Welcome Chris Thalasinos, New Grounds Maintenance Supervisor for East and Winter Park Campuses

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A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

If you see Chris Thalasinos, the new grounds maintenance supervisor for the East and Winter Park Campuses, stop and shake his hand.

Raised in Orlando — and also a Valencia graduate in environmental horticulture — Chris has one true passion: designing and maintaining sustainable landscapes. He’s an expert who knows all about the varieties of plants that grow well in Central Florida.

Chris landed his first job at Lukas Nursery, where he learned how to diagnosis plant problems. He then worked as a Universal Orlando horticulture team member and, eventually, operated a high-end horticulture design and installation company for many years. Later, Chris became interested in water-powered jetpacks and left the country to manage the first jetpack flight center in the Caribbean. After two years in the Cayman Islands, he moved to Miami, where he was the grounds manager at the University of Miami.

Now, we’re thrilled his travels have brought him back to Valencia, where one of his projects was landscaping around the new Plant Operations Building. “I tried to determine the best drought-resistant plants, because there is not a sprinkler system in the area and also wanted to incorporate Valencia’s colors of red and gold into the landscape,” he said.

Not only did Valencia College guide Chris to his life-long career, but it also guided Chris to the love of his life. He met his wife in the Horticulture Program at the College, and, now, they have two lovely daughters.

It seems Valencia really is a place where dreams come true.

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