Valerie Dailey has a long history serving both the agriculture and business markets in the heart of Florida. Graduating from the University of Florida in 1984 with a B.S. in Food and Resource Economics, Valerie went on to earn her Masters in Agricultural Operations Management from UF in 1990. She spent 8 years leading the UF/IFAS College of Agriculture computer teaching labs before accepting a position as the Director of Information Technology for the UF/Health Science Center Vice President’s Office. In 2001 Valerie became the IT Director for Cox Communications where she spent four years serving their Gainesville and Ocala markets. She then became the Business Development Director for the Ocala/Marion County Economic Development Corporation.
A Florida Licensed REALTOR® with Showcase Properties of Central Florida since 2005, Valerie specializes in the listing and selling of equine properties, as well as commercial and executive properties. She is the president of the Ocala/Marion County Association of REALTORS®, and is also on the board of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni, and the State of Florida 4-H Foundation respectively. Valerie utilizes her extensive agricultural background and leadership positions to protect the property rights of breeders in Ocala’s deeply-rooted horse industry.
Valerie herself has been a small thoroughbred breeder since 1985, and has bred multiple stakes winners, including a Breeder’s Cup qualifier. Together with husband Hugh, president of Community Bank & Trust of Florida, and daughter Samantha who is now a UF graduate and will continue her studies in agricultural business. Another passion of Valerie's is boating and fishing She is a co-owner of the world-class boating company Crevalle. Valerie is a member of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, and has belonged to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association for many years. Agriculture and its deep impact on Florida’s economy is a great passion of Valerie’s, and continues to be a way of life for the Dailey family.