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Gemini Motor Transport Regional Manager Thankful to be U.S. Citizen

Posted November 23, 2014
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More than 23 years ago, Gemini Motor Transport Regional Manager Julio Anaya's parents let him visit the United States from his home in Guadalajara, Mexico, so he could do two things.

"I wanted to learn a second language, and I wanted to be on my own," he said.

It was a trip designed to last only a few months, but Julio never returned to Mexico on a permanent basis. Instead, he hoped to start attending school in the Los Angeles area, where he arrived with his sisters in 1991. However, they couldn't afford to take care of young Julio, so he went to work.

When he was 15, Julio started working in the Bakersfield fields, picking up irrigation pipes. Did that for a year and a half.

After several years of working through the process, Julio became a United States citizen this year. He said it's the fulfillment of a dream, and he talked about what it means to be part of this country.

"First of all, becoming a U.S. citizen is every immigrant's dream. I'd give my life for this country any day of the week," Julio said.

And Julio has been part of the Love's Family of Companies since 2005. He currently works as a regional manager for the Southwest U.S. at Gemini Motor Transport, the primary fuel hauler for Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores.

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After spending a couple of years working in the fields, Julio got a job with a small trucking company that moved freight to and from Los Angeles International Airport. His performance caught the attention of another company, and he eventually got his commercial license, which he used for a couple of years as a driver for GeoLogistics Americas.

The next step up for Julio was tankers. He drove for Evans Dedicated Systems for a year, year and a half, before he and his wife moved to Arizona. That's when Julio started working for Desert Refined Products, and that's when he found out that Gemini needed drivers.

Julio jumped at the chance to join the Gemini team and the Love's Family of Companies. He drove for a little more than a year, and then he worked to learn every part of the business, from transloading to setting up rail sites. That led to an offer to become a terminal manager in Phoenix, Arizona, where he and his family currently live.

The rest, as they say, is history, and Julio is enjoying the fruits of his labor and perseverance. We asked him why he enjoys working for Love's, and Julio's focus immediately went to family.

"There's just so many reasons as to why I like working here. The fact that this is a family-owned business. I happened to get an opportunity to meet the Love family, and they're great people. Makes me even more loyal. I love it," he said.

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Julio poses with his son several years ago.

The energy Julio puts into his work with Gemini is no less than the energy he has put into his quest to become a U.S. citizen. The process as a whole has taken nearly a decade.

"It was a little harder than I thought it would be," he said.

Lots of paperwork, process and patience, but the opportunities to take classes to learn about U.S. history were strictly a joy for Julio. He said he's always been a history buff, particularly interested in the presidents who have served the nation. Julio prepared for a test of about 100 questions related to U.S. history, and part of that process was a one-on-one verbal test with a Homeland Security officer.

For example, the officer asked Julie to explain the Bill of Rights. This wasn't merely a question to demonstrate rote memorization. It was a question designed to demonstrate understanding.

Of course, answering was no problem for the history buff.

This Thanksgiving, Julio is thankful to be a U.S. citizen, and we're thankful he's part of the Love's team -- and that he shared his story with us.

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