Vice President, Global Farms
Mark Harris started his Young Living journey in July of 2014, piloting and maintaining the corporate aircraft. This role gave Mark the opportunity to travel with Young Living Founder D. Gary Young to Young Living’s farms, where he worked side by side with Gary, learning directly from him how to plant, harvest, and distill the many different botanicals. Mark began to take on farm responsibilities to help lighten Gary’s workload, and in 2015, Mark took on the additional role of Director of Global Farm Projects. In early 2018, Mark advanced to Vice President of Global Farms.
A graduate of the State University of New York, Mark is an instrument-rated pilot for an impressive variety of commercial multi-engine aircrafts, including the Mitsubishi 300 and the Challenger 600. When he’s not busy flying or checking on the farms, Mark enjoys motorcycling, scuba diving, boating, and hunting. He has five children and six grandchildren. His best pal is his dog, Buggz.
Mark’s favorite Young Living product is NingXia Nitro® because it supports his alertness and cognitive fitness while flying. He also likes to diffuse Peace & Calming® and Thieves®.
Vice President of People
Aubrey Bates brings an extensive background in human resources to her role as Young Living’s vice president of people. Growth-oriented, forward-thinking, and committed to diversity and inclusion, Aubrey’s passion for people and building world-class workplaces makes her the perfect fit for YL.
Aubrey recently served as president and co-owner of Spherion Staffing in Idaho and as vice president of Spherion Staffing in Utah. She has also worked on various projects with local organizations, including the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Aubrey is a proud partner in the League of Allies and serves on the board of advisors for the Women’s Leadership Institute, organizations dedicated to gender equality and inclusion. She combines data-driven work practices with a keen awareness of cultural and societal undercurrents to stay in tune with economic, educational, and employment trends.
When she’s not educating on strategies to improve inclusivity, Aubrey vice-chairs an agricultural-based charter school for at-risk youth, holds an executive advisory role in a sustainable agriculture company, and organizes DisruptHR events. Utah Business magazine has recognized Aubrey as one of Utah’s most successful and influential women.
Aubrey is married with one daughter and enjoys reenergizing herself on her family ranch in the nearby mountains. She grew up on essential oils, and her current go-to oil is Thieves®.
General Manager, Mexico
Manuel Ramirez’s journey with Young Living has been a unique one. He was first introduced to Young Living in 1997 when meeting Young Living’s late founder D. Gary Young to explore a business partnership. While that partnership did not come to fruition, Manuel is excited to now be a contributing member of the Young Living team.
With more than 24 years of experience, Manuel is no stranger to the direct sales industry. After receiving degrees in both chemistry and pharmacology, his career path led him to sales and marketing. He worked for numerous companies, including Morinda Inc., 4Life Research, Market America, and Jeunesse Global, holding positions that allowed him to manage sales and marketing teams and to serve as a general manager.
Manuel loves working for Young Living because he gets to pursue his passion while spending time with his family. He’s been happily married for 23 years and has two beautiful daughters. When he’s not working hard creating strategies for the market in Mexico, he likes to row, attend the theater, and surround himself with friends and family.
His favorite Young Living products include mint and citrus oils. He also likes Deep Relief™, Breathe Again™, and Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo.
Carlos Lopez Ortega
Country Manager, Colombia
Carlos Lopez Ortega brings more than 25 years of international experience to the Young Living Latin America team as Country Manager for Colombia. He has represented various companies in Latin America, including Red Bull®, Coca Cola®, El Tiempo, and Reckitt Benckiser. Carlos also has experience with direct selling and working with companies such as Herbalife®, Zrii®, and Nature's Sunshine®.
Carlos speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish and holds an MBA, a master of management, and a doctorate in business administration. He is pleased to bring his extensive experience to Young Living and support the company’s ongoing growth, both regionally and globally. He is excited to contribute to Young Living’s vision of bringing essential oils to every home.
Carlos loves Young Living products, including the Journey On™ blend, Ningxia Red®, and the Slique® line. He enjoys meeting new people, reading good books, swimming, and participating in martial arts. He also treasures the time he spends with his beautiful family—his wife, Jaqueline, daughters Laura and Sara, and dog, Ulises.