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H. West Richards, Executive Director, American Transaction Processors Coalition

Michael and VALEO PR have been an indispensable part of the ATPC team since our founding in 2014. They’ve provided a full and impressive spectrum of services ranging from media relations, event planning, public affairs, stakeholder engagement to executive counsel. Michael lives up to the “embedded partner” mantra and then some, currently playing a vital role in driving not only strategy but operations for our trade association. As the founder and Executive Director of the organization I believe that the ATPC has thrived in great part due to the contribution that VALEO PR has made. Myself and our Board of Directors remain grateful that Michael has been and continues to be part of our team! 

Ernie Buday, Vice President, Marketing Worldpay US (2012-2017)

Worldpay US partnered with VALEO PR for communications and community relations support associated with our corporate headquarters move to Midtown Atlanta in 2015. Michael and his team were indispensable connecting us with leaders under Georgia’s Gold Dome, in Atlanta City Hall and to other influencer groups. Our move and investments in Atlanta’s FinTech community became a regular talking point for city leaders and a staple of local “hi-tech innovation” media coverage.

Michael Wasserfuhr, (former) CFO, Worldpay US

I have known Michael and his firm, VALEO, for many years. Michael’s engagement and support was instrumental at Worldpay and ATPC. He has a keen understanding of ‘all things payment’ and represents his clients in the most professional way. His contributions are thoughtful and relevant in an ever-changing industry.

Sharon Goldmacher, President & CEO, communications 21, inc.

Michael is an excellent problem solver and strategic thinker in the areas of public relations, marketing and more. He has a broad skill set and is knowledgeable in a range of industries, and I highly recommend him.

Ian Abrams, EVP/Executive Director at Golin

Michael retained Golin while at Wal-Mart..."Michael is amazing to work with. He is efficient and makes sure we have the tools and resources we need to be effective and deliver good results. Michael fosters strategic thinking by providing context on different facets of the business that helps us come up with big ideas and make our little ideas stronger too. He also makes a point to involve the entire team in the efforts, so that they are even more invested in the work; they interact and learn from him and in turn they perform better."