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Meet Andrew Simpson of A & S Construction and Demolition in Mattapan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Simpson.

Andrew, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am originally from St. Mary, Jamaica. Growing up, we were extremely poor, and I, being the eldest of four children, definitely had an enormous amount of responsibility in taking care of my younger siblings. Growing up without a father, and my mom had gone to Canada when I was still a young teenager, I needed to try to establish a better life for all of us, I had to do what was necessary to stay alive and take care of my younger siblings. Because of that I never graduated from high school.

Eventually, I came to the United States, where I had a series of different jobs, just to make money and earn a living. It wasn’t really until I had my four children that I desired to do something more. I wanted my kids to do better than me and to have more than me. So, I decided to start my own business: A & S Construction and Demolition. That was in 1997. Since then, my kids have been my motivation to grow and expand my business.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. Growing up we barely had money for food, clothes, and the basic necessities. Even when I came to America it was still hard. It wasn’t as easy to make it here as everyone back home in Jamaica thought it was. Finding a job was hard, but finding a job that I made enough money to support myself, and then eventually my family was even harder. When I started my own business, things were a little easier, but providing for four children, alone can be a struggle at times. But throughout all my struggles, they have only made me a smarter and better person, both on a personal and a business level.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about A & S Construction and Demolition – what should we know?
A & S Construction and Demolition is a family run business, based in Boston, MA. My company specializes in and is known for lead abatement, asbestos removal, demolition and cleaning services.

I’m most proud of the fact that all of my children participate in my company in some form or way, so it is literally a family run business. I think this sets us apart from other companies. I think people appreciate seeing a family come together in a business setting. It shows faith, strength, and unity – all things that I believe are truly fundamental to a family. I feel truly blessed to be in the position that I am in and for my family to be in the position that it is in.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that the quality most important to my success is faith. Honestly, without God, nothing is possible and Him I owe it all. Without my faith, my business would not be where it is today, nor I would not have made the connections and met the people that I have met. My faith has allowed me to put in the hard work, the dedication and the consistency to build a successful business.

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