When Ruben was just an infant, his teenage mother left his father, who at the time was an alcoholic. In the process of their separation, he was stripped of his Hispanic and Native American heritage. His father was the son of a full-blooded Yaqui whose parents were buried in the Guadalupe Cemetery.
Ruben and his mother had an incredibly challenging time for much of his childhood (as it is for many others who grow up without a father). For a time, they were even victims of human trafficking and moved 20-30 times throughout Ruben’s younger years. But with hard work, perseverance, and the counsel of his wife and others, Ruben was able to make something of his life.
Ruben began his career as an EMT nearly 20 years ago, helping those who could not help themselves: seniors, homeless, substance abusers, mentally disabled, and survivors of domestic violence. He has serviced small towns and large communities; busy interstates and Native American reservations; border towns and metropolitan areas. Eventually, Ruben obtained his paramedic certificate and began work for the Gila River Indian Community which helped him to better understand some of what he had missed growing up. He later earned a bachelors, masters, and law degrees.
When it comes to healthcare, Ruben has seen it all: from stabbing and gunshot victims, to seniors having heart attacks, to uninsured diabetics who couldn’t afford their medication and died as a result. Ruben understands healthcare policy and how it interacts with public safety, business, gender equality, technology, economic justice, and many other areas.
For a short time, Ruben worked as an instructor at a for-profit institution that taught EMS services. After witnessing the greedy corporate interests take advantage both the students and the staff, he quit and opened his own program.
Under his leadership, the company kicked his previous employer out of the EMT business by offering a better education at a lower price. Ruben Major is a successful business owner who has dedicated his career to saving lives—and teaching others to do the same.
After opening a branch of their company in San Diego, Ruben, his wife, Jenny and their three beautiful children moved to Oceanside where they continue to run their company and be active in the community.