Happy Father’s Day!
In honor of Father’s Day, today we feature members of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association who shared with us their thoughts about fatherhood.
Read what these proud papas have to say about being a Dad…
Luis E. Ormaechea
Fatherhood is extremely rewarding. As my children grow, it is fascinating to see my wife’s personality and my own reflected in their personalities. For example, my son loves to try new foods, and my daughter enjoys reading about science and nature. I am impressed by my children every day, and love seeing them develop and grow. My father and grandfathers have been wonderful role models and I strive to live by their examples. I couldn’t imagine a life where I wasn’t a father.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!
Luis E. Ormaechea is an associate attorney at Underberg & Kessler LLP. Luis serves on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester (LVR).
Tragically losing my Dad at the young age of 9, has molded and shaped my relationship with my two daughters, Annabellee (5) and Emily (3). First off, I would be remorse not to mention the wonderful job my wife Jael, does in raising them along side me; we all need great partners in this journey of raising kids. As mentioned, being raised by my mami, and not having my own dad as I grew into the man I am today, I have made it my life’s mission to provide my girls a bright future, full or memoires they can cherish, and a foundation towards success as they blossom into proud, Latina girls. It is not lip service or cliché, when we hear the words “the children are the future.
When the stresses and rigor of the daily life and business amount, I can count on coming home to laughter, childish innocents, and silly yet priceless moments that brighten up the day. It still amazes me, that one can know your children for such a short period of time, yet love them unconditionally from the minute they are born! Thus, everything I do is for these two girls, because I love them, and desire to enjoy everything they are. I have no doubt that the values we instill in them, the love for their culture and community, and the passion to be great at whatever they do, will produce two vibrant Latina ladies.
Javier Quintana is Assistant Vice President, Community Sales Manager at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust.
I am truly blessed to be a father and be able build and shape the lives of my children as they are direct reflections of myself. As a parent you want nothing but the best for them and to give them the tools to be successful in all aspects of their lives.
My goal is to make sure that they enjoy their youth, and always have a smile on their faces because dad loves you both. I work to better the lives of my children as well as help individuals protect themselves and their families.
Orlando Rivera is an Independent Agent with Aflac New York.
God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and three wonderful sons, who show me day by day how amazing it is to be a father. I consider this the most important mission God has given me to do in my life. Being a father requires you to develop new leadership skills, it is beautiful not only to lead them, but also to love them and to see them grow.
Statistics show that today more children are growing up without the participation of a father. This has caused many negative effects on the development of children. The special calling for men in this day and age is to reestablish this important role of true fatherhood in which men would give of themselves completely in order to assure that their children feel secure and loved and are able to develop in a healthy environment of respect and guidance.
On this Fathers’ Day I would like to wish all the fathers a happy day and especially the fathers of our beautiful Hispanic community here in Rochester.
Mauricio Riveros is Vice President of Project Controls at The Pike Company. Mauricio serves on the Board of trustees of the Upstate NY Minority supplier Development Council, and as Chairman for the Construction Industry Group.
I am the proud father of two beautiful little girls. Grace (3 yrs. old) and Jenna (1 yr. old) mean the world to me and have brought nothing but joy to my life. My wife and I are raising our daughters to be bilingual with the help of their Argentinian grandmother. Our time with our girls is spent playing, singing, dancing, reading books, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.
My wife and I are both educators so it natural for us to teach our girls as much as we can about their surroundings… but the truth is that we are constantly learning from them as they experience things for the first time. Every Father’s Day is a day to be thankful that God has blessed me with 2 happy and healthy little girls.
Frederick John Tillinghast is co-owner of The Battery Baseball & Softball Training Facilities and is Director of Admissions at Bishop Kearney High School.
Many thanks to these Dads for sharing a part of their life with us.