We have many outstanding individuals who have served on ABC MA's Board for a number of years and are excited to announce six new members who were elected to the Board for 2017. Their new ideas and energy will be a welcomed addition.
This week, we spoke with John B. Cruz, President and CEO of Cruz Companies, based in Roxbury, MA.
Under his leadership, the company grew, diversified and expanded into real estate development and property management, developing mainly low and moderate-income housing developments. Now, John B. Cruz Construction Company is one of the leading minority-owned construction firms in the nation. Under John’s leadership, Cruz Companies, which also include Cruz Development Corporation and Cruz Management Company, have built a reputation of excellence in their field, producing landmark projects like The Fortress building and joint ventures like The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Cruz recently developed and is in the process of building out The Residences at Harvard Commons, a 54-unit, market-rate, single-family home subdivision in Dorchester.
As member of ABC since late nineties, Mr. Cruz shares the founder’s principles and mission of promoting free enterprise in the construction industry. He has a personal, on-going commitment to improve the lives, properties and neighborhoods of our communities by securing opportunities for economic development in the real estate and construction industry. John looks forward to continue working with ABC to help develop, increase, and promote educational opportunities in the building trades, engaging businesses and residents in our communities to increase skilled minority worker participation in the construction industry.
The Cruz Companies has historically achieved an average of 60% MBE/WBE/participation and over 70% minority worker over the years. “In order to grow our company and nation we need trained apprentices to fill the skills gap in Boston’s construction fields and these youth represent our future.” Cruz Companies has four apprentices completing the mid-point of their construction apprentice program, a partnership between Cruz Companies and YouthBuild Boston. Their apprentices just finished their second year of their four-year apprenticeship program, which is sponsored by ABC of Mass, giving young people opportunity to work alongside their peers while developing skills in the high demand construction field.
In addition to Wentworth, John attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Minority Developer’s Executive Training Program. John serves as president of the Cape Verdean American Business Organization and is president ex-officio of the National Association of Minority Contractors and the Contractors Association of Boston.
Now in their third generation, Cruz Companies is extremely proud to have become the largest minority construction firm in the region.