The Tanzer Family


Today New Jersey's own Packing Specialties is led by patriarch Bill Tanzer and his two sons Ross and Jason.


Both a leader and a dedicated team player, Bill Tanzer is Packaging Specialties reigning patriarch. He joined his father, Harry Tanzer at Packaging Specialties in 1966 after serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. An avid baseball player as well as a fan of the game, he brings sportsmanship and spirit to the custom packaging world. Bill's previous game had him championing such positions as catcher, third baseman, and occasionally, pitcher. The family man and entrepreneur is still devoted to the sport, having umpired hundreds of high school and college games over the years. Bill has also managed a Little League team for more than three decades. His love for baseball continues today through weekly volunteering as an umpire for the New Jersey State Little League. 


As the Tanzer matriarch, Claire is the glue of the Packaging Specialties family business. In addition to working as wife to Bill, mother to Ross and Jason, and grandmother to Ashley, Ryan, Remi, and Alexa, she is Packaging Specialties' office manager. She's held the latter position since 1991 after graduating from New Jersey's Rutgers University.


Ross has been his Dad, Bill's right hand man since high school when he worked summers in the stockroom. He made his partnership with the Tanzer family custom packing business official in 1994 after graduating from the University of Michigan. Ross uniting professionally with his father, great uncle and grandfather’s business kicked off the third generation of Tanzers dominating the custom packing industry. Ross is married to Abby who hails from Stockton, California and works for Federated Department Stores. They have two children: Ashley, age 10 and Ryan, age 8. They live in Short Hills, New Jersey.


Jason joined Packaging Specialties in 2001 after a stint owning and operating Trimana Grill restaurant in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Given his previous experience in the food and beverage industry, Jason was instrumental in building relationships for Packaging Specialties that addressed the custom packaging needs of restaurants and hotels across the nation and around the world. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Jason now lives in South Brunswick, New Jersey with his wife, Lauren, a speech pathologist and their two daughters, Alexa, age 7 and Remi, age, 5.