Tupac de la Cruz built one of the nation’s largest commercial roofing companies
Take a look around Baton Rouge and some of the most recognizable rooflines you’ll see are the work of Roofing Solutions, the Prairieville-based company founded in 2004 by then 21-year-old Tupac de la Cruz.
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center (and many other LSU buildings), IBM Building, and Amazon warehouses in Port Allen, Lafayette, Shreveport, and Pearl River are just a few portion of the company’s commercial roofing work. has completed, part of a portfolio that includes large-scale projects in nine states and 75 cities.
De la Cruz is honored as Young Businessman of the Year by Activity Report and Junior Achievement at the 2022 Business Awards & Hall of Fame Gala Dinner on March 9.
As a young man growing up in Costa Rica, de la Cruz knew that one day he would go into business. What kind of business, however, was not yet apparent. At age 16, he moved from Costa Rica to Baton Rouge to pursue an undergraduate degree in business at LSU, interning at Citibank and Disney World along the way.
In the second semester of his senior year, he received a chance job offer at a residential roofing company. It was an opportunity to continue working in the United States, so he took it. Very quickly, the work turned into a partnership, and in 2004 de la Cruz co-founded a new commercial roofing division for the company, Roofing Solutions, to leverage resources and diversify services.
The commercial roofing sector of the industry has grown rapidly. In 2008, de la Cruz bought out his partner and brought in his brother, Lautaro de la Cruz, to serve as CEO while he focused on operations. Both intended to grow.
Today, Roofing Solutions is one of the top 50 roofing contractors in the United States, with 2021 sales exceeding $71 million.
Read the full story of de la Cruz’s rise to success in the latest edition of Activity Report.