October 7, 2017
To the members of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association,
Thank you for the opportunity to be your new Board Chairperson. I am incredibly honored and humbled. This Association has gone through 26 years of evolving into what it is today. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those leaders and members who brought us to this point. The Association is stronger now than ever. I aim to continue that projection by bringing more benefits to membership and continuing to offer opportunities to strengthen your visibility to the greater Rochester community. My goal is to provide more venues that offer training in business and leadership that will enrich your business knowledge and encourage entrepreneurship. Of course, none of this is possible without the cooperation, vision and hard work of the volunteer board, who bring their business experience, their valuable time, energy and creativeness to the table. We also cannot do this alone. We need YOU, the membership, to help. Please consider joining a committee and sharing your talents with us all.
We cannot serve your needs unless you tell us what your needs and interests are. I take this opportunity to invite you to do just that. Tell us what your vision is for the Association. I am always available by phone, by email or in person.
The founders got it right. There was no shortage of honorable and successful Hispanic individuals in this community, just no organization or forum to recognize them for their great achievements. The works of Hispanic businesses and business professionals have not just benefited the Hispanic community but also the greater Rochester community. September 22, 2015 was our 26th year and our 25th Gala; we have yet to run out of great individuals to honor. This year we honored Zury Brown, owner of “El Pilon Criollo Restaurant”. Brown gave an inspiring speech about perseverance, faith, and the many people and services needed to help a business develop and grow. We were all moved by her inspiration and strength.
In closing, I thank you again for this opportunity, and with all your help, the Association will continue to thrive.
Vilma Burgos Torres
Burgos Income Tax, Inc.
1816 N. Clinton Avenue
Rochester NY 14621