How did you get into the field?
I grew up in Brazil, where much of my family was deeply involved with the lumber industry and furniture production. Where I grew up, you were either into cattle or lumber. Lumber smelled a whole lot better, so it was an easy choice.
When I moved to the States, I saw an ad for a Portuguese-speaking assistant with AdvantageLumber.com
, and I thought, “I can get paid for knowing Portuguese?”
Unfortunately, my new profession also involved sleeping in hammocks in the jungle, living for days on Nutri-Grain bars, traveling to dangerous South American villages, dodging South American gangs and thieves, and breathing dust in jungle logging camps. I do get to travel to some of the nicest South American locations, but unfortunately, lumber doesn’t always grow in luxury areas.