Proven Experience. Powerful Leadership.
Gray & Son has been family owned and operated since 1908. Throughout our history, we have stood the test of time, never losing touch with our family roots. Today, we continue to operate under a family-first approach, treating each team member and the communities we work in as a part of the Gray & Son family.
As we have expanded, we’ve gained the leadership and guidance of some of the brightest minds in the industry. We’re eager to see what the future holds, with goals to expand our geographical footprint, continue to invest in our community, and lead the way in sustainable practices.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Equipped with his master plumbing license, Bob Webbert opened a plumbing, heating and underground utility business in 1979. He came onboard at Gray & Son in 1988, when he and his father-in-law, George Palmer, decided to merge their businesses. Webbert immediately became executive vice president of the company and was promoted to president in 1993. Today, he is the chief executive officer of both Maryland Paving and Gray & Son. For many years, Webbert also sat on the board of directors (including as president in 1994-1995) for the Baltimore Country Highway Contractors Association, as well as on the board of the Maryland Highway Contractors Association. And, since 1995, he proudly has served on the board of directors for Emerge, a non-profit organization that provides homes, work, schooling and more for individuals with developmental, physical and mental health disabilities. In 2001, Webbert received Emerge’s annual president’s award for his continued service and support.
Rick Scheetz came to Gray & Son from High Concrete Group in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he was the president and chief operating officer of one of the nation’s largest precast concrete companies. Prior to his tenure at High Concrete, Scheetz held various leadership positions in the construction materials industry, including vice president and general manager for Carmeuse North America’s Industrial Sands Division and several key upper management positions for Lafarge North America. Scheetz earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in mining engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University at Baltimore.
Executive Vice President
As the grandson of George Palmer, the son of Barbara Webbert and the stepson of Bob Webbert, Joel Stockbridge was born and raised into the Gray & Son family. In high school, Stockbridge started working part-time for the company during his summers off. After graduation, he joined the company full-time as a blacktop laborer. Stockbridge then transitioned to equipment operator for 10 years and – for two of those years – also served as an acting foreman for the grading division. In 2000, he became superintendent of the grading/pipe division and was promoted to general superintendent of all the divisions in 2007. Since 2012, Stockbridge has served as Gray & Son’s Vice President of Operations.
Executive Vice President
The daughter of Bob & Barbara Webbert and granddaughter of George Palmer, Katie McInnes has been a part of the Gray & Son family since the day she was born. After graduating in 2002 with a BA in Communications from New England College of New Hampshire, McInnes returned home and immediately began learning the family business. Starting her career in Accounting responsible for Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable, Katie then spent a brief period in Estimating learning about take-off before transitioning into the world of Human Resources for several years. In 2011, McInnes became the Communications / Marketing Manager for both Gray & Son and Maryland Paving.
Vice President of Estimating & Project Management
Before being promoted to his current position, Chris spent the past 13 years working for Gray and Son as an Estimator and Project Manager. Prior to his employment with Gray and Son, Chris worked for Lafarge-NA and other Baltimore based contractors in the same capacity. Chris is a graduate of Towson State earning a Bachelor of Science degree.
Executive Vice President & General Manager of Asphalt Division
Bill Poole came to Gray & Son in January 2020 from Azzil Granite Materials in the Metro NY City area, where he was their Managing Director. Prior to this he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Tilcon New York, part of the CRH family of businesses. Bill has been in the construction and construction materials business for 35 years. He has held leadership positions with Lafarge North America in Buffalo, NY, Rinker Material in Everett, WA and Las Vegas, NV, Lopke Granite in Las Vegas, NV, and Frontier Stone in Lockport, NY. Bill has held board positions with many Organizations and Associations where he has worked. Most recently he has served as President of the Hudson Valley Council for Boy Scouts of America and is a past President of the NY Materials Association. Bill is an Eagle Scout and holds a BA in Math and History from Potsdam Collage, and a Micro MBA from the University of Buffalo.
