Our administrative offices and our production facility are located in Gridley, California - in northern California's agricultural valley. We are housed in a beautiful 54,000 square foot building that is dedicated gluten free, nut free, dairy free, vegan, certified organic and kosher. Mary's Gone Crackers has assembled a terrific team of people committed to getting our fabulous crackers, cookies and pretzel sticks onto store shelves and into your kitchens! Please contact us with your comments or suggestions.
Mary Waldner, Chairman & Founder
As founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers, Mary Waldner leads both product development and brand strategy for the company. Mary is responsible for the development of all of the company’s products, and has been a Director since the company was incorporated in 2004.
Inspired by her own struggles with Celiac Disease, Waldner created Mary’s Gone Crackers after finding a shortage of nutritious, gluten free options that tasted good. Her handcrafted recipe became a hit not only with Celiac sufferers, but with consumers eager for delicious snacks they could feel good about eating. Mary’s Gone Crackers Original was awarded the Sofi Gold for the most outstanding cracker at the New York Fancy Food Show in 2008.
Waldner is a member of the Organic Trade Association and the Celiac Sprue Association.
Prior to co-founding Mary’s Gone Crackers, Waldner practiced as a psychotherapist for 26 years; she holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Mary Waldner is married to Dale Rodrigues with whom she created Mary’s Gone Crackers. She resides in Paradise, CA.
Dale Rodrigues, Founding Director, CEO & President
Dale Rodrigues serves as founding director, CEO and president of Mary’s Gone Crackers, where he is responsible for building the cohesive MGC team and managing its creative process. Rodrigues has helped establish the company as one of the premier natural food brands in the industry, reporting a compound annual growth rate in excess of 40 percent every year since it was founded in 2004. In 2012, the company’s profitable growth exceeded 75 percent, employing more than 240 people.
Unorthodox in his management style, Rodrigues trusts in empowering his team through a safe, creative and autonomous work environment, challenging individuals to take risks when making decisions because “without risk, there is no growth, no evolution.” Rodrigues holds himself and the MGC team to high standards, saying “we start at ‘excellent’ and strive to go up from there.”
In 2013, Rodrigues brokered the sale of MGC and is responsible for the successful, strategic acquisition of 80 percent of the company by Kameda Seika Co. Ltd, Japan’s largest manufacturer of rice crackers. As CEO of MGC, Rodrigues took a solemn oath to protect, preserve and grow the capital that was entrusted by the company’s investors, and secured a return on investment in excess of four times to MGC’s 53 investors. Rodrigues has been an entrepreneur most of his working life, starting in high school when he formed a light show company that worked at high school dances and once at the historic Fillmore. Later, Rodrigues worked with his father’s modest redwood fence company, growing the business four-fold in three years and eventually forming his own deck company when his father retired. Using the marketing skills he developed while running his own businesses, Rodrigues created a database marketing company, which provided building permit data to suppliers and sub-contractors in the construction industry. After selling the business in 1996, Rodrigues worked as a project manager for high-end residential contractors, successfully managing their most complicated projects.
In 2003, Rodrigues left the construction industry to devote his efforts and talents to the successful funding and launch of MGC. In reflecting on his past experiences, Rodrigues says, “I’ve learned that it’s better to think as big as you’re capable of thinking. It’s key to being successful.”
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