Tony J. Azar is an entrepreneur, accomplished business man, philanthropist, and community-minded individual who has made a significant impact on thousands of lives in the community that he serves.
As founder and president of the Azar Group of Companies, he has built a diversified corporation that is focused on products and services for the new home construction sector.
With 100 employees on the team, Azar’s flagship company, Raymax Construction has built over 2,500 high quality homes in Windsor Essex County since 1987. His brand promise, “Because of the Customer, We Exist,” along with the company’s commitment to quality, service, value, honesty, and integrity has earned him the highest service excellence award given in the industry; the Tarion Service Excellence Award, which he has received each year since the inception of his company.
His innovations and accomplishments in new home construction have set the benchmark for all other builders in the region. The company provides high quality, affordable family homes that are built using the latest materials and technology. Some of which have been invented by Azar himself. To his credit, the company has never missed a closing.
Constantly looking for new innovations and efficiencies in home design and construction, Azar designed and patented the Azar Block; an unique mortarless block foundation system that significantly reduces the time and cost of building foundations. In 1996 he took the concept of mortar-less block construction one step further and developed the revolutionary AZAR Mortarless Building Systems™ for the “do-it-yourself-er” market.
The innovative technology that Azar designed means that construction projects can be completed in a fraction of the time with professional results. AZAR Systems™ allows the homeowner to build retaining walls, fences, BBQ’s, light posts and more up to 10X faster than conventional bonded-block masonry construction. Azar also holds 42 patents and 12 patent pending application worldwide.
As a result of these innovations and Azar’s consistently high standards for service and quality, the Azar Group of Companies was awarded the community’s highest honour in 1997 with the Windsor and District Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award.
While he is a gifted and accomplished entrepreneur, Tony J. Azar has unselfishly committed his time and energies to making life better for thousands of people in the community. For years Azar has sponsored minor sports in the community, including Windsor Minor Hockey, Sun County Midget Hockey, Windsor Spitfires, Windsor Senior Hockey, the Windsor Wildcats, and more, illustrating his passion for hockey. Beyond the arena, he has also contributed to numerous other youth sports and clubs, including Scouts Canada, Safety Patrol Jamboree, the Children’s Safety Village, Ontario Special Olympics, and the Windsor Soccer Club, and more.
Mr. Azar has a passion for a number of other charities within the community and has supported them throughout the years. Among them are the Hospice of Windsor, the Terry Fox Foundation, Windsor Regional Hospital, the Brentwood Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society, and more. He has also established a scholarship fund of $5,000 with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board to assist high school graduates with their post-secondary education, particularly those students who may not have the financial means to attend either college or university.
In 1994, he began a “feed the community” Christmas campaign. He donated 500 turkeys to families in need. The following year he convinced other community business members to join the cause and today with the 12th Annual Azar Christmas event, 500 families not only receive a turkey, but all the trimmings as well.
Azar has received numerous recognitions and awards for his work. He has been awarded the Fire Marshall’s Award, a Golden Jubilee Medal, from the Queen Majesty’s Award Foundation, the Pope John Paul II 25th Anniversary Medal, and numerous other awards of excellence for his outstanding business acumen and commitment to quality through his company, Raymax Construction.
Above all, Azar is a loving and committed family man. His four sons, Eddie, Danny, Dory, and Jeff are all an integral part of the family business. He and wife Theresa also share the joy of four daughters-in-law Vicky, Dana, Nadia, and Jessica and five grandsons Anthony, Christian, Zachary, Nathan, and Andrew. Two granddaughters Ellis and Juno.
Tony J. Azar’s accomplishments are ones that he does not talk about easily. He quietly goes about his business, devoting one hundred percent of his energy to making Windsor-Essex County a better place for his family, his employees, and for the community at large. Tony J. Azar is truly a man of excellence.