About

What’s Involved?

This annual event is all about dressing down, putting one’s ego aside for the day and having fun networking with like-minded business people with the greater good in mind. As an invitation-only event, we’re a community of guardians changing the lives of local children in need of a financial helping hand. An out-of-the-ordinary charity event that includes adventure and and intimate group, you’ll be sure to make new connections and memories to last a lifetime! The first annual event in April 2017 raised over $100,000 with 68 people from all over the USA and Canada!

How We Raise

The Valley guardians raise our donations by offering the most exclusive charity auction in the valley. This event is jam packed with star studded performances, luxury prizes, delicious meals and amazing networking opportunities. The best part? 100% of all the money raised goes directly to help children in the valley.
In One Night, the Valley Guardians raise hundreds of thousands of Dollars for the children in the valley.

Our work has just begun. Together with your donations, we are helping kids that need it most. With your help, we do this by providing and covering medical expenses, education, mentoring, tutoring, school supplies, and more. We are working closely with The Challenge Foundation, Genesis Academy, and Santo Nino Community to change the lives of children, right here, in the valley.

Who Is Behind This Event?

Braden Hudye

Board Member

From the combine to the corporate office, I strive to create success out of opportunity wherever I go. I love working with teams, and my greatest joy comes from bringing diverse groups together, building relationships, and maximizing strengths to get the job done.

I am currently the President of The Hudye Group, a family-focused Real Estate investment firm specializing in Multi-Family, Luxury Single Family, and commercial land and development. I have also held a variety of positions in the agricultural, real estate, and investment fields.

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True to our company’s motto to “Create Success out of Opportunity”, I have been a part of helping others to create professional success in multiple industries. This includes founding an Investment Real Estate company with my siblings and cousins – Capital Seven Corp – and being a part of the family agricultural business, which was recognized as a top producer finalist by Farm Journal and the Retailer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers.

I am also a committed family man and a firm believer that we all have an obligation to create a better world. It is not enough to create personal success; we must create success for others. I am involved in a variety of youth charity causes, and serve the Valley Guardians, both personally and as a representative of the Hudye Group.

Richard Gibbons

Richard Gibbons

Board Member

Richard Gibbons grew up in Western Canada and Barbados.

He obtained his degree from the University of Victoria, with a Bachelor of Commerce with a focus on International Business.

He was invited as one of the top 40 Entrepreneurs in Canada 2015 to Quantum Shift, the Richard Ivey Business School. He has been involved in EO Canada and is a Past Member of Vistage Canada.

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He also grew a chain of pet stores to 19 locations in Western Canada, which he sold to Private Equity Group in 2016.

He has experience in the following: Offshore Tax Management Barbados, Business Development London England, Pharmaceutical Account Manager. Online Affiliate Marketing Company, PTSD Clinics. He also has built, rented and sold Multi Family Apartment Buildings throughout Western Canada.

Naidu Vos

Board Member

Naidu Vos, CEO of AZCR Staffing is the heart and soul of the company. Vos brings over 15 years of experience in the construction industry and, while most of her time is spent in business development, she can personally perform all tasks asked of any of her employees.

Her laser-sharp determination to build a solution that benefits all parties is a true differentiator from her competition. Although AZCR Staffing employs over 300, Vos prides herself on knowing everyone of her employees and staff personally.

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Her approach is to find each employee’s unique strength so that the right skill sets are placed within a construction project. The results benefit the client, the employee, and AZCR Staffing as a whole.

She also serves as a board member of The Valley Guardians. A 501(c)3 organization that helps children in the valley by offering education, mentorship and resources to arm them with an opportunity to achieve their full potential for success.

Loren Howard

Board Member

Loren is the Chief Manager, and Founder of Prime Plus Mortgages. Loren and his companies have been actively involved in financial services and the hard money lending space in Arizona for more than three years. He is a proud member of the Entrepreneurs Organization’s Arizona Chapter, and the President of the Valley Guardians.

