Gail Jackson-Blount, Board President for the MWPC, commented that "John is a pillar in our community and is doing what so many companies can do - and that is to help strengthen and build strong, sustainable communities for women and families. He understands that equal representation of women requires a collective effort of both women and men, and it is our mission to recognize today’s exceptional leaders who are working hard to advance women’s roles across all industries.”
John B. Cruz III, President and CEO of Cruz Companies, leads one of the oldest and largest minority-owned companies in the Northeast. Referred to by his nominator as "a community treasure", under John Cruz's direction, the company has been a leader in construction, real estate development, property management, and giving back to the community through its non-profit, "Cruz C.A.R.E.S." The firm employs approximately 75 individuals, of which 90 percent are people of color. Cruz Companies' MBE contractor participation rate is as high as 82 percent, serving as an industry leader in diversity and inclusion; and recognized by organizations like the NAACP and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. Headquartered in Roxbury and founded in 1948 by John's dad, John B. Cruz, Jr., this third-generation, family-owned firm is celebrating its 70th year in business.