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Dave Valentine

The Investor, The CEO, The Manchester City Fan

Dave is the fearless leader and CEO of Avadel, the agency he crafted with two goals in mind: create a place where people can thrive, and get clients a real return on their investment. After accidentally acquiring his first big client over an impromptu home-cooked meal, Dave has grown Avadel into a 7-figure agency with names like Target and Real Simple on the list of hundreds of clients he’s worked with.

Over the last 15 years, Dave has accounted for over $1 billion in business consulting, development ideas, and trackable revenue. 

It didn’t start out quite so simple, when Dave first established Avadel he was also working an 8-5 as a business consultant, raising his first child with his lovely wife, and then working for Avadel from Haddie’s (who is now 6.5) bedtime until midnight. Through tenacity, sheer will, and the mental…awakening that consistent sleep deprivation brings, Avadel grew into a 7-figure agency.

That 7-figure agency is on a 10x growth trajectory as Dave has moved into the investment sphere. Avadel is projected to grow into an 8-figure agency in the next 12 months through multiple agency acquisitions and Avadel’s continued organic growth. Dave has a way of embracing fear and expanding when everyone around him contracting. It’s led to huge gains for his personal brands and for every business he’s worked with.

As a CEO, business coach, dad, and friend, Dave sets everyone around him up for success by creating a space where they can thrive. Part of that is making room for people to discover what they want, who they are, and what they’re looking for. Dave has been accused of creating a vacuum that sucks you in and rapidly pulls and shapes you into your full potential. He has yet to deny it. 

A serious family-man, Dave has been married for 12 years to his high school sweetheart. They have three kickass kiddos, two large dogs, and at the end of the day, Dave kicks back in his sky blue sports lounge that would make Pep Guardiola proud. He’ll kick your ass at cornhole and he eats tacos every Tuesday.


Blazers and malas all-day


Lagavulin, great IPAs & Stouts, Craft Coffee


The Office & Madmen


Grist For The Mill by Ram Dass, Works of Love by Søren Kierkegaard, and 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter J. Voogd

Immediate aspirations:

Make sustainable energy the only alternative because of its ease of use and lack of cost, learn to garden, learn to brew beer, and start surfing behind a boat better.