Delvis Valdes and his family has been a part of Sunset Park for the better part of 50 years. His father Mario Valdes Sr. operated grocery stores and supermarkets in Sunset Park since the 1960’s. When Delvis graduated from New York Law School in 1993 he had a choice to make - pursue a career as a prosecutor or take control of the family real estate business that he had been working since he was seventeen after the untimely death of his father - he chose the latter, as a result he spent the next two decades building a business while at the same time devoting countless hours and resource to community events.
In 1993, upon graduation from Law School Delvis setup his legal practice on the second floor of his Dad’s former grocery store right on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Sunset Park and concentrated on Real Estate and Business Law and over the course of the next twenty plus years has assisted hundreds of clients with their legal needs.
Delvis Valdes, as a founding member of the Sunset Park Fifth Avenue BID and Park Slope Fifth Avenue Bid brought together Business and Property owners to work together to help revitalize the retail shopping strips of both neighborhoods, the economic corridors of both Sunset Park and Park Slope.
During Delvis’ three decades in business and due to his work ethic, that was instilled in him as a young teenager, he has managed to grow a solo legal practice with hundreds of clients, a real estate brokerage and management company, a mortgage brokerage firm as well as business endeavors in laundromats, in both Sunset Park and Red Hook, and entertainment properties in East New York.
Throughout his career Delvis has always maintained a sense of helping others. First it was through his law practice, then through economics development of the business community but it was always in education that Delvis felt the most need to be able to help others. As a result in 2012 Delvis formed “Claimer Kids”, an organization dedicated to the academic improvement and social development of young children in Sunset Park, since then two group family day cares were opened enrolling a total of thirty-two children with an emphasis not only on day care supervision but to actually improve the children’s academic capabilities, in particularly with the essential three R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. “It was instilled within me as a young child from both of my parents that school was the most important thing in life as a child - it is THE tool that will help lead anyone to a better life.”
It is incredible to think how true that philosophy is - “That education is the tool to a better life”. Delvis is living of how true it is, born from two immigrants parents who came to this country without a working knowledge of the English language and nothing but the clothes on their backs who worked and toiled in grocery stores and factories for endless hours they taught Delvis and his siblings that the way to a better life was thru education, now Delvis is working hard to show another generation that the philosophy that he grew up with remains the same today. Accordingly, Delvis hopes to have ready by Fall 2017 a new 10,000 square foot Pre-K center in Sunset Park devoted to the academic improvements of children, with a follow-up facility to be opened in Red Hook.
“Through hard work I have been blessed in my career- for me it is a moral obligation to give back and help the next generation of immigrants, coming to this land of opportunity, achieve that which they are capable of achieving - nothing less is acceptable.” Delvis is an alumni of St. John’s University with major in Government and Politics, prior to his Bachelor’s degree Delvis attended La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, LI. Upon graduation from St. John’s Delvis attended New York Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1993. Delvis lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and is married with three children.
Words I live by
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
John F. Kennedy
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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