September 20, 2017

Eugenio Marlin Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

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Eugenio Marlin Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year
Ibero-American Development Corporation V.P. to Receive 28th Annual RHBA Award

ROCHESTER, NY (July 28, 2017) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Eugenio Marlin its 2017 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Marlin currently serves as Vice President of Ibero-American Development Corporation, an entity that specializes in developing affordable housing and other structures for community use.

Rochester Hispanic Business Association Chairwoman Vilma Burgos Torres said, “Whatever he does, Eugenio is tireless and a great role model for the younger generation.”

Marlin previously served as vice president for development and communications at Ibero.  He also operated Marlin Communications Group as a sole proprietor as well as writing and editing several Spanish language publications. Marlin is the first Dominican to be honored as RHBA Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Prior honorees trace their roots to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

Marlin said, “I am honored to be named Hispanic Business Person of the Year, acknowledging that this distinction equally belongs to those who in the past and in the present have collaborated in the work that we do.”

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association honors Marlin as the 28th annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year at a gala luncheon September 26 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event page or contact Michele Hefferon at Michele.Hefferon@GreaterRochesterChamber.com or (585) 256-4614.

 

Written on behalf of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association by:

Dan Smith
Sr. Director, Communications
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
150 State St. – Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14614
www.GreaterRochesterChamber.com
(585) 256-4616
Dan.Smith@GreaterRochesterChamber.com

Note: This article has been updated to reflect the current title of Mr. Marlin.

 

Frank Garcia to Keynote RHBA Awards Luncheon

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Frank Garcia to Keynote RHBA Awards Luncheon
CEO of Go Green Technology Chairs NYS Coalition of Hispanic Chambers

ROCHESTER, NY (July 12, 2017) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, welcomes Frank Garcia as the keynote speaker for its September 26 Hispanic Business Person of the Year gala luncheon.  Garcia is founder and CEO of Millennium Go Green Technology, a global environmentally sustainable toner remanufacturing company based in New York City.

RHBA Chairperson Vilma Burgos-Torres said, “We are honored that Frank Garcia, chairman of the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, has graciously accepted our invitation to serve as keynote speaker.  As the leader of the coalition of more than 20 Hispanic chambers of commerce, Mr. Garcia has been a leading advocate for Hispanics nationwide as well as a successful businessman at Millennium Go Green Technology.”

Garcia, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Puerto Rico, was the first Hispanic entrepreneur to use and recycle manufactured toner cartridges across New York State.  He also serves as chairman of the National Association of Latino State Chambers as part of his dedication to expanding minority-owned businesses in the United States.  Garcia is also a board member of Veterans Across America, an advocacy organization which enhances the economic well-being of veterans and their family caregivers.

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association Hispanic Business Person of the Year gala luncheon is set for 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 26 at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  Tickets are available at the RHBA website at www.RochesterHBA.org.  For more information, contact Michele Hefferon at Michele.Hefferon@ GreaterRochesterChamber.com or (585) 256-4614.

Founded in 1989, the Rochester Hispanic Business Association increases the visibility of Hispanic professionals and business owners and provides a forum to network and interact.  The RHBA goal is to enhance the economic, educational, and political development of the Hispanic community in Rochester and throughout the United States.

 

Written on behalf of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association by:

Dan Smith
Sr. Director, Communications
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
150 State St. – Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14614
www.GreaterRochesterChamber.com
(585) 256-4616
Dan.Smith@GreaterRochesterChamber.com

Hispanic Business Person of the Year 2016: Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons

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Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year
Pretty Girl Promotions President to Receive 27th Annual RHBA Award

Mercedes Vazquez-SimmonsROCHESTER, NY (August 10, 2016) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons its 2016 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Vazquez-Simmons is founder and president of Pretty Girl Promotions, a full-service boxing and mixed martial arts promotion company based in Rochester.

