We are a Branding and Packaging company established to provide superior products and services to the Cannabis Industry with pride, passion and professionalism.
Your brand touches your customers through many channels - website, Social Media & Advertising, packaging, retail environment, trade shows & promotional products.
Hippo is your one-stop source to create, manage and grow your brand and your business, to its full potential.
Kary Radestock, CEO, Co-founder
Kary Radestock brings over 20 years of award-winning print and packaging expertise, and has worked with some of the top brands in the world. She launched Hippo Premium Packaging in order to fill a need for professional, compliant packaging, branding, marketing, public relations, graphic and web design, and social media expertise in the emerging cannabis industry. A true visionary, Kary helps her clients increase market share and navigate to a more successful future. Whether it’s full brand development or a simple new compliant packaging design, Kary approaches each project with passion, professionalism, and pride.
Julia Gosnell, COO, Co-founder
Julia Gosnell is a 30-year veteran of business operations and print production. Her experience includes working with EarthLink, The Kern Organization, Resources Global Professionals, Russ Reid and Arch/PMI Mortgage Insurance, in operational, financial, production and procurement lead roles. Her experience on both the agency and client side, along with her extensive business workflow and operational management background, gives Hippo the ability to develop the most cost-effective solutions for their clients. Gosnell is used to collaborating with multiple creative groups and production entities to create award-winning direct mail campaigns, packaging, promotional and retail items, logistics, fulfillment, digital, conventional and inline print production.
Craig Brandon, VP of Sales & Marketing
Craig is an entrepreneur at heart with a focus on sales and marketing. He has helped multiple companies through rapid expansion, doubling the number of operating units for a leading painting franchise in less than 18 months.As a principal in a digital marketing agency, he created multiple campaigns for several leading franchises. He is skilled at all facets of digital marketing, including: SEO, PPC, email, content creation, lead generation and PR. Craig got his start in print, where he was on the bleeding edge of technology bringing the first web-to-print systems online for Disney and Comcast and was national expert in one-to-one marketing using digital print engines. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has focussed on programs that deliver measurable KPIs, system and process efficiency and definitive business results.
Teri Magnotti, Production Manager
Teri brings over 25 years of marketing, print production and management experience to the Hippo team. Teri spent 12 years at EarthLink with a primary focus on sourcing, procurement, print production, direct mail programs and branding initiatives. She was also responsible for financial operations for the EarthLink Marketing division - overseeing budgets, POs, financial reconciliations and management of the contract review process. Teri has extensive experience in short-run, digital, and high-volume production runs both stateside and internationally. Teri has consistently maintained successful, long-term relationships with clients, agencies, suppliers and co-workers, and she excels at delivering products of exceptional quality, on-time and on-budget.
Account Executive, Northern California
Brian is our Northern California Account Executive covering the Central Valley to the Oregon border, as well as the Reno market. Brian has over 25 years of professional packaging experience. He began his career servicing the emerging warehouse club store industry. Through his career, Brian has specialized in paper and plastic packaging for food service, food manufacturing, and consumer product goods. He has vast experience developing custom print solutions with a focus on environmentally friendly packaging. Brian has worked with major brands including Dole Foods, Pepsi, Annie's, Peets Coffee, Sunsweet, Saputo, California Dairies, and Sherwin Williams.
Tanya Parker, Financial Controls
Tanya Parker brings 20-years of marketing finance and analysis experience to Hippo. Tanya earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Management in 2004, with an emphasis on business finance and accounting. Tanya has expertise in budgeting, reconciliation, and developing process improvements and operating procedures for direct marketing production, retail packaging and marketing finance. She has worked for major corporations, including EarthLink, Superior Communications Products, and Merrill Corporation.
Leslie Tiano Marketing & Design Specialist
Leslie has over 30-years experience in visual arts, printing, marketing and advertising. She is an artist in the truest sense of the word, and has a vast portfolio of paintings and applied design in media such as metal, fiber, wood, ceramics and glass. She has worked with organizations such as Uniroyal, Griffin, Phelps Dodge, San Diego Convention Center, and Petersen Publishing. Additionally, Leslie brings an intimate industry knowledge to her work, as she has managed cannabis farms in Humboldt, Carpinteria and San Diego.
Leslie is also a successful entrepreneur and knows first-hand how thoughtful and creative design can help companies flourish.
Account Executive, Los Angeles
Erik is a printing and packaging pro – with expertise in everything from wide web rotogravure and flexo presses, to sheet fed litho, to the latest in digital technology. If you aren’t familiar with those terms, don’t worry. It just means that Erik knows how to get your job done with the highest quality in the most efficient means possible. Erik has worked with some of the world’s largest companies, including Nestle’s, Gillette, and P&G. He has been trusted to protect the brand integrity for these mega brands with on-site press approval authority. We look forward to Erik bringing his expertise to Hippo clients in Los Angeles and the Southern California region.
Account Executive, Colorado
Tom has all the skill necessary to help Hippo customers succeed. He has 25-years experience in publishing, printing and the visual arts, and 7-years experience in the Colorado medical marijuana business. He not only knows how to create packaging that sells, but as a former cannabis grower, he also has a keen understanding of the nuances of the marijuana business. As a former president of a publishing company, Tom knows the printing business and will help his clients get the best bang for the buck. Tom will be based in Denver, and providing insight and expertise to Hippo’s clients in the Rocky Mountain region..
Laura Blancarte, Production Manager
Laura has over 25-years of experience in Operations Management, Sourcing and Procurement. Her career began in custom packaging manufacturing. She has produced and delivered a wide array of products for some of the most recognized global brands, including Avon, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Omega, Smirnoff, and Heineken.
Laura’s expertise includes an extensive knowledge of promotional merchandise, packaging, product development, logistics and worldwide distribution. She problem solves with a passion, leaving no stone unturned, and her attention to detail and work ethics help her client’s shine.