A native of the San Luis Valley, Armando was raised near Capulin, Colorado, on a farm and ranch consisting of cattle, sheep, small grains, and hay. Armando continues to operate this same family farm and ranch (Valdez Land & Livestock, LLC), along with his wife and children.
In addition to his passions for agriculture, Armando is an Assistant Professor of Management and the Director of the Health Care Administration Program in the School of Business at Adams State University (ASU). He was integral in the development of the Health Care Administration and the Agribusiness programs at ASU. Armando is currently a member of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors which the governance body for Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado State University-Global, and the new CSUSPUR campus at the National Western Center.
Community involvement is very important to Armando. He serves his local community on the following boards and committees:
- Board President for the Guadalupe Parish Credit Union
- Member of the Conejos County Land Use Planning Commission
- Chairperson of the Conejos County Board of Adjustments
- Chairperson of the St. Joseph Parish Finance Committee
- Vice-chairperson of the Conejos County, Farm Service Agency, County Committee
- Member of the Noxious Weed District for Conejos County.
In November 2009, Armando was appointed by President Barak Obama to the USDA-Farm Service Agency Executive Committee for Colorado. In 2012, Armando was appointed as executive chair of this committee and served in that role until his term ended in 2018.
Empowering people and cultivating successful pathways for others are two of Armando’s key priorities. Armando believes we must facilitate opportunities for all within Colorado, which enhance agricultural, economic, educational, and social interests while protecting rural and agricultural lifestyles.