Businessman Stays Connected To Payson Roots



Bob Moffett has deep roots in Payson. He started a mortuary in the Granny's Attic building back in the late 1970s. From there, he turned his skills to serving the community as executive director of the chamber of commerce, when it expanded from a little A-frame into a more professional place to greet visitors and drive economic development.

"It was this little A-frame and we had two typewriters," he said.


Bob Moffett

After leaving Payson, Moffett worked in Sierra Vista's chamber and then moved into the economic development field, working for the Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation in Globe and going on to work for the Arizona Department of Commerce rural economic development project. After leaving state government, Moffett moved to the White Mountains where he worked for the White Mountain Regional Development Corporation. He joined First American Title from that post.

Now he is back, working in Payson about twice a month with marketing for First American Title. Based in the Show Low office of the company, he works closely with Marilyn Pennington in the Payson First American Title Office.

"We call on real estate people and lenders to tell them about our services," Moffett said.

He went to work with First American April 12.

"I was drawn to it because I've always admired the company," he said.

Moffett lined up the job after a parking lot interview. The company was expanding and needed to develop a more aggressive marketing department. Moffett said he was interested in that sort of thing and was more-or-less offered a job on the spot.

"In economic development, 80 percent of what you do is marketing," he said.

Moffett said he is a people person and his work with First American Title lets him get together with lots of people.

"I'm glad to be at First American Title. They strive to be on the cutting edge of technology to better serve the real estate industry."

He attributes his success in life to the three people who were the greatest inspirations in his life: his father; his high school English teacher; and his band teacher.

"Dad was able to teach me a work ethic," he said. "You do whatever you can, whatever it takes, to do a job right. He also taught me about spirituality. You have to have a spiritual life before you can have a fulfilled life.

"My high school English teacher taught me to write and how to communicate with the written word. She taught me you can constantly improve and you should not be afraid to ask for input."

"My band teacher taught me self-discipline. You need self-discipline as you strive for perfection in music," he said.

Moffett played the coronet and said he has always said when he retires he will take it up again. He still has his horn from his days in the high school band.

Between his work with First American and his plans to play the trumpet again, Moffett trains horses.

He and his wife, Susan, have a 20-acre place in Snowflake. "I have an affinity for it," he said of his horse training. "I have never had a fear of horses. I have been bucked off, but I respect them."

Moffett is currently working with six horses, including a race horse.


Name: Bob Moffett

Occupation: Senior marketing manager

Employer: First American Title

Age: 59

Birthplace: Kansas City, Mo.

Family: wife, Susan; three grown children; and two grandchildren

Personal motto: Have respect for others wishes and tolerant of their ideals

Inspiration: My father; my high school English teacher; and my band teacher

Greatest feat: Obtaining a degree later in life in organizational management from the University of Colorado in Boulder

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Horse training

Three words that describe me best: Workaholic; customer-driven; survivor

I don't want to brag but ... I think I have some of the best gentled horses in the country anyone could ride

The person in history I'd most like to meet is: Thomas Jefferson

Luxury defined: Having a full eight hours with nothing to do

Why Payson? Started a mortuary here, then became chamber manager (1979-1984)

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