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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 27, 2016 – Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), announced the appointment of Richard Montanez, PepsiCo’s director of multicultural sales and marketing across North America, to the NHCLC board.

“Montanez is a truly inspiring individual to the Hispanic community,” said Rev. Rodriguez. “His innovative leadership and Kingdom influence make him an incredible asset to NHCLC.”

Montanez began his career with PepsiCo as a janitor in 1976; today, he is known as a visionary leader who has developed new systems and products for PepsiCo. Montanez also started a foundation called Onelite, which provides new shoes for children going back to school and feeds hundreds of thousands of families each year.

In 2012, Montanez was recognized by Hispanic Lifestyle magazine for being one of the most influential Hispanics in corporate America.

“I am honored and excited to join the NHCLC board,” said Montanez. “It is a privilege to serve alongside Rev. Rodriguez and the other great men and women of God. I fully believe this is the timing and alignment of God. I look forward to furthering His agenda.”

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora through its worldwide entity CONEL. For additional information, visit

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