Vanessa Valenza | Horizon Innovations’ newly promoted Office Manager

7 04 2016

At Horizon Innovations, our primary goal is to develop our people to the best they can be. In alignment with that goal, Horizon Innovations is excited to announce that Vanessa Valenza, formerly a recruiting director, has been promoted to Operations Manager.

Horizon Innovations Vanessa.pngVanessa started with the company October of 2014. After working with us for about 6 months, she moved to the HR position. She has been responsible for assisting RJ, Horizon Innovations’ assistant manager, in opening his branch office in the next coming months. Her goal is to assist 3 additional branches this year.

Vanessa is great because she goes above and beyond her call of duty. She often stays later than her require hours and make sure the team is set up for success. She cares about growing the office and providing everyone with an opportunity”

-Nora Su, President

With Vanessa’s new promotion, she will have the ability to learn a few new roles. Horizon Innovations and team will be leaning on Vanessa to handle the daily operations each day. Not only does Vanessa get to step up locally in our day to day, but she has gained the responsibility to train our new Human Resources admins in the new branch offices that we plan to open up. Vanessa, in her new role, is now open to additional opportunities in the future like brand management and National Human Resources manager. The team at Horizon Innovations could not be more proud of her.

Vanessa was born and raised in Madison, WI. After graduating from LaFollette High School, she moved to Milwaukee and earned her degree in cosmetology. To help pay for school, Vanessa started working as an associate with a retail company and through her strong work ethic was quickly promoted into management. In August of 2014, Vanessa moved to Jacksonville, FL where she found her new career here at Horizon Innovations. Vanessa thrives within our enthusiastic environment and continues to grow and develop herself every day. In her free time, she can be found enjoying the Florida weather at the beach.


Horizon Innovations: Expansion to Miami

23 12 2014


Horizon Innovations has thrived off of the same proven-to-work corporate structure for years. We accept every new candidate at the same entry level in order to promote the same knowledge and work ethic within all of our employees. Our former Assistant Manager, Christopher Healy, started with our business two years ago in November 2012 at the entry level. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, graduated with a degree in Forensic Science, and had no prior business experience when starting with Horizon Innovations. As of November 2014, he runs his own branch in Miami, Florida.

While the drive to become successful was always within him, the training and knowledge that Healy gained with our company made him well prepared to take on the opportunity of running a business. “The preparation to run my own branch came from my student mentality and keeping it a constant with all my mentors.” Chris said. “The ability to move forward in this business comes not only from within, but also the many resources around you.”

As of this moment, Christopher has two goals that he plans on fulfilling as a new branch manager in the Miami area. (1) Teach those individuals that start with his office of this completely reachable opportunity, and (2) promote out two individuals from his office before the end of 2015, just as our President did for him. Christopher Healy will be well on his way to becoming the Rookie Manager of the Year. Everyone at Horizon is extremely excited for Chris and the strides he has made to better himself both personally and professionally.

“I am very confident in his ability to succeed,” says President, Nora Su. “I’ve watched him grow right in front of my eyes. He’s become more mature, more professional, and overall a better person over the last two years. He has some big goals, but he has the ability to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to. I am excited to see him continue to grow the new branch.”

“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to work side by side with Chris,” says our Human Resources Manager, Dustin. “He has grown so much over time into such a great business professional. He is destined for success and has already gotten started on the right track!”

Keep up the great work Chris. The entire Horizon Innovations team is cheering you on!

For more information about the opportunities that can be reached with Horizon Innovations visit us at:

Horizon Innovations

9250 Baymeadows Rd, suite 430

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 423-1257

Horizon Innovations Reviews: West Palm Beach Leaders Conference

9 12 2014


Our office is always filled with excitement when we are preparing for a new conference or travel opportunity. Every one of our leaders works that much harder to make sure they reach their goals to claim a spot. The latest conference that we attended was the Leaders Conference held in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sixteen of our best leaders got together and travelled south for the conference. The main focus of this meeting was to present new information, take in that knowledge and use it as a force to motivate. Julie Edmonds, a senior national consultant recognized by our office, was in charge of the conference and told multiple anecdotes about personal experiences that everyone could learn from.

