Paul Valach holds an MBA with emphasis on Technology Management. He has taught for the past 20 years been an Adjunct Faulty Member at various Maricopa Community Colleges as well as six years at at the University of Phoenix. He taught courses in E-Commerce, Programming, Internet and a General Introduction to computers. Before that he sold the very first Macintosh models, trained folks on software for the largest Computer Dealer in the SouthWest (Dataphaz), was the Lab Coordinator the first year PVCC was opened and network guy for KPMG. Shortly after that he opened Mac West which became PMV Productions.
He was one of the first members of the Arizona Mac Users Group (even President at one time), a member of AOL when Steve Case used to send personal emails to all members, ran for the State Legislature a few times, served on the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission including Chair of the Prague Committee his birthplace, coached Little League in Scottsdale and Tempe at several levels, put on two fashion shows, was the KOPA Freebird, in charge of preparing the run through rings, including the last game Frank Kush coached at Sun Devil Stadium, and a stint on the United Way committee that handed out money to deserving organizations.
He is also an accomplished photographer, specializing in events, outdoor including animals and nature. His work was on display at Heritage Bank a former bank in Tempe at one time. He also has two photos on display at Hob Nobs Coffee shop in Phoenix.
He has had two radio shows, Produced and Directed several television programs Ask The Judge, a Legal(domestic violence, evictions, etc), Tale of Nine Sister Cities (Phoenix Sister City program), he co-hosted a political show (Politically Speaking) a show that aired over 5 years and had 250+ episodes. During that show’s tenure he was able to interview top politicians, as well as folks from the entertainment area. For two of the TV shows he assembled the entire crew which included camera, board, sound and on stage personnel. For Ask the Judge he also had the background stage built.
While at Estrella Community College he was able to record a video with Jim McCoy on the Vietnam wall, sadly Jim died before the final version. The raw cut is on his YouTube channel.
He can be found on such Social Media site as, LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, WordPress, and a few others. His main blog is paulvalach.org. There are more in the works. His pride at this writing is @patchofdarkness which Retweets someone each time they post. Its a historical record as Retweets are not deleted if the original is. Preserving history is important to Paul as we should be learning from it.
Paul comes from an education family, his father was a professor at Georgia Tech and San Jose State, his grandfather was the Chief Surgeon at a teaching hospital in what is now Slovakia. His uncle, Jan Valach, is a renowned organist and conductor in Antwerpen, Belgium.
He immigrated with his family in 1965 to escape from the Communist government that had taken over Czechoslovakia. He came over with another family, his father friend and tech ally Dr. Antonin Svoboda. He has undertaken the writing of the escape as several events occurred that are interesting.
An old quote from Paul: “I enjoy all the aspects of the creative process. The new “Social Media” movement is just in its infancy. It is redefining the way that not only we as individuals act and react, but the way that businesses and organizations communicate with us as consumers.”
He sees Eliances as combination of all the above. Many different folks each contributing to life’s experience where you can learn about what is important to making things happen. He indicated that in many of the events or jobs it was about the give back, either directly or in entirety. Sister Cities is a prime example as so many programs are done for the youth as well as passing culture awareness to the masses.
He added that ‘education is also about the give, its staring knowledge so others can succeed’. He often mentions those teachers he learned the most from Dr. Fred Miller, Coach Jim Brock and Dr. Leo Zonn from ASU and Billy O at UoP.