Jana Harris grew up around the Harris Packaging Corporation, the company her father started. But, going into the family business was not a foregone conclusion. Her father wanted her to succeed outside of it. Consequently, after graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, she opened her own business. After growing her startup into a profitable player in the highly-competitive Dallas/Fort Worth marketplace, she sold it.
In 2006, Jana and her sister, Jenise Harris Cox, were given the opportunity to work in the family business. Jana worked in several positions throughout the company to learn its many facets , including customer service, transportation, purchasing, and sales. Jana also worked with production teams to implement lean manufacturing techniques.
Jana and Jenise are now majority owners of Harris Packaging Corporation and American Carton Company – completing the transition from the first to the second generation of the Harris family.
Outside of work, besides being married with two adult children, Jana is very active in support of the community and the packaging industry. She is Co-Chair for the Summit of the Women’s Business Council Southwest, serves on the Advisory Board for the Dallas Tennis and Education Academy, and is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC).
In 2014, Jana was recognized with the “Women In Business” award by the Dallas Business Journal.
As majority owners of Harris Packaging and American Carton Company, Jana and Jenise have led the considerable growth of both businesses — even during the recession of the late 2000’s. They are focused on maintaining a strong sales growth for both companies, and continue to invest in capital equipment and in developing the entire team to best serve their customers.