Born 01/15/1968. Ordeal member, Order of the Arrow, Aina Topa Hutsi (Arrowhead Lodge 60). Eagle Scout 12/28/1982, Troop 805, Alamo Area Council. Family ties - two first cousins (James Ruiz, Norman Ruiz) preceded, and brother (Mario Ruiz) followed, as Eagle Scouts. Graduated cum laude Judson High School, Converse, Texas. Judson Rockets sports manager 1983-86 including 1983 Texas State 5A Football Championship. Earned academic scholarships to The University of Texas at Austin. Earned B.A. 1991 (Finance) from The University of Texas at Austin. Texas Longhorns football manager 1986-1991 including 1990 Southwest Conference Football Championship. Two-year letterman (1989, 1990) and member of T-Association. Returned to Judson HS as interim 10th-grade English teacher. Appointment 1992 to U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Assistance. Currently a senior Economic Development Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration, Houston District Office. Married (Cheryl Carpenter) with two step-children (Keith and Emily Carpenter). Assistant Scoutmaster for Keith's Troop 211, BS Sam Houston Council. Finance Chair for Emily's Brownie Troop 4171, GS San Jacinto Council. Member of the Texas Exes, the Longhorn Foundation, and the Rotary Club of River Oaks.
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