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Our Squad

A diverse team dedicated to turning cool ideas into reality.

We have over 150 years of combined packaging and brand building experience. 

With experience ranging from the development of consumer electronics and clothing to footwear and medical devices, our Studio team draws from vast experience in numerous industries. Our staff is assembled from a roster of well-known, blue-chip design firms.

We employ industrial designers, brand strategists, engineers, graphic designers and market researchers. Between us, we speak six languages; have studied, taught, and worked around the world; and hold advanced degrees in marketing, corporate strategy, and multiple design disciplines.


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Scott Jost, Vice President of Innovation and Design

Joined Berlin: 2003

Role: Leads design, innovation, and engineering functions at Berlin Packaging, including management of Berlin’s Studio One Eleven design division.

Experience: Undergraduate degrees in Technical Illustration from St. Louis College and Industrial Design from Purdue University; dual-MBA in Marketing and Strategy from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Scott’s primary focus for over 20 years has been consumer-packaged goods branding. His client list spans categories from food and beverage to medical devices, and includes such firms as AB-InBev, Baxter Healthcare, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Medtronic, Nestlé, Novartis, Pfizer, and Procter & Gamble. Scott holds numerous US and international utility and design patents and is a member of the Industrial Design Society of America, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the American Marketing Association.


Martin Rathgeber, Director of Engineering

Joined Berlin: 2015

Role: Designs packaging, components, and systems, also leads and directs engineering team.

Experience: Graduate of the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Martin has a passion for getting top-notch user-centered design into production and on to store shelves. He brings with him over 20 years of product development experience, most recently at Radius Product Development, where he was responsible for the capabilities, productivity, and growth of the Chicago engineering team. Prior to Radius, Martin was Director of Mechanical Engineering at Herbst LaZar Bell (HLB). In these roles, he provided consultation to a variety of global consumer goods firms and brands including SC Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Clorox, Procter & Gamble, Wrigley and Kraft, as well as a broad range of firms in the medical and industrial sectors.


Andrew Sanguinet, Director of Industrial Design

Joined Berlin: 2011

Role: Designs components and systems, also leads industrial design projects and teams.

Experience: BFA in Industrial Design at the University of Kansas. Senior Industrial Designer at RedFusion Studios (4 years), Industrial Designer at IMI Cornelius (4 years). Worked on projects ranging from commercial food equipment to consumer electronics to interface design for software. Accomplishments includes projects for Nonin Medical, Bosch, Koss, PepsiCo, OTTO Engineering, Georgia-Pacific, Diageo, YUM!, Starbucks, McDonalds, and Anheuser-Busch.


Liam Hawry, Director of Industrial Design – Packaging

Joined Berlin: 2005

Role: Designs packaging and leads structural design projects and teams.

Experience: BFA in Industrial Design from Syracuse University. Working for several Chicago area design consultancies, he helped launch iconic products such as the TUL line of writing utensils for Office Max and Blu-Ray Disc packaging for Sony. He has worked in many fast-moving consumer goods categories including supporting brands such as Downy, Softsoap, and Armor All. He also brought several of his own ‘green’ housewares to market through his company Normal Design.


Kieron Tse, Director of Industrial Design – Product

Joined Berlin: 2014

Role: Designs components and systems, and leads structural design projects and teams.

Experience: BA in Industrial Design from Purdue University. The majority of his professional experience is with fast-paced product design consultancies. Some of his successful products out in the market include Shure headphones, Cottonelle Fresh Care Dispenser, Waterpik showerheads, and various medical devices.


Shar Puskala, Director of Program Management

Joined Berlin: 2016

Role: Manages complex projects, provides general engineering where needed, and helps with project documentation and infrastructure.

Experience: Director of R&D at Typenex Medical, Principal Engineer at CareFusion INC, Senior Engineer at HLB, Project Engineer & Co-Op at DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson & Johnson Company. Expertise product design and development of highly regulated medical devices and complex project management. MS degree from Northwestern University in Product Design & Development, BS in Mechanical Engineering, Medical Equipment Design Specialty from Kettering University. Certified Internal Auditor for ISO13485


Toni Galabova, Manager of Brand Design

Joined Berlin: 2010

Role: Creates branding and graphic designs, also manages branding projects and teams.

Experience: BFA in Graphic Design from California State University Fullerton. Toni gained notable experience working with multiple blue-chip consultancies in Los Angeles on everything from outdoor advertising to international movie titles and package design. Toni has delivered compelling work for clients such as Schawk, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, Virgin Charter, and the Houston Astros.


Karli Anderson, Manager of Studio Operations

Joined Berlin: 2005

Role: Leads the corporate marketing design team and takes primary responsibility for creating tools to assist with training, prospecting, selling, and customer engagement. Karli offers creative support to the Studio and Berlin customers using a variety of media, including video, web, and print.

