He made it – tested it – patented it – sourced it – and started a business with it.
The journey from Kasher’s inception to present day has been exciting, difficult, and we’ve been blessed to know some of the best sort of people in the world – the 420 family.
We've now sold over 1 million KASHER lighter tools.
Every step of the way has reminded us of the importance of maintaining a proactive, work-conquers-all mindset, and despite any setbacks or nay-sayers, to just Make It Happen.
MEET THE TEAM
Andrew Sweeney, President & Founder
Andrew is an entrepreneur and inventor. While attending the University of Idaho’s School of Business, the idea to create a long-lasting, easily accessible lighter tool struck him. After graduating, he established Swado, LLC, filed for patent protection, and then began sharing Kashers with the world. Andrew started out by moving from Moscow Idaho to Portland Oregon, sleeping on his brothers couch in a small, 1 bedroom apartment. Waking up each day to continue writing his business plan and figure out how to get a product idea to market. It started slow; working other odd jobs and devoting time to Kasher during nights and weekends, but he stuck with it. His unrelenting belief in this patented, radical new tool has brought the company to where it is today – selling Kashers in all 50 states, and in other countries around the world. Andrew's goal is to share his invention with the world by bringing the most useful tools a person can keep on their lighter - and in pockets, purses and backpacks worldwide.
Bradford Duft, Chief Executive Officer
Brad began his career in private law practice, focusing on patent litigation, licensing and negotiation, and strategic patent prosecution. He also spent time in-house at companies, including as SVP and General Counsel at Amylin Pharmaceuticals for ten years. For the next ten years, Brad was President and CEO of CoDa Therapeutics (now OcuNexus), which he co-founded. Brad brings over 35 years of business and legal experience to the Kasher team. He helped raise over $200 million for his previous companies, including Amylin, which he helped take public and was later sold for $5.3 billion. Brad has assumed an integral role as CEO at Kasher and brings experience and knowledge to the table in many areas including operations, financing, legal, and in scaling companies.
Kate Chaffins, Creative and Design Consultant
Kate began her design career after graduating with a B.A.S. in Graphic Communications and Print Technology in 2015. She is naturally creative, thoughtful and pragmatic, and continually works to increase her knowledge in design and related fields. Her aesthetic has guided the company's front-facing and internal marketing materials since 2016.
Eric Fitzgerald, Operations Consultant
Eric is a Brand & Business Management Consultant, and founder of Tailor Consulting Group LLC. He is an accomplished brand and business management professional with a particular focus in the fashion, lifestyle and retail industries. He is a highly analytical and strategic thinker driven by pragmatic problem solving, innovative solutions and attention to detail. Eric provides big-picture vision and is highly effective at identifying growth opportunities and responding to challenges with confidence, determination and focus. His areas of expertise are numerous and include: Strategic Planning & Analysis, Brand Management / Marketing, Business Development & Sales, Merchandising & Inventory Mgmt., Operational Systems & Processes, P&L / Financial Reporting, Retail Project Management, and International Business & Distribution. He is an effective leader and builds effective teams.
Kasher's mission is to continue to bring customers the finest new products for their life and convenience.
We believe in bringing ideas to life with initiative and action. Kashers were created to solve basic, but unsolved tasks. A decade later, dozens of uses have emerged from this simple tool.
Projects that have been completed and goals that have been achieved all have one thing in common: they all started with one single step and were followed with daily diligence. This is the Kasher philosophy.
Join the movement and start living your life with KASHER® products!
About the business
The KASHER was created, and first made and sold by Swado LLC, a Portland Oregon-based company. The company was founded in December 2008, specializing in lighter accessory items. Andrew Sweeney, the company’s founder, invented the Kasher® lighter tool, which was patented and released to the market in the summer of 2009.
Andrew came up with the idea, developed it while in college, then moved to Portland Oregon to launch his business after filing for a patent, which was granted. Kasher® Lighter Tools were a hit. Kashers are now sold in all 50 states, Canada, and Australia, and we're closing in on 1 million sold!
Kasher, Inc. is now a Delaware corporation and led by Andrew and Brad Duft, a seasoned CEO, and long-time lawyer, litigator and business executive.