Juice companies Best Team

Marc Craen

Chief Operating Officer – Co-Owner

Marc Craen has developed his unique expertise from twenty four years of combined operations experience in all aspects of the citrus juice industry. He has served as COO of United Juice since 2002, and has played a pivotal role in growing the company 700 percent in the last 14 years. Previously, Marc was COO of The Fresh Juice Company, Inc., a NASDAQ-traded company with $50 million in annual revenues that was ultimately sold to Saratoga Beverage Group.
At United Juice Marc enjoys the varied nature of his role, from daily interaction with fruit growers, to visits from international customers, to production and planning meetings. Whenever possible he spends time travelling with his wife of twenty five years and his two adult children who always claim that they must have one last family vacation together!



Dan Petry

Vice President of Sales – Co-Owner

Dan has over 30 years of sales experience in the citrus industry. Prior to starting United Juice Companies of America, Dan managed the sales operations of a publicly traded juice company with over $50 million in sales. The most satisfying reward of the past 30 years in sales has been the partnerships and friendships made along the way. His interaction between the customers and distributors has always been the fun part for him. Dan is an avid golfer and Yankees fan. On his downtime, he enjoys quality time with friends and family.



Meg Von Glahn

Director of Sales & Marketing

Meg is a dynamic Sales, Business Development, and Marketing professional with 15+ years’ food & beverage experience. She has held various sales & marketing positions at PACCAR, Kenworth, Kimpton Hotels, Heinz Kraft, Job Corps, and most recently as Director Foodservice Sales for Kettle Cuisine. Meg holds a B.A. from University of Washington and an M.P.A. from Metropolitan College of New York. Originally from Queens, New York, Meg currently resides in downtown Chicago. Meg personally invites you to come join our journey in the wonderful world of juice!



Barbara Gibbs

Grower Accounting

Barbara has been a part of the evolving world of citrus as she would say for “eons.” If asked, she would tell you that she would most likely bleed orange juice if cut. She has come to realize that the industry is a close knit community and has truly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people over the years despite the miles between places of work and residence. Barbara truly enjoys seeing the joy and happiness of others, especially her family.



Nancy Shepard

Inventory Control Analyst

Nancy believes that it was her mother that led her to her professional career in the citrus industry when she supported her during her first job interview with Cushman Fruit Co. where she started in the retail store preparing the citrus bins and shelves with Florida Citrus. During the next 30 years she grew in her job responsibilities with Cushman’s and became their Operations Manager overseeing all of the citrus gifts being shipped and proud of the fact she worked for an industry leader in gift fruit who had established partnerships with QVC selling the world famous Honeybells. With her broad range of experience and knowledge she was able to join Harry and David and then eventually joined Heller Bros to start their E-Commerce Gift Citrus division. When Nancy is not working she enjoys off-shore fishing and boating along with her Golden Doodle Bogart!



Nancy Mason

Purchasing

Nancy Mason has been immersed in the citrus industry since 1988. Her many years’ worth of experiences in packing houses and gift fruit has leant to her expertise to United Juice. We count on Nancy to reconcile our inventory, which helps us make sure we have everything available to properly execute a juice program for you. Nancy spends her down time traveling with her family, which includes not just her husband and handsome twin boys, but her three Jack Russells!



Brenda Motley

Controller

Brenda has been a part of the United Juice team for 15 years as their Controller. She has enjoyed watching the company evolve from a small town juice company to what is now United Juice, serving customers throughout the United States. She has been in Accounting for 30 years and enjoys finding every last penny! Brenda enjoys outside activities and spending time with friends and family. Her vacation time is spent in North Carolina with her daughter and son-in-law.



Loyda Valdivia

Administrative Assistant

Loyda has an abundance of history working in an office atmosphere, primarily in the Health Care Industry. She brings her clerical and organizational expertise to United Juice. A normal day consists of assisting with accounting, filing, translating and executing various time sensitive tasks. Her happiest moments are spent cooking delicious Cuban dishes for her husband and two children, complimented by her favorite beverage, Strawberry Lemonade made with ginger ale and fresh strawberries!



Jennifer Pappadouplos

Human Resources Manager

Jennifer is a dedicated Human Resources Professional with over 15 years of progressive Human Resource experience. She has spent the majority of her career working within Non-Profit organizations. Jennifer holds PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-CP certifications, which demonstrate her ability to understand both the application and implementation of HR practices and US laws and regulations. She is a Florida native, married to an amazing man and raising two beautiful daughters. If given one wish it would be that every child was gifted with a stable home with food, love and the encouragement and opportunity to be something great!



Kathy Frank

Customer Service

Kathy is often the enthusiastic, energetic voice you hear when you call United Juice. She has a substantial background in both Customer Service and logistics, having worked many years for a moving company as well as her own internet based home business. When she is not at the office collecting orders, preparing production reports and organizing outgoing trucks, she is spending quality time with her husband of 25 years and their two teenage sons. Originally from a large family in Long Island, Kathy and her family enjoy boating on the river and soaking up the Florida Sunshine!



Heidi Wood

Customer Service

Heidi comes to us with a background in retail management as well as several years of experience in the food industry. Her daily roles include, but are not limited to, gathering orders, preparing production reports, and if you call our facility, you will likely hear her answer your phone call with a friendly and enthusiastic “hello!”. Heidi’s favorite Lambeth Groves beverage is Strawberry Lemonade. Always the perfect combination of sweetness and tart, it is a delicious icy cold compliment to her dinners spent around the table with her family. Her perfect recipe for happiness is a mix of her wonderful husband, two amazing children, the beach, a grill, and some good music!



Dave McGill

Director, Client Relations

Dave has been involved in the Florida Citrus industry since 1987. His experience spans from warehouse management to logistics and national sales. It is with pride and admiration that Dave has watched the company grow day by day and is honored to meet and work with a variety of interesting and enjoyable people. His motto is “anything for the customer” but he feels that when you have a product that is so richly enjoyed by consumers all over the United States it is easy to sell. Dave will tell you that if you are looking for a quality citrus/orange juice he will be glad to visit you anywhere, anytime!



Francesca Salemi

Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Francesca has been in the food service industry for over 15 years. She most recently spent the last 10 years as a consultative sales specialist and Divisional Corporate Chef for companies like Tyson Foods, Smucker’s Foodservice, and Simplot Foods to name a few. Previously, Francesca owned a catering company known as Sicilian Kitchen Catering, proving she loves to cook and excited to utilize our fresh squeezed products in her recipes (soon to be shared!). Francesca was born and raised in Chicago, a graduate of DePaul University, and currently resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and 2 children.



Greg Colton

Plant Manager

Greg comes to us with over 20 years of experience in various aspects of the Florida citrus industry. He started in field production and was General Manager of a large fresh citrus packing facility before finding his way to us. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife of 20 years and two kids navigating Florida’s natural landscape on ATV’s.



Beatriz Jaramillo

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Beatriz joins the United Juice team with strong organizational skills from her extensive background in ocean transportation and logistics. BA in Business Administration. Her daily roles include organizing all aspects of the companies trade shows, providing daily support for our sales team and managing the website and social media accounts. She was raised in Florida but born in Colombia! Beatriz has been happily married for 15 years and has two amazing kids. She loves to entertain and have friends and family over all the time!



Glinda Lofton

FSQA Director

Glinda has over 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. She has held various positions from Quality Manager to Technical Director with experience in Research and Development and Quality. Glinda obtained her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University. A native Chicagoan, Glinda, is happy to join United Juice in sunny Florida.