Goshen Chamber of Commerce
Feb 28, 2019
Barbara Martinez, Executive Director
Goshen Chamber of Commerce

email: barbara@goshennychamber.com               Goshen Chamber of Commerce

Phone:  845.294.7741

Barbara Martinez was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico but came at a young age to New York and was raised in the Bronx. Raised by a single mother along with four siblings, Barbara struggled with English as her second language all throughout school. Barbara eventually graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School with a Regents diploma and made her way into John Jay College. She wanted to study Criminology but life took over and at age 19 she moved up to Orange County. Barbara managed to get a job with Citizens Communications as a collections representative and she continued her college career attending SUNY Orange part time, eventually receiving her Associates Degree with Honors. In 2003, she was offered a job with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where she worked for 14 years and during that time she attended Marist College part time. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications & Psychology, with SUMMA CUM LAUDE honors. In 2016, she decided to move on from the Sheriff’s office and was offered a position with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Communications. Barbara handled all communications for the chamber, such as their social media, press releases and was the talk show host of their 3 radio programs, where she focuses on promoting the Chamber’s Business members. She was also the editor of the only Business publication, Business Watch. Barbara was also a co-host of her own radio program called Linea Informativa with Ruben & Barbara, which is the only bi-lingual show in the Hudson Valley. In the recent Nielsen Rating, they ranked 15 th​ in the Hudson Valley for their time slot. Recently Barbara accepted the position of Executive Director for the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. As the Executive Director she already has a SOLD OUT Chamber Networking Breakfast under belt and she has introduced talk radio to the chamber as an added value for the members, LIVE every Friday from 12-1pm on WTBQ Radio titled “Goshen Chamber Connects.” She is looking forward to helping the Goshen Chamber of Commerce grow.

Barbara has been recognized as one of the 2014 Women of Achievement in Orange County. She has been featured in several publications for her work with the NY Sheriff’s Association and the local Sheriff’s Office. She is one of the co-founders for the very successful Hudson Valley Fiesta Latina and was the Chair for the Orange County Chamber’s Latino Business Council. She has been asked to host and speak at many events, most recent, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley’s Farm to Fork fundraising event and the “Do You Love What You Do?” series. She has a passion for talk radio and promoting. As a hobby, Barbara enjoys promoting small businesses and not for profits. She has a segment called “Where in the Hudson Valley is Barbara Martinez?” using this form of promotion she utilizes Facebook Live to help showcase businesses all over the Hudson Valley. Make sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram to catch her shows. Barbara is the proud mom of two awesome boys Jonah and Aramis.