Gleason Manager of Manufacturing, Puerto Rican Festival President
ROCHESTER, NY (July 16, 2019) The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, selected Orlando Ortiz as its 2019 Hispanic Business Person of the Year. The award recognizes an individual who has enhanced the local community with positive contributions or has contributed to economic development and business interests in the Greater Rochester area.
RHBA Chair Grace Tillinghast said, “Mr. Ortiz is not only a business person as Manager of Manufacturing at Gleason, but perhaps he is better known for his role as president of the Puerto Rican Festival. It is also noteworthy that Mr. Ortiz was nominated by three Hispanic leaders in our community”.
A native of Cayey, Puerto Rico, Ortiz moved to Rochester in 1991. He graduated from Edison Tech and attended Monroe Community College where he received an associate degree in Manufacturing Engineering. He continued his studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he received a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Ortiz also carves out substantial time to volunteer in the community. He has been involved with the Puerto Rican Festival for 15 years, currently serving as its president. Ortiz also volunteers with Foodlink and Pathstone and is active in the RIT Alumni Association.
The Rochester Hispanic Business Association honors Orlando Ortiz as the 30th annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year at a gala luncheon Tuesday, September 24th at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.