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Our Squad

A diverse team dedicated to turning cool ideas into reality.

We have over 300 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 13 languages; have studied, taught, and worked around the world; and hold advanced degrees in marketing, corporate strategy, and multiple design disciplines.


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. Of the 30+ years he’s spent teaching and consulting on design and innovation, the majority have been spent building consumer-packaged goods experiences. 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, Creative Director

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.


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.

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.

Bradley Wong, Senior Industrial Designer

Joined Berlin: 2018

Role: Manages and leads structural and industrial design projects.

Experience: Bradley holds a Master of Product Development degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has partnered with design agencies, startups, and global corporations in Chicago and Pittsburgh. He utilizes a design approach focused on improving user experience and building compelling brand stories. A few notable clients include AB-InBev, Beam Suntory, Big Heart Pet Brands, Kraft-Heinz, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Weber Grills.

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.

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. 


Amy Hawker, Senior Brand Design Director

Joined Berlin: 2018

Role: Lead project teams in the creation and development of proprietary packaging brand solutions.

Experience: BFA in visual communications from University of Kansas. Developed top level creative for national CPG projects with a focus on brand strategy and packaging for numerous clients including General Mills, Kimberly Clark, Kraft, SC Johnson, Smuckers, Naked Juice and Conagra. In addition, worked 3+ years in the private label sector developing brands at Aldi, Sam’s Club, and Roundy’s.


Keenan Marr, Industrial Designer

Joined Berlin: 2016

Role: Manages and designs for structural design projects.

Experience: BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Industrial Designer at multiple design firms in Chicago including CHOI Design and Product Council. Keenan has worked with several brands in the consumer products industry, including Weber Grill, GUM Oral Care, and Arctic Zone.


Katrina Epperson, Industrial Designer

Joined Berlin: 2016

Role: Manages and designs for structural design projects.

Experience: BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Industrial Designer at The Carlson Group (2 years) where she designed retail environments. Prior to that she was a contract Industrial Designer for many Chicago area companies such as Think Kaleidoscope, Optimal Design, RTC, LG Electronics, and Design Integrity.

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.