United Juice Companies of America - Team Members

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.

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!

Brenda Motley


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.

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!

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 17 years and has two amazing kids. She loves to entertain and have friends and family over all the time!

Our team is the best in the business.  Everyday each member of our team brings you the best in quality and in service.  We strive deliver you the highest quality product available today.