Chief Executive Officer
Native Houstonian, Paula Mendoza is an entrepreneur, innovator, advocate, barrier-breaker and tireless volunteer. Recognized not only for the quality of her work, but for the passion she brings to every endeavor.
Possible Missions, Inc. (PM), a company she established in 2001, specializing in Project Management Solutions throughout the United States, has experienced exponential growth under her leadership. The business has achieved significant accolades including 2014 Subcontractor of the Year Nominee, by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s (HMSDC) 2012 Supplier of the Year Award and a 2013 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Accountability Award for its expenditures with fellow MBEs. The U.S. Small Business Administrator’s Award of Excellence also garnered in 2012, noted the firm’s success as a sub-contractor to Federal prime contractors. PM is also a past recipient of HMSDC’s Emerging Ten (E-10) Award presented in 2006 as the company began to grow. PM maintains the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification earned in 2012, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and United States Small Business Administration (SBA) certifications. At a state level PM holds certification in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Ms. Mendoza’s humility, discernment and sense of fair play are evidenced by her appointment as the first Hispanic Female to serve as Chairman of the State of Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) from 2009-2010. She served TEC as a commissioner for six years. Proud of her Mexican-American heritage, Ms. Mendoza has been the only female to serve a full two-year term as Chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) in its 30 year history. She served as a past board member of the Texas Board of Public Accountants.
In 2013, Ms. Mendoza was appointed by the Governor of Texas to a six-year term to the University of Houston System Board Of Regents, a Tier One institution. She became the first Hispanic female to receive such a prestigious appointment. She still makes time to share her insight and experience as a speaker, event organizer and supporter to countless organizations while serving on the boards of both HMSDC and the East End Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Ms. Mendoza earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Downtown and later completed continuing studies in both the Community Minority Business Advancement Program and the Rules of Engagement: A Leadership Institute provided by the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband of 26 years, Robert, have one adult son, a daughter in law, three grandchildren and a 13 year-old goddaughter, Natalie, who has captured their hearts.
Gilbert De La Cruz
Business Development Executive
Gilbert joined the Possible Missions team as a Project Manager and a Business Development Executive. He has served in prominent leadership roles in civic, business and minority service organizations. He is Founder and President of the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Greater Houston Area, Inc., and Founder of the Alliance of Minority Contractors of Houston. Gilbert is a recipient of the COMPTO Community Leadership Award, and have served on the Port of Houston Authority Advisory Council to the Small Business Development Program. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding leadership and service. Gilbert is a US Army Veteran and was instrumental in bringing the Vietnam Mobil Wall to Houston.
Jason joined Possible Missions in June of 2011 and plays a vital role within the Project Management Solutions of Possible Missions. Jason oversees a span from Austin, Texas, to the Houston Medical Center down to Galveston, Texas. He oversees more than 10,000 square feet of Storerooms with over $1 Million amount of inventory for one of Possible Missions major clients. In this PMO, Possible Missions is responsible for inventory management and control of the inventory as well as managing projects at four major universities in four cities.
Sylvia joined Possible Missions in 2013 to manage new projects. As Possible Missions grows, Sylvia will manage projects that involve procurement services and inventory management. She brings a wealth of operational experience and is based in the Houston Office.
Customer Service Representative Lead
Arica joined the team in 2014. Before joining Possible Missions as a full time employee, Arica assisted with special projects at Possible Missions in Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. As part of the Possible Missions Team, she has coordinated special projects for the team. Quickly, Arica adapted to the project environment and is now managing the day to day operations of one of Possible Missions Premier Projects.
Jessica has been with the Possible Missions since 2014. Jessica is responsible for the marketing and events which includes social media for the company. She also handles special projects and assists the project managers with events and exhibits where Possible Missions participates.