Founder and CEO of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juices
Marygrace Sexton is the Founder and CEO of Florida-based, clean-label juice company, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juices, producing only the highest quality, authentically fresh juices for the past 30 years. What started as a labor of love for Sexton, is now a thriving, award-winning business at the forefront of the clean label movement and is ranked one of the top five orange juice brands in the natural channel. Natalie’s is ever-expanding, and now produces close to seven million gallons of juice each year.
Over the past eight years, Sexton has built a growing succession team for Natalie’s that has tripled the size of the company. With annual sales in 2018 topping $60 million, the company continues to grow and have a strong brand presence. Sexton continues to oversee all facets of the company from manufacturing to innovation and new product development. Natalie’s has been ranked as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine two years in a row.
Sexton is a member of the National Women’s Business Council in Washington, D.C. and was recently awarded the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award, which honors just 130 women each year that have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers in the manufacturing sector. Her business success story was recently profiled in Forbes Magazine. One of Marygrace’s newest endeavors is her non-profit organization, A-GAP, founded in January 2018. A-GAP is a foundation that encourages people to create freedom from technology so they can engage in community, explore creation, enhance creativity, & execute change. A-GAP weekend reprieves help individuals experience contemplation & spiritual rejuvenation to improve their personal relationships and professional performance.
Sexton is based in Vero Beach, FL with her husband, Bobby, with Natalie’s headquarters based in Fort Pierce, FL. The couple has two daughters, Natalie and Lucy, and one granddaughter, Isabel.