My name is François and I work as a service technician at NPK taking care of indoor and outdoor plant installations. I have always loved plants so working at NPK is my dream job and I hope to continue my studies in Horticulture. I am Native Brazilian and grew up in the Amazon Rainforest in the city of Manaus, where I worked in art restoration. My biggest accomplishment was moving to the USA to attend college. I didn’t speak a word of English when I first arrived and now, besides English and my native language of Portuguese, I also speak French and Spanish. My hobbies include traveling and learning about different cultures. In my spare time, I enjoy visiting museums, reading and walking along the lakefront with my new puppy. My favorite plant is the samauma tree or ceiba pentandra, which is the tallest tree in the Amazon and grows to 300 feet. Ask me about tropical plants—chances are there’s one growing in my mom’s backyard!