September 23, 2017

RHBA Member Receives “W” Award

Daisy Algarin
Daisy Rivera Algarin, Economic Development, Sr. Marketing Specialist, City of Rochester, was the recipient of the 2014 award.


The “W” distinction is presented annually to a woman who works on behalf of women, who provides inspiration and leadership and who gives of herself both in and out of the workplace.


Daisy was one of five outstanding Rochester women honored this year.




RHBA member gets award

Annette Ramos


RHBA member, Annette Ramos, received recently the 2014 Leadership Achievement Award presented by Latinas Unidas. The event, held at the Riverside Convention Center, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the organization.


Annette is indeed a very accomplished member of the Hispanic community. Her full bio appears under Members Highlights.


Roberts Wesleyan promotes Lisa Martinez DeVinney

Lisa DeVinney
Roberts Wesleyan College announced the promotion of RHBA member Lisa Martinez DeVinney to half-time director of Recruitment and Community Relations. She will continue in her role as half-time Enrollment Coordinator in the Department of Adult Professional Studies.


Congratulations to Lisa for her achievement and the work she does in the Hispanic community since she moved to the area.

RHBA Member Mauricio Riveros Receives Award

Mauricio and Beth at the eventMauricio, executive vice president at The Pike Company, was one of 40 under 40 professionals recognized on November 21st for their contributions to the Rochester Community.

He oversees operations, the risk management process and the professional development programs at The Pike Company and LeCesse Construction.

RHBA members Hilda Escher, Luis Ormaechea and Grace Tillinghast joined Mauricio and his wife Beth at the event.

RHBA Chair Interviewed by WXXI Radio

Hiram HernandezGrace Tillinghast
Hiram Hernandez, Sr., RHBA new chair of the board of directors, was interviewed by WXXI radio. He shared his vision for the association and also talked about the process of starting a business, what people should know and the challenges new owners face. RHBA vice-chair, Grace Tillinghast, was also part of the dialogue.

Hiram is CEO of First Capital Payments and Grace is the owner of The Battery; both of them have been in business for many years. As small business owners, they discussed topics requested by the host and also addressed questions posed by callers to the station.


Top 100

Sergio EstebanCongratulations to RHBA member Sergio Esteban and LaBella Associates for being named to the 2013 Top 100.

The firm has been recognized for several years as one of the top 100 companies in the area.

Rochester Latino Rotary Club Honors Local Latino Entrepreneurs

Rochester Latino Rotary Club Honor Roll of Latino Entrepreneurs

Last June 10th during their monthly dinner at the Holiday Inn Airport, the Rochester Latino Rotary Club honored local business owners who were making a significant impact on the economy of our community. The honorees were enlisted in the Rochester Latino Rotary Club Honor Roll of Latino Entrepreneurs.

Among these outstanding entrepreneurs were several RHBA members: Gilbert R. Perez, Esq., Alfred Burgos (Burgos Income Tax), Orlando Rivera (New York Life Insurance Company), Bera Jurado (State Farm Insurance), Hiram Hernandez Sr. (First Capital Payments), Zury Brown (El Pilon Criollo), Tricia Cruz (Vamos Public Relations), Vilma Burgos (Burgos Income Tax) and yours truly Kelly Mullaney (Working Art Media). [Read more…]

Celebrating Law Day 2013

Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day is celebrated each year by bar associations, the courts and other law-related organizations and educational institutions across the country.

Realizing the Dream: Equality for AllSeymour W. James, Jr., President of the New York State Bar Association says about this year’s celebration:

The theme for Law Day 2013 is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The American aspiration to achieve full equality for all is one of the defining characteristics of our national identity.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”  As we look back upon these historic milestones and reflect upon the tremendous legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, this year’s Law Day theme also provides an opportunity to consider our nation’s ongoing efforts to fully realize the dream of equality for all.

Visit the New York State Bar Association Law Day 2013 page for a comprehensive list of resources in this subject.


The Rochester Hispanic Business Association is very pleased to celebrate Law Day and highlight its members in the law profession: [Read more…]

The Battery (Grace & Fred Tillinghast) Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Fred and Grace Tillinghast, The Battery

RHBA members Fred and Grace Tillinghast, co-owners of The Battery baseball and softball training facility, will be celebrating their 30th anniversary training champions next Saturday March 2nd.

