Colleen Mendoza

Economic Development
Title: Economic Development Director
Phone: 785-829-5302
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Most recently Colleen Mendoza was Global Marketing Manager for Payless with twenty plus years of experience in a fast-paced retail environment working in the areas of Merchandising, Marketing and Ecommerce.  She has a keen understanding of business priorities, project management, team building, contract negotiations and contributing to revenue growth.  She led a cross functional task force which delivered $250k in savings, reduced duplication of man hours and quickened speed to market.    Colleen specializes in consumer insights and building go to market strategies to meet or exceed customer expectations. She is passionate about people and works tirelessly to enhance the quality of their lives.

Prior to Payless, Colleen served as Senior Product Manager for Girls with Limited Too, Limited, Inc where she formulated strategy to support Limited Too growth with respect to product, gross margin, compressed lead-times, production capacity in Asia and Western Hemisphere.   She traveled extensively internationally and increased annual sales by $13M annual sales.   

Prior to Limited Too, Colleen served in the apparel industry as Product Development Manager with Lee Jeans of VF Jeanswear.  She was responsible for the development of the women's Rider Casual brand and all door launch into Walmart with a first cost order of $10M dollars.      

Colleen has roots in small town Kansas, growing up in Marshall County where her family still resides and operates the family farm.  She is a busy mom of three college aged boy's and is an avid pickleball player.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University.  


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