It’s easy to say you want to do the right thing, harder to follow through. I’ve heard the phrases “love your enemies” and “teach with love” over and over again, but today I was fortunate enough to sit down with two people who truly embody and embrace their meanings: Ally and Jose Mendoza. It’s not often you get to work with someone in life who inspires you to greatness, while walking the walk with humility, but today I was reminded that I had that exact opportunity with my employer, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. They reminded me how to be an internal and eternal optimist, and showed me that even through hardship, their own grace and ability to move forward will triumph over all. It’s people like this that remind you of your own strength, of your own desire to be a steward of peace and good. I am happy to work for this company because they allow me the space to be creative, to grow as a writer and a person, but I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with these people, who show me not only in word but also in deed just what it means to lead by example. Should you have the chance to meet with several contractors as you go on to complete projects for your home, do yourself a favor and just sit down and have a conversation with one of them – it won’t take long for you to feel the same hope and love they bestow on their employees, and I can’t say anything that would truly describe the benefits of doing so – but you’ll feel it in their work, because that passion and inspiration reverberates through everything they do. I’m honored to work for SUNTEX, and truly grateful for the opportunity.
Category: Meet the Team
Meet Jacob! Jacob Stauffer began working from an early age, and started painting houses with his uncles company at just 13 years old. From his early experience it was easy to see he was a natural-born leader, with an incredible work ethic. Working while he went to school, he became the Manager of Schlotzskys while still in high school!
From there, he decided he wanted to learn a little more about the energy industry, and went to work as a Regional Salesman for the North America Venture Capital company, selling energy contracts for Liberty Power and Just energy. He worked there for a couple of years, which allowed him to become well-versed in the Texas energy market and equipped him with a better understanding for how the Texas energy grid is owned and operated.
This experience and proven ability to work with customers makes him the perfect fit to join SUNTEX as a Solar Energy Consultant, and as a very proud partner of the SUNTEX Solar Advisors organization, he is happy to help his customers understand which energy provider is best for them, as well as helping them understand whether or not solar is right for their home. His top priority however, is to help all his clients get the best solar system possible and do whatever is beneficial for them and their family.
For some fun facts about Jacob: he is a dog and animal lover, a sneaker connoisseur, and has a passion for cooking – he enjoys cooking pasta dishes and steak. Spoiler alert ahead: Jacob’s favorite marvel movie is Avengers End Game because of the role his favorite super hero, Iron Man, plays – and while his character arc is a tragedy, he likes how the movies really built up to this scene all throughout the series. He also is an avid reader of the comics, and was able to share an insider tip with me to check out the new edit of the Justice League (on HBO max) – which is way better than theater cut in his opinion. He enjoys watching/attending any of the Dallas team’s games, but is also a Seahawks fan. His bucket list includes traveling to every continent – and possibly some day even Mars!
Feel free to reach out to him directly to set an appointment – he’s looking forward to it and will see you there!
Meet Gerardo! Gerardo began his career in Mexico, working in sales, before completing his degree in Accounting from the University of San Luis Potosi. Graduating at the top of his class, he was afforded the opportunity to work in sales immediately upon graduation. He would later go back to school, receiving his Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales from the Technical Institute of Monterrey. His degree afforded him the ability to work in the Oil industry as the Commercial Sales manager for Golfo – Oíl de México, S.A de C.V.
Due to his large success, the company promoted him to oversee all of the U.S. market, and he moved to Denver, Colorado, to build supplier relations within the U.S. Working in this role allowed him to build a significant book of business in the U.S., and translated to a role as the U.S. Director of Enramex, Inc. As Director, Gerardo was in charge of implementing a new administrative system for the U.S. market, restructuring the commercial sales department while supporting recruiting/hiring/training initiatives to support it, and designing and implementing a new Business Development and Marketing Strategy. His success at the company enabled growth and customer satisfaction, allowing him to focus his core competencies on the 80/20 rule.
Honing in on this experience, he was then able to transition to the Regional Sales Manager of the Minsa Corporation, Inc., where he oversaw the training and development of the entire sales staff for the Texas market. In this role, he was able to build out a monthly sales budget and targets for his team to accomplish, monitor the profitability of each new market, and develop marketing strategies for each segment, while completing SWOT analysis and managing customer satisfaction across the state.
His drive, passion, and vast experience in Sales and Strategy Planning make him the perfect Area Sales Manager at SUNTEX LLC, and we’re excited to see him develop a team with the knowledge and skill set to tackle this expanding market in the solar industry.
What don’t you know about Gerardo? When I asked him about his favorite super hero, he paused a moment, and then lit up when I mentioned that it could be anyone, even a fictional character, and said “Toy Story – now that’s magical! I love Woody – he has many friends he’s always caring for – and Toy Story is a very beautiful story line.” He also loves American music – 70s, 80s, 90s music, mostly– Toto, Supertramp, Foreigner, Lionel Richie, Barry White, and Whitney Houston, to name just a few. His bucket list includes traveling and seeing the world, from the mysteries of Egypt to the culture of Italy and all over Europe, he wants to see it all!
Meet Megan! Megan developed her work ethic from an early age, before graduating from Texas Tech University with an International business degree, and double-minors in Spanish and Psychology, she graduated high school with the International Baccalaureate program which supplied college credits towards her first year.
