BIOGRAPHY:

Valerie Gonzalez-Handly

Valerie Gonzalez-Handly

Valerie Gonzalez-Handly is the president and CEO of Delicious Inc., the leading tamale manufacturer in San Antonio with six retail outlets.  Established in 1980, Delicious Tamales sells more than 4.3 million tamales each year from its main factory located at 1330 Culebra Road on the city’s West Side. The company, which is 100% Hispanic- and Woman-owned, produces nine varieties of tamales with more recipes in the works.  The state-inspected product is shipped anywhere in the U.S. (1-800-Tamale-1) and has been voted “Best Tamales” for several consecutive years (1996-2009) by the San Antonio Express-News and San Antonio Current. To visit the online store log onto www.delicioustamales.com .

Community Involvement
Delicious Tamales has a strong commitment to the local community and throughout the year supports various causes and fundraises for non-profit organizations such as 1) The Delicious Inc. Scholarship Fund – given annually to a deserving student at Valerie’s high school alma mater; 2) TamaleFest & Tamale Eating Contest a partnership with Our Lady of the Lake University that celebrates the tamale-making tradition, provides family fun, and raises money for local charities; 3) The Annual Tamale Art Auction a unique event that challenges local artists to create works of art using the corn husk and raises money for local charities; and 4) The Annual Tamale Season Kick-Off – that officially kicks-off the tamale-buying season in San Antonio, to name a few. Company mascots “Paco and Lola” also participate at many community events and parades throughout the year. In 2008, Delicious Tamales made history when it donated 10,000 tamales to the Cowboy Breakfast. It was the first time tamales had been served alongside breakfast tacos in the Cowboy Breakfast’s 30-year history!

Education
Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Valerie holds a master’s degree in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University (Class of 1980) and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin (Class of 1978).  Valerie is one of seven siblings that have graduated from UT Austin.  During her senior year, she served as head cheerleader at Laredo Martin High School (1972). To honor her alma mater, Valerie created the Delicious Inc. Scholarship Fund to benefit a deserving undergraduate student (2001). 

Professional Affiliations
Her professional affiliations include memberships in The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (since 2006) and The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce (since 2006).  She is a board member of The Madonna Neighborhood Center (since 2006);  The San Antonio Restaurant Association (since 2007); and is a lifetime University of Texas Foundation Member. 

Awards
This year, Valerie was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration and received the Women’s Opportunity Week (WOW) Award from Ford Motor Company and The Greater Chamber of Commerce (2009). In 2008, she received The Latina Business Excellence Award from Compass Bank, The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and UTSA. In 2007, she received the Tiger Legend Award from her alma mater Laredo Martin High School.

Personal
Valerie is married to Wat Handly and has two daughters:  Iliana Lopez, 28, holds a degree in psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio (Class of 2002) and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UT-Austin (2008); Herlinda Lopez, 27, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of the Incarnate Word (Class of 2003).  Herlinda works alongside Valerie as vice-president of Delicious Inc.  Valerie’s hobbies include golf, travel, health & fitness, and karaoke.  She is also an enthusiastic Longhorns and Spurs fan.

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