Hot Seat Academy
Hear from Central Florida’s top entrepreneurs as they take on the hot seat and tell their story about building a successful business. This month’s Hot Seat Academy will feature will feature Marygrace Sexton (Founder & CEO) and Natalie Sexton (Director of Marketing) of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company.
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 conventional channel. Natalie’s is ever-expanding, and now delivers 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 2019 topping $75 million, the company continues to grow and have a strong brand presence. Natalie’s has been ranked as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine three 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.
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.