A serial entrepreneur, he created a successful national advertising firm that catered to large national corporate clients. Loren’s success carried over into several verticals that included both the education and health care industries.

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Loren also boasts a decorated football career, and was awarded the following: The Freshman All American Defensive End, The Big Ten Defensive Freshman Of The Year, All-Conference Defensive End, and Junior year Pre-season Mel Kiper ranked him the second defensive end to go in the draft. When his decorated football career at Northwestern University was cut short due to injury, Loren ventured into business for himself.

More recently, Loren extended his athletic pursuits in the challenging world of indoor rowing and now holds world records in the following: 500m, 100m, and 1:00 max distance.

Loren and his wife Diane reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona and they’ve welcomed their first son, Hunter, in September 2019.

Kyle McGinley

Board Member

Kyle McGinley works with Ross Brown Partners and MainSpring Capital Group in the real estate brokerage, asset management and development industries.

Kyle started off at the age of 16 with desires to own high end vehicles. Quickly realizing that required capital, Kyle started a high-end watch wholesale company. After 3 years in operation, that business grew into a hard money lending and debt consolidation company.

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In 2015 Kyle started with Ross Brown as he took his love for making deals to the commercial real estate industry. His attention to detail, follow up, willingness to always do the right thing, and loyalty and honesty with clients has led him to transact more than $100 million in leasing and investment sales and purchasing over the past 5 year.

Kyle serves The Valley Guardians organization and loves to help those with an entrepreneurial spirit. His want to give back is reflected both in business and philanthropy.

Josh Hayes

Board Member

Josh was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up combining surf bum with youth ice hockey. In order to continue his passion for hockey, Josh moved to the family cattle ranch on the border of Alberta and Montana. Josh went on to study accounting at Gonzaga University and played hockey. Josh began his professional career at a large, international accounting firm in Los Angeles.

He returned to Montana to marry his college sweetheart and began to work in the tax department of Eide Bailly LLP. 12 years ago, Eide Bailly LLP transferred Josh to the Phoenix office to run the local tax practice. Today, Josh manages a tax practice of over 80 professionals in multiple locations, runs a tax practice that focuses on high-net worth entrepreneurs and spends time in the firm’s National Tax Office.

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Josh is married to Jody Hayes and has two sons Judson (17) and Jonah (9). The family is fanatical about ice hockey and spends time traveling the country for hockey tournaments. When not recovering from an injury sustained in the men’s league, Josh is an avid fisherman, cyclist and triathlete. Josh believes passionately in giving back to the community and service above self. Being a part of the Valley Guardians is one of his passions.

Jess Trader

Board Member

From first-time buyers to complicated refinances, Jess Trader, the Branch Manager at Security National Mortgage Company has seen it all. In his tenure, he has been a Top Producer, Branch Manager, and has closed thousands of loans for his clients throughout his career.

Jess was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Prescott Valley AZ. Jess considers himself an Arizona native and brings his depth of knowledge and an individualized approach to help serve his clients in the valley.

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He is always finding ways to give back to his hometown and serves as a current board member for Valley Guardians and The Challenge Foundation, two incredible organizations that work to serve youth who are in need of a helping hand in the valley.

When not closing mortgages, Jess spends his time with his wife Lauren, and has a 1 year old son. He also enjoys traveling, hunting, golfing, MMA and hanging out with his friends.

James Hudye

Board Member

James Huyde is the Vice President of The Huyde Group, and Board member of the Valley Guardians.

From a very early age, James took interest in the family business and building lasting relationships.

James is particularly proud to have helped lead Hudye Soil Services to its win as Retailer of the Year in Canada in 2011.

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Currently a director of the Hudye Group, he uses creative thinking to resolve current issues and anticipate future challenges.

James is proud to be a part of multiple teams that fundraise for worthy causes.

Darcy Hordichuk

Board Member

Darcy Hordichuk was born and raised in Kamsack, SK Canada, a town of 2500 people, no stop lights and nothing around for miles. The winters would get as cold as -40 degrees F. With the odds stacked against him, he always dreamt of playing hockey in the NHL. Darcy began playing hockey in his hometown at age 5 and never looked back.

