On the premiere of The Bachelorette season 19, Tino Franco received Rachel Recchia’s first kiss, and the first impression rose, and fans are wondering about the soft-spoken and handsome suitor. Rachel shares the role of Bachelorette with Gabby Windey this season after they were both runners-up on Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor season 26. After Clayton told all of his final three women that he loved them, he broke up with Rachel and Gabby for his current girlfriend, Susie Evans. They were left heartbroken, but they are now happily moving on.
During the premiere, 26-year-old Rachel and 31-year-old Gabby greeted all of the men together as they emerged from the limousines. Instead of arriving in the limousine, Tino drove up on a forklift since he is a general contractor. He jumped onto the ground, saying, “Let me just say you two look ‘forking’ gorgeous.” Rachel was immediately smitten with him and told Gabby, “I’ve been waiting for a handyman. He’s my type,” when he walked into The Bachelor mansion. She told the cameras, “I’m immediately attracted to Tino.
Later in the night, Rachel had some one-on-one time with Tino. He brought her to the staircase and told her he wanted to give her a better memory of stairs. Viewers of Clayton’s season of The Bachelor will remember the heartbreaking scene when Rachel wept on the staircase in Reykjavik, Iceland, after Clayton broke up with her. Rachel loved that he was so thoughtful, and they shared their first kiss. She told the cameras that Tino was the romantic connection that she had been hoping to have and what she’s been waiting for. Tino was the only man that Rachel kissed, and now fans want to know more about the handsome suitor.
Tino’s Age, Family, & Hometown
Tino, whose full name is Justino Phillip Franco, is a 28-year-old from Playa Del Rey, California. His birthday is on February 14, making him an Aquarius. According to his ABC bio, The Bachelorette suitor loves spending time with his family and friends and “loving on his family dog as much as he possibly can.”
Tino’s Education, Job, & Volunteer Work
Tino’s LinkedIn page reveals that he graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University in 2016 with a major in civil engineering. His current job is an assistant project manager for AECOM Hunt, a construction company. According to his Instagram page, Tino also volunteers with Camp Ronald McDonald, working with children who have cancer, as well as their families. His brother, Mateo, had leukemia when he was a child, and he has been healthy for ten years. In an Instagram post, Tino wrote, “Camp heals in so many ways that medical treatment cannot, I know from experience when my little brother had leukemia (he’s been healthy for 10 years now) and camp came up big for me and my family.”
Tino’s Hobbies & Interests
According to his bio, Tino is “a go-with-the-flow kind of guy.” He enjoys cycling, camping, and surfing and dreams of surfing in Bali. When host Jesse Palmer introduced him on The Bachelorette “Meet the Men” TikTok Live in June, he said that Tino “loves, loves, loves the great outdoors,” revealing that “if it’s outside, Tino’s out there.” Tino also enjoys reading the Wall Street Journal, is a meat lover and even declared his love for a restaurant in Santa Barbara, California.
Tino created his Instagram page in 2018. It contains pictures of his family and friends, vacations, and volunteer work. It also reveals that Tino used to have long hair down to his shoulders. Tino also posted about his debut on The Bachelorette, which he captioned, “Sure hope they dig me!”
What Tino Is Looking For
According to his Bachelorette bio, because Tino is very involved in giving back to his community, he is looking for someone “who will work to make the world a better place alongside him.” He wants “a meaningful connection the will set the groundwork for him and his future wife to be great parents.” Family is everything to Tino, and he even wants four kids in the future. Tino said that he is “ready to put everything he’s got into building something real with Gabby or Rachel.”
Tino made a big first impression on Rachel on night one of The Bachelorette, receiving her first kiss and her first impression rose. He seems to be a great match for her. His acknowledgment of everything she went through on The Bachelor seems to indicate that he is serious about making her happy. Hopefully, Tino will receive not only Rachel’s first impression rose, but her final rose as well.