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About Pablo

Pablo Mendiolea, formely Pablo Quintero, was born to a working class, immigrant family in Anaheim, CA. His parents came to this country from Mexico for the American dream. His father was a grocery clerk at a Lucky Store and a member of the UFCW Local 324. His mother a factory worker at Kraft Lunchables, and a member of Teamsters Local 952. They put all their focus in giving their children the best life possible despite their very low income. Pablo has a sister, Marcy, who is one year younger, and a brother, Luis (L.A.), who is 9 years younger. When Pablo was three his parents bought the house that they would all live in for the next 17 years.

Pablo attended the local public schools in Anaheim: Patrick Henry Elementary School, Brookhurst Jr High, Loara High School, and Savanna High School. He excelled in his academics and became heavily involved with community service. His service throughout his teenage years earned him recognition such as 2009 Bank of America Student Leader and by Congressman Lorretta Sanchez as Orange County’s Lions Club Teen of the Year.

He graduated Savanna High School in 2009 and attended UCLA where he majored in Economics. He then began working at a Real Estate Investment Trust, as an Associate. After two years, he left for Mexico City to start a start-up called Oztomeca. The start-up aimed in providing online services to small manufacturers in Latin America. He created relationships with various embassies, the Mexican Ministry of Economy, and other government agencies to help his cause.

During his time in Mexico, Pablo suffered a car accident that almost took his life. His experience helped him realize that he only had one life to make a difference, and it was that epiphany that pushed Pablo to re-focus on the community he loved to serve when he was a student.

Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, Oztomeca shut down in 2016. Pablo was employed by the developer Hines, and shortly afterward he moved back to California to work as a Acquisitions Manager for a local Real Estate Investment Management Company.He quickly joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and is currently a mentor to a wonderful 12-year-old boy in Santa Ana.

In 2018 Pablo married his husband, Diego, whom he met while living in Mexico City. Pablo underwent the process of sponsoring his husband a visa, and they now live in Santa Ana, CA. Pablo is very close with his parents and his siblings. As a family they all stick together.

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