Day in the Life. Team Cascade. Diversity & Inclusion. Hispanic Heritage Month.
Welcome to the “Day in the Life” series, where we take an inside look at the daily routine of a valued employee at Cascade Asset Management. Our featured employee will share their background, insight into our company culture, along with the skills and expertise they bring to the IT asset disposition (ITAD) industry.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), we’re featuring Christian Salamanca, a Senior Field Technician from our Orlando, FL facility. The cultural diversity of Christian’s life has given him a strong sense of Hispanic pride. He is also a valued Cascade team member.
Christian was born in Puerto Rico and then spent most of his formative years growing up in Chile. Chile had experienced a period of military dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet, who came to power on September 11, 1973, following a coup d’état that ousted the democratically elected socialist president, Salvador Allende.
Chile’s journey back to democracy was gradual. A historic referendum on October 5, 1988, saw Chileans rejecting an extension of Pinochet’s rule, leading to presidential elections in 1989. In March 1990, Patricio Aylwin’s inauguration marked the return to democratic government after 17 long years of dictatorship. Although this transition was a significant turning point, the scars from the past were visible. Christian remembers seeing bullet holes in the capital building set in a landscape that desperately needed reconstruction. All of this was a constant reminder of the nation’s dark history under military rule.
At the age of 15, Christian moved to the United States where he has remained and is currently serving as our Senior Field Technician here at Cascade. The grit and charisma it takes to begin fresh in a new country can take its toll, however. Acclimating to an entirely new language, culture, and way of life is difficult when you’re away from family and friends, but the hope that America provided was worth the cost of the sacrifice of family connections, which is one of the strongest bonds of the Hispanic culture.