Meet Leonardo Espinoza, our Featured Employee of the Month

Yakima, WA – Borton Fruit would like to feature Leonardo Espinoza this month as one of our long term key employees. Now managing two of our ranches, Leo has proved to be a great team leader that gets every task accomplished that’s sent his way. 

Leonardo was born in Zamora, El Platanal Michoacán Mexico. After high school, he attended college, taking courses to become an electrician and/or industrial mechanic.  At the age of 20, he decided to move up to Salinas, California.  “Shortly after arriving to America, I heard about some work in Washington from a group of friends and decided to hop in the car and drive up to Yakima” Leo said.

Leo worked for a Borton affiliated grower when he arrived in the valley in 1980. He started out picking apples, pruning trees, cleaning up orchards, etc. out in the fields.  He worked his way up the ladder for many years until deciding to take a 4 year break from agriculture.  In April of 2006, Leo decided to come work directly for Borton as a field supervisor, which has been his role for the past 11 years.  Some of Leo’s responsibilities include; hiring and managing employees in all aspects at two ranches, making sure all orchard tasks are being completed within company and food safety regulations, and making sure all processes are being carried out through each season in the field.    “I would like to thank Bill and John for trusting in me.  This job has improved me in so many ways, I am very thankful” Leo said.

In Leo’s time away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, 6 children and 8 grandchildren.   He also enjoys welding and has found peace in going out to his shop and playing around with welding to come up with different crafts. 

Leo, we are very thankful to have you as a part of our team here. Your ability to lead by example is valued here very much.  We appreciate your dedication and hard work over the many years you have been a part of our family.  Thank You for all you do!

Posted December 29, 2016


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