August 20, 2018
Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Victor M. Archila, 36

Photo | Erika Sidor
Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Victor M. Archila, Lilian Radke, Madeline Mendoza and Che Anderson.

Owner & president

VMA Electric Inc., Marlborough

Lives: Marlborough

Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala

In 2016, revenues at VMA Electric came in at $1.4 million. In less than two years, Archila has more than doubled that revenue to nearly $3 million, while maintaining his role as a master electrician. He attributes his success to a commitment to running an honest business and being upfront with his clients. To accommodate the growth since 2015, VMA increased its headcount 115 percent, now employing 28 workers. In the community, VMA financially sponsors two basketball teams for the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest and the Pop Warner Youth Football program. In addition to providing monetary support, Archila – a father of three who has been married to his wife for 17 years – is a basketball coach for the Boys & Girls Clubs. He volunteers at the Bishop's storehouse for his church in Worcester and will help fill orders for families in need.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: "Respected by his peers and valued by his community, Victor is one of the most well-rounded members of the class of 2018."

What will the inscription say on the statue they build of you? Each day come in with a positive attitude hoping to get better.

What do you do in your free time? Work out at the gym and camp with my family.

What TV personality is most like you? Mark Cuban from "Shark Tank." I love his positive vibe, and he seems happy with his success, yet very confident.

Whose career would you most like to emulate? I really like to create my own path, just happy I can provide for my family and have health. If I can continue to be successful, I am happy with that!

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper's Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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