Tupac de la Cruz has constructed one of many nation’s largest industrial roofing firms

Tupac de la Cruz, Baton Rouge Younger Businessperson of the Yr. (Collin Richie)

Look up round Baton Rouge and a few of the most recognizable rooflines you will note are the work of Roofing Options, the Prairieville-based firm based in 2004 by then-21-year-old Tupac de la Cruz.

Our Girl of the Lake Youngsters’s Hospital, the LSU Pete Maravich Meeting Heart (and quite a few different LSU buildings), the IBM constructing, and Amazon warehouses in Port Allen, Lafayette, Shreveport and Pearl River are only a fraction of the industrial roofing jobs the corporate has carried out, a sliver of a portfolio that features large-scale tasks in 9 states and 75 cities.

De la Cruz is being honored as Younger Enterprise Individual of the Yr by Enterprise Report and Junior Achievement on the 2022 Enterprise Awards & Corridor of Fame gala dinner March 9.  

As a younger man rising up in Costa Rica, de la Cruz knew that sooner or later he would go into enterprise. What kind of enterprise, although, wasn’t but obvious. At age 16, he left Costa Rica for Baton Rouge to pursue an undergraduate diploma in enterprise at LSU, interning at Citibank and Disney World alongside the way in which.

Within the second semester of his senior 12 months, he had an opportunity job provide with a residential roofing firm. It was a possibility to proceed working within the U.S., so he took it. In a short time the job grew right into a partnership, and, in 2004, de la Cruz co-founded a brand new industrial roofing division for the corporate, Roofing Options, to leverage assets and diversify providers.

The industrial roofing facet of the business grew quick. By 2008, de la Cruz purchased out his companion and introduced in his brother, Lautaro de la Cruz, to function CEO whereas he targeted on operations. The 2 have been intent on development.

At this time, Roofing Options is without doubt one of the high 50 largest roofing contractors within the U.S., with 2021 income topping $71 million. 

Learn the total story about de la Cruz’s ascent to success from the newest version of Enterprise Report.