It is with great sadness, that I have to report that there has been a loss in the family. Victor Andres Machado passed away on March 4, 2014. Victor was my brother in law and was a vital member of staff at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm for many years.
Victor first came to Sarasota from Venezuela in the early 90s to prepare for becoming a professional tennis player. His sister (my wife, Rebeca) was his chaperone and they both knew quickly that they preferred the American way of life and felt more at home here than in their home country.
Victor trained in tennis with incredible intensity for a young man and competed in tournaments around the world. He mentioned Japan and Denmark as two of his favorite places.
Eventually, his body could not withstand the rigors of the sport and he stopped playing competitively at the elite level. He got a scholarship to attend Berry College in Georgia and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
Victor joined the team at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm in 2002 soon after he graduated from college. He worked in a number of areas of specialization within the field of immigration law including H-1B visas, employment based green cards, and O and P visas for extraordinary individuals and internationally recognized athletes. One of his lasting legacies will clearly be the vast number of immigrants he helped to achieve their goal of residence in the U.S.
Victor’s impact on the law firm was profound over the past 10 years. He helped to develop many of our office processes and procedures, including our custom-made case tracking system. He took it upon himself to train new members of the firm and was the person we all turned to when something needed fixing. He even came up with the original concept for our current firm logo.
Victor was always a very serious and intense individual who believed in structure and following the rules. And yet, he had a remarkable sense of humor and could tell a joke and appreciate a good joke better than anyone. His laugh made others smile. He had a creative and artistic talent that he expressed with writing, music and the most fantastic Halloween costumes.
Victor reserved his friendship and affection for those he felt were special. As a result, his friends always knew they had an exceptional place in his heart.
In respect for the privacy of his family, members of the law firm have been asked not to answer questions about Victor and let this tribute be the singular communication on the subject from the law firm.
As a friend, colleague, brother, cuñado, and employee; Victor Andres Machado will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
Sincerely, Chris Jaensch