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Name: Michelle A. Vazquez
Title: Director of Operations, National Business Development Coordinator
Date: 5/13/2019
VPA Office: Houston

Employee background-What is your title and what do you do at Valbridge?

I started as an administrative assistant for The Gerald A. Teel Company, before the merge with Valbridge, in 2009. I earned my degree while working up to Lead Admin and eventually Director of Operations. In 2017, I officially became the Business Development Coordinator for National.

I am Director of Operations at Valbridge | Houston. I am responsible for the organization and daily functions of our office. Everyday delivers new and different tasks, and I help keep things running smoothly.

As National Business Development Coordinator, I coordinate conference sponsorships and exhibitions, assists with national RFP’s, and organize our national client lists.

How did you become a part of Valbridge?

A friend of mine who was employed was taking another job, so she suggested that I come in for an interview for her position. I had practically no experience, but she really went to bat for me. Luckily, Gerald and Chris brought me on and it’s been a really great team to work with over the years.

What are your specialty areas?

Operations

What are some of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on at Valbridge?

Up until last year, I had only coordinated conferences, and never attended one. In 2018, I attended RFDC in Las Vegas. It was rewarding to see the outcome of the work put into coordinating deliveries, submitting paperwork, and everything else that goes on behind the scenes.

What do you like most about working at Valbridge?

I really like our team, locally and nationally. I was introduced to many at the shareholder’s meeting in St. Louis (2017) and have spoken with many over the phone. Everyone collaborates effectively, and it’s nice to be a part of it in some way.

Additional information you want to include in your spotlight:

I’m incredibly appreciative of my Senior Managing Director, Chris Lantz, for his mentorship and encouragement throughout my career at Valbridge.