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Graniterock Employee Receives President’s Award

The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) awarded Benjamin J. Licari, director of geology and exploration for Graniterock, the 2011 President’s Award.

The President’s Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited outstanding dedication to the mission and goals of the association. The recipient of this award must demonstrate a diligent commitment to the preservation of the construction materials, ready mixed concrete and mining industry, and the success of the association.

“Licari was recognized for his tremendous support of the industry through his service on the State Mining and Geology Board and his dedication in advancing the industry through his participation within the organization,” said Gary Hambly, president and CEO of the organization. “Ben was one of the leading figures in the formation of CalCIMA as the ‘VOICE’ of the construction materials industry in California and as such is most deserving of recognition as the first recipient of its President’s Award, which is now the highest honor that is bestowed to a member by CalCIMA. Ben has always been there when we have needed him, and this award reflects both his personal dedication to the industry and that of Graniterock.”

Licari has a BS in Geology, University of California at Davis; Hazardous Material Management Certificate, University of California at Santa Cruz; Green Building & Sustainable Design Certificate, University of California at Davis. He is a California Registered Geologist and LEED Accredited.

He has more than 30 years of experience in mining operations in California, Nevada, Arizona and Montana; working as a mine geologist, ore control engineer, mine superintendent, and mine manager.

In 1998 he was appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to the California State Mining & Geology Board as a Registered Geologist with special expertise in mining, groundwater hydrology, water quality and rock chemistry. He was reappointed to the Board in 2009 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a expert in mineral resource conservation and development.

Licari joined Graniterock in early 2000. His hobbies include SCUBA diving and underwater photography.