our team

Mike Hanks

Mike Hanks is the President and Operations Manager. He started with the company in 1991. He enjoys work and looks forward to the challenges of each day. He spends a great deal of time with family, both at work and in his personal life. In his free time he enjoys working out at the gym, playing soccer, and fishing.

Gary Hanks

Gary Hanks is the CFO of The Valdez Corporation and will soon be completing his 20th year with the company.  He was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from SMU with a BBA and MBA in accounting.  Gary began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. working in the areas of auditing and tax.  Outside of work his interests include reading, fishing, trading stocks, traveling, and playing in a senior softball league.

Nikki Eddings

Nikki Eddings heads the Accounts Receivable and Transportation department.  She has been with the company for 21 years.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, and volunteering with her church.  She is a graduate of Executive Secretarial School with a degree as a Legal Administrative Assistant.  Nikki is currently enrolled in Tarleton State University pursuing her Bachelor’s in Business Management

Cindy Dacus

Cindy Dacus brings to The Valdez Corporation her experience working with Pearle Vision in the Purchasing and Inventory Planning Department for 14 years.  She started at Valdez in the R & D Department and has worked her way up to being the current head of the Accounts Payable department.  In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with family. 

Miriam Reid

Miriam Reid attended Texas A&M University and graduated Class of 2013 with a degree in Food Science and Technology, Minor in Business. Her career started as an intern for The Valdez Corporation and then became a Lab Technician in the Research and Development department. She enjoys spending time with her family, and visiting wineries and craft breweries. Miriam also enjoys fishing, camping, and hiking; she hopes to visit Yosemite National Park someday.

Laura Estep

Laura Estep attended Texas Woman’s University, and obtained an internship in the quality department at Valdez Spice in January 2016.  Loves hiking, and hopes to conquer the Appalachian Trail one day.  She wants to ultimately use her nutrition degree, to incorporate aspects of nutritional research into the food science industry. 

Myron Vaughn Sr.

Myron Vaughn Sr. is the Warehouse Foreman. He has been with Valdez Spice for 15+ years with the past 12 years being Warehouse Foreman. He is a married father of 5 who loves the outdoors. Fishing and camping are at the top of his list as far as hobbies. He is a people person and is great at leading the warehouse team.

Tom Lang

Tom Lang went to Texas State Technical College. During his career he has installed various types of machines all over the United States. In his free time he plays bass in a band. Other hobbies include listening to various bands and drawing.

Krista Yum

Krista Yum works as an R&D technician. She graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2016 with a degree in Food Science and Technology. Krista enjoys foodie adventures, cooking, traveling, and sleeping. One day, she hopes to work with flavors.