Have you ever gone on vacation and just never wanted to leave? Quench service technician, Victor Moreira and his family did just that!
Victor was born in Vitoria, the capital of the state Espirito Santo in Brazil. Vitoria, a small island within in a bay, was founded in 1551 and is considered one of the best capitals to live in according to the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Brazilian higher education institution. Victor then moved to Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, where he grew up. Like many young Brazilian men, Victor served in the Brazilian Army as a young adult, serving as a soldier for 3 years and then as a Sergeant for 1. After serving in the Army, Victor worked for a Brazilian state school as a music teacher, teaching music theory and guitar to students while playing baroque-style guitar in a local orchestra.
Then in 1994, Victor and his family went on a vacation that would completely change their lives. While visiting Boston as tourists, they decided to stay in the U.S. instead of returning to Brazil. While it is harder for many tourists to be granted a green card, Victor and his family were lucky – blessed if you ask Victor – that Victor was able to find work at a company where the owner sponsored them for green card status.
Victor started working for Atlas Watersystems in September 2005 as a service technician, but after about 3 or 4 years working as a field technician, he was transferred to repairs in the warehouse. Victor describes his favorite part of the day as “repairing something that was broken… making a broken machine new again.”
Since Quench acquired Atlas Watersystems a couple months ago, Victor spends most of his day learning about Quench machines – how to fix Quench ice dispensers and water coolers with sparkling water – in preparation to becoming a Quench field service technician in the coming months, a position he is excited to return to.
Ten years after deciding to stay, Victor and his family started what Victor describes as “the expensive process” of becoming U.S. citizens. The last step of this process is Civics Test. Prospective U.S. citizens study over 100 questions about U.S. history, government and citizen responsibilities. During the test a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer or USCIS officer will ask up to 10 questions, but Victor was so prepared, he was only asked 5 questions. After passing the Civics Test, Victor took his citizenship oath this past July 24, officially becoming a U.S. citizen! Congrats, Victor!
Now that Victor is a U.S. citizen, he spends most of his free time helping the pastor at his Christian Baptist church, working as a teacher at Sunday School or giving speeches to the congregation. When he is not at his church, you can find him with his family, especially his two grandchildren who live in the U.S. – a 7 year old grandson and a 15 month old granddaughter. Victor also has 3 granddaughters in Brazil who are 8, 13, and 16 years old.
Victor also spends his limited free time improving his English as he works towards his dream of going back to college to study technology and service repairs. We wish Victor good luck as he pursues his American Dream!