Our Team

Mike Martinez

CEO
Natural Plant Products & 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.

Joan Kappes

VP, Research and Innovation
Natural Plant Products

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.

Amber Smith

Senior Director Global Supply Chain
Natural Plant Products

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.

Todd Baybutt

Todd Baybutt

Customer Service / Sales Representative
Natural Plant Products
Todd serves in the role of Customer Service / Sales Representative and is the primary point of contact for all customer requests. He manages leads and supports NPP’s sales and marketing endeavors. Todd grew up in Northern Virginia and currently resides in North Carolina. He has a degree in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing from York College of PA. Todd has worked primarily in sales and customer service within multiple industries. In his free time, Todd enjoys running, Spartan races, and spending time with his family.

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