Ken started working at The Cary Company (founded 1895) in 1973 shortly after graduation from Marian University where he earned a BA in English & Spanish and a minor in Business Administration. He started as office manager and became Treasurer
in 1975 continuing to do the purchasing, inside sales and logistics as well as personnel management. He became VP in 1981 and President in 2008.
In late 2008, he purchased The Cary Company. Since that time the company has seen amazing growth and success. From 2009 to date The Cary Company went from 34 employees to 145 while sales continued to grow under Ken’s leadership.
In 2018, the company acquired Gurman Packaging in Terre Haute, Indiana and moved it to southwest Indianapolis for an Eastern distribution center. One year later they acquired Three Rivers Packaging, a tote reconditioner and packaging distributor
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In March of 2021 they divested the raw materials business unit, which was the founding business, to Barents USA, a Dutch based global chemical distributor. The most recent acquisition in March 2021 was Quality
Container, a packaging distributor in Utah to provide the Company with a western presence. The Cary Company is looking for one or two more strategic acquisitions fitting the company profile as well as desired locations to support.
Today Ken’s son, Thomas (TJ), is taking a larger role in management while he continues managing the marketing presence in the industry.
Ken has a long Catholic educational history from Divine Infant grade school in Westchester Illinois, Immaculate Conception high school in Elmhurst, Illinois, where he met and married Debbie and had 3 children, Kelly, Thomas and Jamie. They have 9
grandchildren. Ken played baseball and football in high school and baseball at Marian University. Both Ken’s high school & college baseball teams are in their Halls of Fame. Ken was all-conference in high school & all-district in college as
well as being inducted into the Marian University Wall of Fame. He was a resident advisor and truly enjoyed being a leader and guide to fellow students.
Ken settled in Downers Grove, Illinois & St. Joseph Parish where he coached for several years. Ken continues to give back and supports his roots, Marian University, St. Joseph Parish and Immaculate Conception high school. Ken officiated
basketball for 40 years for Catholic grade school leagues and donated his compensation to the St. Joseph Athletic and Booster group. Ken played amateur Baseball for 17 years then switched to softball where he played through 2020.
About the Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Award
The Dillon Family Distinguished Alumni Award is given to alumni who have: attained significant achievements in their careers; exhibited a spirit of mentoring by providing guidance, support, encouragement and leadership to Marian University
students, faculty, staff, or to individuals in the broader community and contribute through personal leadership, to the development and growth of the individuals mentored; demonstrated outstanding contributions to the growth, development, and
visibility of Marian University through gifts of energy, time, and talents; demonstrated a commitment to achieving peace and social justice through significant contributions in a professional or volunteer role; contributed significantly to the
welfare of others through volunteering in direct service endeavors; or made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the civic, national, global, or religious community through professional or volunteer leadership.