Afterwards, we transitioned into four different “break-out” sessions. Each group was broken up based on their length of stay with the company (i.e. 3-6 months, 6+ months, etc.) These sessions covered topics ranging from training and work ethic to time management and team development.

Before the conference was concluded, two of our best leaders, RJ and Eric, were recognized as being the top performing leaders of Horizon Innovations. This honor was one that the accepted excitedly, and our whole office commends them for their hard work. Conferences like these cause our team members to rally around each other and find new ways to motivate and encourage everyone to stay on the path to success.

For more information about the Horizon Innovations team and our travel opportunities, visit us at:

Horizon Innovations

9250 Baymeadows Rd, suite 430

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 423-1257

Company Retreat: The Bahamas

29 10 2014


October has been an exciting month for the leaders of Horizon Innovations. We reached goals and received exciting news, all of which were followed by an amazing week in paradise. Whenever our team is given the chance to travel and experience new environments, we always jump on the opportunity. This time, we visited the beautiful Bahamas! There, we met up with other offices and discussed work while also participating in a multitude of island activities.

To start off this fun filled week, our President attended a Rising Star meeting. This gathering brought together the top performing managers across the country to meet one another and discuss the different techniques that they employ within their offices. These managers reviewed their strategies for growing their business and were also able to spend quality time getting to know each other.

We also participated in a general session meeting on Friday of that week. The conversation covered the importance of meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations while also maintaining our company-wide integrity. It was very insightful to hear from other offices and learn how they operate. We learned a lot and took away some valuable information that we can utilize within our own teams.

A welcoming R&R Weekend followed these informative meetings which allowed us to take a break from work and have fun doing recreational activities during the remainder of our stay. Many people that attended brought along their friends and family as well. It was a very friendly and inviting atmosphere witnessing our coworkers and colleagues having a great time with their loved ones.

While we were experiencing the fun in the sun, we stayed in the luxurious Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau. The resort was home to a multitude of activities including fishing, jet skiing, gambling at their casino, a water park located inside the resort, and the beautiful beach. Our leaders went deep-sea fishing for the first time where they experienced the magical water and wildlife of the region and also participated in a friendly talent show with the managers of similar companies. Furthermore, we competed in a Volleyball competition on one of our final days there where we raised $2,000 for Operation Smile.

Overall Horizon Innovations had an amazing time during our week in the Bahamas. These travel occasions allow us to balance our ratio of work and fun, which keeps us motivated to keep working hard and hitting our goals both at work and within our lives at home.

For more information on Operation smile and how to donate, visit their website at:

For more information about the Horizon Innovations team and our values, visit us at:

Horizon Innovations

9250 Baymeadows Rd, suite 430

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 423-1257

Horizon Innovations Reviews: Key Values

25 09 2014


Every business has their own set of beliefs and values that they follow in their day to day work activities. The values set in place by any business are what sits at the core of their performance, and they affect every aspect of the enterprise. At Horizon Innovations, we have our own set of values that we believe have molded us into the successful consulting firm that we are today. These include but are not limited to:


  1. Integrity and Honesty
  2. Best Leaders are the Best Students
  3. Leading Others Only by Example
  4. Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  5. Holding Ourselves and Others Accountable
  6. Success is Achieved Through Hard Work
  7. Teamwork Through Great Relationships Inside and Outside the Office
  8. Helping Others Achieve Their Goals


These key values keep us grounded and form our identity as Horizon Innovations.

The first value that is of importance to us is having the qualities of integrity and honesty. These two qualities go hand-in-hand with one another, and everyone within our office has a firm grasp of these concepts. It is always important to us to have an honest form of communication between everyone here. Whether it be concerns or compliments, everyone is always willing to help in any situation. Keeping an open and one hundred percent honest flow of communication is key to our company.

Second, we stand firmly by the notion that the best leaders stem from being the best students. The leaders of Horizon Innovations are always eager and willing to learn more. Any new information that can be obtained in this business can do nothing but aid in their advancement through the company. Being aware of that fact gives them a leg up on the competition.

