Our Team

Jim Daniels

VP, Global Sales & Marketing
Natural Plant Products Inc.

A Nebraska native, Jim brings over 20 years’ global business development experience to NPP. Prior to joining NPP, Jim’s positions include co-founder and CEO of CortControl, LLC, an integrative specialty supplement company, and executive, sales & marketing roles in a number of technology and scientific instrumentation companies. Jim will use his extensive international business development and global sales team management to manage NPP’s global distribution network and oversee marketing initiatives. A longtime Portland, OR resident, avid film maker and musician, Jim likes to unwind at his range in the John Day wilderness of Eastern Oregon.

Carissa Holtmeier

Director of Operations
Natural Plant Products Inc.

A Salem native, Carissa worked most recently as an Operations and Project Coordinator for the Oregon Bankers Association. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Management from Corban University and has volunteered extensively with local youth programs

Joan Kappes

VP, Research and Innovation
Natural Plant Products Inc.

Having recently returned to her native Pacific Northwest, Joan spent the last 20 years in the midwest in Personal Care, Cosmetic, and Pharmaceutical industries as a product development and formulations scientist. During that time, she developed patented technology, branded and private label products across all sectors. Joan has an MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Cincinnati.

Mike Martinez

Natural Plant Products Inc. & OMG, A Cooperative

Shortly after completing his B.S. in Chemistry at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon Mike joined the staff at Natural Plant Products. In 2010, he assumed the position of CEO for both Natural Plant Products and its parent company, OMG, a cooperative of Oregon farms. In this capacity, he is responsible for all operations from crop production to finished product distribution in the personal care industry. In addition to his studies in chemistry, Mike completed an MBA at Willamette University with a focus on strategy and sustainability. A native of Seal Beach, CA, Mike is now proud to call himself an Oregonian and has adopted the requisite habits of running, the pursuit of pinot noir, and the habitual avoidance of umbrellas.

Charles Ortiz

Vice President
OMG, A Cooperative

A native of the Willamette Valley with over 18 years of experience as a production agronomist, Charles brings a wealth of knowledge to the agricultural side of the business. Charles graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Crop and Soil Sciences and has worked in both industry and as an independent farm operator. Charles oversees all meadowfoam and radish production and works closely with OMG’s agricultural research partners in the public and private sectors.

Amber Smith

Senior Director Global Supply Chain
Natural Plant Products, Inc.

Originally from Sweet Home, OR, Amber joined the Natural Plant Products team in 2011 after graduating from Willamette University with a degree in Rhetoric and Media Studies. Since then she’s served in various roles keeping the day-to-day operations of the company running smoothly. In her spare time, Amber enjoys tea, dystopian fiction, and hand-knitting her own socks.

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