James Herbert Graebner

Title: Founder, President
Company: Lomarado Group
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

James Herbert Graebner, Founder and President at Lomarado Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in urban transportation.

Drawing upon nearly 60 years of experience in the field of transportation, Mr. Graebner has notably served as the president of the Lomarado Group since 1986. A leader in professional urban transit, the consulting practice specializes in light rail and streetcar feasibility, planning, design and operation. In his 34 years with the company, Mr. Graebner has led more than 50 projects, with more recent projects completed in Cincinnati, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Nashville, Little Rock, Kenosha and more. Congruent to his consultancy, Mr. Graebner sits on the board of directors for the Union Station Advocates, the Hosier Traction Meet and the Lower Denver Downtown District, of which he served as president in 2002.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Graebner was an advisor to CH2M HILL from 2010 to 2012 and to Tran Systems Corp. from 2007 to 2009. Earlier, he was the director of product development at UTDC from 1984 to 1986 and the executive director of the Santa Clara County Transportation Agency in California from 1978 to 1984. Offering his expertise nationwide, between 1971 and 1978, Mr. Graebner served as the general manager to the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority in Providence, Rhode Island and as a transit project manager to the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado. At the start of his career, he excelled as an associate at W.C. Gilman & Co., Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio from 1967 to 1971 and as an associate at Pullman-Std. from 1961 to 1966.

The co-author of the 2004, “From Small Town to Downtown,” Mr. Graebner has also shared his knowledge as a visiting professor at Northeastern University and guest lecturer at numerous institutions. Notably, he was president of the American Public Transportation Association from 1982 to 1984, having also been involved with multiple prominent organizations. These include the San Jose Historic Trolley Corp., the Transit Construction Authority, the Regional Transit Association of the Bay Area and the California Association of Publicly Owned Transit Systems. Mr. Graebner received a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Valparaiso University in 1962 and a Master of Business Administration in marketing, organization and administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. In his spare time, he enjoys history, writing and traveling. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Graebner is listed in the 44th through 70th editions of Who’s Who in America.

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