ROCHESTER -- As Rochester Hispanic Business Association's
Business Person of the Year, Sergio Estéban
has three pieces of advice for running a successful business.
speech at the RHBA's annual luncheon on Sept. 25, Estéban
advised staying true to your values, treating people and clients like one would want to be treated, and giving back to the community.
Estéban is chairman and chief executive officer of LaBella Associates.
"It's not a nice thing to do, it's a responsibility we all have," he
said of donating time and money to local organizations.
"It's very important ... to make the community even better than what it is today."
Estéban is a former RHBA president and is a member of several boards of directors including Nazareth College, Monroe Community College Foundation and Rochester Rotary Club.
He is the incoming chairman of Geva Theatre's board of trustees.
is so humble, Tilllinghast noted, that he
always felt there were more worthy honorees when he
was nominated in past years.
This year, she
called him and simply told him he
was the honoree, she
exhibits all the qualities of a leader," she
is humble. ...
always treats everyone he
meets with great respect."
Sal LaBella, who created LaBella Associates, said that Estéban exhibits a level of energy that few can emulate.
said that he
is proud to say he
values from his
was a person for everybody," Estéban
was just a wonderful example."
Father Tony Mugavero, pastor of Holy Apostles Church, said that Estéban is following in his father's footsteps of being a good role model for the entire community.