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Trailblazers 2015

Pictured left to right: Jacob Fraire, President & CEO of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), accepting on behalf of his wife Dr. Virginia Fraire; Cynthia Rubio; and Michael Marin

Cynthia Rubio is co-founder and President of Radiant RFID, a technology company that enables customers with complex organizational challenges to efficiently track their most dynamic, high-value assets. With over $4 billion in assets tracked every day, Radiant's customers include Fortune 500 companies, and large government and education institutions.  Cynthia earned her master's degree from Wayne State University,  and her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University.  Born in El Paso, Cynthia currently lives in Austin, with her husband of 26 years and their four children.


Dr. Virginia Fraire, as Vice President for Student Success at Austin Community College, oversees compliance with government regulations while ensuring ACC programs remain responsive to student’s needs and align with the college’s strategic plan and core values.  Dr. Fraire is well-attuned to the needs and challenges students face today, and proactively engages ACC's leadership to promote and foster a more inclusive, results-driven culture of excellence.  Dr. Fraire attended UT Austin for all her degrees and graduated from Andress High School in El Paso.

Michael Marin is a graduate of UTEP, Harvard, and Golden Gate University. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, Michael is a former Vinson & Elkins litigation partner in his 20th year of practice. He represents clients in various matters relating to business and employment law, and litigation.  His numerous recognitions include being named a Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine, and being rated AV® Preeminent™ by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system.  He has held prominent positions in local, state, and national bar associations, and has lectured and authored numerous law articles.

Past recipients

Trailblazers 2020

Trailblazers 2019

Trailblazers 2018

Trailblazers 2017

Trailblazers 2016

Trailblazers 2014

Trailblazers 2013

Trailblazers 2012

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