Founder Micky Lloyd is the original creator of Planet Granite. His main role is the design and construction of the gyms. When not at work, he is out playing in the mountains on skis, a mountain bike or climbing.
Renee DeAngelis started working at PG during the construction of the Belmont gym. At the end of construction she started working on the front desk and quickly took on more responsibility, from Retail Buyer to Gym Manager to her current position. Renee is based out of all three locations, and oversees the entire PG family, ensuring each of our gyms offer the same quality experience.
Sr Director of Bay Area & Marketing
Stephanie has been climbing since 2001. The first time her brother took her to Indian Rock in Berkeley, she knew she was hooked. She started out as a boulderer, but always longed to sport climb. On winter weekends, she can be found shivering at Jailhouse, and she loves to roadtrip to Rifle and the Red in the warmer months. About once per year, she’ll place some gear, but her heart stays with sport climbing.
She worked as a routesetter for about six years, until she moved into the Project Manager role, managing the retail shop, instructing classes and helping out anywhere else she was needed. She started managing PG Sunnyvale in 2008, and moved to her current role in 2012.
Parsons Smith started working at PG shortly after the first gym in Santa Clara opened. She has worked in every aspect of our business, from Front Desk to Memberships and now as Controller. Today, she oversees all the financial transactions of Planet Granite-everything from a sale at our registers to the overall costs of running each facility! She is based out of our SF gym or otherwise found chasing her young daughter and/or surfing our coast!
Director of Finance
Beth is originally from the East Coast, moved around (and climbed) all over the world, and has finally settled in the Bay Area. Previously a corporate professional, she is happy to have found a mix of what she knows and what she loves.
Beth started at PG behind the desk and teaching classes at Belmont, and has worked her way up to her current role. Based in SF, but living in the Peninsula, keep an eye out for her at any of the PG gyms.
HR & Payroll Specialist
A Missouri native, Jodie has called San Francisco her home for the last 10 years. When not in the office, she can be found trail running, cycling, testing out a new recipe in the kitchen, or exploring the coast with her dog, Piper.
Mecia is a native San Franciscan, but ventured out of her shell to live in a cabin in Foresta for a year. She was introduced to climbing in 2009 around Sonora Pass. When not crunching numbers in the office, she can be found hiding out in the mountains of the Sierras or at the hot springs.
I’ve been climbing for 12 years, and setting for 11 years. I lived in an old ambulance for several years, traveling all over the US, Canada, and Mexico.
I am also a ginger… #gingerpower
Sr Operations Manager
Carolyn has been climbing since January 2004 and loves all aspects of climbing, but especially loves trad climbing. A native San Franciscan, she loves commuting around town on her bike and also likes to run.
A recent transplant from the Silicon Valley tech world, Dan first started climbing in 2003 and has been hooked on all things vertical since then. In addition to climbing, Dan is also an avid mountaineer and loves steep, technical ascents.
Dan is an expert at long, endurance climbs with tiny holds and balance-heavy moves. As a former Engineer, he is an extreme gear head and an expert in technical packs and gear. Not satisfied with just being a gear expert, he also manufactures his own packs for climbing and mountaineering.
Born into a family of outdoor enthusiasts, Brett discovered the sport of rock climbing relatively late in life. The summer of 2009 marked the start of his vertical endeavors, after which he quickly fell in love with the grace and technique of climbing. His passion began on the sharp end of the rope but quickly developed an interest in the dynamic movement of bouldering. While sampling new terrain outdoors, he can be found clipping bolts or stomping crash pads in the near Sierras. If he is not hanging around the gym or at the local crag, he can be found hitting the books, studying toward a Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science at San Jose State University. With a professional path that hopefully involves the outdoors, Brett will always keep climbing close at heart. He strives for his next powerful ascent combining strength, balance and a fearless mentality.
Marketing and Creative Manager
A native of Nebraska, Kim has been climbing for about 5 years. She moved to the Bay area a few years ago and has been loving it. In addition to climbing, she spends her time hiking, biking, cooking, and finding new places to explore.
A native of North Carolina, Andrew grew up torn between his love of the Atlantic and the Appalachians. His childhood would include a lot of time spent in his grandparent’s pop-up camper and to this day he thinks that it might have been the coolest thing ever, weird old camper smells and all. The mountains finally won, as Andrew eventually found his way to Appalachian State University. It was there, in the wild of western North Carolina, that he started climbing, spent far too much time in his hammock and discovered the worth of a good beard during the winter. He knows his way around a clove hitch and a campfire. When he isn’t out on an adventure with his wife, you’ll probably find him at the nearest food cart or napping in the aforementioned hammock.
Casey is a California native who grew up camping in the Sierra, including yearly trips to the Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and Lake Tahoe. While fishing the Merced with his Dad, Casey found his eyes attracted to the small specks of life working hard up on El Cap. This was all it took to plant the climbing seed – 7 years of bouldering finally gave way to plugging gear and high times off the deck. For 10 years Casey has enjoyed climbing throughout the High Sierra, Jtree, Squamish, Lake Tahoe and the Nor Cal coast.
A lifer from the start, Casey is dedicated to his involvement in the local climbing community – From keeping Planet Granite looking good from behind the scenes as Facilities Manager, to volunteering his time among the sandstone boulders of Castle Rock State Park.
Passionate for the experience, adventuring, teaching, and hot tea. Alas, you may find Joey climbing in the gym, but it is not by choice. When not confined by reality you can attempt to find him in the boulder fields of Castle Rock, the wandering mazes of the Sonora hills, or one of his many hiding spots in The Valley.
Not defined by a single discipline, he will clip bolts, plug trad, and fall off boulders all in the course of a single afternoon. So stop reading and get out!
“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – Muir
Bouldering, sport and free climbing (trad). I’ve tried to balance my experience evenly, so I might not be the strongest, but I’ve got mileage