Native Austinite, Builder of Brands, Sustainability Nut

Native Austinite, Builder of Brands, Sustainability Nut

Just Trying to Make The World Better

 

Mason is an award-winning entrepreneur, Sustainability advocate, and co-parent to two amazing kiddos. Raised in Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering from UT Austin, Mason has started and helped start 8+ companies centered around the health of people and the environment. He and those companies have won or been recognized in 30+ awards for entrepreneurship, innovation, and business model. He also continually serves on non-profit boards and advocates for Sustainability and Organics at state and national policy levels.

Current Focus – Cece’s® Veggie Co

 

Cece’s® Veggie Co. disrupted the produce department by pioneering the first pre-packaged, USDA certified Organic spiralized vegetables. Founded in 2015, Cece’s innovative fresh-cut veggie products have been recognized with awards from the leading trade associations in the produce industry, the United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing Association.Cece’s was honored in 2019 to be #3 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies in the country.

Clean Food

 

Cece’s is part of Mason’s passion for clean food. Prior to Cece’s, Mason co-founded Greenling®, the first and largest Farm-to-Table grocery delivery company in Texas. Locally, Mason has served on the board of the Sustainable Food Center and Naturally Austin as well as being a mentor for the SKU program. Mason drafted and lobbied for legislation, that passed, in the state of Texas creating an Organic Advisory Board to the Texas Department of Agriculture. Nationally, Mason serves on the United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors, a major national trade group representing 2,000 fresh food companies. He also serves on the Organics Working Group for UF advocating for Organics in Washington DC and advising the National Organic Program.

 

OTHER COOL STUFF

Community: Mason volunteers heavily in his community as long-time mentor to accelerator programs, serving on multiple non-profit boards, and speaking/meeting entrepreneurs to share his experiences.
Family: Mason co-parents with an amazing mother his two favorite people in the world - his 9 yr-old son and 7 yr-old daughter. He has them half-time and is hands-on during that time, taking them to school and spending weekends playing. His parents and brother all live nearby, too!
Fun: Mason plays hard with his kids and plays hard without them. He’s always down to party and travel and his favorite toys are his RV and his boat.

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Inc.com

His Kids Couldn’t Eat Gluten, So This Founder Started a Company That Sold $25 Million in Veggie Noodles Last Year

 

Mason’s latest company, Cece’s Veggie Co, was #3 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies in the country in 2019.

#3 Fastest Growing Company in Inc. 500 2019
At the 2017 United Fresh conference, Cece’s Veggie Co win the ‘Best New Vegetable Product’ award for its innovative veggie noodles.
Recognized as one of Austin’s influential foodies
Greenling received 8 ‘Best of Austin’ awards
Cece’s wins Association for Corporate Growth’s 2018 mid-sized company award for growth.
Mason wins Eco-Leader of the Year in 2011.
Cece's wins CircleUp 25 Most Innovative Brands 2018

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