published Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Business Profile: Southern Champion Tray's chairman gets Kiwanis award

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    Chuck Zeiser, of Southern Champion Tray, was recently named the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award winner. The honor has been awarded for the last 90 years.
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Background: Reared in Chattanooga

Education: Baylor School, University of Tennessee, majoring in industrial engineering

Work: Following college, he joined the family business, Southern Champion Tray. Served as president, CEO and now board chairman

Volunteer: founding board member of First Things First and on the boards of Bible in the Schools and Chattanooga Resource Foundation, serves on board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and board chairman of Leadership Ministries Worldwide, active with the Gideons International for 45 years

Personal: Married to the former Joanne Plunkett for 54 years, two sons, John and Bruce, and six grandchildren

Chuck Zeiser, Southern Champion Tray's chairman of the board, has been picked as the 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner by the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga.

The award, to be presented Jan. 29, has been given annually for 90 years in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and service to the community.

Zeiser served as president and CEO of Southern Champion Tray for many years before becoming chairman. The Chattanooga-based company also has operating facilities in Mansfield, Texas.

For over 85 years, Southern Champion Tray has been manufacturing quality paperboard packaging products.

SCT is a third generation family-owned company, servicing the bakery, food service, supermarket, medical, pharmaceutical, automotive, and textile industries among others.

Its products include packaging, sleeves, inserts, blister cards, and point of purchase displays. SCT has over 400 bakery and food service packaging items in stock, according to the company.

The Kiwanis award is given in recognition of an individual's outstanding leadership and service to the community.

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