Our Team


What makes us different makes us stronger. Over the years, we have built a team that creatively approaches solutions from every angle. Where else would you find former marketing directors, buyers, COOs, in-house designers, engineers, and NASA chief of staffers under one roof? Our diverse backgrounds work in your favor, bringing new perspectives to every project we touch.

Kathy Bintz

Principal
Seattle, WA

Kathy knows what our clients expect because she used to be one. Before joining CRP in 1996, she was the Communications Director for Abercrombie & Fitch where she developed packaging programs with CRP. Kathy became a co-principal of the company after acquiring the founder’s partnership. She has since introduced many innovative packaging ideas to the industry such as the marketing campaign driven seasonal shopping bag programs at Ann Taylor and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Kathy is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and an adjunct professor at Miami University. She currently serves on the board of GenNext, a network of leaders aimed at tackling challenges for future generations.

Kathy Bintz


Principal
Seattle, WA

Bio

Kathy Bintz

Principal

Henry Fertitta

Principal
Seattle, WA

When Henry began with CRP shortly after its inception in 1979, he understood the role retail packaging could play in a brand’s development and personality. As a partner to CRP’s founder Steve Wood, Henry set out to turn retail packaging into “billboards.” To do it, he knew that our main tool would never be the packaging itself…but the imagination that goes into the packaging. Of course, imagination comes from only one source: People. Creative, experienced and resourceful people. Henry invests heavily in his employees, and in turn they invest heavily in our clients’ projects.

Henry Fertitta


Principal
Seattle, WA

Bio

Henry Fertitta

Principal

John Salamunovich

Executive Vice President
Houston, TX

John brings an extremely diverse background to his position as CRP’s EVP. Having worked for such national and international companies as Abercrombie & Fitch, FILA and Lands’ End, his understanding of the needs of our clients is forged from his experience of being in exactly their position.

Over his 30+ year management career in retail and wholesale, John has interfaced with all facets of product development & design, buying, sales, marketing, packaging, advertising and branding. His sensitivity to the subtleties involved in customer perception and product identification makes him the perfect advocate for clients’ needs. This combination of abilities rarely found in one person has allowed John to excel at the industry’s highest levels.

John Salamunovich


Executive Vice President
Houston, TX

Bio

John Salamunovich

Executive Vice President

Kristen Van Veen

Director of Strategic Development / Principal
Seattle, WA

Kristen is a detail-oriented, strategic communicator with a passion for improving brand experiences from the inside out. Since joining the team in 2011, she has contributed to the development of CRP’s branding & design studio and marketing initiatives. Prior to CRP, Kristen worked for Easterly, a full-service branding and strategic communications firm based in Houston, Texas. During her years with the company, she served in the chief of staff office of Boeing’s Space Shuttle Program, and was responsible for developing and improving internal communications and employee engagement strategies on behalf of the program.

Kristen Van Veen


Director of Strategic Development / Principal
Seattle, WA

Bio

Kristen Van Veen

Director of Strategic Development / Principal

Cole Johnston

Executive Creative Director / Principal
Seattle, WA

Cole is an award-winning creative director who believes in producing brand experiences that inspire connection. Prior to CRP, Cole was a senior designer for Landor Associates. During his career, he has provided insight and creativity to a number of Procter & Gamble brands: Crest, Downy, Eukanuba, Iams, Old Spice, Oral-B, Pantene, and Vicks. Cole has also been an integral part of the brand development and design for Sur La Table, Sharpie, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and has helped launch many entrepreneurial brands.

Cole’s work has garnered national and international recognition including a Graphis Gold Award, WPPED Cream Award, GDUSA Awards, and Gold & Silver ADDY Awards.

Cole Johnston


Executive Creative Director / Principal
Seattle, WA

Bio

Cole Johnston

Executive Creative Director / Principal

Kyree Gore

Business Development Director
Houston, TX

Kyree presents a unique blend of creative and operational expertise that brings winning solutions to life. She began her career as a visual merchandising and packaging buyer for Neiman Marcus, a role through which she gained a keen understanding of the packaging industry from a buyer’s point of view.

