Our Story

Someone recently asked us what keeps us up at night and what gets us out of bed in the morning. Our answer was simple: The family business.

We don’t just run our business. We live our business. And that tradition goes back a long way.

E.A. Gralia Construction was founded in 1966 by our grandparents, Ernie and Rose Marie Gralia. Since then, Gralia Construction has built over 5500 housing units as well as schools, a hotel, nursing homes and several housing developments for the elderly.

Grandpa’s claim to fame was pioneering many successful adaptive reuse projects. President Jimmy Carter had an interest in this kind of innovative housing and he once invited Grandpa to the White House to discuss it.

The early stages of our family’s involvement in elderly housing started with Pheasant Hill Village in 1979. Wilbraham Commons soon followed.

Over time, the next generation — our parents — all came to work at the company alongside their parents. Ernie Gralia III and his sister Carole established Westwood Management in 1988.

Ernie III was instrumental in expanding the company to include assisted living. Carole became the management operations person for elderly housing complexes and condominium developments, ultimately becoming the lead operations person for the assisted living businesses.

Our generation — Amie, Gary, Sara and Emily — started young. Washing dishes, mowing lawns. You name it, we did it. We’d inherited the work ethic and drive to make a difference in people’s lives from the generations that came before us and we made it our mission to continue the tradition and take The Arbors businesses to the next level.

Together with our spouses, we have driven all of the companies forward with a strong focus on personalized care and innovative programs designed to keep our residents and those in our home care program engaged, active and healthy.

Other important developments within the Gralia Group have been The Arbors Kids and Integra Home Health. Through our Arbors Kids childcare centers, we discovered there are many similarities to caring for people both young and old. And Integra has given us the amazing opportunity to bring our high level of care directly to people’s homes.

Our Team


We may be a little bigger today, but our family philosophy remains the same:  Genuine kindness, comfort and care can make a big difference in people’s lives.

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Jason Robertson

Executive Vice President

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Ernest A. Gralia, III

Principal

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Carole Ann Veratti

Principal

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Bonnie Gralia

Systems Executive

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Cynthia A. Redin, Esq.

In-house Counsel

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Sue Egan

Employment and Benefits Administrator

Our Companies


Elm Development is an indispensable arm of The Gralia Group, serving with the same integrity as the other companies in the family of businesses. Elm Development provides a full range of real estate development services, including permitting, design and financing, for hotels, office buildings, residential apartments/condominiums, commercial properties and other real estate properties. They initiate and process individual and joint real estate development ventures with conventional, FHA and tax-exempt bond financing.

Westwood Management Company brings a diverse and extensive background in real estate management and marketing to The Gralia Group. Rounding out the full-service capabilities of our company, Westwood Management initiates and facilitates all aspects of successful marketing and managing. Properties managed by Westwood Management and its managing member include assisted living residences, multifamily residential apartment units and residential condominium units, as well as professional office condominiums.

Magnolia Management Company was started by the third-generation of the family. We have extensive experience and expertise in managing and marketing senior housing developments including market analysis, real estate entitlement, financing, construction oversight, marketing, and managing senior housing.

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The third generation of the family is in the process of incorporating the services offered by Elm Development into their own company. Magnolia Development will provide the same full range of real estate development services as Elm Development, in addition to new areas informed by the experience and expertise of the new generation.

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