Raymond Arroyo is a Managing Director and head of the Diversity Practice at Reffett Associates, a nationally recognized, fully retained executive search firm. Raymond is also a Partner and co-owner of Melo Risk Advisors, a certified Hispanic-owned business enterprise that provides risk management and insurance advisory services to mid-sized companies in the U.S. and overseas. He also serves as President of ALPFA Solutions, an organization that provides leadership development programing to corporate partners so that they can fully address the unique professional development needs of their Latino employees. Raymond’s extensive background includes 25 years of experience with Fortune 100 companies as a senior executive in both human resources and business roles.
Raymond, a former chief diversity officer at Aetna, reporting to the CEO, was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanic executives in the U.S. for two consecutive years.
Raymond serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as an Overseer for The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Connecticut’s largest arts organization which is central to the arts in Greater Hartford, serving as its unique gathering place for arts, education and community activities.
Raymond has served on numerous non-profit boards, including National Hispanic Medical Association, The Wheeler Clinic, Hartford University, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and many others.
Raymond earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from New York University and earned a certificate from Harvard Business School, on Corporate Governance: Leadership in the Boardroom.
He has received several industry accolades, including:
- Top 100 Most Influential Hispanic (twice) by Hispanic Business Magazine
- Corporate Executive Excellence Brillante award by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs
- Featured on PricewaterhouseCoopers’ KeyWord magazine, as exemplary alumnus
- Corporate Individual of the Year – NSHMBA CT Chapter
- Featured in the Society for Human Resource Management magazine
- Alumnus of the Year – NYU / Polytechnic University
- Corporate Executive of the Year – ALPFA
Raymond enjoys public speaking, reading, riding motorcycles, skiing, playing tennis, and overall fitness programs. He lives in Avon, Connecticut with his wife and two teenage children.