Kyree joined the CRP team at the height of the dot com boom, pioneering revolutionary e-commerce packaging concepts. With an added passion for luxury packaging, she excels at providing cost-effective, creative solutions for specialty markets. Throughout her career, she has developed custom packaging for brands including L’Occitane, Smith & Hawken, Coach, Sephora, Bvlgari, Elie Tahari, DVF, DKNY, Juicy Couture, and Restoration Hardware.

Kyree Gore


Business Development Director
Houston, TX

Bio

Kyree Gore

Business Development Director

Janet Massey

Sr. Account Executive
Houston, TX

Janet has been a valued member of the CRP team since 1996. As a senior level account executive, she has extensive experience with high profile clients on a local and international level. Prior to working at CRP, Janet owned the Houston retail store Executive Baskets. This venture offered Janet working knowledge of the retail, sales and marketing environment. Trust, communication and service excellence are the pillars of her many long-lasting business relationships with clients such as Teavana, Popeyes and Charming Charlie.

A graduate of the University of Houston, Janet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Janet Massey


Sr. Account Executive
Houston, TX

Bio

Janet Massey

Sr. Account Executive

Steve Smith

Sr. Account Executive
Seattle, WA

Steve Smith represents CRP as a senior account executive. For the past 18 years, he has offered clients creative solutions to their packaging needs from concept development to implementation and distribution. As a seasoned sales professional, Steve brings a broad range of experience in retail packaging along with numerous sales accomplishments. His collaborative nature has led to successful partnerships with top brands in the luxury retail, cosmetic, and spirits industries.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys working with 80,000 friendly bees in his backyard, producing enough honey to keep his family and friends well-fed! A graduate of University of Georgia in Marketing, Steve is a big Bulldog fan.

Steve Smith


Sr. Account Executive
Seattle, WA

Bio

Steve Smith

Sr. Account Executive

Ivy Rives

Sr. Account Manager
Houston, TX

Ivy Rives joined CRP in 1998, and has been in the packaging industry for nearly three decades. In her role as senior account manager, Ivy manages the company’s account management team and oversees all packaging development projects. She has extensive experience managing several of the company’s highest profile accounts, including Gap, Coldwater Creek, and Banana Republic.

Before working at CRP, Ivy was the customer service manager for Houston-based company Bayou City Packaging Solutions. In this role, she directed the company’s purchasing operations.

Ivy is an alumna of Michigan State University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in packaging.

Ivy Rives


Sr. Account Manager
Houston, TX

Bio

Ivy Rives

Sr. Account Manager

Aurora Salajan

Sr. Accounting Manager
Houston, TX

Aurora Salajan has been a part of the CRP team since 2001 and functions as the company’s Senior Accounting Manager. In this role, she oversees all corporate accounting processes including accounts receivable & payable, bank reconciliation, borrowing base reporting, budget forecasting, and financial status overview. Prior to working at CRP, she operated within the Romanian Government Treasury Department, performing payroll auditing for government owned institutions in the region of Bihor-Oradea.

A graduate of the Economics Sciences University in Timisoara, Romania, Aurora holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Aurora Salajan


Sr. Accounting Manager
Houston, TX

Bio

Aurora Salajan

Sr. Accounting Manager

Valerie Moore

Art Director
Houston, TX

Art Director Valerie Moore has been with CRP since 2004 and manages production design projects from CRP’s Houston office. She specializes in graphic design, print, and packaging production. Prior to CRP, Valerie worked as a graphic designer for a number of award-winning advertising and design firms including Idea Advertising, Easterly & Co., Smith & Jones Advertising. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

Valerie Moore


Art Director
Houston, TX

Bio

Valerie Moore

Art Director

Kerry Franz

Sr. Designer
Seattle, WA

With over a decade of design experience under her belt, Kerry specializes in the areas of print collateral, digital, art direction and branding. Her combined background at both small design agencies and large in-house studios has given her a unique point of view in working with top retail brands such as Fossil, Marissa Webb, Clare V., Steven Alan, and C.C. Filson. Typography, editorial design and photo art direction are her core strengths, which she loves to pair with striking visuals and distinctive tone of voice to make brands come to life. Her work has been featured in publications such as Print and Graphis, and she has received recognition from the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, Dallas Addy’s and the Art Directors Club of Houston.

