Val began his career in stone in Brazil. He left the country on a soccer visa, playing in Southern Europe – Spain, France and Italy. By the time he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, Val spoke five languages. He met his wife, Rose, and married. They have three children. With more than 400 stone fabricators in Boston, Val fled to Richmond, Virginia, where there were only 40. With less competition, Val enjoys being able to create the best possible product for his customers. He continues to play soccer socially.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. I’m also proud to attend VCUs School Of Business majoring in accounting. I absolutely love my job and consider myself lucky to work with a team such as Absolute Stone. I work with contractors as well as retail customers, quote and sell jobs, develop and maintain the company’s presence on the World Wide Web, and deal with the financial part of the business too. My goal is to help our customers make informed, educated decisions, and to provide them with best possible deals. That is why I constantly educate myself about natural and manufactured rock, accompanying products, designing trends, and do my best to transfer that knowledge to my clients. Our industry has grown substantially, and I’m simply amazed what is available to us all now.
Manager of outside sales
I am from Valencia, Spain. Valencia is well known for its Mediterranean cuisine, oranges and marble. Everything in Valencia, from walls and steps to kitchen counter tops is made from marble. Marble is a distinctive part of Spanish culture. Soccer is another signature of Spain. I grew up playing soccer, became a professional player at a young age, and later came to the United States to spread the culture of soccer here. For several years I was 3d assistant coach of UVA soccer team in Charlottesville, Va. Cooking is another hobby of mine, and I have a restaurant downtown Richmond (Emilio’s). At Absolute Stone Design I am the director of outside sales. This lets me implement my inherited love for natural stone. I love helping our customers to find the best possible solution for their renovation quests. And every day I enjoy working with the beautiful stone we showcase at our location, and with the wonderful team we have at the office.
I have been working in the kitchen and bath business for over 20 years. I started to work with Corian, and worked my way into owning and operating my own granite company. All along the way I used to do everything myself: from templating to cutting and installing. The industry has changed a lot over the years. Yet I still love all aspects of the business. Here at Absolute Stone I wear many hats: I am in sales, still template and measure the majority of our projects, as well as oversee the projects from the beginning to the end. I’m glad to continue doing what I love, meeting new people, seeing and working with beautiful granites. I take great pride in my work and never get tired of seeing how pleased our customers are when they see the final results. I am also very proud to continue the tradition of stone in Virginia, since my grand-father was a great stone mason here in Richmond. There is always beauty in the stone!