Designer Speed Dating on December 15
NOSH Live Winter 2020 will feature Designer Speed Dating on Tuesday, December 15th from 4:00pm ET to 6:00pm ET. This round opens up the opportunity to have virtual meetings with designers who have experience creating brands, packaging and messaging for top food companies.
Brand Applications are closed for Designer Speed Dating Winter 2020
Becky Nelson Dahl
Founder and Creative Director, Bex Brands
Coming from Wisconsin but living in Southern California, Becky has an understanding of consumers on the coast and in Middle America. At BexBrands, she leads a team of designers and communication visionaries that find unique and authentic ways to connect brands with their tribe, no matter where they live or what their lifestyle. Mostly food drink and beauty, all clients have an aligned vision to make the world’s community healthier and happier. Experience includes: Suja Organic Juice, Chameleon Cold Brew, Dr. Praeger’s, Once Upon a Farm, Back to the Roots, Barnana, Bumble Bee, Lily’s
New Business Director , BrandFirst Creative Agency
As head of Brand Strategy and New Business at BrandFirst, Dianna is a strategic thinker with over 13 years of experience in developing cohesive brand experiences. Driven and detail-oriented, Dianna is inquisitive and analytical by nature with an ability to think creatively and find unconventional solutions to tough challenges. She is also a multi-tasker who is responsible for account leadership, project management and new business initiatives. In her New Business Director role, Dianna grows current business engagements and leads new business efforts. She collaborates with the creative and business management teams to develop high-impact content for our clients and their brands. On a day-to-day basis, Dianna is responsible for multiple business accounts, acting as a liaison between clients and the design team, to deliver high quality creative work that exceeds expectations within time and on budget.
Owner / Brand Director, Frooishen
Casey Harshman is Owner and Director of Frooishen, a branding agency that positions natural product companies to launch, scale and grow. Our process is grounded in sound strategy, compelling storytelling, brand-forward design and communication. This holistic approach develops authentic connections with the tribe and ensures brands are competing on-shelf and online for attention and sales. The Frooishen team has produced award-winning branding and package design for clients like: Nutpods, Genius, Tia Lupita, Baskin Robbins, The Good Bean and Peanut Butter & Co.
Founder and Creative Director, Bex Brands
• Passionate about helping brands communicate and educate consumers on how better ingredients affect a person’s well-being. • Makes sure brands engage consumers from both a left and right-brained perspective. • Understands the difference between a Coastal vs Middle Country consumer point of view. • Experience includes: Suja Organic Juice, Chameleon Cold Brew, Dr. Praeger’s, Once Upon a Farm, Back to the Roots, Barnana, Bumble Bee, Lily’s
Founder / CEO / Creative Director, Brim Branding
Raise a glass! You’ve just found the perfect tonic for your branding headache. Brim Branding develops and evolves the brand identities of beverage and food companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. We’ve designed for PepsiCo brands KeVita, Naked Juice, and Gatorade, Soylent, Coors Light, Miller High Life, ZenWTR, VEEV Spirits, Pei Wei, Merci Chocolate, Mars, Inc., and Southern Comfort. Along the way, our work has been featured on AdWeek, AdAge, Refinery29, and Forbes. Whether you approach us with a branding foundation already built, or we build one with you, we design to serve your customers and your brand’s longevity with empathy for your goals and excitement for your vision.
Partner, Little Big Brands (LBB)
Crystal joined Little Big Brands, a NY-based boutique branding agency, in 2011, as a Partner leading the firm’s business development efforts. She began her career in biz dev at various leading agencies, recognized that she had found her passion, and hasn’t changed course since. And in her own words – at LBB she is "living the dream." A self-proclaimed brand fanatic, Crystal is inspired by how people relate to different brands/products across categories, how they make their choices and what those selections say about them. She’s also a true client advocate, ensuring that each project’s goals are met and exceeded, and working hand-in-hand with creative and account management to maximize project success. Crystal lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and tiny dog. She is obsessed with people, travel, cooking, origami, and absolutely anything competitive, with ping pong at the top of the list. She is known for her crazy curly hair.
Katie Knapp Littlefield
Business Development Account Director , Little Big Brands (LBB)
Katie has been at LBB since 2018, leading business development efforts and expansion into new industries, categories, and digital services. She has over 14 years of experience in branding, from her own Shanghai-based start-up branding agency to growing accounts at some of the largest agencies in the US. She has worn hats from Head of Marketing to Strategic Account Director and Digital Amplification lead allowing her to explore her passion for developing and growing brands. She brought several global brands into the Asia market, led a rebrand for Switzerland's largest retail company, and launched Metallica’s whiskey brand, Blackened. She lives in New York City with her husband and in her free time, she leading marketing for her family’s Missouri-based Vineyard, Winery & Brewery, and volunteers for Shanghai-based charity, Heart to Heart which provides heart surgeries to children with CHD.
Creative Director, Interact Boulder
Fred Hart is the creative director and a partner at Interact, a Boulder-based branding and design firm. Fred’s CPG experience includes work in multiple bleeding-and-leading edge food categories, as well as nearly every beverage category imaginable. Notable brands he’s worked with over his career include Monster Energy, Dogfish Head Brewery, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and International Delight.
