• Hispanic Chamber Annual Gala & Business Awards

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    March 03, 2020
    Richard Montañez will keynote the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Gala & Business Awards, “Noche de Fuego.”  Montañez started his PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in 1976 as a janitor and is recognized as the creator of the Flamin’ Hot line of products, which have become a billion-dollar business and a cultural phenomenon.
     
    The event will recognize outstanding businesses that are making a positive difference in the Hispanic community with the trailblazer awards.  Recipients of the trailblazer awards are:
     
    Small Business of the Year – Familia Dental
    Nonprofit of the Year – Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities
    Advocate of the Year – Monserrat Magallon
    Corporate Member of the Year – Ascentra Credit Union
     
    The evening is generously presented by the Bob & Blenda Ontiveros Foundation. Dinner sponsor is Group O and Gold sponsors include Arconic, Inc., Iowa American Water and Estes Construction. Media Partner for the event is KWQC-6. 
     
    Check out our Annual Gala Sizzle:  http://bit.ly/2020FuegoGala.
     
    The Annual Gala will be held Friday, April 17th, 6:00 pm at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. The evening is a celebration of the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s accomplishments, members, and supporters.  Early Bird discount of $25 off is available until March 13th, 2020.  Tickets for the event are $100 for members and $125 for non-member and are available online through April 3rd, 2020.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  The annual gala will feature reception, entertainment, dinner, business awards, and the warmth of colleagues, clients, business leaders, community partners and Hispanic chamber members.  For more information on the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, visit www.gqchcc.com or call (563) 214-5160.  
     
    About Richard Montañez
    Richard Montañez leads Multicultural Sales & Marketing across Pepsi North American divisions. Throughout his career Montañez has held various senior roles through Pepsi and Frito Lay divisions.  Montañez started his PepsiCo career at Frito-Lay in 1976 as a janitor and is recognized as the creator of the Flamin’ Hot line of products, which have become a billion-dollar business and a cultural phenomenon.
     
    Recognized for his visionary leadership, ability to innovate and his commitment to diversity, he has received several notable awards and is often named one of the most influential Latinos in corporate America.
     
    Mr. Montañez is the only four-time recipient of PepsiCo’s Chairman’s Award, the highest honor given to employees based on performance and work ethic. As a long-standing mentor and executive sponsor of PepsiCo's Latino and Hispanic employee group, Adelante, Montañez has supported and nurtured the careers of hundreds of PepsiCo employees. Montañez is also a committed philanthropist and founder of Onelite, a nonprofit that provides hundreds of high-need families within the United States with food and school supplies.
     
    He serves on several boards or directors and advisory boards.  He was also the first Latino board member to serve on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an African-American civil rights organization, whose first president was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
     
    Richard Montañez is a sought-after motivational speaker, speaking to corporate groups like Target, WalMart, and Slalom, as well as universities such as USC and Harvard.  Montañez has been featured in TV and print outlets, such as Good Morning America, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Fortune and Newsweek. His story is now the subject of a forthcoming biopic from Fox Searchlight Films. 
     
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    About the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
    The Greater Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-driven organization that includes businesses, non-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and individuals of any cultural background in the greater Quad Cities region within its membership. The Hispanic Chamber's programs and services have garnered national recognition becoming the only Hispanic Chamber in the country to be recipient the Chamber of the Year award twice, in 2012 and 2018.  The Hispanic Chamber supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 2008. 


     
    Contact:
    Janessa Calderon, Program Assistant
    (563) 214-5160