About Us

Chris Valdes

Founder/CEO: Born in Queens, NY, and 1st generation Cuban-America, graduated from the University Of South Carolina with a BS in Business Marketing & Management has been involved in medical industry both pharmaceutical & orthopedic Industry, and operated a medical distributorship, and vending company. Left corporate America after 15 years to pursue, his entrepreneurial desires, and help others find there own passions in life, which lead to the founding of Horizon Consulting Partners.

As a Franchise Owner of The Grout Medic in Greenville, SC and a Certified Franchise Consultant I assist professionals in all backgrounds to learn what the best fit is for them based on investment level, goals, desires, and long term vision they have for themselves. I am bilingual in Spanish and English focusing on many areas of franchising one of them being E2 Visa candidates, and finding my clients transferable skills, to help them figure out what their life is going to look like, what they want it to look like, and then I introduce them to some options that will leverage those skills, and help them obtain their goals. Our company will bring a host of resources to assist you in your search. When you work with a professionally trained franchise consultant you are tapping into a franchise professional who has a process in place to help you succeed in your search for the right business.

While many franchise consultants/brokers exist today, and can be knowledgeable about franchise organizations, majority of them have NEVER operated a franchise business, or ever built a successful business/organization, or sold a profitable business to another individual. All they do is show options on something they have never done themselves.

That’s exactly what makes Horizon Consulting Partners different, as a franchise owner with experience managing employees, and helping educate individuals understand what it’s like to run a business, do it the correct way, and successfully.

Our mission: “Helping individuals find freedom by way of business ownership in the franchise industry”

Danielle Stankiewicz

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Danielle spent her childhood growing up across the United States. This later translated into a great love of culture and travel. She has a diverse background in education and experience. With two BA Degrees in Religion & Sociology from Georgia State University, and a masters of science in Psychology from Capella University, knows how to work & relate with people.

She began her career teaching public and private school before discovering she could make more of an impact working outside of the traditional school system. With an eye for detail and reputation for professionalism, she built her career as a private governess and high profile nanny. In 2018 she moved her life abroad, working and living in England and Hungary, before returning to the states to become an entrepreneur in the field of real estate and stepping into the world of publishing. Danielle is a compassionate, intuitive leader and loves helping others and learning new things. She focuses on self betterment and improvement daily, and currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her daughter. She is passionate about helping others achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

Alex Matini

Alex Matini is a graduate of Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started 4 companies prior to becoming a franchise consultant, looking to help professionals realize their dream of becoming business owners. Three of Alex’s four startups were in the commercial real estate industry, including development and private equity financing of commercial properties. His fourth start-up was in the telecom industry, where he grew his company to 204 employees with annual revenue of $35 million. Alex’s expertise is in navigating the challenges of a business start-up including financing and scaling of the business. In addition, Alex is an expert in matching the right franchise opportunity with the professional’s skill sets, business background, financial capacity, and risk tolerance. Alex believes that for most professionals looking to start a business, doing so through a well-established franchise is a far wiser option than starting a business from scratch which requires guess work and trial and errors to determine the path to success. In contrast, franchises are built on a set of proven principals and processes, eliminating the need for any guess work. Furthermore, a franchisee benefits from the experiences of other franchisees, not to mention the support and guidance of the franchisor who provides the franchisee with a proven road map to success. Alex was raised in Connecticut and is a native of Washington DC.

How can we help you?
  • We’ll spend the time needed with you to understand what your goals are. Imagine buying a home or even a car without first stepping back to decide what you need and what your investment range should be? You owe it to yourself and your family to start your search with some guidelines in place–that is where we can help.
  • After we understand what your personal and professional goals are, we’ll begin contacting franchisors on your behalf. You’ll never have to visit websites, request information and then wait around to see if a franchise is potentially the right fit–we’ll do all of that for you.
  • We’ll show you franchises that you’d probably never even consider on your own. Yes, that is something that an experienced franchise professional, with a deeper understanding of the opportunities in today’s marketplace, will regularly do for their clients. If you love coffee, you’ll probably gravitate to a looking at coffee franchises, even though owning a coffee franchise has very little to do with loving coffee. You owe it to yourself to understand what franchise models best align with your existing skills and we’ll help get that picture into focus.
  • If you need financing, we can refer you to 3rd party lenders who specialize in financing franchises. All too often someone’s life’s dream of franchise ownership is squashed by their local bank’s loan officer who many have little or no experience in lending to potential franchisees.
There are many more benefits and services that we can bring to your search, so please visit our Contact Us page to get started.