Hector Ruiz, who went from immigrant to CEO, honored with Ohtli award

As a kid who worked shining shoes in the coal mining Mexican border town of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Hector Ruiz could never have dreamed what his future would hold.

Inspired by a Methodist missionary to pursue an education, Ruiz went to a U.S. high school every day, became its valedictorian three years after learning English, earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Texas and went on to earn his doctorate at Rice University. He had a fruitful career in the technology industry working for Excel, Texas Instruments, Motorola, and eventually landed the top job as chief executive officer of AMD, a major player in the semiconductor industry.

On Friday, Ruiz was awarded the Ohtli award by the Mexican Consulate of Austin to honor his professional and business success and his efforts to help other Latinos, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to follow in his footsteps...

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