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The Valle Group
To Christian Valle, president and chief operating officer of The Valle Group, success is not measured in dollars or the size of his company. Success, Valle says, is instead found in relationships.
“We operate on the basis that the relationship comes first and the bottom line is second, and we work to cultivate relationships not only with our clients and subcontractors but also with our employees,” Valle says. “The Valle Group is successful when our employees are succeeding and growing in their positions.”
The relationship between Valle, 40, and his parents, Joan and Joseph Valle—who founded the East Falmouth-based custom home building firm in 1997—has been especially key to the company’s success. After graduating from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester with a degree in English in 1999, Valle, a Cape native, went to work as an assistant project manager for a high-end building firm in the Boston area. Valle says he always planned to eventually join his parents in business, but he first wanted to gain experience on his own.
In 2005, Valle and his wife relocated to the Cape, and he got a job as a project manager at The Valle Group. He says his father’s hands-off approach in mentoring him proved to be successful, allowing Valle to learn the business on his own terms. “The thing about family businesses is that the majority of them don’t work because the relationships become overbearing,” Valle says. “I’ve had a unique relationship, both with my father and mother, which has allowed the company to work and flourish because we respect each other and give each other plenty of space.”
Regarding working alongside his father, Valle says one of his greatest takeaways has been learning and utilizing the virtue of patience. “I make mistakes, and my employees do too, but that’s not something we dwell on,” Valle says. “We recognize those mistakes, we move on, and we try not to make the same mistakes. When I first joined my dad, I made more mistakes and errors, but his patience was an invaluable lesson to me.”
“Being a good employee is important, no matter what you’re doing, as well as having respect for subcontractors and vendors. That’s the key to getting to the next level, whether you work for them or they work for you.” -Christian Valle
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