Francisco Mercado, Sr.

Crew Leader, Grounds Department

Francisco Mercado, Sr.—affectionately known here as "Pancho"—has been a staff member in the Grounds department since the early '70s. With many decades of training and experience, he specializes in areas including equipment operation, horticulture, and landscaping. He heads a team of four seasonal staff members that keeps machinery operating and mows the grass on more than 45 acres.

Mercado grew up in Lares, Puerto Rico, where he helped his father on the family farm.