Graniterock CEO drowns in Lake Tahoe |

Graniterock CEO drowns in Lake Tahoe

Trisha Leonard
Courtesy of GraniterockBruce Woolpert

The CEO of a Northern California contracting company died in an apparent accidental drowning incident Sunday in Lake Tahoe, an official has confirmed.

According to Placer County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Ausnow, the body of Graniterock CEO Bruce Woolpert, 61, was found floating near Brockway Shores on the North Shore on Sunday afternoon.

“He may have fallen from the dinghy while mooring the boat,” Ausnow said. “There are no signs of foul play.”

Woolpert, 61, was reportedly last seen towing a dinghy with a boat out to his buoy. Police found the dinghy downshore, along with the paddles.

Graniterock public information officer Keith Severson said Woolpert was alone at the time of the drowning. Word spread through to the family and to the executive board of the company, he said. Board member Mark Kaminski will serve as acting CEO.

“I’ve heard people say he was a great industry leader,” Severson said. “He certainly had an interest in educational improvement and community improvement.”

Woolpert was the third generation to lead the family-owned company, which was founded in 1900.

“Mr. Woolpert has led Granite Rock Company through a period of systemic culture and business focus change, resulting in significant improvement in customer satisfaction, loyalty, and repeat purchase,” according to a biography from Graniterock. “He strengthened the Company’s product quality leadership through the introduction of problem-solving methods.”

Woolpert and his wife, Rose Ann, have two children, Marianne and Arthur.

Graniterock is a construction material supplier and heavy engineering contractor based in Watsonville, Calif.

The drowning is still under investigation.

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