Mendoor was born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 26, 1973.
Mendoor was active in sports, excelled as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in high school, and received a full ride scholarship to St. Ambrose University. Over his three years in college he maintained over a 3.2 cumulative GPA. His college peers were perplexed by his intelligence and how little studying he needed to excel academically.
Then, he made a life altering decision to walk away from college to become a full-time drug dealer.
With the highs and lows of drug dealing, Mendoor experienced a multitude of adventures, which culminated into a Federal drug case. He was sentenced to 151 months (12 years) for 36.1 grams of marijuana. Instead of being bitter, Mendoor vowed to change his life.
Mendoor began to study Constitutional Law and the United States Code. He was certified by Illinois Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) as a Certified Addictions Associate Professional. He was the only person who passed the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification. Even though he was moved around in the Federal System, he continued to study at colleges like Colorado State and Illinois Central College. After being released, Mendoor went on to get his Bachelors at University of Northern Iowa.
Mendoor has grown into what some have described as a raw, energetic, and captivating public speaker - speaking at many community events, churches, universities, and colleges. From this, 'Mendoor Speaks' was birthed. Mendoor travels all over, sharing a message that is guaranteed to be encouraging and inspiring through his unique way of delivery.
Mendoor describes his story as one of redemption and atonement, which is still being written.