James Roberts is Granite’s president and chief executive officer, since September 2010, and a member of Granite’s Board of Directors since 2011. He is responsible for the development and implementation of both short- and long‐term company-wide strategies to ensure Granite’s growth, effectiveness, sustainability and overall stakeholder return. Under his leadership, Granite has experienced diversified growth into the water, tunnel and power markets, as well as an expanded geographic footprint into the midwestern U.S. Granite’s revenue has grown more than 40 percent since 2010, when the U.S. recession had its strongest impact on the Company. This revenue growth has helped drive profit improvement, with total shareholder return exceeding 220 percent since that time.
James joined Granite in 1981 and has served in various capacities including executive vice president and chief operating officer, senior vice president, Granite West manager, branch division manager, vice president and assistant branch division manager, and regional manager of Nevada and Utah Operations.
He received a B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He also completed the Stanford Executive Program in 2009.