Leading others only by example is the third value that dictates our performance. Not everyone is capable of learning the exact same way, and the leaders here are aware of that fact. After all, it is one thing to tell someone how to do something, and it is another thing entirely to teach someone through your actions. Horizon Innovations leads by example to set the standard of our performance as a business.

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is a must within our company. It is what helps our leaders take calculated risks and accept the challenges that they must face. Entrepreneurship is all about perspective, and having that mindset is one of the quintessential aspects that can excel you through our company.

Our fifth value that we abide by within our company is stressed on a daily basis. Keeping ourselves and others accountable within the office is definitely important. Accountability is best friends with honesty, and they both reflect our production. Horizon Innovations is as successful as it has ever been, and that fact stems from our constant flow of feedback to one another.

The sixth value is fairly self-explanatory: success is best achieved through hard work. Every Horizon Innovations team member put one hundred and ten percent into every challenge and responsibility that arrises. Dedication and hard work will improve any work environment, including our own.

We are a people helping people business, and working together with proper communication is one of the most important aspect of our office. Teamwork is created through great relationships both in the office and outside the office. This is where the importance of the Horizon Innovations’ Office Nights are seen with full force. When our entire team has good relationships with one another, it helps us work together in such a way that allows us to produce above the competition.

Helping others achieve their goals is the final value that Horizon Innovations strives for. It is ultimately the end result of following the other seven values that we uphold. If all of our values are met and we continue to produce great work, then everyone in our office has the ability to achieve every goal.

For more information about the Horizon Innovations team and our values, visit us at:

Horizon Innovations

9250 Baymeadows Rd, suite 430

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 423-1257

Horizon Innovations Reviews: The Importance of Business Trips

10 09 2014


Without a constantly motivated and knowledgeable team, Horizon Innovations would not be as successful as it is today. To keep everyone driven and continuing up the ladder of success, Horizon Innovations sends it’s leaders out on business trips every other week. These business trips provide a way for our team to travel to new places and continue to intake new knowledge. Because every office and manager employs different styles, learning from different managers provides diverse techniques that our office can implement. We believe that with every travel opportunity our agents grow and become more well rounded, and ultimately more successful.

Not only does our office travel, but we have business trips from around the country that visit us as well. Horizon Innovations welcomes the leaders from local offices that travel here to learn from one of the top performing offices in the nation. These local offices include Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Greenville, and Charleston. Managers from other offices located farther away from us also visit to gain knowledge. Kristina from Idaho, Jen from Washington, and Kyla and Jolene from Connecticut have all paid Horizon Innovations a visit within the last year.

Business trips are valuable opportunities that the leaders of Horizon Innovations take full advantage of. Not only do they get to travel to new and exciting places, but they also have the opportunity to learn and improve their skill sets. Additionally, Horizon Innovations attends large conferences and leaders meetings twice a year for the same reasons. In fact, this year’s company retreat will be held in Nassau, Bahamas. Feedback, knowledge, and networking are three main components of what we do, and having the chance to travel and gain new skills provides Horizon Innovations with an asset over the competition.


For more information about the Horizon Innovations team, visit us at:

Horizon Innovations

9250 Baymeadows Rd, suite 430

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 423-1257

Horizon Innovation Reviews: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

27 08 2014



With many people circulating and completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it was not long until members of our own Horizon Innovations team were challenged. Our assistant manager, Chris, along with many others in the office, were challenged by family and friends. Because of this, the entire office came together and decided to do a company-wide Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS.

On Friday August 22nd, our leaders joined together in their suits and ties and proceeded to dump buckets of ice water over their heads for the cause. Together, the Horizon Innovations team raised over $350. While this substitution does not compare to the suffering of those with the disease, we were honored to be a part of raising awareness for this organization. Our team passed on the challenge to Brickstone, another office out in Boise, Idaho. We hope that they will have the drive to raise more funds and awareness for the foundation as well. Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the ALS Association has raised over $90 million and Horizon Innovations is proud to say that we contributed to the research of effective treatments in hopes to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease.


For more information on the Horizon Innovations team, visit us at:

Horizon Innovations

9250 Baymeadows Rd, suite 430

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 423-1257