Arline Santiago Named Hispanic Business Person of the Year

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The Rochester Hispanic Business Association (RHBA), a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, named Arline Santiago its 2018 Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  Santiago serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Legal Director at ESL Federal Credit Union. 

RHBA Board Chair Grace Tillinghast said, “Arline has been an asset to the community since she moved to the area a couple of decades ago.  She is indeed deserving of this recognition.”

Active in the community, Santiago serves as Foodlink board chair and on the boards of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Volunteers of America Upstate New York, SUNY Brockport LEAP, and is a member of the PathStone Corporation’s personnel committee.

Santiago said, “It is truly an honor to be named Hispanic Business Person of the Year.  The opportunity to give back to our community is always of the utmost importance to me. As meaningful as this award is, it will serve as further motivation to give back to and work hard in this community that is so supportive.”  

Prior to her current position at ESL, Santiago worked for the Kodak legal department as a member of its corporate and regulatory legal group.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Santiago is also a member of the Monroe County, American, and Hispanic Bar Associations.

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association honors Santiago as the 29th annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year at a gala luncheon September 27 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  For more information or to reserve tickets, visit or contact Michele Hefferon at or (585) 256-4614.