“As a small family owned and run business, we are proud to have contributed to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people. We are proud of the Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts, and proud to have a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.”

Among their successful alumni is Andy Parrino, professional baseball player for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. [Read more…]

Tricia Cruz New Public Relations Specialist for Rochester City School District

Tricia CruzRHBA member Tricia Cruz, president of Vamos! Public Relations, was recently named Public Relations Specialist and Assistant to the Chief of Communications for Rochester City School District.

“I really feel that I couldn’t be in a better place than the Rochester City School District,” Cruz said. “My greatest passion in life is to help children, especially with a Latino background. As a Bilingual PR Specialist, I hope to bring more attention to the positive stories taking place in the district as well as serving as a ‘go to’ contact for Spanish-speaking parents.”

Along with her role as assistant to the chief communications officer, she will serve as a back-up translator, public relations writer, and media contact for stories.



Read the complete article in La Voz Magazine.

RHBA Member John Martin Announced His Retirement

John MartinJohn Martin, president of Roberts Wesleyan College announced that he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 academic year (May 2014).

Dr. Martin came to Roberts seven years ago as the college provost. He became president of Roberts Wesleyan College in 2002. He holds doctoral degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas.

The College Board of Trustees will start a national search to replace Mr. Martin.


Read the announcement from Roberts Wesleyan College news.








Luis Ormaechea a New York 40 under 40 Rising Latino Star

Luis Ormaechea 40 Under 40The Hispanic Coalition NY announced the 2013 list of 2013 NY’s 40 under 40 Rising Latino Stars and RHBA board member Luis E. Ormaechea is the recipient of this award.

Luis is an associate attorney at Underberg and Kessler LLP, and one of two individuals representing Western New York region.

The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the Hispanic-Latino community in our society.

The program recognizes members of the Hispanic community under the age of forty who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and achievements in the areas of business, education, politics, non-profit sector, community service and more.

The Rising Stars shall have demonstrated a quality of performance that indicates they are Leaders among their peers and will continue to develop into distinguished members in their community.

The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at a location to be announced soon.

Click here to read more about this award.



FM Office Express (Fabricio Morales) featured in D&C Small Business Spotlight

This past Sunday FM Office Express (Fabricio Morales, CEO) was featured in the Democrat and Chronicle Small Business Spotlight column.

In this article, Fabricio Morales talks about his company and their beginnings, the market they serve, how they have managed to succeed during a tough economy, their plans for the future, including bits of information about family and community involvement as well.

“FM Office Express, Inc. was founded with the following guiding principle: Create lasting relationships, excel in everything we choose to do and work as a high-performing team. We believe that strong committed relationships are vital to our success. We believe the commitment and pride of each individual in our organization to act and uphold our values is crucial for enduring relationships. Many companies look only to their bank accounts to judge success. We have a different approach. We look at our customer feedback. We do this because we realize we are only as good as our last interaction.”

FM Office Express article at the D&C


Click here to read the article.

Jose Santana joins local Board of Directors

Jose SantanaJose Santana, Rochester Hispanic Business Association Board member and HR Manager of Hahn Automotive Warehouse, has joined the Board of Directors of Our Lady of Mercy High School.

Mr. Santana is part of the RHBA Events Committee and is also member of the Rochester Latino Rotary Club Board of Directors.

Our Lady of Mercy High School has been an all-girls Catholic institution in the Rochester area since 1928. Their goal is to provide students with the tools they need to experience Academic Excellence, Spirituality and Lifelong Success. Jose’s daughter graduated from the school a few years ago.




RHBA Chair Grace Tillinghast Joins the Women’s Council Board of Directors

Grace Tillinghast, Rochester Hispanic Business Association Chair and co-owner of The Battery, has joined the Greater Rochester Women’s Council Board of Directors, elected for a 3-year term.

Ms. Tillinghast had previously worked with the Council for many years while she worked at the Kodak Company.

The Greater Rochester Women’s Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, defines itself as “a great way for women in business, education and many other sectors of our regional economy to get connected to the greater community and to network for professional growth and success“. The Women’s Council sponsors the prestigious Athena and Young Women of Distinction awards.

Congratulations Grace!