Roy grew up in Paynton, Saskatchewan, which is a small community west of the Battlefords. While going to school there, he worked in his Mom and Dad's grocery store, and as a farm laborer for a neighbor. Roy attended high school in North Battleford, graduating from NBCHS, and enrolled in SIAST's accounting program. After receiving his accounting diploma, Roy returned home to search for a job in the accounting field.
After working back home as a farm laborer, he accepted a position with a professional accounting firm in Meadow Lake. After working for three years in Meadow Lake, family drew him back to the Battlefords. Roy worked for five years in the finance and accounting department of a local agricultural business, where he realized the value of his accounting education and experience. In 2002, he returned to public accounting, starting with Howard Swanson and Partners, which has since become Swanson Gryba and Company.
Roy and his wife have raised their three children in the Battlefords.
Q and A
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Bad drivers
Q. If you could play any Olympic/professional sport what would it be?
A. Curling, "work" all winter and get the summer off.
Q. What is one thing that exists today, that you wish didn't exist?
Q. If you could get a tattoo what would it be and why?
A. I would get 3 dragonflies, one for each of my children. The reason for the dragonfly is because the main character in the only video game that I played with all my children was a dragonfly. I could later add dragon footprints for each of the grandchildren.
Q. If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
A. To do your best at whatever you do.