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Manuel F. Valencia

CONNECTIVE Agency
Founder and Partner
Dallas/Fort Worth Area
As founder and partner of CONNECTIVE Agency, Manny’s superpower — and the inspiration for the company’s name — is in making meaningful connections that unite clients and partners with forward-looking solutions and authentic relationships that bring growth, prosperity and community engagement for all involved.
 
Manny oversees CONNECTIVE’S new business development and financial operations while creating positive experiences for his teammates, clients and community. His biggest reward is hearing that clients feel a true sense of partnership and trust working with the CONNECTIVE team at every step of a project.
 
Since he founded CONNECTIVE in 2014, Manny has been involved in working with every client — from early stage startups to private, public, municipal and nonprofit organizations in the B2B, B2G and B2C sectors. What started as a one-man speaker’s bureau has evolved into a full-service marketing and PR agency with 13 teammates in just a few years.
 
Manny leads with his heart, taking great pride and care to ensure every team member has the tools, resources, opportunities and meaningful direction needed to do their jobs successfully. He’s most proud of building a values-driven, culturally rich and diverse team of dedicated, talented professionals who help good organizations do important work in the service of others.
 
His entrepreneurial spirit comes from growing up watching his father run his small business with fervor and dedication. Manny learned from a young age that entrepreneurship is as much about service as it is about the product. He’s worked with a wide range of founders, executives and businesses from fast-growth startups to fortune 500 companies with strengths including needs assessments, opportunity identification, problem-solving and operational efficiency.
 
Manny holds a Bachelor of Science in management science and information systems from Rutgers University Business school and an MBA in marketing and corporate strategy from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Manny serves on the board of trustees for the Dallas Children’s Theater and enjoys workouts, long walks and listening to podcasts. Most of all, he loves spending time with family and supporting and participating in the passions and sports of his two daughters.
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