Mr. Valeche graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in American Studies.
Upon graduation, Mr. Valeche entered the US Navy flight-training program at Pensacola, Florida. On completion of training, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 191 at NAS Miramar California. During this tour, he flew 85 combat missions in Vietnam, logged 230 carrier landings and received six awards of the Air Medal.
After his service in the Navy, Mr. Valeche attended the Wharton School, where he received an MBA in Finance and received Director's List recognition for academic achievement in both years of the program. Following graduation, he moved to New York and began a ten-year career as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. As an investment banker, he advised many public and private companies in conjunction with debt and equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic recapitalizations.
Hal moved to Palm Beach Gardens in 1993. Since then, he has started and operated several successful businesses, served as head of acquisitions for a Boca Raton-based public company and is currently working once again as an investment banker and venture capitalist.
He has a daughter, Claire, born in December 1998.
Mr. Valeche was elected to the Board of Supervisors of the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District in 2002 and subsequently was elected and served two terms on the City Council of Palm Beach Gardens.
In November 2009, Florida's Governor appointed Mr. Valeche to the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida. He served as chair of Enterprise Florida's Technology, Entrepreneurship and Capital Committee, and on the boards of Space Florida, BioFlorida, and the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research.
Mr. Valeche was elected to the Palm Beach County Commission District 1 seat in November 2012, and was re-elected to a second term in November 2016.