Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter is President and CEO of V&J Foods, Holding Companies, Inc. (V&J Holdings). V &J Holdings multi-brand/multi-state operation is the largest female owned franchise organization in the country. Dr. Daniels-Carter’s quick-service restaurant empire comprised real estate and operations of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, Burger King, Coffee Beanery, Nino’s Southern Sides, MyYoMy Frozen Yogurt, Pizza Hut and Captain D’s Seafood.
Valerie Daniels-Carter graduated from Lincoln University with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. In 1984, Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter earned a Master’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Dr. Daniels-Carter received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letter from Cardinal Stritch University in 2008 and Lincoln University 2016. In 2019 Dr. Daniels-Carter was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame joining an elite group of successful African-Americans. Prior to establishing V&J Holding Companies, Inc., she worked in banking and finance.
Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter is one of the most preeminent business owners in the United States. In addition to auspiciously commandeering several restaurants branded operations, she has been widely recognized for her adroit business ingenuity. As such, she is befittingly appointed to an array of community and corporate boards. She has also chaired a cluster of boards spanning a multifarious arc of civic, corporate and non-profit organizations. Dr. Daniels-Carter is currently a board member of the NFL Green Bay Packers and is a minority owner of the 2021 NBA Champions the Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Team. In the spring of 2017, Automobile Association of America (AAA) appointed her as the First African-American Female Chair. Believing in her abilities to drive the association to improved platforms. She is consistently recognized as an astute business woman – an achievement that bespeaks to her unyielding belief and connection to God coupled with her rare commitment to honesty, excellence and hard work. She has been recognized by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African-Americans in the U.S. In 2021 40th Anniversary of Governor’s Conference of Wisconsin – Dr. Daniels-Carter was awarded the Distinguished Business Leader Award; Black Enterprise Magazine honored her in their 50th Anniversary Edition and in 2020 Awarded Dr. DanielsCarter the Legacy Award and being a part of 50 most Inspiring Women in Business. Also in 2021, in her home state of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Magazine feature her in honor of Women’s Month and in 2020 Biz Times Media granted her the Bravo Entrepreneur Award of Lifetime Achievement.
Dr. Daniels-Carter is an outstanding life coach and a generous humanitarian. Her business accomplishments can only have been matched by her philanthropic efforts. This CEO stays grounded by engaging in local and international philanthropic projects. She has been the catalyst to many causes, several which included hosting multiple health and wellness days in small African villages. She created an initiative in conjunction with the Minority Franchise Association to build a state of the art wing for an orphanage in Kenya, Africa at Jubilee Orphanage Center. She created and built COGIC Medical Clinic in Bondo and Nairobi Kenya, where she tirelessly discovers ways to bring “state of the art” medical equipment to the communities in East Africa. She created the Empowerment Initiative for Africa, Inc. where she acquired 99 acres of land in Accra, Ghana. Initiated 12 women to start their own business to becoming self – sufficient and in 5 years the female entrepreneurs have grown astoundingly over 950. Additionally, she has built three educational facilities, and drilled a water well in Kenya for the surrounding community of 20,000 families.
Back home in Milwaukee, WI she along with the rest of her family have built and developed a state of the art complex that has their church Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God In Christ. Along the street named after her esteem mother “Mother Daniels Way” you will find a Boys and Girls Club, a Family service center, three schools, loan center, and community meeting facilities “better known as” the Mother Kathryn Daniels Youth Center, developed in memory of her mother and husband. In addition to the newly innovated facility, “IPAMA” Institute for the Preservation of African American Music and Arts. She has continued to offer her services and expertise to the Church of God In Christ locally, jurisdictionally and nationally. No matter what the demands of business are during the week, more often than not, she’s found serving the church as Minister of Music on Sunday mornings. Music Ministry is her love and passion. Dr. Daniels-Carter has produced several projects with Gospel Music greatest artists and have been conducting choirs since the age of 10.
Apart from being, a successful business owner Valerie Daniels-Carter is a devoted mother to Jeffrey Alan Carter II, a motivational speaker, a generous Humanitarian, and a flourishing author. Her entrepreneurial aptitude inspired her to author, her newest release, booklet “The Journey of A Winner” “From Pandemic To Promise”, “Your Business Is His Business” and “Anointed Offering or Tainted Sacrifice”. Dr. Daniels-Carter attributes her success to her relationship with God, her family, committed employees and true friends. She is a national exemplar, but more importantly, she is a touchable woman.