River City Six – Tony Mendiola
Meet Tony Mendiola, commercial sales consultant for Bath Fitter in Omaha (www.bathfitter.com/us-en/location/omaha).
Tell us a little about your business.
Bath Fitter has been in business for over 35 years catering to the needs of businesses and people who look to enhance and refresh tubs and showers economically. Cost, time, and the degree of interruption are all important to us. We believe we have perfected the bathtub remodel process. Our team has done projects in the Omaha area for Creighton University, senior living, assisted living, property management companies, and several apartment complexes.
How did you get started in the business?
Our National Recruiter found my resume, reviewed it, and invited me to apply. The rest fell into place, and I started with this excellent company in September of 2020.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I would say getting the name “Bath Fitter” out to the Omaha Business Community. A lot of cold calls, emails, drop offs, and introductory meetings. Our simple, smart way to renovate baths has enhanced the value of bathroom renovation projects for commercial and residential properties alike.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I was awarded the “Crystal Award for Excellance” for turning over an Employment Office here in Omaha and generating $1.5 million in sales.
Tell us a little about your family.
I am divorced so just me, myself, and I in the Omaha area.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I try to golf, read, and go on walks in the summertime, among other activities.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I’m good at cooking.
Who inspires you?
Knute Rockne, Teddy Roosevelt, and Mickey Mantle.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
MGySgt (USMC) Nate Hiller once told me: “Never put yourself in a position where you are told you cannot do something, always be proactive and perform your best.”
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d just like to continue obtaining as much knowledge as possible. You can never be smart enough to succeed in your personal and business life.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
I love consultative sales, human resources, and recruiting.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
The Sword of Shannara, the first book of the Original Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks. I read it when I was 16 and have read the subsequent books ever since.
What is your favorite movie?
Rio Bravo with John Wayne. The duet with Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson make the movie.
What is your favorite TV show?
What is your favorite local restaurant?