Account Supervisor, Interact Boulder
Chief Executive Officer & Head Strategist, MOXIE SOZO
For more than a decade, Evan Faber has worked across industries to create innovation, growth, and brand strategies that have overturned industries and transformed startups into category leaders. As VP of Brand Strategy, his leadership and vision helped earn Moxie Sozo the global reputation it enjoys today. As CEO, he continues to guide our agency. He has worked with clients such as Boston Beer, Mauna Loa, Danone, Nurture Life, Suja, and Gruppo Campari. A man of many talents, he has also been known to make a mean moonshine.
Chief Creative Officer, MOXIE SOZO
Derek Springston leverages more than a decade of design and brand building experience in his role as Partner and Chief Creative Officer at Moxie Sozo. Under his leadership, the Senior Creative Team has developed innovative, disruptive, inspired work for startups and global brands like Boston Beer Company, Campari America, Danone, and Suja. His portfolio includes projects across virtually every industry and media, from natural foods to luxury apparel and from packaging design to interactive. Derek got his start earlier than most, going to work in his parents’ small, family-owned print company at the age of 12. He has loved all things paper and ink ever since.
President + Head of Strategy, Retail Voodoo
With over 20 years of CPG experience David Lemley has helped build brands that better-for-you consumers actively crave with their mind, body, and soul. His insight, visioning diagnostics, research analysis and consensus building has helped many brands, including Essentia, HighKey, LesserEvil, KIND, Sur la Table, Sahale Snacks, and Starbucks become the beloved & dominant brands they are today.
Partner & Chief Marketing Officer, Retail Voodoo
Network your face off, hug trees, rock heels while riding a Harley then change the world from a mini-van. Diana Believes that brands should be a force for good. And she should know. Diana began cutting her sustainability teeth on a Jane Goodall project in1999 – then championing environmental packaging and marketing. Diana is a marketing industry executive with 20 years advising brands from fortune 50 to start-ups like REI, Jane Goodall, Hilary’s Eat Well, Dry Soda, Sahale Snacks, Alden’s, and PCC Natural Markets.
Owner and Creative Director, MHD Group
Marcia is the owner and creative director of MHD Group. For more than 30 years, her agency has worked with discerning businesses in the areas of brand strategy, visual design and strategic communications. Marcia has a strong sense of design intuition and personal integrity, and she values each client relationship. She has combined her design acumen and leadership to inspire and shape her team, and to create an energetic, high-performance culture at work. Thanks to Marcia, MHD Group is a respected branding and design agency. She has a Master of Arts Degree in visual communications.
Marketing & Web Development, MHD Group
Maria spearheads business development and building client relationships. She takes on the daily challenge of growing the business through strategy, leadership and drive. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and web design, she coordinates and works with businesses and organizations to create strategic marketing plans, advertising budgets, and social media strategies. Maria also manages and oversees the creation of websites and interactive web tools.
Creative Director, The Stable
Rebecca Sloat is the creative director at The Stable, defining and translating food, beverage and consumer brands across DTC, Amazon, and retail channels. Rebecca has over a decade of in-house and agency-side experience across groundbreaking startups, Fortune 500 brands, and large design agencies. Rebecca has worked with world-class brands including Birchbox, Care/of, hims, NBC Universal, Simple Mills, and Target, and she was a founding partner of a NYC-based branding agency. Her passion for the space is fueled by the copious number of beverages she keeps stocked in her fridge.
Principal and Creative Director, OffWhite Co.
Josh White is Principal and Creative Director of NYC-based brand and design agency, OffWhite Co. With more than two decades of transforming some of the world’s most successful consumer product companies through the intersection of brand strategy, creative product development, innovative packaging and technology, White’s award-winning holistic creative systems have played a key role in reinventing brands and helping clients like Chobani, Maple Hill Organic, and Nightfood Ice Cream find their secret sauce to advance their companies to the next level.
Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency
Chief Strategy Officer, The GRO Agency
Danielle Muller is the VP of Strategy at The GRO Agency, leading the next generation of GRO creative strategists attuned to the modern CPG landscape. With a contagious curiosity and furious-mind, she is passionate about connecting people with the things that move them. Harnessing left-and-right brain synergy, industry insight, and collaborative creativity, she crafts attuned strategy with both authentic and pragmatic perspective. With over 15 years of experience in dynamic brand creation, marketing, and operational strategy, Danielle has worked with everyone from spunky start-ups to Fortune 500 luxury brands. Leveraging her broad cross-industry experience, she draws from the full scope of opportunity to bridge brands and consumers, driving revenue and defining culture.
Creative Director, Voicebox Creative
Founder and Creative Director, Blind Tiger Design
Oceania Eagan is the Founder and Creative Director of Blindtiger Design, a creative agency specializing in the unique needs of the craft beverage industry. Bringing an unmatched depth of knowledge from her 15+ years immersed in the industry, she has built and grown successful brands that connect with today's consumer. Oce has found success by focusing on the uniqueness of each brand to elevate, define and launch products across on- and off-premise channels. Prior to founding Blindtiger, she served as the Chief Design Officer at Taphandles, building and leading the creative operations for over a decade. Her experience also includes 3 years in Central Washington University's Craft Brewing Program, teaching the Sales, Marketing and Business of Beer course.