Kerry Franz


Sr. Designer
Seattle, WA

Bio

Kerry Franz

Sr. Designer

Meredith Bruner

Structural Designer
Seattle, WA

Meredith is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Industrial Design. As a structural designer for CRP, she assists in the creation of unique packaging designs. Her simple but innovative style is influenced by her appreciation for design experiences abroad, which include branding and identity development. In her spare time, she enjoys pursuing her artistic passions through jewelry design, photography, and traveling.

Meredith Bruner


Structural Designer
Seattle, WA

Bio

Meredith Bruner

Structural Designer

Julianne Seely

Designer
Seattle, WA

Julianne Seely is a designer from Seattle with a passion for translating abstract concepts visually and creating positive experiences for users. She graduated Western Washington University with a BFA in design where she took classes in typography, branding, packaging, print production, XGD, HTML, CSS, motion graphics, web design, and app design. When not designing, Julianne spends her time cooing over cats, attempting to start her embroidery hobby, and starting every other sentence with, “I was listening to this podcast and…”

Julianne Seely


Designer
Seattle, WA

Bio

Julianne Seely

Designer

Karen Hunt

Import & Account Manager
Houston, TX

Karen Hunt has nearly two decades of experience in the packaging industry, and has been a member of the CRP team for over 10 years. She is highly experienced in packaging sourcing, production, and structural development. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she also functions as CRP’s primary contact with factories overseas. During her tenure with CRP, she has managed the development of packaging programs for Teavana, Tempur-Pedic, Google, Houston Dynamo, and Charming Charlie.

 

Karen Hunt


Import & Account Manager
Houston, TX

Bio

Karen Hunt

Import & Account Manager

Drena James

Account Manager
Houston, TX

Drena James has been an esteemed member of the CRP team since 1985. As one of the company’s most experienced Account Managers, Drena possesses a sharp attention to detail and has helped develop and manage packaging programs for clients such as Sur La Table, Popeyes, Great American Cookies, Charming Charlie, Marmi, as well as numerous smaller accounts. Originally from Dallas, TX, Drena was a stay-at-home mother for ten years prior to her career at CRP—a role that she claims is her “very favorite job.”

Drena James


Account Manager
Houston, TX

Bio

Drena James

Account Manager

Jennifer Graham

ACCOUNT MANAGER
Houston, TX

Jennifer has been a part of the CRP team since 2013. As an account manager, she coordinates the production of packaging programs for clients ranging from restaurant chains to luxury retailers. Her detail-oriented expertise also lends itself to CRP’s logistics division, for which she manages weekly and monthly shipping reports. Prior to joining CRP, Jennifer managed asset control and sales for a lending company and oversaw customer service relations for an international time share company.

A Texas native, Jennifer studied finance at the University of Houston, and considers being a mother to two young children as her biggest accomplishment in life.

Jennifer Graham


ACCOUNT MANAGER
Houston, TX

Bio

Jennifer Graham

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Kenna Smith

Account Manager
Seattle, WA

Kenna is as an Account Manager for the Branding & Design Studio. She brings with her over 10 years of combined experience in sales, marketing, and events. Her strong communication and project management skills paired with strategic thinking and creativity make her an asset to our team.

Prior to CRP, she was a Consultant for a promotional products company and has worked in various roles in the events industry, including Catering Sales & Marketing for Portage Bay Café and Event Sales & Marketing Manager for Meydenbauer Center. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Western Washington University.

Kenna Smith


Account Manager
Seattle, WA

Bio

Kenna Smith

Account Manager

Cynthia Reed

Associate Account Manager
Houston, TX

Cynthia Reed


Associate Account Manager
Houston, TX

Cynthia Reed

Associate Account Manager

Reggie Flowers

Warehouse Manager
Houston, TX

Reggie Flowers


Warehouse Manager
Houston, TX

Reggie Flowers

Warehouse Manager

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