From the Modesto Bee, December 10, 2014
Elias Ruiz crafted a raft that carried him to victory in the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.
The Hughson resident topped three other finalists Wednesday night in the business idea contest, decided by a panel of judges and audience voting. He entered his Feather Raft, aimed at anglers and others for use on lakes and streams.
“What made the difference for us was the ability to take this to market in big scale,” said judge Oscar Cabello, a vice president and district manager at Wells Fargo. “And we also see the potential for bringing the cost down once he starts buying (materials) in bulk.”