 95-year-old mother loves to cook, so we often have dueling turkeys. My mom prepares hers traditionally, and I smoke mine.

What is your greatest joy?
Grandkids! They are our reward for taking three daughters through their teenage years.

Do you have a mentor?
Bill Henderson, a former boss who believed in me, encouraged me, supported me and gave me unvarnished advice.  

Do you have a big family?

I have 45 first cousins and four siblings. No one is ever lonely in my family—every birthday and holiday involves a huge party and our Fourth of July picnics are still a highlight of the year.


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