A Form of Payback || Seblaine

Sebastian smiled at himself as he made his way over towards Blaine’s dorm. Really, anything that involved them kissing was welcomed by him. He knew it might’ve been wrong to do this to Cooper but really his mind was stuck on Blaine’s lips. He stopped at his boyfriend’s dorm, knocking light as he waited for Blaine to answer.

Pictured: Back Row- Frank Montgomery, Conference Chair; Front Row (left to right)-  David Strauss, National AFOP Director, Mary Laughling, Antonini Fruit Express, Veronica Gonzalez, Antonini Fruit Express, and Ernie Flores, AFOP President

Press Release


September 27, 2011

Antonini Fruit Express Receives Non-Agriculture Employer Excellence Award


VISALIA, CA- Proteus, Inc. proudly announces the selection of Antonini Fruit Express as “Non-Agriculture Employer” award recipient for the 2011 Excellence Awards.  This recognition was awarded to Mary Laughlin and Veronica Gonzalez, Antonini Fruit Express employees, at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) National Conference held on September 22, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. AFOP is a national association representing organizations serving the farmworker community in employment and trainings services across the nation.

Antonini Fruit Express was nominated based on its continuous commitment to provide farmworkers opportunities to succeed.  Located in Huron, CA, Antonini Fruit Express is a private trucking company, specializing in hauling agricultural products and general commodities such as canned goods, empty cans, bulk wine, corrugated fiber, steel products, tomatoes, peaches, nuts, graining, and building materials.  “It is a great honor to have received this award. Our own successes are based on the community and this award shows the commitment,” said Mary Laughlin, Human Resource Coordinator.

Antonini Fruit Express has partnered with Proteus, Inc. since 2006, hiring over 24 farmworker graduates of the truck driving program as commercial truck drivers.   The company invests hundreds of training hours and financial resources to ensure these newly hired workers succeed.  The company recognizes the work ethic of the migrant and seasonal farmworker and considers its investment to be a win-win situation.

Proteus, Inc. would like to congratulate Antonini Fruit Express on this award and thank them for the on-going support of the migrant and seasonal farmworker. 

Proteus, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization with over 40 years of experience serving farmworkers and other low-income residents in the Central Valley counties of Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Tulare. Some of the programs Proteus, Inc. offers include adult basic and vocational education, job training, employment-related services, family self-sufficiency, gang prevention, childcare, and other human services programs aimed at helping individuals and families.  Proteus, Inc. is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a California Award of Performance Excellence (CAPE) award winner. 

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