J. Renteria, Jr., a successful businessman turned author, is challenging
individuals and organizations to help him put copies of his empowering memoir, From
the Barrio to the Board Room, into the hands of at least 1 million at risk
children and adults who need it. Supported by Congressmen and Mayors, Princeton
University Professors and barrio and ghetto middle school teachers alike,
Robertís message is universal in that everyone has the right to live the
came from humble beginnings, growing up in an impoverished East
L.A. barrio and abandoned by his drug and alcohol addicted father.
As a teenager, he became involved with a tough street crowd, used and dealt
drugs, dropped out of high school, and went from one dead-end job to another. However,
upon learning that his estranged father had died in a half-way house on
skid-row, Robert resolved to start making better choices in his life.
After honorably serving seven years in the United States Army, he moved to Chicago and talked his
way into a job at a laundry management and sales company that eventually led to
a position as vice president of a publicly traded company on the New York Stock
Exchange. His success has convinced him to strike off on his own, and he has now
dedicated his life to sharing his story with thousands of other people around
the world so that they, too, can help break the cycle of poverty through hard work
has given keynote addresses to the Hispanic National Bar Association in Chicago, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus
Foundation, and the ChicagoPublic Schools. He has
been profiled in major media, including Univision, La Raza, Hispanic Executive Quarterly,Hoy, and WGN (Adelante
Chicago) and numerous newspapers and magazines.