The Entertainer, Raven Valdes

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Name: Raven Valdes
Age: 56 and embracing every second of it!
Title: Founder/Owner Raven Events
Married/Single: Single
Kids: Two Sons, Jason 32, Biology Teacher at Yuma High School and Football Coach. Dylan 14, High School Freshman and Computer Genius
Live: Chandler, Arizona since 1997.

I was born…

Lived in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area for 20 years prior to moving to Arizona. Was born in El Paso, Texas and traveled the world as a military brat.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

My spirit is nurtured here by the beauty and weather. The City lends itself to the person who is entrepreneurial and a go-getter.

I’m listening to…

Every CD, video, audio clip and website sent to me by hundreds of musicians, songwriters, DJs, vocalists, and bands that approach me on a yearly basis. I love discovering local talent and showcasing them at my events.

My family…

Followed me to Arizona one by one and by the time I was here for 5 years, they were all here too from the East Coast. We are a very close family and can’t live away from each for too long.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

My Paternal Grandmother or “Granny” as we all called her. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. I miss her very much.

One thing I cannot live without…

Two things, my children.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

A professional dancer and if not that, a singer. I love entertaining!

I’m inspired by…

People who accomplish a lot in their life despite the odds against them.

The one person who motivates me is…

Me! I am very self motivated. I wait for no one. I am a trail blazer.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

To turn the clock back to a simpler way of life and to when the majority of the populations still had honor and integrity.

The perfect day would be…

Accomplishing everything on my to-do list, putting on my comfy clothes and settling down to a good movie.

My first job was…

Mowing neighborhood lawns with a push mower.

My favorite escape…

South Beach!

My life…

Is so good that I sometimes feel guilty. I am blessed to have a close, loving family, and wonderful lifelong friends. All the people I love have good health and are doing well. I can’t ask for more than that.

I’m currently working on…

Producing, promoting and managing eleven events at once while running a household for myself and my wonderful son, Dylan.

Always…

Do what you commit to doing for others. Become someone people can count on.

Never…

Judge anyone, speak badly of anyone or assume you know what the story is until you hear it directly from the source.

Favorite Quote…

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Biggest Dream…

To open up ‘Raven’s Haven’, a hip but cozy live music lounge where people can gather after a hard day’s work, get a bite to eat, listen to great jazz and just chill.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

Incompetence and apathy are two of the worst things that have happened to our current society. Our work ethic has declined due to those two words alone.





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4 Comments

  • Pete the Greek says:

    I would love to meet you. Our mutual friend is Frank Aazami

  • Gloria Garbaciak says:

    Raven is a beautiful kind loving soul..she is so hard working and really wants to help businesses and for people to achieve there success through networking..I appreaciate her dedication to helping others..

  • Sammy Martinez says:

    Ms. Valdes…..Hello from El Paso Texas I was born and live in El Paso I work as a radio announcer a big Texas size HUG…..

  • Gia says:

    Raven is not only a good friend, but the most hard working and creative female business owner I know.

    She can get ANYONE to have a good time… including me. I used to think dress up was for kids, but she got me putting on costumes and glitz for each of her decadent, amazing events.

    If you are not on the list of the Valley’s BEST local events (Phoenix Metroplex) I urge you to subscribe at http://www.RavenEvents.com because it is where all the COOL kids go to party. And by kids I mean the 25-60 year old crowd!

    Gia Heller
    CEO

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