Mandee Steele Joins Valerin!

Valerin welcomes another great addition to the Valerin team. Mandee Steele recently joined Valerin as Director of Strategic Communications & External Affairs. Mandee is a creative and multifaceted business executive and communications professional with a robust career spanning over 20 years. During her career, she has worked in an array of unique fields and industries, including serving as the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) Director of Corporate Partnerships. She is also an IMDB accredited media talent and has worked for clients such as HSN and Disney. Mandee has extensive experience with on-air media, television, media production and commercial broadcast. She is also a talented voice over artist.

Congratulations to Dakota Larsen on her work for the documentary “The Skyway Bridge Disaster”

Congratulations to one of Valerin’s newest employee’s, Dakota Larsen, for her recent success on the one-hour documentary “The Skyway Bridge Disaster”! The film centers on the 1980 Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse that occurred in Tampa, FL. This historic event was one of the worst bridge collapses in U.S. history, claiming the lives of 35 people. The tragedy also led to new and improved safety improvements in bridge design with the 270-million-dollar construction of a new Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The iconic new structure became a model with an emphasis on safety in bridge design. Dakota was involved in all aspects of video production for this film and was the lead cinematographer and editor. She also assisted with research and script writing. The “Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster” premiered at The Tampa Theatre for two sold-out shows and was a huge success. The documentary is NOW AVAILABLE to rent for audiences worldwide on Amazon Prime! Be sure to check it out, and great job Dakota!

Valerin Welcomes Dakota Larsen To The Team!

Valerin is excited to announce the addition of Dakota Larsen. As a gifted multimedia specialist and videographer, Dakota brings her creative vision and expertise to the Valerin team through video production including research, script writing, filming, and editing to visually support our clients marketing and communications needs. During her career, Dakota has been involved in producing videos ranging from 30 second spots for a national campaign on Alzheimer’s to videos for the Department of Homeland Security. She also was the lead cinematographer and editor for “The Skyway Bridge Disaster,” a 60-minute documentary that centered on Tampa’s 1980 bridge collapse. Dakota is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Multimedia Studies. Welcome Aboard Dakota!

The Valerin Group, Inc. Receives Certification as a County Business Enterprise (CBE) with Broward County

The Valerin Group, Inc. (Valerin) has achieved another exciting milestone by obtaining its CBE certification with Broward County. With this certification process, Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) promotes participation of small businesses who are prime contractors and/or subcontractors on County projects. Obtaining this certification allows Valerin to help clients and partners with public engagement and marketing needs while also helping them achieve the Broward County 30 percent small business participation goal on Transportation Surtax projects.

Valerin is an independent, full-service communications firm offering a complete suite of communications, marketing and creative services including public involvement, community engagement, social media management, graphic and website design, digital design, marketing, bilingual translations, visualizations, multimedia and aerial drone video services. In business since 2006, our staff has over 400 years of combined relevant experience and has worked on more than 600 projects for public sector clients including municipalities, counties, and state agencies. Valerin’s dedication and commitment to service excellence has resulted in long-term client relationships, as well as projects receiving the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA) Award for Outstanding Community Awareness and ACEC, AASHTO and DBIA recognition.

The Valerin Broward County office is located at 2945 W Cypress Creek Road, Suite 104, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. For more information on our services or to schedule a virtual capabilities presentation, please contact Cynthia McGrail, South Florida Regional Director at cynthia@valerin-group.com.

Christine Girardin Joins Valerin!

Valerin welcomes Christine Girardin to the Valerin team. Christine is a seasoned communications professional with over 24 years of experience including copy and creative content development, public involvement, community outreach, journalism and graphic design. During her career, she has served as a public information coordinator for Florida’s largest water management agency and for major toll road construction projects throughout Florida. Christine also has extensive writing and research experience gained during her time as an award-winning journalist. Christine graduated from Augusta State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and also has an Associate of Science degree in graphic design and Associate of Arts degree in Communication.

Meet Valerin’s Newest Team Member

David joins Valerin bringing three years of marketing experience in the AEC industry. His expertise includes proposal coordination, graphic design, social media management, event planning, copywriting and bilingual translations. He is a graduate of Aurora University, where he was a distance runner on the track and cross country team, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

Valerin’s South Florida Team Expands!

Valerin is proud to announce the addition of Carlos Garcia. Carlos’ professional experience includes providing public relations, community outreach, Spanish translations and project management support for transportation and public infrastructure projects in south Florida. Most recently, he worked as a consultant for the Florida Power and Light Storm-Secure Underground Pilot Program providing communications and outreach, data management and planning support for construction projects. During his career, Carlos has also served as a community outreach specialist providing public involvement support for planning and design projects for FDOT Districts Four and Six. Carlos is a graduate of Miami-Dade College and obtained his master’s in management from St. Thomas University.

Valerin Welcomes Sean McCarty!

Valerin is proud to announce the addition of Sean McCarty to the team. Sean joins Valerin after spending almost a decade in the hospitality industry where he held multiple management positions with a focus on customer service. His attention to detail and ability to communicate effectively with customers and clients will be invaluable in his role of community outreach specialist. Sean is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Eric Trull Joins Valerin!

Valerin welcomes the newest member to the team, Eric Trull. Based out of Orlando, Eric is an experienced marketing and outreach professional with nearly a decade of experience including project management, public speaking, outreach, and engagement, specializing in digital communications. Working in mobility and municipal program operations, he was one of the first in the country to launch and operate large scale smart-mobility systems that have since led to the shared transportation revolution seen in cities across the globe. His work has been recognized in the past, including accolades such as the Transportation Professional of the Year and Bike Advocate of the Year, awarded by the Tampa Bay Institute of Transportation Engineers and Bike/Walk Tampa, respectively. Eric is a graduate of the University of South Florida (USF) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

City of Tampa’s Green Spine Cycle Track Design Team Receives Award of Excellence

Valerin’s President, Valerie Ciudad-Real, attended the 37th Annual Planning & Design Awards banquet on October 29th. Valerin provided public involvement services as part of the KCA team for the City of Tampa’s Green Spine Cycle Track design project that was selected to receive the Award of Excellence by The Hillsborough County Planning Commission.