Valerie graduated from Florida State University with a double major in Multinational Business Operations and Marketing. Her careers include: Advertising, Sales & Marketing, Media, Travel, Creative Publishing, Holistic Health and Entrepreneurship.
Valerie got her start fresh out of college at one of the largest U.S. Hispanic Advertising agencies in the United States, Zubi Advertising. After years of sitting in Miami traffic, excruciating deadlines and endless nights dreaming about “island life,” Valerie took a leap of faith and booked a one-way flight to Honolulu, Hawai’i in search of the next big thing. It was in Hawai’i that Valerie pursued her passion for entrepreneurship by joining what today is one of the most prestigious Media, Travel and Creative Publishing companies in the Pacific, Nella Media Group (NMG). As the company’s first official hire, she wore many hats. To name a few, she was the Office Manager, she spearheaded NMG’s Internship Program, she was in charge of the Sales & Marketing department, and she was the National Project Manager of a multi-market Arts & Culture Newspaper that originated in Honolulu, Hawai’i and she later helped launch in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. For years she helped create and manage content for modern travelers at NMG, but in 2012 the travel bug bit her again.
Packing her dreams, aspirations and her personal practice Nia Technique® in one bag, Valerie and her partner embarked on a two-year trip around the world. Together they Co-Founded a travel website that produced honest content for other long-term travelers. During her trip, Valerie spread her wings by doing all types of jobs and volunteer opportunities to fund her way from place to place.
“Every little and big job I’ve ever done in my life has taught me to dance with opportunity. I am a hybrid of many things I am passionate about: Holistic Fitness, Corporate Wellness, Public Speaking, Marketing, Traveling and Project Management on various levels. I am a lover of life and I love learning. Currently, I am most excited about being a part of Team Limitless (an Association Management Company based out of Colorado) and the birth of my own personal project, Groove and Wellness LLC, a portal for Holistic Fitness classes, Corporate Wellness Coaching and Personal Development for groovy people. Life is good…so I keep smiling!”
Valerie’s independent travel (2012-2014): Nicaragua, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, France, Principality of Monaco, Spain, Turkey, Republic of Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Denmark and Portugal.