Meet the Valdes family! We love the outdoors, exploring new places and meeting new people! We started our 4x4 adventures back in our college days and haven't stopped since. Since then, we've added three boys to our family, all who love to explore the trails with Mom and Dad! We're always excited to meet new people and can't wait to create new memories and adventures while at AVO!
Eric Valdes is President and founder of AVO, overseeing daily operations and accessory installations. An avid outdoor and 4x4 enthusiast, Eric's passion in the overland industry started over 10 years ago while attending UNC Asheville. After graduating, Eric began working for Toyota which triggered his deep appreciation for the Toyota brand and specifically its trucks. Eric and his wife, Megan, began taking taking trips in their different Toyota Trucks including cross country trips to Utah, Colorado, and around the southeast. Soon after, Eric pursued an opportunity with ARB to manage the Northeast region of the United States for the company. The time at ARB included traveling the US to visit the country's top retailers, attend 4x4 events, and even included a trip to Melbourne, Australia to visit ARB's corporate headquarters. Chasing a long time desire to manage an overland retail store, the Valdes family moved to New Hampshire to join Main Line Overland and develop a new store in Bow, NH. In founding AVO, Eric is driven to share his passion for 4wd's and to provide the region with the industry's highest quality accessories. Eric has three boys and is married to his lovely wife and business partner Megan.
Megan Valdes is the co-founder of Asheville Vehicle Outfitters, while also managing marketing, social media, and assisting with the day to day operations of the business. An Asheville native, Meg has maintained a passion for the outdoors since she was a young girl. A graduate of Appalachian State University's school of education, Meg has devoted much of her life to children. Now a mother of 3 young boys, Meg also manages to homeschool the boys and keep them active. Be sure to say hi to Meg at the shop or on the trails!