Mitchell Kaneff

Chairman and CEO, Arkay Packaging


Mitchell Kaneff, author of Taking Over: Insider Tips from a ThirdGeneration CEO, is the Chairman/CEO of Arkay Packaging, a 96-year old, family–owned and operated leader in the folding carton industry.  
Under Kaneff’s direction, Arkay continues to be a market frontrunner in providing companies, such as Revlon/Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, and L’Oréal, with cutting-edge product packaging solutions.  Kaneff’s appreciation for customer satisfaction and his understanding of the industry has solidified partnerships with key customers, earning Arkay “Supplier of the Year” awards several years running.  
Kaneff, a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, began working at Arkay when he was still in high school, enabling him to expand and develop his expertise in print and management techniques, while refining his entrepreneurial skills – an ability which has contributed powerfully to Arkay’s growing success. 
In addition to locations in Hauppauge, New York and New York City, Arkay built a manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Virginia 22 years ago and in 2008 underwent an expansion to twice its size, a testament to leadership and the quality of the Arkay product.  
In addition to his role as CEO and author, Kaneff is involved with his band, The Young Presidents, performing original rock music in the New York metropolitan area.  The Young Presidents’ third album, FIREHORSE, was released in 2016 and the band recently released an EP, Break Away. 
Mitchell Kaneff lives in New York City with his twin 17-year old sons, Max and Josh, and his wife, Amy.