Country of Heritage: Puerto Rico
Jose Santana was born and primarily raised in Bronx, New York City. As youngster, Jose attended school for several years in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico when his parents moved to the island to live and work in a small family business. Jose’s parents relocated back to the Bronx where he completed his high school education and graduated from a community college before attending R.I.T.
Mr. Santana is currently the human resources manager at Hahn Automotive Warehouse, Inc. The company is a family-owned aftermarket auto parts business that is generally comprised of warehouse/distribution centers and retail stores located in nine (9) states. The company’s primary customers are auto dealerships, auto repair/service businesses, independent jobber stores and organizations that repair/maintain their own fleet vehicles.
As a professional in the human resources management field, Jose’s background includes staffing, employee/labor relations, performance management, benefits and compensation administration. He has worked with other local companies that include Kodak, Cell Tech Pharmaceuticals and the Home Depot. Jose’s formal education includes a B.S. from R.I.T., graduate degree from Rutgers University and a Graduate Certificate in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Jose enjoys playing basketball, hiking and biking. He has been involved in several community-volunteer programs pertaining to the Boy Scouts, CYO Basketball, United Way and Mary Cariola Children’s Center.
Jose is member of the RHBA Events Committee.