Sandro Ricci, president, ASL Construction

Sandro Ricci
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
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Business: Civil construction

Born: Regina

Biggest business achievement: Grew revenue organically by several multiples in a short period by expanding services offered and clients served, all while maintaining culture and profitability.

Biggest obstacle overcome: Guiding the transition from a small business founded in 1975 to a SME during our period of rapid growth while navigating succession planning and employee retention.

Biggest influences: Our staff inspire me to create the best possible work environment providing opportunities for them to succeed. Also, my wife and the recent birth of our first child are a constant motivation for me to strive for more.

Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Our philosophy of being direct and truthful with each other works. Have the hard conversations

Charitable involvement: YPO, Rideau Club, NCHCA and ASL community initiatives

First job: I started delivering newspapers before school at the age of 12 and haven’t stopped working since.

Advice I’d give the younger me: When starting your career, chase work experience, not paycheques. Focus on learning as much as you can about as much as you can.

Favourite pastime: Soccer, reading and self-supported bike trips