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Meet Eddie Valdez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eddie Valdez.

Eddie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After High School, I moved to Phoenix, AZ to go to school to study computers and Information Technology. Like most students, I got a party time job in the meantime to make some money. My part-time job at a Credit Union turned into a full-time job quickly and I was working and going to school full time, Mon-Fri. Work, 8am – 5pm and school 6pm – 11pm.

My attention and focus starting leaning towards work as I was excelling and moving up quick in the company. By the time I was 21, I bought my first house and planned on making my job, my career.

After five years in Phoenix, it was time for me to come back home to LA, where I easily found another Credit Union job easily in downtown LA and I was happy and well.

My mother sells clothes and beauty supplies and whatever else she gets her hands on and goes to swap meets and flea markets to sell. One day she came home with a box of facial products and asks me to help her sell them. I look up these products online and they are very popular high-end products, so I stay listing them on eBay and these things flew like hotcakes. In two weeks, I sold everything and we made some pretty good money. I ask my mom, where did you get this stuff from? She has a friend that works for the warehouse where these products are produced and I told her, “well keep buying! And we’ll keep selling!” we were making good money and I even taught my mom how to use a computer and eBay and it became a full-time gig for her.

Long story short, these products we were selling were “stolen”. This friend that was selling us these products was stealing them from the warehouse and eventually got tracked down, scoped out and followed which led the authorities to us as well. My mother and I got sent en cedan convicted to six months jail with a felony. We had over $20k worth of products when my mother’s house was searched. Because of the felony, I had to resign from my job, lost all my licenses (notary, life insurance, studying to be a financial advisor). All of it down the drain. Definitely the low point of my life. I’m released from LA county jail in January 2009, the economy of at its worst and I’m struggling to find a job with a felony on my record.

My life was turned around thanks to one person. Comedian Russell Peters was an acquaintance I stayed in touch with before I was sentenced. After I was released, he reached out to make sure I was ok and would even take me on the road with him sometimes to help him out and make a bit of money. Small jobs here and there were not enough to keep me on my feet and by August, I was down to my last dollars. August of 2009 is when Russell asked me if I wanted to work for him full time as his assistant. Salary benefits. This was the biggest blessing ever.

Ten years later and I’m still working for him and traveling the world with him and I’m grateful every day for the blessings I’ve received.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Losing my career /job due to a felony for helping my mom sell facial products which we came to find out were stolen goods.

Four months in LA county jail.

Released in Jan. 2009 when the economy was at its worst.

Struggling to find a job.

Foreclosed on my home.

Filed for bankruptcy.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I‘m in charge of booking all the flights, transportation, hotels, guest list, merchandise. Managing his homes and making sure Maids, pool cleaners, gardeners, etc. get paid. Groceries, dry cleaning, mail, bills, cars are washed and gased up. Whatever he needs whenever.

I’m most proud of the reputation my boss has as a caring, generous hard-working man that treats everyone the same and nothing bad is ever said about him.

What sets us apart is his worldwide fame. Just last year, traveled 19 countries, 150 cities. Arenas, theaters, clubs all over the world.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’ve done well in my job because you definitely have to be organized. I use my phone a lot to remind of tasks I need to complete and when I need to complete them by.

Punctual, organized and resourcefulness is much needed.

Contact Info:

  • Email: russellpassist@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Eddro42

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