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Brazilian-Sarasotan Lourdes H Gallagher Starts New Project

Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , | No Comments »

If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Sarasota immigrant Lourdes Gallagher you’ll know her by her welcoming personality and inspiring energy.  She will be humble and kind but once you start asking her questions you will realize she has an unbelievable wealth of experiences.  We recently sat down with Lourdes to record her story for

Lourdes grew up in in Rio de Janeirol.  Through constant application (working during the day and going to school at night) she became a Project Design Engineer.  She worked designing oil and sugar refineries for 5 years.  She always enjoyed design and after leaving industrial engineering started a furniture and closet manufacturing company with a partner.  She ran that for a few years until she was invited by Aeroglobal to become a director of operations in North America purchasing small airplanes and developing new business.  The company took her to Montreal and Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia she decided to contact an American friend she’d made in Brazil through her hobby, car racing.  His name was Steve.  Steve was in Detroit so Lourdes requested a transfer to Detroit, Aeroglobal agreed to establish the company in Detroit and obtained an H1-B visa for her.  One and half years later Lourdes and Steve decided to get married and Steve was able to sponsor Lourdes for a Green Card.  A few years later she was working for the same automotive company as her husband.

Lourdes lived in Detroit for the next 18 years.  She bought airplanes, became a stock-broker, worked for the Airlines, worked as an Engineer, become a Professor and interpreter.  She was working for AT&T when the company gave her the option of relocating to Phoenix or Sarasota.  She chose Sarasota.  When AT&T laid her off in 2009 she went back to school for IT project management.

Lourdes and her partners’ latest project entails installing solar panels that will provide electricity to residential homes.  She is currently working on providing “green” energy for 14 thousand homes in Brazil.  She also has another project  that will bring clean water to rural villages in a remote region of  Africa.  We wish her all the best.

If you wish to contact Lourdes you may do so through her email:

Brazilian-Sarasotan Lourdes Gallagher Points to her Village

Brazilian-Sarasotan Lourdes Gallagher Points to her Village

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Written by Chris Jaensch

Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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