About Box Zen



Who we are 

Box Zen offers kraft brown shipping boxes that are branded with a business logo for the same price and quality of our competitors. Our corrugated boxes are made from 100% recycled materials and are made here in the U.S.A..

Box Zen is backed Pratt Industries -- America's 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the world's largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company. Please contact us if you have any questions (hello@boxzen.io).

Meet the team 
Derick Jaros, GM eCommerce: Derick is Box Zen's general manager. A fanatic about creating a community through a superior audience experience, he earned an MBA at Emory University and worked for years at Home Depot. He’s lived in Atlanta since 2003 with his wife, two kids and “a Carolina dog named Dakota.” He enjoys visits from his mother-in-law, who owns a small brownie company. He also enjoys watching documentaries about the planet and sustainability, and thinking of new ways to help the environment.

Amanda Pharis, Graphic Designer: Amanda is Box Zen's graphic designer, illustrator and heads up our website design ideation. Good design and illustration have been her passion since she figured out how to hold a pencil and use Adobe. She is obsessive over details, and never shies from new subject matters. Amanda is also an avid backpacker with a very cute dog.

Elisabeth Schrock,  Senior Marketing Analyst: Elisabeth is Box Zen's E-Commerce Marketing Analyst and SEO guru. A graduate of Duquesne University, she studied integrated marketing communications. Born and raised in Georgia, she vows that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl. 

Brooke Shepherd, Junior Front-End Developer: Brooke is Box Zen's Front-End Developer who heads up all things technical for the website. When she's not in the office, you can find her outside with her German-shepherd mix, Scout, hiking, or planning her next trip. 

Olivia Hehir, Digital Analytics Intern: Olivia is a senior at Georgia Tech. She’s studying Business Administration: Operations and Supply Chain and a minor in Data Analytics. In her free time, she enjoys running, art and baking. 

Redding Byrd, Digital Marketing Intern: Redding is a 4th year student at Georgia Tech. She is majoring in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, and a minor in Leadership Studies. Outside of work and school, she enjoys running, attending local concerts, and spending time with her friends, family, and golden retriever puppy, Drake.

James Vice, Full-Stack Developer: James is a Box Zen's Full Stack Developer. It has always been his passion to help develop software since his first IBM desktop computer back in 1995. Recently graduated Kennesaw State University with a BS in Computer Science, James spends much of his time learning new technologies as well as reading too many books. He also enjoys hiking because he thinks nature is pretty neat. He also plays too many video games.

Pratt Operations Team: Special thanks to our operations team at Pratt who help make this possible: April Kulp, Kaleen Davis, Travis Walters, Hannah Conrad, Dan Isset, Terrance Monk, Rande Pierson, Michael Patterson and, of course, the entire Finance/AP/AR team.