Rochester Hispanic Business Association Elects Board Officers

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association, a Rochester Business Alliance affiliate, elected Burgos Income Tax Business Services Manager Vilma Burgos-Torres as chair.  RHBA also elected officers for two-year terms.

Burgos-Torres, a Puerto Rico native, was the first in the Burgos family to venture into the business world. She became a tax preparer while still in high school and after graduating she began offering personalized tax services at her customers' homes as a means of financing her education. Burgos-Torres has always had a deep commitment to community; she was on the founding Board of the Puerto Rican Youth and Resource Center and founding group of Latinas Unidas.  She has served on many advisory boards including the first Bilingual Education Advisory Board for the Rochester City School District.

Upon her election as Rochester Hispanic Business Association board chair, Burgos-Torres said, "I am honored to be the second woman chosen to head the Rochester Hispanic Business Association in its 26th year.  With the help of the amazing board members and the membership, I hope to increase member benefits, enhance our website features, and review and update our governance policies."

Burgos-Torres succeeds Hiram Hernandez, Sr. as RHBA board chair.  Hernandez remains on the board as an at large member.  Others elected to the RHBA board include Kelly Mullaney as vice chair, Grace Tillinghast as chair adviser, Jane Sutter as secretary, Lisa DeVinney as treasurer, and Sergio Esteban, Luis Martinez, and Luis Ormaechea as at large members.

Board members serve a two-year term, expiring at the end of September, 2017.

Founded in 1989, the Rochester Hispanic Business Association increases the visibility of Hispanic professionals and business owners and provides a forum to network and interact.  The RHBA goal is to enhance the economic, educational, and political development of the Hispanic community in Rochester and throughout the United States.To learn more about the Rochester Hispanic Business Association, visit