Meet the Carow Packaging Team

  • Steven Carow

    Steven Carow

    President and Sales Representative Midwest US and Central Canada

    Steve offers a comprehensive knowledge of packaging solutions from all aspects: sales, operations, information technology, special applications and product development. Keeping well informed about the industry, Steve personally visits clients, production facilities and identifies new trends through trade related events. A natural problem solver, he applies a well-informed, analytical approach when working with customers to reveal the best outcomes for their applications. Steve is a graduate from the University of Michigan and continues to develop professionally from research and experiences as well as through consultation with his father, Bob Carow, founder of Carow packaging.

    Steve is a family man so most of his time away from the office is spent with his wife and two young children. In those all too rare free moments, Steve can be found playing Brazilian percussion, an interest he has pursued for over 30 years, enjoying physical activities outdoors or studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts.

  • Sheryl Stier

    Sheryl Stier

    Sales Representative Western US and Western Canada

    Bringing over 18 years successful sales experience, Sheryl is a go-to professional that knows the products and takes the initiative to keep her accounts educated, with a smile. Taking the time to truly understand all of the Carow products and their functions help her solve real packaging problems with informative answers. Ready for a challenge, Sheryl has the tools to understand, analyze and optimize your product in today's marketplace.

    Summer is Sheryl's favorite time of year, as she is an antique car enthusiast, enjoys being outdoors gardening, and visiting open air markets looking for vintage taxi cabs or Chicago's Worlds Fair memorabilia.


  • Dean Gavney

    Dean Gavney

    Sales Representative Southern US

    "Passion for what you do comes through every time" is Dean's personal motto. Always ready to introduce a new product or idea to his accounts, Dean's enthusiasm for packaging solutions shines through. Well versed in all of the Carow products, he can always find several options for a customer to choose from and follows through on all special requests. A graduate from Eastern Illinois University with a political science degree, Dean has a systemized approach to getting the job done.

    In his off time, Dean is sure to be doing one of two things...either listening to music or jamming on his acoustic guitar. For over 25 years he has been a musician, performing in bands and as a soloist. He even met and later married his wife at the Drive-by Truckers annual homecoming concert in Athens, Georgia. Also fond of the great outdoors, Dean enjoys boating and camping.


  • Jeff Washbourne

    Jeff Washbourne

    Sales Representative Eastern US and Eastern Canada

    Jeff is ardent about packaging and it shows in every interaction with customers and prospects. After graduating from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Jeff started his career in packaging and over the last 15 years has gained knowledge in multiple channels ranging from cosmetics to industrial to environmental to flavor and fragrance.

    In addition to packaging, Jeff has a passion for travel and loves spending time with his wife and two young sons. In his free time, Jeff can be found exercising, running, cooking or tackling a DIY home improvement project.


  • Angela Stasiak

    Angela Stasiak

    Sales Facilitator Team Leader & International Sales

    Angela strives to learn something new every day. This commitment to learning, along with her 15+ years of customer service and office administration experience in printing, sales distribution and warehousing has helped Angela quickly learn the responsibilities of sales facilitator and advance to the rle of team leader.   

    Angela is a graduate of Illinois State University, a married mom of two boys and the office athlete. When not watching her son perform in Swing Choir she can be found boating, biking, golfing or bowling. Angela also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends at their condo in Lake of the Ozarks.

  • Barb Mendoza

    Barb Mendoza

    Order Facilitator Team Leader

    Responsible for inbound and outbound shipment, in addition to leading the Order Facilitators, Barb is always at the center of Carow's production. She has progressively expanded her knowledge of warehousing, inventory control and international shipping, from special training to hands on experience. Another value Barb adds to our team is her communication skills in Spanish and German. She is regarded for her strong commitment to Carow's unmatched customer service and always projecting a positive attitude every day.

    In her free-time, Barb is passionate about music, is an avid scrapbooking enthusiast and participates in on-line card games. Barb also enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

  • Michele Abed

    Michele Abed

    Order Facilitator

    Michele's can do attitude combined with her vast experience in customer service, inventory control, sales, purchasing, administration and management make her the perfect fit for the Order Facilitator position. Whether sourcing components, placing orders or managing suppliers, Michele gets the job done right the first time.

    Michele grew up in northwest Illinois, but has lived in California, Florida and Nashville, where her daughter is currently attending culinary school while pursuing a career in music. The apple didn't fall far from the tree as Michele also loves to sing. When not at work Michele can be found in the kitchen cooking a big Italian meal or at a NASCAR race cheering on her favorite driver.

  • Thor Ericson

    Thor Ericson

    Order Facilitator

    With undergraduate and masters’ degrees in math and education from University of Puget Sound, and having spent several years teaching, Thor is a natural at inventory forecasting and reconciliation.  Combined with his calm manner and positive attitude, Thor has all of the tools needed to fulfill the customer service and order management duties required of an Order Facilitator.

    When not spending time with his girlfriend, Thor can be found snowboarding, bike riding, watching hockey, going to concerts or just hanging with his cat, Angel.

  • Jennifer Norton

    Jennifer Norton


    The financial go to person, Jennifer is responsible for all of Carow's accounting functions. Jen relies on her 25 years of experience to perform her daily responsibilities of invoicing, accounts payable, accounts receivable and facilities management. Jen efficiently reconciles troublesome issue with a pleasant disposition and unwavering smile.

    Jen is married with one son. Preferring to be on the sidelines as opposed to taking the field, Jen considers herself a "professional spectator" of all things sport, including but not limited to softball, basketball, racing and little league.

  • Janet Freund

    Janet Freund

    Marketing Manager

    With over 20 years of financial, marketing and project management experience, an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois and a masters from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management, Janet is prepared to lead the marketing efforts at Carow.  Whether creating product brochures, maintaining the website or organizing corporate events, Janet approaches each task with enthusiasm and a chance to learn something new.

    Janet is married and a mom of two young girls.  When not leading a Girl Scout meeting or volunteering at school, Janet loves looking at houses, party planning and shopping.

  • Alejandra Acosta Liendo

    Alejandra Acosta Liendo

    Executive Administrative Assistant

    Ale provides administrative support to the President and handles special projects for all areas of Carow Packaging. Ale is an excellent project manager and brings a positive approach to her many responsibilities. A graduate of Zulia University in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Ale moved to the United States in 2002, adding a wonderful multi-cultural influence to our team.

    Ale is married and a busy mom of two young children. When she isn't caring for her family, Ale enjoys traveling throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America and has been fortunate to even experience Machu Pichu. Appreciating the arts, she likes dancing and listens to many types of music. Revealing a creative side, Ale also has a knack for sewing, decorating and entertaining.

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