Mr. Valeche graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies.
Upon graduation, he 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, Mr. Valeche flew 85 combat missions in Vietnam, logged 230 carrier landings and received six awards of the Air Medal.
After leaving the Navy, he attended the Wharton School, where he received an MBA in Finance, and began a ten year career in New York as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.
In 1993, he moved to Palm Beach Gardens where he started and operated several successful businesses. Having an interest in politics, he launched a campaign and was elected to the Board of Supervisors of the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District 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 2012, and was re-elected in 2016. He currently serves on the Transportation Planning Agency (chairman), the Investment Policy Committee (chairman), South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (vice chair), Palmar Water Control District (chairman), Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, and the Loxahatchee River Management Coordinating Council.