Ask our staff why they work at Colonial, and you'll hear the same answer again and again: it's the people.
A couple of families and friends comprise a team that cares about customer service as much as they care about each other. Get to know us and find out why Southern hospitality plays such an important role in our business.
I've been with Colonial since 2015. The one aspect of colonial that truly helps me be successful in my position, is the loving and caring team I work with daily! Although we all have responsibilities associated with our specific position, we unite as one "Colonial Family" to complete the task at hand. Your satisfaction is our number one priority!
Being in customer service at Colonial Packaging my job changes daily. Our customer’s satisfaction is my number one priority. What I love most about this company is that we are a team. The work atmosphere here is unlike anything I have ever experienced and I strive to make sure our customers feel the same way.
Senior Sales Representative
Cary is the youngest member of the Kaneft clan and calls on customers in the Columbia area with her father, Jack Kaneft Jr. At her brother Bill's urging, she came to Colonial in 1990 after she graduated from college and has been a mainstay at the company ever since. "I go out several times a month with my dad, Jack Jr., and I feel very blessed to be able to work with so many members of my family," she says.
Director of Sourcing / Sales Representative
Marshall is the newest member of the Colonial family, but he's no stranger to the company. He's the nephew of senior vice president Timothy Walden, and he started learning about the packaging industry while working in the Colonial warehouse for three summers during his high school years. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 and worked for awhile in the banking industry before joining Colonial in sales in 2010. Currently, Marshall covers the southeast but says he's willing to go anywhere it takes to get new business. He works primarily with the food industry.
Director of Sales / Sales Representative
Sam Carraway joined the company in June 2008. But he's been a regular around the Kaneft household for years. In high school, Sam was behind the plate for many of Beau's pitches for the Wilson Hall baseball team. And Sam, Beau, and Stephan were on the football team. They even lived together for several years in college. Sam graduated from Clemson and then worked for several years in his own family's dry cleaning business in Sumter before moving into sales. Sam said he jumped at the opportunity to join Colonial where the emphasis on business doesn't preclude having a family life. "The opportunity to work with your best friends along with the flexibility and potential given at Colonial is an unmatched combination not available anywhere else in the world," he says. Sam and his wife Meredith are expecting their first child soon and couldn't be happier at what the future holds here at Colonial for them.
CFO / Sales Representative
Stephan has known Board Chairman Bill Kaneft since middle school, and he used to work at a bank where Colonial Packaging was a customer. Somewhere between all the banking visits from Colonial staff and his old friendship with Bill, Stephan decided to join the Colonial team in April 2004. Now instead of serving Colonial the customer, he's serving Colonial's customers as a sales rep, visiting clients to find out how to get them the packaging they need. He likes working in sales because "you get to meet people and families from all over the Southeast." As a father himself, Stephan says the best thing about working at Colonial is the family atmosphere. "This company treats customers just like we treat family, and that's because our business is our family," he says.
Beau has been with the company since 2001. He is the Father to sons Henry, Finley, and a daughter, Anne Collins. He is a 2001 graduate of Clemson University and came to Colonial straight out of graduation. In his words “We are an old school family business. We are up to date on all technology, but we still like the face to face interaction and the sit downs to break bread. Getting in a pair of slacks and a button down is about as dressed up as you are going to see us, and that’s just how we like it here”. Beau was promoted to CEO in January of 2017 while also celebrating his 16th year of being with Colonial Packaging.
Tim joined the Colonial Packaging team in January 1993 after several years in the banking industry. He is a 1988 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Tim is married to Board Chairman, Bill Kaneft’s only sister, Cary. They have been happily married since July 27th 1991 and have (3) sons, twins Madison and Brandon, and Hampton. Bill has assembled an excellent team. Our inside sales staff works closely with the outside sales team while we are out on the road to ensure things are running smoothly and that our customer’s needs are always being attended to. We have a very cohesive team and that makes it easy for us to get out and visit customers and prospect for new business knowing everything is being handled in a professional way back at the office. Tim travels the Southeast and enjoys the satisfaction of visiting with his customers. Our customers, they’re the only reason we exist. I am thankful and grateful for each of them. He calls primarily on Colonial’s main client base, the food industry.
As a warehouse manager, Worth assists in shipping and receiving products, keeping track of inventory and answering the phone. Worth loves working for Colonial. He says he loves the friendly work environment. "Everybody's family, and my boss is awesome."
Director of Customer Service
As Director of Customer Service at Colonial, I work with the staff to make sales go more smoothly. "Colonial Packaging has been the best job because of the people I get to work with and for. We have truly become the Colonial Family and that is definitely my favorite part about coming to work. Everyone here is so kind and genuine."
Director of Operations
Basically I’m Stephanie’s right hand person. Anything she needs done, I’m there, says Melinda who works at Colonial since 1998. She says she makes daily trips to the post office, handles the company bank deposits, manages the receivables, customer service and over sees the warehouse shipments. Melinda says she likes working at Colonial because of the family-oriented, no pressure atmosphere. You pretty much work at your pace. And our boss, Bill is so gracious.
Chief Operations Officer
“If I had to write a job description, it would change daily,” says Stephanie, who’s been working at Colonial since 1996. She’s in charge of the daily operations of the Sumter office, which she calls the bloodline of the company. It’s where orders are processed and sent to vendors, bills are paid, and negotiations with clients are made. “When everything is running smoothly in the office, then it frees up and allows the salesman to go out and do their jobs, “ she says. Although Stephanie actually majored in criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, she can’t imagine herself anywhere else. “I enjoy my job because of the leadership and the people I work with and get to do life with. I enjoy working with customers and vendors on a daily basis and working for the best boss and company on the planet is just icing on the cake. I have been blessed over the years to be a part of such a wonderful company and I am excited to see the continued growth and success of Colonial Packaging.”
Jack Kaneft began helping son Bill shortly after the company started and has stuck around ever since. He believes the company’s strengths are its customers and employees. Now a strong office force and warehousing group makes travel across the entire Southeastern United States possible, Jack says. "We've come a long way. We're most thankful for the people -- they are the reasons why Colonial has been such a success and why we've been in business 30 years." So why doesn't Jack retire and watch Colonial flourish from afar? He says if we want to live a full live, we should stay active and productive as long as we can. "I wouldn't stop for anything," he adds.
As founder and Board Chairman of this family business, Bill calls on corporate clients, coaches his sales partners, works closely with his COO, Stephanie McCormick, and continues to articulate the values and vision that Colonial has always stood for. He believes in a “euro-style” management philosophy that gives company members tremendous flexibility, freedom and responsibility. He is proud of the Colonial Family.