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Ruben Garcia

SBA District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Ruben Garcia has led the San Diego-Imperial Small Business Administration office since 2006 as its district director. In the most recent fiscal year, his office processed almost a thousand loans worth about $434 million. In the 30 years prior to joining SBA, Garcia held a variety of management positions with a number of firms, including ARCO, Texaco, Clark Equipment, Yale and Caterpillar Corp.s. He was instrumental in creating the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and is also an Army veteran.

ALMA MATER: University of California, Los Angeles (undergraduate), Tulane University (MBA), Madison University (MBA)

BUCKET LIST: See my grandson graduate from college.

HOBBY: My church.

CHALLENGES/PERSONAL TRIUMPH: Had a stroke 6 months ago.