The R&M Family


Eddie Ramirez, Sr., CEO

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Ramirez started his music journey at the age of 11 years old.  He mastered the guitar and several percussion instruments and has performed with various NY bands.  He is an Army Veteran, retired New York State law enforcement officer, community leader, organizer/promoter, and newspaper director.  His major accomplishments since moving to the Hudson Valley are; Owner of R&M Promotions and Entertainment which organizes Hispanic cultural festivals throughout the Hudson Valley, Director of the Hudson Valley’s premier Spanish newspaper, EL SOL de NY, created the Hudson Valley Latino High School Scholarship Fund, and was the Founder and past President of the area’s Latino Professionals Networking Association.  These accomplishments have  placed him among the top most respected Latino business owners in upstate New York.

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Norma I. Ramirez, V.P. and Financial Advisor

As can be expected, Mrs. Ramirez is the “Driving force” at R&M Promotions.  Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, she knows the value of hard work and continues to strive for excellence.  She is a graduate of Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a minor in Mathematics from Elmira College.  She is certified in Math, Spanish, and Elementary Education.  Currently,  she is a Spanish teacher in the Poughkeepsie City School District.

Eddie Ramirez Jr., President/Public Relations – Marketing

Eddie Ramirez Jr. , oldest son to Eddie Ramirez Sr. and Norma Ramirez, has followed his parent’s example and always strives to give back to the community.  Eddie Jr. was voted the 2014 Top Latino Rising Star in New York State by the Hispanic Coalition of NY and has been recognized by many community organizations and local/state politicians for his work with the Latino populations in the Hudson Valley.  As a motorcyclist enthusiast, Eddie is also a very active member of the Latin American Motorcycle Association’s Empire State Chapter whose members live throughout the Hudson Valley Region.

Jaime Cruz, Technical Director (RETIRED)

Jaime had been a member of our staff since 1995 and retired “Smiling”  He was the band leader of Orchestra Pa’Lante and was one of the most popular sound men in the NYC Latin Music scene.  R&M is blessed to have had Jaime as a staff member.  Happy (well deserved retirement) my friend.  Enjoy the Sunshine State!


Debra Kardas (Don’t mess with this blond)

Debra, is our travel guru and “adopted” sister of Eddie and Norma Ramirez.  Debra is a retired school teacher and former President of the Poughkeepsie City Schools Teacher’s Association.  She also coordinates event staff, caters to entertainment needs, and helps manage our R&M table at all events.


R&M Promotions & Entertainment
P.O. Box 2227
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Office: (845) 206-5197 Fax: (845) 848-1148