RHBA Chair Vilma Burgos Torres said, “I am thrilled that we are honoring Mercedes. She has broken another glass ceiling, becoming the first Latina to gain national recognition as a boxing promoter for both male and female athletes in a once male-dominated industry.” [Read more…]

2015 Hispanic Business Person of the Year

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Librada “Zury” Brown Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

El Pilon Criollo Restaurant Owner Receives 26th Annual RHBA Award

ZuryBrownThe Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, named Librada “Zury” Brown its 2015 Hispanic Business Person of the Year. Brown owns El Pilon Criollo, a family restaurant on Rochester’s North Clinton Avenue.

Rochester Hispanic Business Association President Hiram Hernandez, Sr. said, “When Zury opened El Pilon Criollo, she created a new concept of fast and easy to order Hispanic food.  We recognize innovation and vision and Zury has proven to possess plenty of both.”

Better known as “Zury” in the community, Brown was born in Cataño, Puerto Rico amid modest beginnings. She came to Rochester 27 years ago and worked in the Rochester City School District for several years until she opened El Pilon Criollo in 2008. Brown became the first Hispanic woman to build her own restaurant from the ground up on North Clinton Avenue, reviving the community with its first new construction in more than 12 years. She has helped create jobs and regularly sponsors community groups and events.

Brown said, “I feel honored and very humbled to receive this award. All I have always wanted to do is work hard for my family, be a good role model for my daughters, and contribute to the community in which I live.”

Brown receives the 26th Annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year award at the Rochester Hispanic Business Association gala luncheon September 22 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

 

From a press release, August 14, 2015.

Click here for more information on the gala and the Hispanic Business Person of the Year Award.

 

Mauricio Riveros 2014 Hispanic Business Person of the Year

Mauricio Riveros Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

The Pike Company Executive Receives 25th Annual RHBA Award 

Riveros, MauricioThe Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, named Mauricio Riveros its 2014 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Riveros serves as Executive Vice President of The Pike Company, overseeing project operations and risk management.

Riveros is also responsible for Pike’s “The University” program that provides internal training and professional development for all Pike and LECESSE employees.  He developed the company’s “Steps to Success Program” that provides hands-on training to women and minority-owned companies in alliance with public and private enterprise.

Rochester Hispanic Business Association President Hiram Hernandez, Sr. said, “Mauricio has the leadership of an innovator, the one who inspires leaders to act, and the one who gets things done.”

Prior to coming to the United States and The Pike Company, Riveros served as National Director of Planning and Territorial Organization for the Bolivian government.  Riveros serves on a number of local boards including the Upstate New York Minority Supply Development Council, Allendale Columbia School, St. Ann’s Community, and the YMCA.  He lives in Perinton with his wife, Bess, and three children.

Riveros said, “It is with great honor that I receive this award for making a significant contribution to the Hispanic and business community of Rochester. Being from Bolivia, I have always held the Hispanic community near and dear to my heart and consider it a privilege to contribute in any way possible. Through my interactions with various organizations, groups, and companies whose goal it is to improve the lives of our general community and Hispanic population and make connections amongst the Hispanic community, I have found the Rochester Hispanic Business Association to be a great promoter of these goals. I could not be more grateful and blessed that they have chosen me as this year’s Hispanic Business Person of the Year.”

Mauricio Riveros receives the annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year award at the Rochester Hispanic Business Association gala luncheon September 25 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

From a press release, July 18, 2014.

Click here for more information on the gala and the Hispanic Business Person of the Year Award

 

Hispanic Business Association Adds Two to Board of Directors

Ayala - DeVinney

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, announced two new members of its Board of Directors: Dr. Javier Ayala and Lisa Martinez DeVinney.

Dr. Javier Ayala is Dean of Career Technical Education at Monroe Community College. A native of El Salvador, Dr. Ayala holds a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. Prior to his position at MCC, Dr. Ayala served as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and Vice President of Instruction at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Lisa Martinez DeVinney serves as Admissions Coordinator at Roberts Wesleyan College. She holds a BA in Communications from Biola University and is currently working on a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership at Roberts Wesleyan. DeVinney previously served in several roles at the American Red Cross. [Read more…]