Linda Sarabia is the eldest daughter of Pedro Ruiz Jr. and Lupita Ruiz. She has two younger brothers Pedro III and Jose Antonio Ruiz. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Hugo Sarabia Jr. for 21 years. They are the proud parents of three sons, Hugo III, Daniel, and Isaac and their princess, Aaliyah Sarabia. She is a graduate of La Joya High School class of 1995 and South Texas College class of 1998.
Sarabia has been an entrepreneur in her hometown of Palmview since she was 21. Her passion for business began while working at Pedro and Magdalena Ruiz’, her grandparents, small convenience store in La Joya during her teenage years. The seed was planted. Throughout the years she established several businesses and created many jobs. She is best known for her business, Sarabia Financial Services, which has serviced her community for 18 years.
Sarabia is a known advocate for small business owners and is always looking for ways to empower their endeavors. During a very difficult time in her life, she transformed her grief into energy and created something positive in her community. She is the founder and first president of the Palmview Chamber of Commerce and has served since 2012. Her effort in establishing the Palmview Chamber of Commerce is of great significance, being that the city is over 40 years old, and has never had an organization to unite local business owners.
She also serves as a director of the first Municipal Development District Board of the City of Palmview. Through her involvement, she has passionately spearheaded retail recruitment efforts with the intent of boosting the local economy. She also served in various capacities on the South Texas Association of Mortgage Brokers (STAMB) where she served on the board of directors in different positions and was very active in lobbying at our state and national capitols for equal regulation within the mortgage industry. Her vast experience has given her the expertise to donate her time giving seminars at local churches and non-profit radio stations over the years.
Like many entrepreneurs, Mrs. Sarabia has encountered challenges along the way. She believes that with the grace and wisdom of God she has been able to weather the storm. Her experiences and struggles created a desire to help small business owners, which later led her to host a radio program titled “Principios de Exito” where she provided advice and other resources to assist her Rio Grande Valley audience. Sarabia wants to continue this tradition and believes that the best legacy one can leave is to improve the quality of life in her community. Her initiative to stimulate Progress in Palmview will be to focus on transparency, promote economic development, improve quality of life services, and expand infrastructure.
Mrs. Sarabia’s enthusiasm is derived from her four children. She not only believes they can achieve anything they set their minds to, she wants to show them every single desire God places in their hearts is attainable. Her greatest joy has been watching her children dream, plan, and believe in their own God-given abilities.