Graniterock president/CEO dies in apparent boat accident

Tina Grady Barbaccia

July 4, 2012

Graniterock President, CEO, and Chairman Bruce Woolpert is known in the aggregates industry for his enthusiasm for education, his innovative ideas, his focus on quality people and products, and his commitment to customer service.

On June 24, 2012, Woolpert died in an apparent boating accident. Woolpert is survived by his wife Rose Ann, his children, Marianne and Arthur, and his brother, Steve.

Mark Kaminski, a long-time member of Graniterock’s Board of Directors, is now chairman of the board and acting CEO, which is in accordance with the succession plan developed by the company.

In a corporate statement, the company notes: “The Woolpert family has complete confidence in the current management team and Graniterock team members and plans to continue operating the company for another 112 successful years.”

Services were held for Woolpert on June 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Saratoga, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the Woolpert Family Foundation to continue Woolpert’s legacy in educational programs. Contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 50001, c/o Janice Shaffer, Watsonville, CA 95077.

For comments and memories from Aggregates Manager Editor-in-Chief Therese Dunphy on Woolpert, whom Dunphy had the opportunity to interview on several occasions, see the August 2012 print or digital edition (www.aggman,com/digital) of Aggregates Manager.

To view Graniterock’s “Memories of Bruce” page, or to give a memory, go to

To view Woolpert’s obituary, go to

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