Francisco Narvaez is a co-founder of Valor Advisors and as its CEO leads the company’s strategy and client relationships. Francisco started his career in 1997 at J.P. Morgan in New York where he worked in the Latin America investment bank focused in debt structuring in the energy and power sectors. In 2000, Francisco relocated with J.P Morgan to London as an Associate for its healthcare and biotech coverage team focusing in mergers and acquisitions in EMEA.
In 2002 Francisco joined the J.P. Morgan Private Bank and helped to develop the bank’s lending and structuring capabilities for the European market. In this role, Francisco worked with some of the most important families in the region, helping structure, optimize, and size financing solutions for their business. During this time, Francisco was recognized as a Founding Member of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank Advisory Council.
Francisco returned to the US, Miami, in 2006 as a senior private banker. In 2010, as a Managing Director, Francisco relocated to NY to be the team leader for the Andean and Central America region. Francisco held several senior management positions for J.P. Morgan in London, New York and Miami, including his last role as Managing Director and Senior Executive for the Latin America Private Bank in Miami.
Francisco has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Investments Magna Cum Laude from Babson College in Massachusetts. He lives in Miami with his wife and three children.
Gonzalo Mendoza leads the firm’s strategy and is part of its Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding Valor Advisors, he worked at CANTV, Venezuela’s largest telecommunications company in its business consulting department. After completing his MBA, Gonzalo joined J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank Latin America group where he worked on several mergers & acquisitions and equity raising transactions in the consumer products, power and energy sectors. In 2009, Gonzalo joined the Private Bank as a Banker covering clients in the Andean region, where he spent five years managing one of the most important ultra-high net worth books of business as an Executive Director.
Gonzalo holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Business from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. He lives in Miami with his wife and three sons.
Francisco leads the firm’s strategy and chairs its Investment Committee. He is responsible for defining the strategy and tactical positioning for all discretionary and non-discretionary accounts. Prior to co-founding Valor Advisors, Francisco worked for Citigroup in Peru as a sovereign debt trader and corporate finance analyst. Francisco co-managed the bank’s balance sheet and the proprietary investments in local currency. He represented Citigroup as a Market Maker before the Peruvian Finance Ministry, actively collaborating in the development of the local government debt markets. After completing his MBA, Francisco joined J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank to advise some of the bank’s most sophisticated and institutional-scale portfolios in the Andean region. In addition, Francisco was a member of the firm’s Opportunistic Investment Committee, where he actively participated in the generation of tactical ideas for clients globally.
Francisco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Lima where he graduated cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in Miami with his wife and five children.
Roger joined Valor Advisors in September of 2016 as an Investment Advisor Representative. He began his career in the financial services industry at the Central Bank of Nicaragua, where he worked in his last role as Vice General Manager. Mr. Icabalceta started his Private Banking career at Bank America International as an Assistant Vice President and later joined J.P. Morgan where he served as the Managing Director and Senior Banker for Peru and Ecuador. At J.P. Morgan, Mr. Icabalceta provided customized banking and investment solutions to ultra-high net worth families.
Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Centroamericana University in Managua, Nicaragua with a concentration in Production and Economic Analysis, and an MBA from The Wharton School with a concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Ari is a member of the Investment Committee at Valor Advisors. Before joining Valor Advisors, Ari was a Vice-President and worked as a Global Investment Specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, Ari was responsible for advising some of the bank’s most sophisticated and institutional-scale relationships in the Andean region. Ari was also a member of the LATAM Tactical Opportunities Committee at JP Morgan, where he actively participated in the generation of investment ideas for clients in the region. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Ari worked at UBS Wealth Management from 2006-2010 where he was an Associate covering ultra-high net worth clients from Mexico.
Ari holds a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Finance and Actuarial Science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CFA® and CAIA® charterholder. Ari lives in Miami with his wife and two daughters.
Prior to joining Valor Advisors, Elena worked in Spain for five years as an auditor within the Financial Services Industry Division in Deloitte and as a credit analyst in Corporate Banking in KBC Bank. She then moved to J.P. Morgan in Switzerland as a Client Service Associate where she applied her expertise in dealing with multinational companies, public limited companies, private equity and other collective investment vehicles within the Private Bank. Elena joined Valor Advisors in September 2015 to act as a liaison with third party providers and assist clients on a variety of business needs.
Elena holds a double Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Universidad Pontificia Comillas – ICADE in Spain and Centre d´Études Supérieures des Entreprises et Management – CESEM France. She is a CFA level 2 candidate and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.
Santiago is a member of the Investment Committee at Valor Advisors. He has more than 10 years of industry experience focused primarily on providing portfolio analysis and investment solutions to ultra-high net worth individuals. He started his career in 2008 as a Sales Assistant at Credit Suisse Private Banking, where he worked alongside two senior Relationship Managers advising clients in Central and South America. In his last role as Relationship Associate, he directly managed portfolios for a select number of clients. Santiago joined Valor Advisors in 2014 to focus on investment research, manager selection, and asset allocation strategy.
Santiago holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business, a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from the Institute of Management of the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Claudia is a member of the Investment Committee at Valor Advisors. She began her career at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management as an Investment Analyst where she was responsible for investment proposals, idea generation, and client trading. She later transitioned to HSBC’s Private Bank Latin America as an Investment Counselor Associate in the Investment Strategy Group (ISG), a niche investment management team that provides customized asset allocation solutions. On this team, she covered a group of ultra-high net worth families providing investment proposals and solutions. Claudia joined Valor Advisors as a Portfolio Manager with an emphasis on macro investment strategy, processes and implementation.
Claudia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, a Liberal Studies Major in Global Perspectives and a minor in Law from Bentley University in Massachusetts.
Juan Carlos started his career in the energy industry at Victory Petroleum as a Gas Allocation Manager, where he was responsible for forecasting the monthly fuel allocation for 153 terminals in South Florida. In his last role as Pricing Manager, Juan Carlos was the leader of the company’s data analysis team and was responsible for the strategic pricing of part of the global business. He joined Valor Advisors as a Portfolio Analyst to lead the data management and analytics efforts. He is currently involved in the security selection and manager due diligence process.
Juan Carlos holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics from Texas A&M University.
Maray joined Valor Advisors in 2017 as a Lead Client Associate to support the Client Advisor team and provide a tailored service to our clients. She began her career in 2008 at Bank Leumi USA and later joined J.P. Morgan as a Client Service Associate, Banker Analyst and Banker Associate for the Andean and Southern Cone regions. During this time, she was responsible for enriching client relationships by providing solutions to manage, grow and protect their wealth.
Maray graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She completed her degree with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics.
Maria Elena began her private banking career at Lloyds Bank in Credit Administration. She later moved to J.P. Morgan in Client Services where she supported Latin American clients for three years before being transferred to J.P. Morgan Suisse, Geneva to provide highly personalized services to clients. She joined Valor Advisors in 2016 as part of the client service team to assist the advisors and clients with account management needs.
Maria Elena holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Florida International University.
Ana joined Valor Advisors in 2018 to deliver comprehensive service to clients by tending to their account management needs. Her daily responsibilities include executing client requests and assisting both the client service team and the advisors. Ana previously worked at JPMorgan Chase bank as a Lead Teller Operations Specialist for three years in which she assisted the manager with all aspects of branch operations.
Ana holds a degree in Civil Engineering and is working towards her Finance degree at Florida International University.