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Roy Carruba



Roy CarubbaGrowing up outside of New Orleans with schoolteacher parents, entrepreneur Roy Carubba formulated one simple goal: make enough money to be comfortable. After graduating from high school, Roy went to work, but searching for a better-paid position led him to enroll in Louisiana State University’s engineering program. A few years and one transfer later, Roy earned his degree in civil engineering from the University of New Orleans. After being fired from a job in 1993, Roy founded Carubba engineering with the vow never to be put in that position again. The firm began doing business out of his garage that year.

Almost twenty years later, Carubba engineering is a thriving enterprise that has helped construct and renovate hundreds of new Orleans low-, mid- and high-rises, not to mention the superdome and new Orleans arena. The firm has completed over 6,000 projects, both residential and commercial. 48-year-old Roy credits his work ethic with his achievements, explaining that he’s “not an intellectual,” and takes pride in his firm’s fusion of form with function. He is aware of the engineer’s pivotal role in all aspects of civil life, from the construction of buildings

To roads, sewers, docks and bridges, noting that engineers are, in essence, “stewards of both the environment and society.” Roy and his team weigh creativity against cost, finding a balance that speaks to the structure owner’s tastes and desires. Currently, Roy’s favorite project is the sprawling Nola Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA, an immense recreational facility with professional racetracks, garages, and the world’s largest go-kart track.

As an entrepreneur, Roy’s personal philosophy is straightforward: “work like you are overpaid and one day you will be.” He tells his daughters to treat every job as if it were their own business, and places a premium on honesty. “I want my kids to be proud of me,” he says. “I want to be a good example of what a man should be: honest, hard- working, revered in his community, and most importantly, in the eyes of his children, simple.”

By Lianna Patch

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