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Eugenio Marlin receives Hispanic Business Person of the Year award

Eugenio Marlin received the 2017 Hispanic Business Person of the Year award Tuesday from RHBA President Vilma Burgos Torres at the organization's 28th annual gala luncheon at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Marlin, a Dominican Republic native who moved to the Rochester area in 1971, is currently vice president of Ibero-American Development Corp., which specializes in developing affordable housing. (Bennett Loudon)

Eugenio Marlin received the 2017 Hispanic Business Person of the Year award Tuesday from RHBA President Vilma Burgos Torres at the organization’s 28th annual gala luncheon at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Marlin, a Dominican Republic native who moved to the Rochester area in 1971, is currently vice president of Ibero-American Development Corp., which specializes in developing affordable housing. (Bennett Loudon)

The Rochester Hispanic Business Association honored Eugenio Marlin as its 28th annual Hispanic Business Person of the Year at a gala luncheon Tuesday.

Marlin serves as executive vice president of Ibero-American Development Corp., an organization that specializes in developing affordable housing and other structures for community use.

“Whatever he does, Eugenio is tireless and a great role model for the younger generation,” said RHBA Chairwoman Vilma Burgos Torres in a statement.

Marlin previously served as vice president for development and communications at Ibero and also operated Marlin Communications Group. He is the first Dominican to be honored as a RHBA Hispanic Business Person of the Year. Prior honorees trace their roots to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and others.

“I am honored to be named Hispanic Business Person of the Year, acknowledging that this distinction equally belongs to those who in the past and in the present have collaborated in the work that we do,” Marlin said in a statement.

New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers Chairman and Millennium Go Green Technology CEO Frank Garcia gave the keynote address at the gala, while New York State Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul also delivered remarks.

Frank Garcia

Frank Garcia

Garcia, born in Brooklyn and raised in Puerto Rico, was the first Hispanic entrepreneur to use and recycle manufactured toner cartridges across New York State. He also serves as chairman of the National Association of Latino State Chambers as part of his dedication to expanding minority-owned businesses in the U.S.

The luncheon was held at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

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