The Sauce Boss
Tyla-Simone Crayton is the 18-year old CEO of Sienna Sauce, a family-based business that was established on April 7, 2017, in Sienna, TX. Popularly known for its versatility, Sienna Sauce is an “Everything Sauce” and can be used as a dip, marinade, glaze, or an added ingredient.
The dream of becoming the youngest-ever sauce boss started when Tyla-Simone was very young. Her favorite wing place closed down in New York City and she asked her Mom if she could try to recreate the flavor by playing with ingredients in her kitchen. With the support and assistance of her mother, Monique Crayton, Tyla-Simone created something even better and healthier. The low-sodium, honey based Sienna Sauce contains no high-fructose corn syrup and is gluten-free so the consumers can indulge in its great taste, guilt-free.
The birth of Sienna Sauce began in NYC when Tyla-Simone and Monique were still residing in Brooklyn, New York. After perfecting the sauce, they would make the sauce for different occasions like, “Wings Wednesdays” at family functions, or when they would have a casual Mom-and-Me wing night at home. It was moments like this, in their humble beginnings that developed a stronger mother-daughter relationship between the two.
In April of 2017, they decided to bring their NYC flare down to Texas and started cooking and selling Sienna Wings every Friday out of their home. Little did they know, they would be bottling sauce to sell to the masses in just 3 years. It has been Tyla-Simone’s overall goal to package the sauce she created at a very young age and get it on the shelves of grocery stores around the globe. Recognizing the passion Tyla-Simone had, Monique took a leap of faith, left her job to fully support her daughter's dreams and became the President of Sienna Sauce. Their hard work slowly started paying off as Sienna Sauce and Tyla-Simone began to make noise.
Soon after, Tyla-Simone started getting interviews from different media outlets such as NowThis, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, C-Span, CNBC, Revolt TV, The Kelly Clarkson Show, and ABCs Shark Tank Season where she secured a deal by a Shark.
Continuing to build her business and bringing her vision to life, Tyla-Simone made herself known in the elite world of venture capitalist, angel investors and won over $40k in pitch competitions since launching her Sienna Sauce brand. She quickly became one of the most sought-after teen entrepreneurs and was 1 of the selected 5 kid entrepreneurs invited to the World Food Championships. Working as a full-time entrepreneur and a full-time student, Tyla-Simone sacrificed a normal teenage life to pursue her dreams. With 2 years left of high school, she started homeschool while still maintaining her growing Sienna Sauce business. It was not an easy decision to make but one that made the most sense for the amount of time she would have to commit to both her business and school life.
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Tyla-Simone continued to receive countless honors from many amazing organizations including The Icon Awards, She is CEO, National Black MBA Association, Top 50 Professionals & Entrepreneurs, C.O.R.E Magazine Top 100, just to name a few.
Tyla-Simone received a Pinnacle Award from the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce as the first-ever recipient to receive an award for Youth Entrepreneurship. Continually making the city where she resided proud, she received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. She was also given a Proclamation from the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner and Fort Bend County Judge for her achievements and accomplishments in entrepreneurship.
Beneath all of these accolades and achievements as a CEO, Tyla-Simone is passionate about volunteering her time in her community. One organization in particular that she is committed to, is the Sistership Foundation.
Tyla-Simone continues to inspire her fellow youth to start their own businesses by speaking to them about entrepreneurship. Serving as a board member of the Black History Club, and a member of the American Sign Language Club (ASL), Tyla-Simone is currently a student at UC Berkeley.
Monique’s never-ending support and belief for her daughter knows no boundaries and has helped Tyla-Simone become the Sauce Boss that she is now. The business that she and her mother worked hard to build is becoming a household name. They have grown to be a powerful mother-daughter duo team and have no plans on stopping. As the saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work”.