The Granite Group has promoted Chris Ploss from chief operating officer (COO) to president and Amir Rosenthal from chief financial officer (CFO) to COO. The promotions come as the company lays the foundation for its strategic growth plan.
“The ongoing success of The Granite Group is built upon the talent and commitment of our team,” said Bill Condron, CEO of The Granite Group. “Chris’s tireless work ethic, creativity and drive over three decades have made him a highly respected leader of our team. Amir, over the past several years with the company, has proven that his talent and contributions reach far beyond finance. They are tremendously valuable partners to me as we steer our business forward.”
Ploss began his career in distribution 33 years ago at Goulet Supply as a sales management trainee. Through a series of acquisitions, Ploss became part of the company known today as The Granite Group. Over the course of his industry career, Ploss has held a number of positions that collectively prepared him for the role he steps into now, including Outside Sales Representative, Branch Manager, Regional Director, Director of Sales, VP of Branch Sales and Operations and, most recently, COO. As Ploss assumes the role of company President, he is looking forward to the growth opportunities he can provide to people across The Granite Group. “At this stage of my career, helping our people take the next steps in their careers is both personally rewarding and a huge benefit to the company,” Ploss said.
Rosenthal, who joined The Granite Group in 2018 as CFO, began his career as an attorney before moving into finance. Despite holding the title of CFO for most of the last 20 years, Rosenthal’s experience is diverse in terms of the types of companies he has been involved with and the issues they faced. “I did not come up through the traditional finance path. I believe strongly that my experiences have put me in the unique position of being able to see business challenges and solutions comprehensively and from different perspectives,” Rosenthal said. “In my new role as COO, I look forward to driving a variety of important initiatives which cut across the entire organization and are key to supporting our growth.”
The Granite Group has expanded its footprint and the scope of its business in recent years, adding numerous branches, investing heavily in its technology stack and e-commerce capabilities, and adding market disciplines such as propane equipment and supplies; well and water systems; and government and institutional sales.
The search for a CFO is underway.