Richard Mendoza is no stranger around Canton. His happy demeanor and cheerfulness are sure to make you instant friends with him. Richard was born, raised, and educated in El Paso, Texas. His parents are native Texans, Raul and Raquel. Raquel passed away several years ago after a long fight with cancer. He remembers her always smiling and strong in her faith. Raul, a WWII veteran, still resides in El Paso. Richard also has three older sisters, Toni, Rachel, and Lupe.
At the age of 16, Richard began working for Cashway/Builder’s Emporium in El Paso, where he started as a cart collector. During his 17 years with the company, he worked his way up to the general manager position. Richard was later recruited by Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company and moved to Arizona, where he was in charge of four facilities in Pinal County. It was at this job is where he met his lovely wife, Laura after she was invited as a guest to a Christmas party. Richard knew immediately he had to meet this girl, and they are still together 17 years later.
While living in Arizona, Richard served on the board of directors for local Salvation Army and the chambers of commerce for the cities of Casa Grande and Florence. After 17 years working with Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company, Richard went to work for Aaron’s Sales & Lease as a general manager. Shortly after starting this position, he was contacted about an opportunity to run Higginbotham Brothers in Canton, Texas. Richard remembers coming to the store and calling home to tell his wife, “You’re going to love it here.” Five years after moving to Canton, Richard is proud to serve as the store manager for HBC.
Richard and Laura have four children, Jonathan, 30, a graduate of Arizona State University, who lives in Seattle with his wife, Yelena; Alex, 16; Antonio (Bug),13; Teresa (TJ), 7; and one grandchild, Liliana.
Family is very important to Richard and he thoroughly enjoys all of the quality time he gets to spend with them. He says life can get crazy and busy, but they seem to always make it work despite all the directions they are going on a daily basis. Richard has had the opportunity to coach his kids in the Canton Youth Foundation as assistant coach for football, Little Dribblers, and the Canton Soccer Association. Those memories are some of his favorites.
In addition to the youth sports activities he is involved in, Richard also served as a board member for the Canton Chamber of Commerce for four years and is known for coordinating the Independence Day and Christmas parades. He spends much of his time staying involved with his church, First United Methodist Church of Canton. He has served on their parish staff, on the council, and with the relations and finance committees. Aside from his church and the chamber of commerce, Richard also supports the Canton Band Boosters. He says he is always willing to help if it will help the children of our community.
Richard’s philosophy of volunteerism is “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Giving back is just natural for him and he enjoys being involved. He is most excited about the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 21, 2016. He believes the chamber of commerce offers one of the best avenues for people to be exposed to local businesses and opportunities in the community. Our chamber is the foundation of a good business community and watching our businesses grow ensures jobs for employees, tax revenue, and a strong community.
Most of all, Richard enjoys the people of Canton, and volunteering in the community plays a role in what makes Canton a place his family loves to call “home.” Richard Mendoza is a prime example of a hard working individual who just wants to give back to the community that gives him so much. He is truly one of a kind and making a difference in our community.