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Executive Team

From small beginnings to the company we are today, we’ve always aimed to exceed customers’ expectations. Our executive team strives to uphold a mission of integrity, consistency and timeless comfort with our natural products.

Mark Jacobs - CEO
Mark E. Jacobs, CEO

Having worked in the family businesses from a very young age, Mark has been involved with The Watkins Company since the Jacobs family acquired the company in 1978. Since graduating from Brown University, he has worked at Watkins in various capacities, primarily in the sales and marketing areas. In 1996, he became Vice President of Sales at Watkins, and in 1998 he was named Chief Executive Officer. But he doesn’t just talk the talk: Every morning, Mark rises and shines with a dash of Watkins pure ground cinnamon on his granola and blueberries.

In addition to his role as C.E.O. of Watkins, over the past 10 years Mark has served on the Board of Directors of Winona Health, Winona ORC Industries (an organization dedicated to serving the disabled community), St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona State University and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Mark is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, likes to play tennis and ski.

JR Rigley - President
J.R. Rigley, President

J.R. Rigley joined The Watkins Company in 2005 as VP of Sales and advanced to his current role of President in 2013. Today J.R. oversees the daily operations of the company including sales, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain and finance.

J.R. came to The Watkins Company with 16 previous years of management experience, having worked for Procter & Gamble and McCormick. He received a B.S. in economics from Towson University and a M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to his role as President at The Watkins Co., J.R. has served on several boards and professional/community organizations including Cookie Cart, Winona Health, Natural Products Association, YPO & Special Olympics while also helping coach his three children in lacrosse & hockey. His favorite gourmet spice is pure ground pepper, and if he were stranded on a desert island with only one Watkins product, it would definitely be our new Organic Lemon & Pepper.