Our Team

Matt McLean, CEO

Matt McLean is a pioneer, agricultural activist and entrepreneur in the organic industry. Currently President on the national Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association (OTA), he helps shape the policies and standards for the organic industry.

His passion for farming and his steadfast commitment to the organic life led Matt to create Uncle Matt’s Organic, Inc. in 1999, one of the fastest growing organic juice and fresh fruit brands in the U.S. Prior to that, Matt managed his own juice brokerage business that exported juice to Europe and the Middle East.

A seventh generation Floridian, Matt’s citrus roots date back four generations to his great grandfather who farmed without the use of harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Today, Matt, also known as “Uncle Matt”, manages over 500 acres of organic citrus along with his father and other family members. Fully integrated from farming to manufacturing to marketing, he also serves as a consultant for farmers wishing to convert to organics.

In Matt’s spare time, he enjoys football, basketball, triathlons, skiing and tennis. He lives in Winter Garden, Florida, with his wife and two children.


Benny McLean II, Production Manager

Ben “Benny” McLean has been working in the Florida citrus industry since the 1950s when he was put on his dad’s hand crew at the young age of ten.   After high school, Benny earned a degree in Agriculture Economics with a minor in Fruit Crops from the University of Florida.

Over his long career in the Florida citrus industry, Benny has  gained valuable experience as an agricultural statistician for the Florida Department of Agriculture, as a production manager for Libby, McNeil and Libby,  as well as an entrepreneur in a grove care and consulting with business partner Dave Gurney.

In 1984, Benny was put in charge of a 5,000 acre citrus project in the Bahamas –– from clearing the land, to building the citrus nursery to planting and harvest.  Following that project, Benny became an international citrus consultant to such countries as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama. His experience in teaching nationals how to successfully grow citrus for the first time emboldened him to become one of Uncle Matt’s first growers to convert to organic.

Today, Benny is Uncle Matt’s production manager, responsible for implementing Uncle Matt’s organic farm plan which includes all aspects of grove care and growing citrus. In his spare time, Benny loves spending time with his 12 grandchildren, and working in his organic backyard grove.


Ben McLean III, Research & Grower Relations

Ben McLean III is a citrus grower, researcher and head of grower relations for Uncle Matt’s Organic. His 30-year career in the Florida citrus industry has afforded him valuable experience in all aspects of citrus production with an emphasis in research and development.

Ben is committed to finding solutions to the citrus industry’s biggest challenges through the development of  sustainable and low-input technologies. His field trial collaboration with some of the nation’s leading university researchers and scientists has helped establish him as an organic advocate for sustainable agriculture and production of nutrient dense foods.

Ben has represented the organic industry in Washington D.C., and has served on the USDA’S Organic Research and Extension Initiative, which is responsible for awarding approximately $20 million in organic research grants nationwide.  He also serves as chairman for the Commercialization and Product Development Committee as an extension of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation.  Ben holds a Masters of Horticulture degree from the University of Florida and resides in Clermont, Florida with his wife, Annie, and their four daughters. In his spare time, Ben enjoys reading history books, exercising, and conducting field trials out in the citrus groves with his new John Deere tractor.


Susan C. McLean, Marketing & Creative Director

Susan is the Marketing & Creative Director for Uncle Matt’s Organic, overseeing all branding, strategy, messaging, creative and packaging. She oversees the Marketing Team as well as the website, social media channels and media partnerships. She has over 20 years implementing creative solutions and brings her depth and expertise to Uncle Matt’s. She is also married to Founder & CEO, Matt McLean. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, cycling and CrossFit. She and Matt have two children and reside in Winter Garden, Florida.

Carmen Daniels, Sales Operations Manager

Carmen is responsible for the daily operations of the Fresh Fruit Division. In addition, she manages all aspects of the organic certification process for Uncle Matt’s and all new growers wanting to farm organically. Carmen was born and raised here in Central Florida. Her prior work experience includes retail management, human resources and teaching Pre-K. Carmen and her husband, Mark, live in the Groveland area where they enjoy growing organic vegetables, peaches, nectarines and apples. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her four children and three grandchildren.

Shirlee Pritt – Juice Sales Assistant

Shirlee Pritt is part of the Juice Team at Uncle Matt’s Organic.  Her primary responsibilities include processing and invoicing juice orders, coordinating shipping, customer service inquiries and general office duties. Shirlee is a Florida native from Miami but spent many years living in her second favorite city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!). She and her husband, Scott, have lived in the Clermont area since 2003.  She loves beach days, reading, genealogy and spending time with her son and daughter.

Sharon Davidson, Marketing Assistant

Sharon’s responsibilities include helping the fresh fruit team with retailers, customers and other needs, as well as being the assistant to the Marketing Director. Sharon was born in North Carolina and has lived most of her life in Clermont. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and creating butterfly gardens.

Rave Reviews

I wanted to take a moment to write to you today and tell you how much I love your juices. My sister and I are fans of organic food, and your apple and orange juices are the best organic juices we have tried. Thank you for making such a wonderful product! — Hannah P., Asheville, NC

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