Darcy fulfilled his dreams and played in the NHL for 13 years, 6 different hockey teams, 542 games and 1140 penalty minutes. His time in the penalty box was because he always let his fists do the talking. Darcy was one of the top Enforcers in the league who was not expected to do much scoring but instead wreak havoc on the ice and protect his teammates.

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After retiring from the NHL in 2013, Darcy took on a career in Private aviation with Jet Linx, flying individuals around the world on private jets. He also developed a company called Canada to Arizona, which provides many services for Canadians coming to AZ. In addition, he is a member of the Thunderbirds in Arizona, which is an organization that has raised over $147 million dollars since inception and the money always goes towards helping Arizona kids.

Darcy and his wife Lisa live in Scottsdale with their two active boys, Braden (11) and Declan (8). They stay busy with their kids sports and activities and are so glad to call Arizona home. Darcy has realized over the years that life’s not about fame and fortune, instead it’s about giving back and helping to impact and change lives. Darcy is very proud to be a part of the Valley Guardians, which does exactly this.

Chris Gruler

Board Member

Chris Gruler is a former 3rd overall, 1st round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school. His career was cut short due to injuries, but while playing he started Protege Branding, a storytelling, development, and marketing agency here in the valley.

Chris started the agency in 2007 with the intent of branding athletes off the field. His first few clients consisted of HOF baseball players and an olympic sprinter. He began focusing on assisting businesses creatively tell their stories online and how to bridge the purchasing gap from the end-user to the business and it’s products.

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Chris also has added being a professional boxer to his list of accomplishments in 2017 but realized Protege is his professional passion. He still boxes to this day and has an 8-month-old daughter, Layla, with his beautiful wife, Karlea. Chris lives in Gilbert.

Rick McCann

Associate Guardian

Rick joined the Hudye Group in August 2017 after several years working as a financial analyst. As Operations/Financial Manager, he oversees the analysis of operations and valuations of real estate investments and market area specifics.

His analytical and underwriting expertise includes the operation, acquisition, and disposition of real estate properties. Rick is committed to maintaining credibility and cultivating partner relationships.

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In his spare time he enjoys hitting the tennis courts, playing a round of golf, and spending time with his wife and two beautiful children.

Elizabeth Schull

Associate Guardian

Elizabeth joined the Hudye Group Scottsdale Headquarters as Administration Manager in October 2015.

She oversees data processing, payables, standards compliance, real estate investments, and marketing – all with an eye towards business development and efficiency. Elizabeth relies on her considerable strength as a communicator and relationship builder to effectively assist in managing business operations.

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As a Connecticut native and University of Hartford graduate, Elizabeth feels very fortunate to be a part of a team with such deep philanthropic ties to her new community. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys healthy cooking, yoga, and playing with her new puppy, Oliver.

Catherine Way

Associate Guardian

Catherine Way is the Marketing Manager at Prime Plus Mortgages. Born lucky number 7 in a family of 11, (7 brothers, 3 sisters) you could say she learned at a young age the importance of communication. From making your voice stand out from the crowd, to listening and making others feel heard, she took this childhood lesson and transformed it into a fun and exciting career involved with Hospitality, Photography, Social Media, Graphic Design, but most importantly, Real Estate, and Marketing.

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She learned that hard work and determination is the best way to get ahead, and has never been one to waste time. She completed an Advertising and Design BA from Michigan State University in less than 4 years, and has been hard at work since she was 14. She is an avid self-learner, and a bit of a talker, but prides herself on being as creative as possible. She says she has a great sense of humor, and is extremely easy going, despite the many projects she has at one given time.

Currently she is finding new ways to make beautiful marketing materials, and communicating to clients in exciting new ways to boost engagement. She is always on the search for amazing new ways to connect to people. She does this through modeling, ballroom dance, and road trips with her high-school sweetheart Emery, and son Xavier.