Juan Valdez

Business Administration

Special Recognition: January 2015 Student of the Month

Semester of anticipated graduation:
Through hard work, dedication, the support of my wife, family, friends, and Hodges University staff, I expect to earn my bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2015.

Career goal:
I do not know at this moment how I will further my career, but this educational experience has provided me with a strong knowledge base in the world of business, business law, and management.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I was born in Harlingen, Texas, to newly immigrated parents (from Mexico). I am the first person from both sides of my family to be born in the United States, and I’m very proud of that. I had a wonderful childhood growing up in South Texas, close to the beach and the Mexican border. I moved to Florida in 1971 at the age of 13 to follow the migrant farm labor stream and to help my parents with my younger siblings. I attended Lee Middle School and Riverdale High School.

I started a small trucking and transportation business at the age of 17 and successfully expanded and operated it for 33 years. I moved to Naples in 1980. I have a wonderful wife, one son, five daughters, and eight grandchildren. Two of my daughters are students at Florida State University, and one is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University. I decided to further my education at the age of 55 and chose Hodges University because of the convenience and its focus on adult education.

What are your hobbies / extracurricular activities?
Spending time with my family is the most important activity, followed by church services, fishing, and boating. I also like to share some of my time with the community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association, and St. Matthew’s House.

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