The 2012 Constantine S.
Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year recipient Ray Boa
October 3, WCSU honored Ray Boa, owner of A & J Construction, as the
fifth Constantine S. Macricostas Entrepreneur of the Year, joining a
distinguished list of former honorees, Dr. John Murphy (2011),
president and chief executive officer of the Western Connecticut
Health Network, Paul Dinto (2010) founder and owner of Paul Dinto
Electrical Contractors, Joseph Platano (2009) president at Westco
Scientific Instruments and Lucie Voves (2008), founder and president
of Church Hill Classics.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was
established by Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist
Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his wife Marie. Boa, in his
acceptance speech, said he was excited to learn how much he has in
common with Macricostas – the two share not only an entrepreneurial
spirit, but both are the sons of hard-working immigrants and were raised
For more than 20 years, Boa has worked to build
his business, now a major paving company in the state, from the
ground up. The son of Portuguese immigrants, Boa is a
first-generation college graduate. He earned his Bachelor’s in
Business Administration from Western in 1977, where he also was
inducted into the WCSU Soccer Hall of Fame.
After spending much of his childhood on a farm
in Africa, he moved with his family to the United States at the age
of 12. A graduate of Danbury High School, where he also was inducted
into the DHS Soccer Hall of Fame, he worked his way through Western.
In 1989, he joined his brother-in-law, Arlindo Augusto, at A & J
Construction. Boa said the number of employees in his company has
grown from 35 to 50 in recent years, and he’s introduced three new
product lines to his construction and asphalt paving business.
Today’s tough economy, Boa said, means that he needs to work harder
than ever to find business and make sure that his customers are
receiving the best service he can provide.
“I try to be innovative and work harder in this
economy,” said Boa, who lives in Brookfield with his wife Zulmira,
also an entrepreneur who owns Bambi’s, a children’s clothing store.
The couple has three grown children: Kelly is a sales training
manager for Sealed Air; Lori is a nurse in the cardiac unit at a
Boston Children’s Hospital; and, following in his father’s
footsteps, Joseph heads up A&J’s asphalt milling division.
One benefit of his success as a businessman is
Boa’s ability to give back to the community. He currently serves on
the Board of Union Savings Bank and is past chairman of the
Compensation Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of
Danbury Hospital and is a past president of the Portuguese Cultural
Center and its Board of Trustees. A member of the Economic Advisory
Committee of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Boa was recently
honored by the Danbury Old Timers.
Ray Boa's entrepreneurial success shows the
power of hard work and perseverance. With his induction, Western has
proudly welcomed another esteemed alumnus whose story can inspire
future students and members of the university.