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Latino American Who’s Who Recognizes Richard M. Ruiz As A Distinguished Member of the Latino Top 100 2014

Written By: PR - May• 07•14

Edinburg, TX /LWW Press/May 7, 2014– –Richard M. Ruiz, President, R.M.R. Inc., Ruiz Sales was selected for inclusion in the Volume III edition of The Latino American Who’s Who.

The Texas homegrown Ruiz family has over 100 years of experience in the produce industry.  They specialize in tropical fruits such as mangos and limes, which are available year round from Mexico and South America.  They work with only the best growers and shippers to bring you only the best fruits and vegetables available on the market today.  Mr. Ruiz has been President of the company for 23 years.

Ruiz Sales has been the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Role Model award, the highest level of award Produce for Better Health Foundation gives out.  It was given in honor of the work Ruiz Sales has done to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in order to provide significant steps towards improving the health of America.  In addition, Ruiz Sales has been rated the highest standing XXXXAA, 17 consecutive years by Blue Book.  They are the only Mexican American company with this rating. Ruiz Sales has also been rated ****I by the Red Book and 3A1, the highest rating by Dun & Bradstreet.  Mr. Ruiz is personally a Produce for Better Health Ambassador, which is a group of individuals responsible for advancing the cause of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the industry.

Mr. Ruiz attributes his success to his faith in God and the training and legacy he received from his father, Mr. Robert Ruiz Sr.  Robert Ruiz Sr. got his start in the produce industry in 1949, working at Boler Farms in Pharr, TX, as a field buyer in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Colorado and California. After 15 years at Boler, he began selling cabbage, Bell peppers and tomatoes to Britt McCullough Produce, Mel Renfro Foods and Van De Walla, and was doing direct store delivery to H.E.B. stores throughout Texas.

Using the extensive experience and knowledge he acquired through these jobs, Robert Ruiz Sr. opened Robert Ruiz Inc. in 1963 and was joined in the business by his sons Robert Jr., Richard and Eddie.  Together, they grew the company into one of the leading grower-shipper-packers in North America.

Through honesty, integrity, hard work, dedication, and trust in God, Robert Ruiz Sr. was able to overcome the harsh discrimination that existed against Hispanics during that time, and establish a company that flourished, even when many other grower-shipper-packinghouses were going out of business at that time.  With the labor and business that Robert Ruiz Sr. brought to an area, he always left an area better and richer than it had been when he arrived.

Robert Ruiz Sr. created an opportunity for Hispanic-Americans that did not exist at the time, and made the idea of Hispanic-owned companies more acceptable during a time when Hispanic-owned companies did not exist in the agricultural industry.  Mr. Richard Ruiz proudly continues the tradition of excellence, integrity, and faith that was set by his father, now has a highly rated, highly regarded company, which is also 100% Hispanic owned and operated.

Mr. Richard Ruiz also attributes his success to Mrs. Laura S. Ruiz.  Mrs. Laura S Ruiz is Vice-President of Ruiz Sales and wife of 43 years and full supporter of Mr. Richard Ruiz and his business career, even through the hard times, has been the backbone of the company, and a major stepping-stone to success and excellence, playing a major role as the account manager for the corporation.  Together, they have three daughters.  Mrs. Lori Ann Nisimblat, Mrs. Erica Marie Espinoza, Mrs. Jessica Nicole Armstrong.  Mrs. Nisimblat also continues the family tradition be being on the board of directors of Ruiz Sales, and serving as Director of Operations.  She is also responsible for the introduction and mass acceptance of Mexico Ataulfo variety mangoes into the Florida retailer’s market.

Mr. Ruiz is a member of the Trinity Worship Center and attended Pan American College, now known as the University of Texas at Pan Am.

Today, Mr. Richard Ruiz continues the legacy set forth by his father, and strives to advance the cause of all Hispanics, and be a role-model to Hispanics everywhere.  His company is at the forefront of the PTI and Traceability movement, and he is one of the few people in the Produce Industry who can provide item-level traceability for his Persian Lime product, which lets both retailers and consumers trace their fruit back through the supply chain to the fruit’s origin point.  Mr. Ruiz believes in the importance of the Hispanic community as future leaders in American business, politics, and social change, and his company strives to be the best at not only being a profitable and well-renowned Hispanic company, but also supplying other Americans, especially the moms and kids, with their safe food needs.

The Latino American Who’s Who is a New York based biographical publication that selects and distinguishes leading Latino professionals throughout the world who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contribute to the growth of their industry and culture. The Latino Who’s Who promotes an awareness of the achievements of the Latino professional and executive by creating a networking platform to provide recognition of individual accomplishments. The annual registry of the Latino American “Who’s Who” is formatted as an elegant hard cover edition as well as an online edition that provides information on recognized individuals. It also contains cross references by names, professions and family country of origin.

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