October 12, 2017

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Presents Proclamation to RHBA During 2017 Annual Gala

More than 180 people were on hand on Sept. 26 to congratulate Eugenio Marlin on being named the 2017 Hispanic Business Person of the Year sponsored by the RHBA. [Read more…]

MCC president to speak at RHBA Gala

Dr. Kress of MCCDr. Anne M. Kress, president of Monroe Community College, will deliver the keynote address at the twenty-seventh Hispanic Business Person of the Year Gala on Sept. 20.

Kress, who has led MCC since 2009, currently serves as co-chair of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council. Her career spans nearly 30 years in higher education with special interests in topics relating to student access and success, global education, workforce development, technology and the intersection between traditional liberal education and essential 21st century learning outcomes, according to the MCC website. [Read more…]

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

Press Release:

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…]

2012 RHBA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker

José María Cirujano

José María Cirujano
Vice President – Operations
Iberdrola USA


José María Cirujano is vice president of operations for Iberdrola USA’s three operating companies—Central Maine Power, NYSEG and Rochester Gas & Electric—which serve more than 2.4 million customers across New York and Maine. In this role, he is responsible for leading the implementation of the expertise, best practices, processes and technology of the Iberdrola Group across the Iberdrola USA enterprise.

Cirujano has worked in the Iberdrola Group for more than 35 years, holding various leadership positions in electrical transmission and [Read more…]

2011 RHBA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Mauricio Riveros
Vice President
The Pike Company


Mauricio Riveros serves as Vice President of Project Controls at The Pike Company, one of the most reputable and oldest family owned construction companies in north east region. His responsibilities include ensuring the implementation of Pike’s process, procedures and systems to maximize company performance and implementation of core beliefs and strategic planning process.

Mauricio plays an important role in the implementation of important concepts of management like Result Base Management (RBM) and the implementation of the risk management index (RMI) that has created [Read more…]

2010 RHBA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Emeterio Otero
Executive Dean – Damon City Campus
Monroe Community College


Emeterio M. Otero started his career at Rochester’s Monroe Community College (MCC) in 1982. During his 28-year tenure, he has served as assistant director of admissions, assistant dean of admissions and dean of students. At the Damon City Campus, Otero is currently the Executive Dean. Otero’s responsibilities include planning and initiating organizational, operational and academic functions of the campus; serving as the President’s liaison with external constituencies; coordinating college goals [Read more…]

2009 RHBA Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Paul S. Speranza Jr.
Senior Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and Secretary
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.


Paul S. Speranza Jr. is a senior council of the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He served as U.S. Chamber vice chairman and regional vice chairman (eastern region), chairman of the Taxation Committee for nine years, and chairman of the Employee Benefits Committee for seven years. He is a member of the Executive Committee. [Read more…]