Jason Dowling

Jason Dowling President

Jason has had P&L responsibilities since 2007 at UPM. With 20+ years in the plastics business and a background in sales, the company is ever focused on customer satisfaction, growth, and continuous improvement. Jason is a father of 3 and has been married to his wife Rusty for 17 years. For fun, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, baseball (Dodgers), hockey (Kings), mountain biking, and Crossfit.

Steve Dowling

Steve Dowling Vice President of Operations

Steve has worked in the plastics business for over 30 years. Under his direction, the operations side of UPM is highly organized and very responsive. Steve has built a team of professionals who keep the company operating at a high level of efficiency. Steve and his wife, Janis, have 2 grown children. In his free time, Steve enjoys concerts, travel, and wine tasting.

Cinthya Guevara

Cinthya Guevara Purchasing Manager

Cinthya has been with UPM since 1993 and has worked for several departments within the company throughout the years. Her move into Purchasing in 2006 has helped improve UPM’s strategic partnerships. Cinthya has a son in college and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Mike Ashleigh

Mike Ashleigh Sales Account Manager

Mike’s experience goes back 30 years in the industry. His knowledge of plastics, coupled with his project management skills, bring a valuable resource to UPM’s customers. Mike has four children and enjoys golfing and boating in his free time.

Mike Hartman

Mike Hartman Warehouse Traffic & Safety Manager

Mike has over 20 years of experience in the warehouse and traffic field. Prior to coming to UPM, Mike owned his own 3PL and trucking company. He was also the regional manager for Penske warehousing division in the bay area. Mike has a son and a daughter and plays hockey for fun.

Sue Farnworth

Sue Farnworth Customer Service Manager

Sue has been with UPM for over 20 years. Her experience in planning, purchasing, and customer service serves our customers well. This knowledge allows her to resolve problems quickly and effectively. Sue acts as our customer’s voice and is an advocate for them, making sure issues are solved quickly, orders are on-time, and our customers are happy. Sue has two grown children and enjoys playing billiards for fun.

Sandy Padgett

Sandy Padgett Controller & Director of Human Resources

Sandy Padgett has been with UPM as controller and director of HR for 16 years. Sandy has 40+ years in these fields. She earned an Associate of Science in business with emphasis in accounting from Rio Hondo College, a Bachelor of Science in business and management, and a Master of Arts in management with emphasis in HR from University of Redlands. In addition, Sandy spent one semester at the University of Cambridge in England, The Institute of Economic and Political Studies with emphasis on the international environment in the twenty-first century. Sandy has been married to her husband, Vern, for over 20 years. They enjoy traveling, going to the gym, and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.

Jose Cortez

Jose Cortez Quality Manager

Jose began his 20+ year career with UPM as an inspector. Working under two experienced managers, he grew his plastics and quality system knowledge working his way up to quality engineer. In 2012, he was promoted to quality manager where he manages his staff and the quality management system. Jose (called Mauricio) is married and has two young children.

Cary Middleton

Cary Middleton Tooling Manager

Cary came to UPM in 2010. His mission at the time was to take UPM’s tooling department to the next level. With top notch skills, experience with large molds, and an ability to get difficult jobs done quickly and with cost savings, he supports UPM’s shop floor and customers. His duties include overseeing of tooling of mold and hot runner repairs, machining and welding, polishing, keeping proper maintenance of every tool, design and review of tooling projects. Cary has a son and a daughter and spends his free time working on his cars.

Walter Pipan

Walter Pipan Engineering Manager

Walter has worked at UPM since 1994. Born in Austria, he completed his training and apprenticeship in Europe before travelling to the US. Walter is both an electrical and hydraulic engineer, which benefits UPM tremendously. Walter enjoys fishing and cycling when he’s not working.

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