Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council to Welcome Keynote Speaker Richard Montañez at Annual Awards Gala

At its 2018 Annual Awards Gala, the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) will welcome keynote speaker Richard Monta±ez, a former Frito-Lay janitor, inventor of Flamin Hot Cheetos, motivational speaker, author and current PepsiCo executive. The gala will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Savannah Center in West Chester, Ohio.

This event is all about recognizing those who break through barriers for success and are advocates for diversity and inclusion, said Jacqueline Neal, President and CEO, Ohio MSDC. Richard Monta±ez is a perfect example of someone who has done just that. His story highlights the importance of diversity, innovation and entrepreneurship, so were thrilled that our members can learn from his insights.

Despite beginning his career as a janitor at Frito-Lays Rancho Cucamonga plant, Monta±ez worked his way up the corporate ladder after introducing the then CEO, Roger Enrico, to a spicier Cheetos version inspired by traditional Mexican flavors. Today, Flamin Hot Cheetos are one of Frito-Lays most popular items, and have also influenced additional ethnic products. Richard frequently presents to Fortune 500 companies about the importance of diversity in business and recently sold the rights to his book A Boy, A Burrito, and a Cookie to Fox Searchlight for a film adaptation of his leadership journey.

In addition to Monta±ezs speech, current NMSDC President and CEO, and former Diversity & Inclusion General Manager for Toyota Motor North America, Adrienne Trimble, will also speak at the gala. An Opening Reception featuring a silent auction and Post-Gala Reception will allow for networking, while an awards ceremony during dinner will recognize the outstanding achievements among Ohios Corporate Members and MBEs.

For the Annual Awards Gala program or to register, visit http://ohiomsdc.org/gala/


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About OMSDC:

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing a direct link between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and its Corporate Members. Founded in 1972, the Ohio MSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and assists Corporations in the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. Over the past four decades, Ohio MSDC has been a bridge between corporate America and minority owned businesses. Every year, Ohio MSDCs Corporate Members spend over $7 billion with MBEs certified by the Council. For more information about Ohio MSDC, please visit www.OhioMSDC.org.

Jacqueline Neal
Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
[email protected]