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Terri Brazil and the "Family Business"

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

People like Terri Brazil are what makes Graniterock truly a “family business.”  Terri brings the feeling of family to the Construction Division’s Custom Work department, based in Watsonville, where she works as Contract Administrator, and since joining Graniterock in 1999, she has brought three nephews on board with the Company. Greg Brazil and John Taylor both work with the Construction Division, and Jake Brazil ran Graniterock Builders before starting his own business, Brazil Construction, with the goal of becoming the number one customer at Graniterock’s Design Center in Cupertino.
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Mark Nicholson, Inc. - Building the Foundations of San Benito County

Posted by Reiner Maschmeyer on Mar 18, 2015

Larry, Mark and Kurt Nicholson in 1990
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Algebra Academy Gives Eighth Graders a Pathway to College

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by Peggy Townsend, UC Santa Cruz Newscenter
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Equipment Yard Park Makes Transition to Community Park

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By Mary Reed, Construction Equipment Guide
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Up Close: Chris Beatie - Finding a Path to Giving

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Life’s journey sometimes leads us to unexpected destinations. For Chris Beatie, who works at Graniterock’s A.R. Wilson Road Materials in Aromas, recent challenges have led to new opportunities to improve his personal well-being and at the same time help others in need.
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Building Relationships: Jim Carroll - Carroll and Strong Builders, Inc.

Posted by Robert Ellenwood on Mar 18, 2015

The importance of great relationships is a fundamental, recurring theme for Jim Carroll of Carroll and Strong Builders, Inc. This Watsonville-based company builds high-end, exceptional custom homes in the Monterey Bay Region.  Jim and his partner, Randy Strong, focus their energies on outstanding communication with architects, home owners, suppliers and subcontractors as they create beautifully detailed homes for discriminating clients.
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Up Close: Ryan Fontes

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

For Ryan Fontes, concrete dispatcher for Graniterock in Monterey County, every day on the job brings new and interesting challenges. “There are so many variables with concrete,” explains Ryan. “As we say around here, every delivery has a story. It can be something unexpected that happens in traffic on the way to the job, or something on the job site. Contractors, inspectors, concrete pumpers, finishers – with everyone involved it can be pretty intense at times. But at the end of the day, it’s great to know you’ve achieved your goals.  We’re here to succeed, and everyone is upbeat when we have a good, busy day.” 
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Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength

Posted by Mark Kaminski on Mar 18, 2015

 I began my professional career without the knowledge, skills and experience I would need to solve every problem on my own.  This meant that I needed to learn the social skill of ALWAYS asking for help. I had to change the way I looked at problem situations from the way I was raised to a new understanding: "ASKING FOR HELP IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH."
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Friends of the Family: TARC Construction

Posted by John Wilshire on Mar 18, 2015

When Albert Cavazos started up TARC Construction, his goal was to have a family business to share with his young sons. Ten years later, Albert and his wife Tamara have met that goal and then some.  They are rightfully proud of a thriving business that now employs thirty people, including a growing segment of their family. “Sons Francisco and Dante work in the sales division, my brother- in-law is fleet manager and keeps our equipment running and my daughter-in- law is starting work Monday,” says Albert, who loves the fun of finding high energy people, bringing them into the business and training them to do things the right way – the TARC way.
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Mary Machado - "Just Ask for Mary!"

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Mary Machado spends every day at work visiting with longtime friends, but it’s all a part of her job on the Building Materials Team at Graniterock’s Watsonville Branch. “We all know each other - I grew up here and know a lot of contractors”, explains Mary. “The kids I went to school with are in business now and I know them all. When they come in, it’s ‘Hi Mary, how’s the family’ – and that’s why I like it here so much.” Mary loves knowing her customers on a first name basis and says when a new customer shows up at the Branch, it’s often because a friend told them, “Go on over and just ask for Mary”.
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