Francisco is a native of Cali, Colombia. He first came to The United States as an exchange student at the age of seventeen, and subsequently put himself through college graduating from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green,OH with a BBA in 1977 and thereafter, from The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH with an MBA in 1978. He started a career in International Banking with The Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL and in 1982 was sent abroad by The First National Bank of Chicago first to Venezuela as Assistant Representative, followed by Panama as Vice President in charge of the Andean Group, and later to Australia as Marketing Director of First Chicago Australia Limited in Sydney, Australia. Upon his return from overseas in 1991, Francisco was offered a job with S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine, WI as Treasury Manager for Latin America and Asia Pacific where he later became Assistant Treasurer. In 1999, Francisco was promoted to Vice President Corporate Treasurer of JohnsonDiversey, Inc., Sturtevant, WI where he worked until 2005 before returning to banking as Vice President-Middle Market with JP Morgan Chase Bank, Milwaukee, WI.
After twenty-four years in Wisconsin, Francisco retired in 2013 and moved to Greenville, SC in 2016 with his Australian wife Alix. They have three grown and successful children. Francisco has volunteered with a number of organizations including as Chairman of the United Way of Racine County for four years, and a Board member of the Racine County Economic Development Corporation, The Gateway Technical College Foundation, The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, and a member of the Hispanic Business and Professional Association.
Francisco is now becoming involved with the Greenville community and in November 2017 was elected Board member and Treasurer of the Braydon Homeowners Association at Hollingsworth Park; a member of the Hispanic Alliance Financial Stability Team; and a member of the Verdae-YMCA Membership Committee. He also enjoys volunteering with Upstate International where he facilitates Spanish conversation classes. Francisco is a U.S. citizen and besides community involvement, his other interests include hiking, reading, travelling, and soccer.