2015 Latino Trendsetter Award Recipient
Nemesio Ortiz is Vice President of Medicare Sales at Healthfirst, the largest Medicaid and Medicare health plan serving the New York City metropolitan area with more than one million members. Nemesio is responsible for recruitment of Medicare and Managed Long Term Care members, seniors age 65 and over, making sure this population is fully covered with health insurance to meet their medical needs. He is a staple in the community, developing strong relationships with community leaders and local residents throughout his service areas.
Nemesio joined Healthfirst in 1998, rising through the ranks from an Inside Sales Manager to his current position. A former United States Marine Corp (U.S.M.C), he graduated from Nyack College in Rockland County, NY, receiving an Associate degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership.
Nemesio was born Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Proud of his Hispanic heritage and Brooklyn roots, Nemesio’s accomplishments in healthcare, as well as his warm, personable demeanor and ability to forge key partnerships with providers who are bilingual and culturally-competent, contribute significantly to the growth of Healthfirst’s Hispanic membership base, spanning over 200,000 members.
He is recognized for his work in the community receiving a Community Leadership award from the organizations, Saving Latin America, and The James Monroe Senior Center. He is also a board member of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.