Arasely Valdez

Practice Manager and Shareholder
Phone: (713) 881-9315

Possessing over 14 years experience in the retirement plan industry, Arasely Valdez  is the Practice Manager for Nova 401(k) Associates. She develops, implements, and monitors processes, procedures, and controls to ensure that Nova 401(k) Associates’ stated service standards are met and new service initiatives are implemented. In addition, she regularly assists Account Managers with day-to-day technical issues and escalated client relationship issues. In the spring of 2011, she was promoted from Defined Contribution Practice Manager to Practice Manager for the entire firm.

From 1997 through 2008, Arasely served as Sr. Vice President for Loren D. Stark Co., Inc., a Houston-based TPA firm.  Having gained experience with both defined contribution and defined benefit plans, she assisted plan sponsors in designing and implementing retirement plans.

Arasely graduated from the University of Houston with a B.B.A in Finance and a minor in Spanish in 1997. She is a native Texan, born in Brownsville and raised in Houston. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.

Arasely’s Industry Advice
Arasely’s advise to plan sponsors, “When your facts and circumstances change, call me to ensure your plan is still meeting your goals and objectives.”

Arasely’s Favorite Industry Guru
Arasely can answer this question in two words – Sal Tripodi.  “Not only because of the ERISA Outline Book, which can be considered the “bible” of retirement professionals, but also because he is willing to give conservative advice when the DOL and IRS are silent on issues affecting our industry,” she explains.

Arasely Dishes on Dogs
What’s her favorite breed? Arasely says it’s got to be Labrador Retrievers.