Experience: BFA in Digital Film & Video Production from the Illinois Institute of Art.


Rafal Bielawiec, Senior Brand Designer

Joined Berlin: 2014

Role: Manages and designs for branding projects.

ExperienceWith a BFA from the Illinois Institute of Art and almost a decade of experience in branding and packaging design, Rafal has a proven track record designing for major CPG clients such as Turtle Wax, Ziploc, Windex, Yoplait, and Old El Paso.


Dana Cott, Marketing Specialist

Joined Berlin: 2012

Role: Manages market research capability for Berlin customers. Provides creative and administrative support to the entire Studio design team as well as manages Berlin’s social media presence.

Experience: BFA in Advertising from Illinois Institute of Art.


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Matt Creed, Marketing Communications Manager

Joined Berlin: 2011

Role: Manages the visual aspect of the Berlin Packaging brand across all media. Creates external communications while portraying Berlin Packaging in a consistent, professional manner. Responsible for company websites. Matt also works on graphic design and branding projects for customers.

Experience: BFA in Communication Design from Southern Illinois University.


Jon Duke, Industrial Designer

Joined Berlin: 2014

Role: Manages and designs for structural design projects.

Experience: BFA Degree in Industrial Design at the College for Creative Studies. Worked at Radio Flyer and then Streng Design, helping design Whirlpool future concepts.


Nora Flood, Lead Industrial Designer 

Joined Berlin: 2010

Role: Manages and designs for structural and industrial design projects.

Experience: Earned her degree in Industrial Design from Purdue University. Prior to Berlin Packaging she worked at Radius Product development, working on both packaging and product design. Project work includes 3M, WM Barr, Kenra, and Wholesome Sweeteners.


Tien Nguyen, Lead Industrial Designer

Joined Berlin: 2012

Role: Manages and designs for structural design projects.

Experience: BFA in Industrial Design from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Prior to joining Studio One Eleven, worked at Trek Bicycle Corporation, where he had the chance to work on high end bicycle components, and CHOi Design, where he designed products for Weber Grill.


Brett Niggel, Senior Designer

Joined Berlin: 2008

Role: Designs packaging and closures. Engineers components to ensure superior manufacturing, filling, and usability.

Experience: Began his career as a journeyman injection mold maker. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Brett honed his design and development skills working with a range of clients in the medical, personal care, household, and beverage markets. A named inventor on numerous utility and design patents, he has designed and developed closures and packaging components for clients such as Gillette, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Alcoa Closures International, and ConAgra Foods.


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Gil Palmon, Senior Product Development Engineer

Joined Berlin: 2012

Role: Designs packaging and closures. Engineers components to ensure superior manufacturing, filling, and usability.

Experience: Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a MS in Mechanical Engineering. Packaging Engineer at Procter & Gamble with experience on notable brands such as Tide, Febreze, Cover Girl, Head & Shoulders, and Pantene. 


David Stoken, Senior Imaging and Production Designer

Joined Berlin: 2014

Role: Manages artwork production and imaging for our branding practice; creates compelling visuals for use in our design projects and marketing collateral. David also works on graphic design and branding concepts for customers.

Experience: For over 15 years, David worked as a Digital Creative Imaging Artist for Lipson Alport Glass and Associates. David's focus was on consumer packaging goods where he led multiple brand initiatives, translating the design vision consistently through the production process. He has supported major brands including SC Johnson, General Mills, Pepperidge Farm, Dr. Scholl’s, Kimberly Clark, Naked Juice, Jim Beam, and Blue Bunny Ice Cream. 


Jonathan Eziquiel-Shriro, Senior Industrial Designer

Joined Berlin: 2015

Role: Manages and designs for structural and industrial design projects.

Experience: BA in Economics from the University of Rochester and MFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Held role as working on projects designing tractors, wheel loaders and combines for the heavy-equipment division of Fiat-Chrysler; creating user-interface hardware for John Deere; and styling Sea Ray boats and yachts.


Jane Shang, Junior Graphic Designer

Joined Berlin: 2016

Role: Designs for branding projects.

Experience: Designs for branding projects. Experience: BFA in Graphic Design from the Illinois Institute of Art. Jane has freelanced for a range of clients from small shops to major firms in and around Chicago.


We are known for our work, but we like to have a little fun, too.

When you work as hard as we do, you need to balance the scales. We strive to make the Studio a fun, productive, and inspired workplace. Friday yoga sessions, fresh omelet bars before staff meetings, and celebrating birthdays with hand-made cards are just a few of the little things that help make our team what it is.