2024 Top 20 Impact Makers Honorees
Paula M. Mendoza
2024 Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker Award
Saturday, April 27, 2024
Four Seasons Hotel Houston
Paula M. Mendoza is an enthusiastic entrepreneur who has dedicated much of her time and passion to numerous organizations, especially those that focus on youth and education.
Paula is the president and CEO of Possible Missions, Inc., a procurement firm; Pos Mis, Inc., a project management firm; and Possible Properties, LLC, a real estate company. Established in 2001, Possible Missions, Inc. has grown from having only $100 in the bank to being a multi-million-dollar business. Paula is known for the quality of her work as well as for the enthusiasm she brings to her every endeavor.
Paula is a native Houstonian whose parents were born in Mexico. She earned an associate degree from North Harris County College, now known as Lone Star North College; a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Downtown; and an MBA from University of Houston-Downtown – Marilyn Davies College of Business.
Under Paula’s leadership, Possible Missions, Inc. has received many recognitions, including but not limited to, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8a Graduate of the Year Award, the Houston Minority Business Council Supplier of the Year Award, a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Accountability Award for its expenditures with fellow MBEs, the U.S. SBA Award of Excellence, and the UT Alliance HUB Contractor of the Year. During the pandemic, Possible Missions, Inc. also received the Supply Chain Alliance Pandemic Partner Award for 2021. It was awarded to the company for its dedication to providing customized solutions and services to its customers during such a difficult time. As well, Possible Missions, Inc. maintains the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
In recognition of her successes and achievements, Paula has received numerous significant accolades. Most recently, she was named one of the Women Who Mean Business by the Houston Business Journal, was presented with the inaugural Distinguished Alumna Award by The University of Houston-Downtown, named one of the Women of Excellence, named the inaugural Most Admired CEO and Executive of the Year by the Houston Business Journal, and earned the Hispanic Hero Award by Comcast. She also has been named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women, A Woman of Distinction, and a Woman on the Move.
Over the years, Paula has offered her time and talent as a speaker, event organizer, and community leader to countless organizations and has spent a considerable amount of time with organizations that focus on youth and education. Paula’s humility, discernment and sense of fair play are evidenced by her service: She was the first Latina to serve as chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, the first Latina to be appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents, and the second Latina to serve as the chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) in its 30-year history. Currently, Paula serves on various boards that focus on the empowerment of women, small business, and education opportunities for the underserved.
Paula has been married to her husband, Robert, for 35 years. She and Robert are the proud parents of one son, Robert Jr., the doting grandparents of three grandchildren, and dedicated godparents to their 20-year-old goddaughter. Paula takes joy from spending time with her family and giving back to the community. She is also a loyal fan of the Houston Astros.
It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Paula M. Mendoza has been named a Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker for 2024.