LA QUINTA, CA — Members of the United Fresh Produce Association gathered Jan. 12-14 at the La Quinta Resort & Club, here, to honor Rick and Tonya Antle with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their numerous contributions to the fresh produce industry. The Antles were both praised and roasted by longtime friends, associates and family members, and were clearly moved by the outpouring of love and respect.
Ross Wileman of Mission Produce, Jan DeLyser of the California Avocado Commission, Marty Craner of BC Fresh Sales and Dave Moore of Earthbound Farm.
Bob Meek of Wada Farms and Howard Roeder of Dole.
Mike and Bobby Grinstead of the Grinstead Group.
Kim St. George of Mann Packing, Megan Zweig of DMA and Penny Parham of Miami-Dade County public schools department of food and nutrition.
Chuck Ciruli of Ciruli Bros. and Mark Munger of 4Earth Farms.
Ron Carkoski of Four Seasons Produce with Michael and Teresa Muzyk of Baldor Specialty Foods.
Chuck Ciruli of Ciruli Bros. with Rick Antle of Tanimura & Antle, co-recipient of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award along with his wife, Tonya Antle.
United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel kicking off the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, CA.
Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak and Bob Morrissey of the National Watermelon Association.
Frank Padilla (center) of Costco with Chris Ciruli and Chuck Ciruli of Ciruli Bros.
United Fresh Chairman Brian Kocher of Castellini Co. introduces speakers at the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies.
Tony Freytag of Crunch Pak speaking at the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies.
Teri Trost of Gills Onions, a longtime friend of Tonya and Rick Antle, spoke about her close relationship with the couple, which were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by United Fresh.
Brian Antle of Tanimura & Antle and son of Rick Antle, spoke about the guidance his father gave him in his youth.
Tonya and Rick Antle approach the dais to accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards from United Fresh.
United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel, Rick Antle, Tonya Antle, United Fresh Chairman Brian Kocher of Castellini Co. and former United Chairman Jim Lemke of C.H. Robinson.
Tonya Antle addresses the audience following the presentation of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rick Antle addresses the audience following the presentation of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement Award.
Karen Caplan of Frieda's Inc. and Tonya Antle, who started her produce industry career at Frieda's. The two women remain very close friends.