Armando Valdez is co-founder of Smith & Locke and serves as Executive Director and Investment Consultant, creating innovative financial, operational and legal structures to raise capital and debt for his clients, analyzing and understanding global market data, being an ambassador of sustainability and making use of technology for the growth of returns for all business stakeholders. Prior to forming Smith & Locke in 2016, Armando worked as a consultant and advisor to Family Offices with real estate assets in northern Mexico and southern United States where he implemented financial strategies that maximized project returns.
Armando has extensive experience in the Real Estate and Construction Sector with more than 15 years where he was responsible for the delivery of development projects against scope, budget, schedule and client expectations; focusing on identifying potential problems and proactively finding solutions to address them.
At Smith & Locke as a strategic financial consultant, he has studied more than 100 projects in various economic sectors, resulting in a fine ability to structure well-argued and defined financings with maximum benefits for business owners, but also for select investors for each of them.
With more than 2100 million pesos, about 100 million dollars, in investor proposals for Smith & Locke's client portfolio, Armando has been firmly placed among the investment market as a professional of the necessary diligences to realize successful businesses.
Armando holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León; He also holds Professional Project Management (PMP) Certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI), as well as Lean Construction certifications. His constant participation in forums, conferences, presentations, courses and discussions with economic, financial, strategic innovation, sustainability, all with a global vision, Armando maximizes his knowledge by always remaining updated, actively applying them in all the projects in which he is involved.