Engineering News-Record named NRCA member Tupac de la Cruz, founder of Roofing Solutions LLC, Prairieville, La., as one of its Top 20 Under 40 for 2022.
The 2022 Top 20 Under 40 were selected from nearly 400 nominations submitted during fall 2021. A panel of independent industry judges chose 20 individuals who represent the pinnacle of leadership skill, community service, work ethic, talent and diversity.
Highlighted in an Engineering-News Record article, the top 20 met in Tempe, Ariz., in February for a conference and conversation about the construction industry’s top issues. They discussed topics such as climate change, the industry’s skilled labor shortage, the role of technology and investing in training.
During the discussions, de la Cruz cited supply chain issues as one of his biggest concerns.
“It’s hitting the whole industry,” he said. “I am hoping that it gets fixed—hopefully not through a recession, but through just manufacturers being able to keep up and ports being able to receive some raw materials to make some of the components that we need.”
He also noted how his company works to overcome the challenge of having four generations in the workforce with distinct views regarding construction careers.
“We continue to proactively work with the trade schools and local high schools so that we can attract some of these kids that decide not to go undergrad,” de la Cruz says. “But it’s complicated.”