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
Kary Radestock, Chief Executive Officer, brings over 20 years of award-winning print and packaging expertise, as well as a network of the top brand makers, marketers and print production experts in the nation to this emerging market. Radestock launched Hippo Premium Packaging in March 2016 offering an array of services including: Strategic Planning, Marketing Strategy, Brand Development, Social Media/PR, Graphic Design, Web Design and of course, Print and Packaging. Hippo works with businesses looking for a brand refresh or an entire brand development and specializes in helping canna-business get their products to market in the most beautiful and affordable way possible. With Hippo, Radestock has built a “Creative Collective” of talent specifically geared to support the unique needs of the Cannabis Industry.
Julia Gosnell, COO
Julia Gosnell, Chief Operating Officer, and a Hippo founder, is a 30-year veteran of business operations and print production. She brings with her to Hippo three decades of experience with EarthLink, The Kern Organization, Resources Global Professionals, Russ Reid and Arch/PMI Mortgage Insurance in operational, financial, production and procurement lead roles. Gosnell’s experience on both the agency and client side along with her extensive business workflow and operational management background will allow Hippo to bring the most cost effective, upscale packaging to their clients. Gosnell is used to collaborating with multiple creative groups and production entities to create award winning direct mail campaigns, plus packaging, promotional and retail items, logistics, fulfillment, digital, conventional and inline print production.
Tina Tarvin, Print Production Manager
Tina Tarvin, Production Manager, brings 30 years of sales and production experience in direct marketing, print and digital production to Hippo. Tina’s diversified production skillset and best production practices, is essential to lead our Sourcing and Production department. Tina has developed and produced marketing and mail programs with top agencies and brands such as Russ Reid, Grizzard, The Kern Organization, Deutsch, Countrywide, EarthLink and HealthNet to name a few. Tina will be instrumental in helping expand our production supply chain to manage our increased volume. Tina will help establish production protocol and procedures to meet and exceed client expectations.
Terrie Drago, Digital Marketing Manager
Terrie Drago, Digital Marketing Manager, comes to Hippo with 25 years in advertising, marketing, journalism and custom branding. As a native of San Diego, Drago joins the Hippo team as a social media strategist – with a record of achievement and demonstrated success. Her duties will include social media, public relations and digital marketing for Hippo and our clients.
Stewart Huey, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Stewart Huey, one of our Southern California Account Executives, comes to Hippo with over three decades of creative experience. His skill-set ranges from creative director, graphic designer and photographer to print production expert including packaging, collateral, outdoor campaigns and in-theatre displays. His extensive and exceptional skill set in print, technology and design will add tremendous influence to our clients’ experience with Hippo.
Mitch Kaczmarek, Senior Account Executive
Mitch also services the lower Southern California region and brings over 25 years of experience to Hippo, spanning across every conceivable type of packaging. After completing two tours in the U.S. Navy, Mitch entered the packaging industry in the 1990s. His focus started with industrial manufacturing specializing in rigid packaging for the liquid container industry which included complex sizing variances. Mitch continued his successful career by moving into the returnable packaging industry working with premium brands including Coke, Pepsi, Mission Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Kraft Foods.