Our Team

Bryan Bast

Bryan Bast

Interim CEO
Natural Plant Products & OMG, A Cooperative

Natural Plant Products and Oregon Meadowfoam Growers are led by Bryan Bast. Bryan brings many years of experience in global business leadership & with the development of nutrition and specialty chemical companies.  At Natural Plant Products and Oregon Meadowfoam Growers, Bryan is responsible for strategic initiatives and business development and works closely with company stakeholders, from our cooperative-based member growers to our company leaders.

Bryan has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Engineering from Marquette University. Originally from Wisconsin, Bryan lived on the east coast and abroad before moving to Oregon. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and skiing with his family.

Mike Martinez

Executive Advisor

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 was responsible for all operations from crop production to finished product distribution in the personal care industry. Mike now serves in an executive advisor role for the company.

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

Vice President, Customer Service, Planning and Logistics
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.

Mike Schelske

Mike Schelske

Chief Financial Officer
Natural Plant Products & OMG, A Cooperative

Mike Schelske brings a strong background in finance and accounting. He was born in Oregon and grew up on a farm in Jefferson. He attended Oregon State University and after graduation, he began his career in public accounting. After becoming a CPA , he moved into private accounting. He held positions as Controller and CFO for a diverse group of companies in construction, manufacturing, and entertainment. Mike has also held management positions in operations and professional consulting. He has worked for one of the world’s largest professional services providers, as well as many local entities right here in the Willamette Valley.

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.
Sarah Vito

Sarah Vito

Sample & Administrative Coordinator
Natural Plant Products

Sarah comes from the contract manufacturing side of the natural product industry, specifically for dietary supplements, food, and cosmetics. She earned her BA in Psychology from Gonzaga University with minors in Art and English and her MA in Organizational Management from The George Washington University in the District of Columbia. She is committed to sustainability and a positive work environment. Hailing from Rhode Island, but having lived in Oregon since 2010, Sarah considers herself bi-coastal. She enjoys listening to her kids’ stories, yoga, the beauty of nature, painting, and writing poetry.

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