Her drive to truly develop her skill set in the Spanish language led her to join the Peace Corps, where she lived and worked in rural Guatemala within the healthcare industry for two years. Upon returning to the U.S., Megan went to work for Deloitte Consulting as a business analyst – writing requirements and developing the online Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System, or TIERS, and later for the Washington Health Insurance Exchange, or HIX, in order to implement Affordable Care Act policies for the state of Texas, and Washington, respectively. Working at Deloitte offered her a myriad of exciting opportunities such as co-leading Impact Day for the Austin office – a company-wide service day dedicated to volunteer work and helping others – as well as partaking in the U.S. Global Office fellowship where she worked alongside senior leadership to develop communication and reporting strategies within the global office, as well as working on their global deployment program.
Noticing a market trend towards renewables, she went back to school to begin a career shift to Environmental conservation, before accepting a position as the Operations Manager for a start-up solar company in Austin, Texas. While at this small start-up, she helped the company grow from about 5 employees to nearly 100, and oversaw operations for the installation teams which would bring six million dollars worth of revenue in the first year. Being new to solar, she moved to a company with a little more industry experience to see the full scope of the solar industry in Texas. During this time, she worked as a customer liaison for the sales team, before being promoted project manager to oversee the Commercial installations.
These experiences made her the perfect fit to join SUNTEX LLC to help the company grow organically in the Texas solar market. Working as an environmental consultant allows her the flexibility to also manage her non-profit, Ally Tees, which accommodates her philanthropic endeavors. Her diverse background in healthcare, IT, and the energy industries makes her the ideal candidate to manage small project development at SUNTEX, while we ramp up in the Texas energy and construction industries.
While she’s happy to converse in either Spanish or English with some fluency, you might not know that she has a passion for languages, and can say “Thank you” in several others, including French, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Thai, Qui’che, and Arabic. While she greatly enjoys listening to classical and country music, her favorite artist is Rihanna, and her specialty is in 90s rap lyrics (and for those she doesn’t know, she’ll gladly make up). Her favorite food is chips and salsa (and guacamole and queso, when available), and you can find her eating this snack all day long.
Meet Jose Ismael! Having already helped hundreds of homeowners save money on their energy bills, Jose is a proven leader in the solar industry, and his dedication to his team and to his customers is unparalleled. As a servant leader, it’s easy to see why people follow him: Jose fosters a sense of urgency and shared passion for clean energy within his team. He leads by example, trains based on experience, and is one of the most genuine leaders you will ever meet.
Jose’s keen eye for relationships and dedication to serving his customers allows him to find superior products in the market, and develop new programs to incentivize homeowners when going solar with SUNTEX. Early on in his career at the first solar company where he began, Jose earned the Award of IRONMAN within the first 6 months within this company! While at Erie Construction back in Knoxville TN, his work ethic and ability to drive a team forward set him apart as he and his team completed more than 100 roofing installations, within the first 6 months. Jose has always been ready to support and manage his teams well even on high demand and short notice. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, his team was one of the first on ground travel there to help people who had lost everything rebuild their roofs. Jose will be getting NABCEP certification from SEI in 2021.
Jose’s passion for helping people is obvious from the moment you meet him, but something that may be less obvious about him, is that his favorite sports team is the Mexico national futbol team – his love for them only compounds during the World Cup. When asked about his favorite avenger, he said he’s not into superheroes – probably because he is one – but he enjoys a good turkey/avocado melt sandwich, just like anyone would.
Meet Ally! Ally is a driven entrepreneur and subject matter expert in solar energy and energy efficiency. She has worked in the solar industry for over 5 years and has developed a unique insight into the customer experience of going solar. The customer is at the heart of every decision she makes for her team, and that dedication develops a culture of problem solving and innovation as Jose and Ally work to tailor their products and service offerings to support each customer in understanding what products are essential and which are auxiliary, and how it will help save money in the near and distant future, based on your own financial and equity goals.
Ally started her career in roofing and home improvement contracting over a decade ago. She has seen the growth and the pitfalls customers can fall into when navigating home improvement and saw the need to create a better customer experience throughout the process. She has worked tirelessly to see that SUNTEX is doing things the right way, the first time. Early in her career as a project manager at a startup solar company, Ally learned first hand the importance that good communication and teamwork can have on a business, especially while working under tight timelines and in such innovative industry.
Through her determination to better serve her community, she has taken these experiences and modified them to fit the rigorous standards she sets for the SUNTEX team daily. Her strength is in educating customers to make smart financial decisions while providing excellent customer service, but her passion lies in driving her team to do the same for each SUNTEX customer so that no homeowner is left behind.
Ally brings her experience in customer service from the hospitality industry, serving guests and team members for 10+ years and always making sure the customer gets the value and experience they deserve. Ally will be getting her NABCEP certification from SEI in 2021.
Something you may not have known about Ally however, is that she’s the mother of four amazing kids, whom she has home-schooled. She loves dogs and has fostered several, and is one of the kindest people you will ever meet! She puts her family and friends at the forefront of everything she does, which is why you can trust that she has your best interest in mind. She’s one of the hardest working people I know, and I’m proud to not only call her a boss, but also my friend – something I know my coworkers and I have in common.