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Valerie Lavin

Luminary Deployment
Valerie Lavin is a retired U.S. Army First Sergeant and CEO of Luminary Global. Luminary
Global a healthcare staffing company providing both locum tenens and permanent hires as well
as healthcare products to government and commercial clients.

Valerie is best known for is her devotion to helping Veterans and their families start their own
businesses. A passion she has been pursuing and refining for nearly four years. Valerie has
since woven herself in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Tampa Bay. She is a natural connector
often referred to as a “person you have to know” in the Veteran and entrepreneurial
communities. Valerie’s experience in startup education, program development, and event
execution was sought out by the founders of Action Zone, Inc (AZI) an organization which
strives to be the entry point into the entrepreneurship ecosystem providing support at the
ideation stage of business modeling preparing Veteran owned startups for successful and
sustainable launches. Valerie is a certified Ice House Entrepreneur Program Facilitator from the
Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative as well as a certified CO.STARTERS Facilitator.

In recent years, Valerie has been recognized by a number of organizations for her community
efforts – 2019 Community Hero (Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla
Parade of the Pirates); 2018 Ybor Heroes Award (Ybor City Chamber of Commerce); 2017
Business Woman of the Year honoree, category finalist and winner of the “Roar” Award (Tampa
Bay Business Journal); 2016 Susie Steiner’s Community Impact Award (Hillsborough
Community College); 2015 Hero at Work Award (Tampa Bay Business Journal); and the 2014
Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce).Valerie
serves as Program Director for Women in Defense - Greater Tampa Bay Chapter, board
member for USF’s Center for Veteran and Military Family Transition and Professional
Philanthropy Network as well as Transition Committee for Mission United of the United Way,
and has recently been nominated to be the incoming Vice President of the National Veterans
Small Business Coalition.
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