About the National Tax Research Committee

Our Board of Directors

Steve Hayes

Steve Hayes serves as the president of NTRC.  Steve is a “recovering tax attorney” who in 1986 became convince that the present income tax system was very harmful to all Americans and changed his legal focus from taxes to consulting companies with regard to sales and acquisitions.  Steve has represented a variety of clients in businesses as diverse as quarter horse breeding to insurance companies to investment companies.  Steve has operated companies and understands the effects of taxation on business planning and profit.  Since 1990, Steve has been actively working with national organizations to replace the present income tax system with a national retail sales tax. He continues be a frequent guest on radio and television shows discussing economic issues and tax reform.  He lives in Belleair, Florida with Paula, his daughter’s family their grandchildren.

John Grafer

John Grafer serves as the secretary of NTRC.  John is a Partner at Satori Capital, a private equity firm located in Dallas, Texas.  Prior to joining Satori in 2009, John was senior vice president at an international consulting and investment firm, where he executed middle-market private equity investments in a strategic alliance with Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (now Irving Place Capital).  Prior to 2003, John was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse First Boston, a member of the proprietary trading group at J.P. Morgan Chase, and a team member at Ernst & Young, where he earned his C.P.A.

Paula Hayes

Paula Hayes serves as the treasurer of NTRC.  Paula is a certified public accountant who has worked since 1990 on finding, studying and implementing alternatives to the income tax system.  Prior to 1990, Paula had an accounting business that specialized in income tax preparation.  Since 1990, Paula has worked as the chief financial officer for companies in the medical, construction and investment fields.  She is now working for an investment firm.  She lives in Belleair, Florida with Steve, her husband, and has a daughter and two grandchildren.

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