Vice President Site Operations
Bill Leibbrandt joined the Gray & Son team in early 2021. Over the past 30 years Bill has held several operational and senior leadership roles in the Construction, Aggregate and Concrete businesses. Beginning as a laborer in the mid-west he has worked with companies including CRH, Lafarge and Colas. Bill attended the University of Nebraska earning Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Construction Management and Architecture.
Vice President/Senior Estimator
Pete Placke served Gray & Son as an estimator and project manager for 11 years before becoming the company’s Vice President of Public Estimating in 2005. Prior to his work at Gray & Son, he served as a project engineer and estimator for 11 years for Genstar Stone Products. Placke earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both civil engineering and in environmental engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania. In addition to his work at Gray & Son, Placke serves on the board of directors for both the Maryland Transportation Builders and Materials Association and the Baltimore County Highway Contractors Association.
Vice President - Chief Estimator
Kevin Thatcher joined Gray & Son in March 2010 as an Estimator and Project Manager. Kevin worked for various construction companies as an estimator in Illinois prior to relocating to the East Coast to work for Gray & Son. Kevin graduated from St. Louis University with an Aerospace Engineering degree.
Vice President Plants & Paving Operations
Jeremy brings 17 years of construction industry experience to Gray & Son. He was the former Memphis Area Manager for APAC-Tennessee, Inc, where he was responsible for all construction, asphalt, and aggregate operations in the market including four asphalt plants producing 600,000.00 tons of material annually, 7 construction crews, and 2 aggregate operations on the Mississippi River. Prior to arriving at APAC-Tennessee, Jeremy spent 7 years at Rogers Group Inc in Knoxville Tennessee as the Eastern Division Asphalt Operations Manager. Before his transition to Rogers Group Inc. Jeremy spent time in New England with serving in various quality and construction inspection roles with Tilcon Connecticut, PJ Keating Company, and Greenman Pedersen Inc.
Jeremy holds a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Capella University.
Vice President of Human Resources
Diane Carter joined the company in 2012 bringing over 20 years in domestic and international HR management experience. Diane previously worked at Travelers, University of Maryland Medical System, Nasdaq and Lafarge. As a graduate of the University of Connecticut, she is a dedicated fan of UCONN Huskies basketball. Diane holds professional designations of Certified Compensation Professional (CCP); Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM SCP).
Vice President - Finance
Kieran Cronin joined the company in 2021 bringing 15 years of financial management experience in the construction industry. Originally from Ireland, post qualification as a Chartered Accountant, Kieran joined CRH where his roles included Corporate Financial Controller of CRH Americas Materials in Atlanta, GA and CFO of Tilcon New York, Inc. Immediately prior to joining Gray & Son, he served as VP Finance for the O’Flynn Group, a property development company in Ireland.
Gray & Son/Maryland Paving Management Vice President
Barbara Webbert has been part of the company’s history since she was three years old, when her father, George Palmer, started working for Oscar Gray. After graduating from high school, Webbert earned an associate degree from Villa Julie College. Soon thereafter, she joined the Gray & Son office staff. She also assisted her husband, Bob Webbert, with his plumbing and utility business, supporting him with various administrative duties.
"What I enjoy most about our industry would be the opportunities presented to our various Gray and Son teams to provide creative solutions to challenges that benefit our organization and our clients."
"As a certified training and development professional, I am excited to work for a company that recognizes and is committed to educating and developing employees."
“The camaraderie here at Gray & Son, Inc. makes it very easy to come to work every day, and the success of the company is a direct result of our team.”
"I have been in the construction industry for 37 years, 2 ½ with Gray & Son. What I can tell you is we have very talented people with a very high level of commitment and it is great to be here."
"At Gray & Son we strive to provide our employees an environment where they can develop a career path while contributing to build our community. We pay competitively, offer comprehensive benefits, and are committed to providing training to develop the next generation of construction professionals."
"Knowledge, and teamwork. Doing whatever it takes to deliver a safe and productive project."
"Quality, Pride and Leadership are not just words to us, we take it seriously with our actions. It has been that way since 1908."
"Strong relationships are the reason we have been in business for over 100 years! Our commitment to our employees, customers & community defines who we are."