January 31, 2024 |

Eddy Diaz-Vela

Eduardo Diaz-Vela, known as Eddy to most, embodies curiosity and a passion for exploration. Originating from Guadalajara, Mexico, his family moved to Utah at the age of two. He grew up mostly in Kaysville and graduated from Davis High School in 2014 and his family’s unwavering support fueled a desire for higher learning.

Eddy’s academic journey witnessed various turns. A brief stint at the University of Utah proved to not be the right fit, prompting a shift to Accounting at Weber State University. There, academic success was buoyed by a steadfast friendship and support. A pivotal juncture awaited during his junior year – a study abroad experience in Valencia, Spain. This transformative interlude reshaped his perspectives, catalyzing personal growth and a renewed sense of purpose.

Transitioning to his senior year, Eddy confronted challenges – navigating moments of self-doubt and grappling with episodes of depression. In 2018, he triumphantly earned his bachelor’s degree. His professional career commenced in corporate accounting within a startup ecommerce enterprise. However, he longed for more impactful change, and redirected his trajectory towards community development and the Peace Corps. In 2019, he embarked on volunteer opportunity to Albania, a journey disrupted by the global pandemic.

Amidst adversity emerged an opportunity. Eddy and his future wife embarked on an educational pursuit in Scotland. Eddy’s journey culminated in a master’s degree in international business management from Edinburgh Napier University in 2022. Upon returning, he found resonance with Red Barn Farms. Assuming the role of Senior Accountant, Eddy strives to merge his worldly perspective with the organization’s mission by providing his experiences and knowledge while also learning from Red Barn staff and students.

Beyond his professional commitments, Eddy is a fervent soccer enthusiast, an enthusiastic advocate for environmental sustainability, and an explorer alongside his wife.

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- Sue Jones

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