To the members of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association,
2019 was a special year as we turned thirty. My thanks to every member of the Board and members who volunteered at our events.
We continued with our monthly business lunches which we had started in January 2012 at D’Mangu, the Dominican restaurant on East Henrietta road. We also held lunches at the Chamber of Commerce and the food was catered by El Pilon Criollo. Joe Gauge, Lucrecia Knapp, Julio Vazquez, Mauricio Riveros, Alfred Burgos, Octavio and Evelyn Garcia, Magaly Rosario and Andrew Brady provided information about an array of topics of interest to our members.
On our 30th year, we honored a well known Hispanic business person, Orlando Ortiz, a manager at Gleason and the President of the Puerto Rican Festival. The keynote speaker at our annual lunch held in September was Adrian Hale, a senior manager at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. We were honored with the presence of several individuals who had been the Hispanic Business Person of the Year in the past.
Our networking events at Casa Hispana (Nazareth College) in the spring and at holiday time were successful and gave our members and friends a venue to meet and share ideas in a friendly setting. Our special thanks to First Capital Payments for sponsoring our holiday gathering, and to the Board for providing items for our traditional holiday raffle.
As we start a new decade, we will continue with our business lunches on the third Tuesday of most months and all of them at D’Mangu. Join us for a great meal, good conversation and useful information. And suggest guest speakers and topics.